• J.D. with high honors, University of North Carolina, 2000
  • B.A. magna cum laude, University of Houston, 1991
Bar & Court Admissions
  • North Carolina

Stephen G. Hartzell

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1600 Wells Fargo Capitol Center
150 Fayetteville Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
T: (919) 839-0300
F: (919) 839-0304

As an advertising, marketing, and promotions lawyer, Stephen assists numerous clients—for-profit and non-profit alike—with digital and analog campaigns to promote their businesses, organizations, and missions.  In addition to advising publicly traded and closely held companies about promotional campaigns to target new clientele and reward existing customers, Stephen has assisted non-profit organizations in their compliance with North Carolina raffle regulations.  Social media, mobile and guerilla marketing, and “old school” internet spaces present nuanced challenges in the brave new world of non-traditional marketing, and Stephen helps clients balance the strategies of effective marketing against the pitfalls of legal slip-ups and consumer complaints. 

As an FCC and communications lawyer, Stephen advises broadcasters on a host of regulatory matters. His advice focuses on licensing, programming issues (including closed captioning and other accessibility issues, children’s television programming, political advertising, and indecency), the FCC’s EEO rules, broadcast station ownership, and enforcement issues.  Stephen has also advised a variety of companies—international, publicly traded, and North Carolina based—with respect to compliance with the FCC’s equipment certification, marketing, and labeling regulations.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Co-Chair of the Carolinas Chapter, Federal Communications Bar Association (2014-15)
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Administrative Section, North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member, Wake County Bar Association


  • Moderator, Digital News & Advertising 101 Panel Discussion, North Carolina Association of Broadcasters  (June 24, 2014)
  • Presenter, Digital Legal & Compliance 101 Panel Discussion, North Carolina Association of Broadcasters (June 24, 2014)


Seminars & Speaking Engagements