Education
  • University of North Carolina, J.D., Alumni Scholar
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, A.B., with honors, Jefferson Foundation Scholar
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • North Carolina
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2d Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District, North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District, North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Western District, North Carolina

Wade H. Hargrove

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1600 Wells Fargo Capitol Center
150 Fayetteville Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
T: (919) 834-9216
F: (919) 839-0304
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Wade Hargrove's practice is concentrated in corporate, communications and media, antitrust, Internet and copyright law and legislative representation. He is counsel to some of the nation’s largest media companies. He has been asked to testify before numerous Congressional and legislative committees on issues involving corporate law, copyright law, the Internet, satellite broadcasting, open government, libel and slander, political broadcasting, broadcast license renewal, cable television, and public utility law. He regularly advises clients in mergers and acquisitions and has served as counsel in some of the nation's largest media transactions and copyright litigation.

He appears regularly before the Federal Communications Commission and other government regulatory agencies, as well as federal and state courts. New technologies and associated issues of intellectual property, licensing and contractual negotiations, and mergers and acquisitions are significant components of his practice. His regular clients include radio and television broadcast stations, cable television companies, newspapers, Internet and new technology companies, telephone companies, public utilities, financial institutions, and trade associations.

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as a member of the "Legal Elite" in Business Law in Business North Carolina magazine (2014)
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in Communications Law, First Amendment Law, Copyright Law, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Media Law, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law (1993-2014)
  • Recognized by Super Lawyers in Communications Law (2007-2011)
  • Listed in Who's Who in America and Preeminent Lawyers of America, Top Rated Lawyer
  • Named by The National Law Journal as one of the nation's 10 leading media / telecommunications lawyers
  • Awarded the University of North Carolina Law School's Distinguished Alumnus Award
  • Honored by the Broadcasters Foundation of America with the Ward L. Quaal Award in recognition of career contributions to the broadcast industry and public service to his state and community
  • Honored by the University of North Carolina, media clients and friends by establishment of the "Wade H. Hargrove Colloquium in Media Law and Policy" at the University of North Carolina
  • Honored by the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters with establishment of the "Wade H. Hargrove Community Service Award" to be given to North Carolina broadcasters who have demonstrated an abiding commitment to public service in their communities
  • Inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece by the University of North Carolina
  • Awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the State of North Carolina's highest award for public service, by the Governor of North Carolina
  • Inducted in the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame
  • Recipient, North Carolina Association of Broadcasters Distinguished Service Award
  • Recipient, North Carolina Cable Telecommunications Distinguished Service Award

Professional & Community Activities

  • Special Counsel to the United States Government for treaty negotiations in Geneva on direct satellite-to-home broadcasting
  • Chairman, Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina
  • Chairman, North Carolina Security and Privacy Board
  • Chairman, North Carolina News Media-Administration of Justice Council
  • Member, Governor's Council on State Goals and Policy
  • Chairman, Board of Commissioners, North Carolina Agency for Public Telecommunications
  • Member, Governor's Telecommunications Policy Task Force
  • Member, Legislative Study Commission on Open Government
  • Chairman, Board of Directors of the University of North Carolina Foundation
  • Member, Board of Visitors, University of North Carolina
  • Member, Board of Directors, North Carolina Citizens for Business & Industry
  • Member, Board of Directors, University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications
  • Chairman, The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research
  • Chairman, Raleigh Board of Directors, First Union National Bank
  • Member, Board of Editors, Federal Communications Bar Journal
  • Member, Board of Directors, Alumni Association, University of North Carolina School of Law
  • President, Alumni Association, University of North Carolina School of Law
  • Member, Center for Media Law Advisory Board, University of North Carolina
  • Member, Board of Directors, Alumni Association, University of North Carolina
  • President, University of North Carolina School of Law Foundation
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Peace College
  • Member, Raleigh Committee of 100
  • Member, Board of Trustees and General Counsel, Broadcasters Foundation of America
  • Member, Board of Directors, Cardinal Club

Hobbies

  • Guitar, pedal steel guitar, and banjo
  • Tennis
  • Boating and fishing

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Seminars & Speaking Engagements