A former TV reporter, Tim Nelson brings his interest and experience in broadcast news, including his knack for asking the right questions and creativity in problem solving, to bear for his clients. Tim’s work includes media law, FCC regulatory work and complex commercial and civil litigation.
Tim handles litigation for a wide variety of clients in federal and state court. His work has spanned any number of subjects, from defending journalists in defamation actions, to assisting attorneys facing the possibility of malpractice suits, to fighting for business clients in contract, negligence, and other cases.
Technology has rapidly evolved, but the regulations governing broadcast radio and television and other forms of communication have not kept pace. Tim has significant experience helping clients navigate these rapidly changing landscapes, including handling notice and comment proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission, providing written advocacy on hot-button issues of critical importance to his clients, and advocating for reform of certain industries regulated by the FCC.
He also has vast experience helping broadcast clients make sure they are in compliance with FCC rules, and he regularly assists television stations with matters including children’s television programming reports, EEO reports and audits, and cable and satellite royalty proceedings. He also drafts and negotiates retransmission consent agreements on behalf of broadcast clients.
Gressman-Pollitt Award (Best Oral Argument, Research/Writing/Advocacy Class), 2010
Panelist, "What's the Whole Regulatory Picture at the FCC?" ABA Forum on Communication Law's "Representing Your Local Broadcaster" CLE, Las Vegas, NV, April 2017
Co-Author, Survey of North Carolina Privacy Law and Related Claims Against the Media, Media Law Resource Center 50-State Survey, Media Privacy and Related Law (2015 - )
"Flag on the Play: The Ineffectiveness of Athlete-Agent Laws and Regulations -- and How North Carolina Can Take Advantage of a Scandal To Be a Model for Reform," 90 N.C. L. Rev. 800 (2012).
My favorite virtue: integrity
Where I'd most like to live: I’m right here at home in Raleigh!
The natural talent I'd like to be gifted with: It sure would be nice to be able to carry a tune. But I’ll settle for embarrassing my daughters in belting out songs around the house.
My heroes in real life: Corny as it may sound, my parents.
What I admire most about my clients: Their passion for their work, be it the general manager of a television station, a small business owner, or the general counsel of a large company. They inspire me.