Pioneers in Content and Communications Counsel 

The face of communications and media is changing more rapidly than ever, due to technological advances, changes in regulation, and cultural shifts. Brooks Pierce communications attorneys have been nationally recognized as leading voices in the field of media law for 40 years.  We’ve gained that success by remaining on the forefront of an ever-evolving industry.

Our practice represents broadcasting, media, and publishing companies of all sizes, including:

  • Radio and television broadcasting companies
  • Cable television companies
  • Newspapers and Magazines
  • Wire services
  • Internet companies
  • Networks
  • Publishing companies
  • Software companies
  • Trade associations

Ensuring compliance with the FCC.  Our team of attorneys works with radio and television companies across the country to remain compliant with FCC regulations.  We counsel clients nationally on matters related to on

  • Programming (children’s, closed captioning)
  • Online public file maintenance and reporting
  • Indecency standards
  • Ownership reporting
  • Political advertising restrictions
  • Contests and sponsorships

Corporate transactions.  We are among the media industry’s most trusted advisers when it comes to corporate transactions, such as:

  • Retransmission consent agreements
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Cable franchising
  • Network affiliation agreements
  • Sales and purchases of stations, papers or companies
  • Stock purchase agreements

Public Policy.  Our communications attorneys have years of experience representing broadcasting companies and trade associations before state and federal administrative boards, legislators, rulemaking proceedings, and Congressional committees.  We have drafted legislation and regulation impacting the media industry, and inform and advise our clients on remaining compliant with changing regulation.
Further, our attorneys regularly advise media and technology clients on issues such as:

  • Advertising and trade regulations 
  • Cable franchise agreements 
  • Cable, satellite, web-streaming, and satellite carriage of television signals 
  • Copyright and intellectual property 
  • Digital television 
  • Equal employment opportunity and EEOC matters
  • Federal and state political broadcasting rules 
  • Indecency standards and regulations 
  • Libel and slander 
  • Licensing agreements 
  • Lottery and contest regulations 
  • Low-power FM radio 
  • Marketing program compliance 
  • Media ownership 
  • Network affiliation agreements 
  • Non-competition agreements, antitrust, and unfair trade practices 
  • OSHA and FCC radiation regulations 
  • Privacy, wiretapping, freedom of information issues 
  • Re-transmission agreements 
  • Siting of broadcast towers 
  • Syndicated program exclusivity 
  • Telemarketing, open meetings and public records laws 
  • Television/radio regulation and deregulation 
  • Tower leasing agreements 
  • Trade secret agreements 
  • Trademarks and service marks 
  • UAS/Drone use
  • Unfair competition

We represent dozens of public and privately held broadcast, cable television, newspaper and publishing, telephone, and technology companies and organizations. Our clients have included some of the nation's most prominent media and technology companies. A list of our firm's media clients is available upon request.

Our attorneys have taught classes, authored books, and led nationwide seminars on the intricacies of media law. Many of our clients, from locally owned, small family companies to multi-million dollar national corporations, have retained us for years because of our extensive experience and continued success.

How can our communications attorneys help you?