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 corporate transactions, especially for media and communications companies.
Tim has significant experience representing clients in the media industry, such as television stations, radio stations, newspapers, broadcasting companies, and trade organizations. He helps these clients navigate the ever-changing media landscape and its particular legal challenges, including issues related to broadcast programming, engineering, First Amendment matters, defamation and copyrights.
Tim regularly counsels broadcast clients on FCC regulation compliance issues, including political regulations, EEO reports and audits, ownership reports, contests and promotions, licensing, closed captioning, children’s programming, emergency access, cable and satellite royalty proceedings, and public file requirements. Tim has also handled notice and comment proceedings before the FCC, providing written advocacy on hot-button issues of critical importance to his clients, and advocating for reform of certain industries regulated by the FCC.
Tim works with clients, particularly in the media industry, on a wide range of business transactions, including station and asset sales, mergers, acquisitions, and financing transactions. He drafts and negotiates licensing agreements, with a focus on retransmission consent agreements between television broadcasters and cable/satellite companies, sales agreements, organizational documents, and other business contracts. Tim navigates the complicated regulatory issues involved with these transactions when necessary.
Gressman-Pollitt Award (Best Oral Argument, Research/Writing/Advocacy Class), 2010
Member, North Carolina Bar Association
Member, Federal Communications Bar Association
Co-Chair, Federal Communications Bar Association, Carolinas Chapter (2017-present)
Board member, Follow the Child Montessori School (2013-2016)
Youth soccer coach (Fall 2015, Fall 2017)
Presenter, Business North Carolina Cybersecurity Roundtable, Raleigh, NC, November 2018.
Presenter, "A Wrench in the Gears: How to Prevent a Data Breach from Disrupting Your Operations & Customer Relationships," mfgCON 2018, Durham, NC, November 14, 2018.
Presenter, "Data Breaches & Cybersecurity," 2018 CFO/CPA Risk Management Conference, Greensboro, NC, October 16, 2018
Presenter, "Data Privacy - A Legal Assessment," CFO Roundtable event, High Point, NC, August 16, 2018
Co-presenter, "You've Been Breached: What Next?," Business North Carolina CEO Summit, Pinehurst, NC, March 27, 2018
Panelist on cybersecurity concerns for entrepreneurs, Greater Women's Business Council's POP Too! Conference, Raleigh, NC, March 9, 2017
Co-presenter (with Thomas Varnum), "Digital Marketing Blues," Raleigh Social Media Marketing Meetup, Raleigh, NC, January 18, 2017
Co-presenter (with Thomas Varnum), "Digital Marketing Blues," Internet Summit, Raleigh, NC, November 16, 2016
Presenter, “Digital Media and Marketing,” UNC Festival of Legal Learning, February 14, 2015
Presenter, “Responding to a Data Breach,” Banking Security Summit, North Carolina Bankers Association, October 16, 2014
Presenter, Digital Legal & Compliance 101 Panel Discussion, North Carolina Association of Broadcasters, June 24, 2014
Presenter, “Tax Consequences of Lobbying and Political Advocacy,” North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, May 2014
Panelist, Representing Your Local Broadcaster, ABA Forum on Communications Law, April 2014
Co-author, “Commercial Free TV and Aereo: What Lies Ahead for Content Owners in the Wake of the Ninth Circuit’s AutoHop Decision,” Communications Lawyer, November 2013
Co-author, “Prior Restraint 2.0: A Framework for Applying Section 230 to Online Journalism,” 1 Wake Forest J.L.& Pol'y 75, May 2011
Co-author, “Supreme Court Rocks Campaign Finance Boat,” Triad Business Journal, 2010
Moderator, “Recent Developments in Election Law,” North Carolina Professional Lobbyists Association, October 2013
Panelist, “Copyright and the Internet: Giving Broadcasters the Cold Shoulder?” American Bar Association, Representing Your Local Broadcaster, April 2013
Presenter, “Citizens United and Corporate Political Speech: New Opportunities and Obstacles,” North Carolina Professional Lobbyists Association, October 2010
Presenter, “Indemnification, Attorneys’ Fees and Arbitration Provisions in Contracts,” North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law Section Annual Meeting, February 2010
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.