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Marcus Trathen



A trusted advisor, Marcus Trathen focuses his practice in the fields of communications law, utilities regulation, mass media, the Internet, intellectual property, and legislative representation.

My Practices

  • Marcus counsels clients on a variety of issues, including telecommunications regulation, media and the First Amendment, Internet law and regulation, and broadcast licensing and regulation.

  • Marcus advises businesses on complex matters related to intellectual property licensing. 

  • Marcus has extensive experience representing clients before the North Carolina Utilities Commission.


Honors & Recognitions

Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in First Amendment Law (2008-2024) (Raleigh "Lawyer of the Year" 2021, 2023) and Media Law (2023-2024)


University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1990, with honors; Senior Staff Member (1989-90) and Staff Member (1988-89), North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 1987, with highest honors and highest distinction; Phi Beta Kappa


North Carolina

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th and D.C. Circuits

U.S. District Court for the Middle and Eastern Districts of North Carolina



Speaking Engagements


Professional & Civic

Professional & Civic Activities

Member, Advisory Board for International and Area Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2001-05)

Chairman, Class of 1938 Endowment Committee, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1995-2004)

Member, Federal Communications Bar Association

Member, American Bar Association

Member, North Carolina Bar Association

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