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Erwin Krasnow counsels and represents radio and television broadcasters, tower owners, financial institutions and trade associations in administrative, legislative and transactional matters. Erwin advises clients on a wide array of issues ranging from new technologies to lobbying strategies. He concentrates on transactional matters and has represented sellers and buyers of broadcasting, cable, tower and telecommunications properties in various aspects of transactions totaling in excess of $21 billion.

Erwin's experience in communications law is unusually extensive. He has been described as “a dean of the Washington communications bar” by the Legal Times; a “superlawyer of communications” by American Film magazine, “the guru of communications law” by the Broadcast Cable Financial Journal; “one of the broadcast industry’s leading dealmakers” by Paul Kagan Associates; and “a preeminent communications lawyer who knows the business of buying and selling radio stations” by Radio Business Report.

Erwin formerly served as senior vice president and general counsel of the National Association of Broadcasters and as administrative assistant to the late Congressman Torbert H. Macdonald, chairman of the House Communications and Power Subcommittee. He has served on graduate and law school faculties at Ohio State, American, Temple, George Washington, and Georgetown Universities and at the Catholic University of America.

He is co-author of several books, including Profitably Buying and Selling Radio Stations; The Politics of Broadcast Regulation; 100 Ways to Cut Legal Fees and Manage Your Lawyer; An Insider’s Guide to Radio Station Acquisition Contracts; Radio Deals: A Step by Step Guide; FCC Lobbying: A Handbook of Insider Tips and Practical Advice; and Broadcast Towers: A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Money on Vertical Real Estate. He has written over 250 articles and monographs on communications law and FCC decision making.

Erwin is the founding director and vice chair of Broadcast Capital, Inc., a minority broadcast investment fund; Washington counsel to the Media Financial Management Association; former trustee of the Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation; and past president of the Library of American Broadcasting. He has served as co-chair of the Communications Law Committee of the Federal Bar Association; treasurer and member of the Executive Committee of the Federal Communications Bar Association; president of the Capitol Hill Chapter of the Federal Bar Association; and co-chair of the Communications Law Committee, Administrative Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Professional Activities

  • Vice Chair, Member of Board of Directors, Multicultural Media Telecom and Internet Council
  • Washington Counsel, Media Financial Management Association
  • Vice Chair, Member of the Board of Directors, Broadcast Capital Fund, Inc.
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Library of American Broadcasting
  • Member, Advisory Board, Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal (Comm/Ent)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Media Law & Policy Journal

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Past Appearances


  • District of Columbia, 1963
  • Massachusetts, 1961
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1965


Harvard Law School, J.D., 1961

Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., 1965

Boston University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1958

Honors | Recognitions

  • Recipient of the Ward L. Quaal Pioneer Award, Broadcasters Foundation of American, for "excellence in broadcasting," 2011
  • Named by peers as a "World's Leading Media Lawyer" in Expert Guides, 2010
  • Named by peers as a "Super Lawyer" in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers magazine in First Amendment/Media Law, 2007, and in Communications law, 2008-2010
  • Inducted into the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council Hall of Fame for "many years of exceptional contributions to the diversity and success of America's most influential and most important industries," 2004
  • Recipient of the Media Financial Management Association Jack Zwaska Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of contributions to "the growth of our association and the industries we serve," 2004
  • Office of Communication, United Church of Christ, Donald H. McGannon Award for “special contribution in advancing the role of women and people of color in the media," 1999
  • Broadcast Education Association Distinguished Education Service Award, 1987
  • Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal (Comm/Ent), Roscoe Barrow Memorial Award for "outstanding achievement in the field of communications," 1984
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV/5.0 Peer Review Rated


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