Steve has worked with both commercial and noncommercial broadcasters and a variety of people and companies who need to deal with or understand the workings of the Federal Communications Commission. Over the years those have included some of the smallest college radio stations and some of the largest financial firms. He has assisted clients in securing new station licenses and buying and selling existing stations, in producing and distributing both television and radio programming and in navigating distribution via new technologies. Steve shepherded a large group of educational entities to transition their Instructional Television Fixed Service licenses to the Educational Broadband Service, including negotiating spectrum leases with commercial entities and meeting all FCC obligations. Most recently, Steve assisted clients with a variety of differing interests in the FCC’s broadcast spectrum auction.
Steve regularly speaks to broadcast groups including annual appearances at American Public Television’s Marketplace.
Steve is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he oddly majored in Radio-Television and Film, after which he moved to Washington D.C. to get his law degree at the George Washington University. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and of the Federal Communications Bar Association, and is rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale. Steve remains active with UW-Madison alumni activities through his participation in The Wisconsin Union Association.
He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Beth and their dog Layla, and when Layla lets him have spare time he tries to keep up with his comic book collection.
- Member, The District of Columbia Bar
- Member, Federal Communications Bar Association
News & Insights
- Radio World, 7.14.17
- Lawrence M. Miller and Steven C. Schaffer's Move to GSB Highlighted in Radio Newsletter Tom Taylor NowTom Taylor Now - Volume 6, Issue 134, 7.13.17
- Current, 7.12.17
- Garvey Schubert Barer Strengthens Radio & Television Media Practice with Addition of Partners from Schwartz, Woods & MillerGSB Newsroom, 7.10.17