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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

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

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Past Appearances


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


J.D., Harvard Law School, 1961

LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, 1965

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

Honors & Recognition

  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers list
    • First Amendment/Media Law, 2007
    • Communications Law, 2008-2010
  • Broadcasters Foundation of American, Ward L. Quaal Pioneer Award, 2011
  • Expert Guides,  "World's Leading Media Lawyer," 2010
  • Minority Media and Telecommunications Council Hall of Fame, 2004
  • Media Financial Management Association, Jack Zwaska Lifetime Achievement Award, 2004
  • Office of Communication, United Church of Christ, Donald H. McGannon Award, 1999
  • Broadcast Education Association Distinguished Education Service Award, 1987
  • Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal (Comm/Ent), Roscoe Barrow Memorial Award, 1984
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating


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