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For the past three decades, Melodie has helped numerous broadcast and wireless technology clients in their dealings with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Melodie frequently advises commercial and noncommercial educational broadcasters in a wide array of matters before the FCC, including licensing, spectrum auctions, rulemakings, program content, forfeitures and consent decrees.

Melodie also represents clients in complex corporate transactions and regularly negotiates and drafts contracts for asset sales and stock transfers, tower leases, programming, loan and licensing agreements. She provides intellectual property guidance, including copyright, music licensing, service marks, online digital streaming and podcasting, terms of use, privacy policies, and web site legalities.

Melodie is Co-Chair of the Foster Garvey's Communications, Telecom & Media group and a frequent speaker at industry trade association conferences.

Professional Activities

  • Alliance for Women in Media (formerly American Women in Radio & Television, Inc.)
    • Annual Convention, Program Chair, 1998
    • Board of Directors, 1992-1994 and 1997-2007
    • Leadership Summit and Business Conference, Program Chair, 2002 and 2004
    • Past President
    • Vice President, 2000-2002
  • Associate Member of the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (AFCCE), Member, 2002-present
  • Association of Independents in Radio (AIR)
    • Board of Directors, 2017-present
    • Governance Committee, Chair, 2017-present
  • Federal Communications Bar Association, Member, 1982-present
  • Foundation of Alliance for Women in Media (formerly American Women in Radio & Television, Inc.),
    • Board of Trustees, 1992-1994 and 1997-2007
    • Chair, 2003-2005
  • National Federation of Community Broadcasters, Member, 2010-present
    • Board of Directors, 2012
  • Radio Club of America, 1996-2001

Community Activities

  • Toastmasters Club "Aesthetic Voices"
    • Member, 2001-2011
    • President, 2002



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News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

Past Appearances



  • District of Columbia, 1982
  • Virginia, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1990


  • J.D., American University, Washington College of Law, 1982
    • American University Law Review, 1981-1982
  • B.A., George Washington University (with distinction), 1979

Honors & Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America© Communications Law, 2013-present
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers list, 2014-present
  • Minority Media and Telecommunications Council “Extraordinary Service Award,” 2009
  • Alliance for Women in Media (formerly American Women in Radio & Television, Inc.) “Achievement Award,” 2008
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating
    • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, 2012
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