Marashlian & Donahue, The CommLaw Group Engages Nathaniel J. Hardy, Esq.

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Seasoned broadcast and media law attorney joins the firm as it expands and enhances its communications media law practice

Broadcasters and others catering to the mass media will now enjoy the same opportunities, experiences and benefits of working with our unique professional services organization our traditional telecommunications clientele have come to expect.

Specialized communications law firm, Marashlian & Donahue, LLC, The CommLaw Group, is very excited to announce the recent expansion and enhancement of its Communications Media Law practice through the hiring of seasoned broadcast and media law attorney, Nathaniel (“Nate”) J. Hardy. Mr. Hardy’s practice encompasses a wide range of regulatory, public policy and transactional matters for communications and media clients, including television and radio broadcasters, programming providers, and wireless telecommunications and satellite service providers. Mr. Hardy gained his experience with the telecommunications focused firms of Irwin, Campbell & Tannenwald, P.C., as an associate, and most recently at Wood, Martin & Hardy, P.C., as Of Counsel.

“Nate’s hiring marks yet another turning point in our firm’s rich history of bringing effective, affordable legal services to the communications industry,” exclaimed Jonathan S. Marashlian, Managing Partner of The CommLaw Group. Marashlian continued, “Broadcasters and other clients catering to the mass media will now enjoy the same outstanding opportunities, experiences and benefits of working with our unique professional services organization, that our telecommunications clientele have come to expect. Nate solidifies The CommLaw Group’s position as the one place companies operating in any segment of the Communications Industry can now turn to satisfy virtually every legal and regulatory compliance need.”

During Mr. Hardy’s fifteen years of private practice, he has:

  •     Represented radio and television licensees on regulatory compliance issues before the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), including the prosecution of license reinstatement requests and complex license modification requests to relocate radio stations to new communities; created Equal Employment Opportunity compliance programs; and secured a precedent setting cross-service interference protection waiver and reductions of forfeitures assessed clients for FCC rule violations;
  •     Supervised spectrum auction participation for broadcast stations which included identification of desirable auction licenses, devising auction bidding strategies, licensing stations post-auctions, and negotiating settlements amongst mutually exclusive auction proposals;
  •     Drafted and negotiated purchase agreements for radio and television properties, from simple small market sales to large scale transactions involving complex multiple station ownership compliance issues;
  •     Crafted programming carriage election cycle strategies for television stations, drafted and negotiated retransmission consent agreements and prosecuted carriage complaints against national multiple video programming distributors;
  •     Persuaded FCC to change proposed regulations in client’s favor in rulemaking proceedings, including easing public notification requirements for television stations during digital transition;
  •     Oversaw trademark registration and protection for clients, including identifying potential infringers, sending cease and desist notifications, and negotiating settlements amongst competing users;
  •     Managed copyright licensing compliance for radio stations’ streaming content on the Internet;
  •     Persuaded FCC to auction MVDDS licenses to multiple licensees, as opposed to a grant to one licensee, and participated in auction of service;
  •     Negotiated settlement for the construction of wireless telephone towers adjacent to the Appalachian Trail; and
  •     Moderated panel on the siting of telecommunications towers near National Scenic Trails.

The CommLaw Group represents all of the players on the modern media stage, including major market broadcast radio and television broadcast stations; educational and religious noncommercial broadcasters; low power television stations; low power FM radio stations; digital content providers; streaming media providers; multichannel video programming distributors, including cable, satellite and Internet based distributors; broadband data and video service providers; print publishers; artists and other content creators; film producers; record labels; Internet service providers; consumer and network equipment manufacturers; and software manufacturers. Our clients range from small, family owned enterprises to established public media companies to entrepreneurs just starting new ventures.

The CommLaw Group’s media practice encompasses all of the possible concerns media companies could have, including understanding and complying with Federal, State and international regulation; development of communications policy; negotiating complex transactional matters; protecting intellectual property matters, including copyrights, trademarks and patents; and entertainment industry legal matters.

About The CommLaw Group
Marashlian & Donahue, LLC, The CommLaw Group, is not your ordinary law firm. Together with The Commpliance Group, its affiliated consultancy, The CommLaw Group is a professional services “organization” that was specially designed and staffed to service the full-range of legal, consulting and compliance needs of the communications, information technology and Internet services industries. Boasting a vibrant and diverse telecom law practice, The CommLaw Group currently serves hundreds of clients throughout the U.S. and internationally. The firm’s loyal base includes clients of all shapes and sizes, from start-ups to Fortune 100 enterprises, and from practically every sector of the communications and info tech industries.

The CommLaw Group has been honored as the “Best Communications Law Firm of the Year” and “Customer Service Law Firm of the Year” in the U.S. by ACQ Law and ACQ Global Awards, and was recently named “Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year in Washington, D.C.” by Corporate International Global Awards.

This release may be considered Attorney Advertising in certain jurisdictions. The determination of the need for legal services and the choice of lawyer are extremely important decisions and should not be based solely upon advertisements or self-proclaimed expertise.

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