Michael Lazarus > Telecommunications Law Professionals > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Telecommunications Law Professionals
1025 Connecticut Avenue NW
Suite 1011
United States


Michael is one of the founding members of TLP, and currently is the Managing Member of the Firm. He advises domestic and international clients in the telecommunications industry on transactional and regulatory matters before the Federal Communications Commission and state and local regulatory bodies. He handles a wide range of legal matters for telecommunications companies, including general counseling on federal regulatory issues, regulatory policy advocacy at the FCC and on Capitol Hill, spectrum auction advice, communications-related litigation before the FCC, federal courts, state courts and state public utility commissions, international telecommunications ventures, and a wide range of other transactions including mergers and acquisitions, equipment contracts, debt and equity placements, intercarrier arrangements and interconnection agreements.

Michael specializes in the representation of rural, small and medium-sized carriers against the dominance of larger carriers. He has a particular expertise in the deployment of broadband technologies, including wireless, wireline and the emergence of new technologies. He is often interviewed about his views on the telecommunications industry, and has been quoted extensively in Law360, Communications Daily and other notable telecommunications news outlets.


Paul Hastings LLP, 2006 – 2011

Crowell and Moring, 2002 – 2006




District of Columbia Bar
Virginia Bar


University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2002

Duke University, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Distinction in Political Science, 1999


2017-2022  Super Lawyers

2021 – 2022  Chambers USA Ranked Lawyer- Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite

2014-2021  Best Lawyers/US News – Communications Law

2013-2022  Legal 500 Recommended Attorney – Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory

2013-2022  Legal 500 Recommended Attorney – Telecoms and Broadcast: Transactional

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory

Washington DC-based boutique Telecommunications Law Professionals works across the sector, representing regional broadcasters, industry associations, tower and satellite companies, and venture capital in a range of matters before the FCC and other local, state, and federal regulatory bodies. The team has a strong track record in telecoms infrastructure, working on mandates across wireless and fiber, and also works on more cutting-edge issues, such as a space-based cellular broadband network servicing unmodified handhelds. Managing partner Michael Lazarus works alongside founding partner Carl Northrop, who brings his extensive experience working on complex matters covering the full scope of the industry. Other lawyers of note include Dennis Corbett, who has litigation experience representing both traditional broadcasters and more cutting-edge wireless and tech clients; and Gregg Skall, who has represented a range of radio and television broadcasting associations before the FCC and Congress.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: transactions

Telecommunications Law Professionals handles M&A and financing transactions in the telecoms space, employing its capabilities in handling the regulatory aspects of these major deals for a number of high-profile clients; the team has experience in both representing operators in this sector in their day-to-day transactions and assisting in more major projects, with notable work in telecoms infrastructure, specifically submarine cable. Carl Northrop founded the Washington DC boutique and continues to handle complex transactional work such as the acquisition of licenses and equipment and related financing, and works alongside Michael Lazarus who manages the team, working with the firm’s most high-profile clients for their transactional mandates for their ongoing operations.