Carl Northrop > Telecommunications Law Professionals > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Telecommunications Law Professionals
1025 Connecticut Avenue NW
Suite 1011
United States


Carl Northrop is the Founding Member of TLP. He consistently is recognized in client and peer reviews as one of the top communications attorneys in the country. Chambers USA identifies him as a “Notable Practitioner” in the Telecom, Media and Satellite specialty; The Legal 500 has identified Carl as a “Leading Lawyer” in the Technology and Broadcasting Regulatory practice for over a decade, and he was one of a small group of attorneys inducted into the inaugural Legal 500 US Hall of Fame for having received consistent praise for legal excellence. Carl has been recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” in both corporate law and communications law by U.S News and World Report. He received the prestigious Paul R. Dean award for legal excellence awarded by the Georgetown University Law Center to a distinguished alumnus. And, for over 25 years, Carl has received the AV Preeminent rating in Martindale-Hubbell peer reviews.

Carl represents communications service providers and advises suppliers of goods and services to the telecommunications industry including financiers, tower and site owners, manufacturers, billing and support service providers, and developers of advanced technologies. He also counsels purchasers in major contracts for communications services, and has acted both as an arbitrator and as an expert witness in various disputes arising out of communications contracts. Ever since the advent of cellular service in the 1980s, Carl has represented clients in the acquisition, development, financing, licensing, construction, and operation of both wireless and terrestrial broadband systems. He also has advised governmental entities on communications policy issues.

Carl is an experienced litigator who handles high stakes telecommunications disputes before courts, administrative agencies, arbitrators and mediators. He also is a skillful negotiator with a sophisticated understanding of the communications business which enables him to craft creative contractual arrangements to the benefit of TLP clients.


Partner, Paul Hastings LLP 1997-2011; Co-Leader Global Media and Telecommunications Practice Group.

Partner, Bryan Cave LLP 1987-1997; Communications Group Leader; Executive Committee Member




District of Columbia Bar
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Ninth and Tenth Circuits
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and the District of Columbia
Supreme Court of the United States


Georgetown University, J.D. 1976; Editor, Georgetown Law Journal (1975-76); Best Brief and Best Oral Advocate Awards in the Beaudry Cup Moot Court Competition (1974)

University of Michigan, B.B.A., High Distinction, 1972


2014- Present  Member Emeritus, Georgetown Law Center Alumni Board

2003-2022  The Best Lawyers in America© – Communications Law

2003-2022 The Best Lawyers in America© – Corporate Law

2013-2022  Chambers USA Ranked Lawyer- Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite

2008-2010, 2013-2022  Washington D.C. Super Lawyers

2013-2022  The Legal 500 – Leading Lawyer – Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory

2013-2022  The Legal 500 – Leading Lawyer – Telecoms and Broadcast: Transactional

2017  Inaugural Inductee into the Legal 500 Hall of Fame

2016  Paul R. Dean Award Winner, Georgetown University Law Center

2011-2013  Governor, Georgetown University Alumni Association

25+ years  Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Hall of Fame)

Carl NorthropTelecommunications Law Professionals

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.