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David D. Burns

Phone: 202-416-6752
Fax: 202-293-7783
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David Burns brings more than 30 years of experience representing media and communications companies to serve his clients.

David’s experience and practice cover the full range of communications and media industry issues. His primary focus is on regulatory and transactional matters facing the broadcast, cable and satellite industries, including representation of clients before the Federal Communications Commission and other federal agencies. David handles all aspects of transactional matters such as mergers, acquisitions and financings, and regularly counsels clients on compliance with regulatory requirements affecting programming content, political advertising, ownership attribution, station licensing and operations, and spectrum management. He has represented clients in small deals and in multi-billion dollar transactions, and his clients appreciate his pragmatic and business-oriented approach.

Prior to joining Lerman Senter, David practiced with a large international law firm in Washington, DC. He is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences on a wide variety of media and communications industry issues.

Practice Areas


  • University of Virginia, J.D.
  • Fordham University, B.A.

Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia (Associate Member)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Professional Affiliations

  • Federal Communications Bar Association

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