Burt Braverman

Burt Braverman advises clients in all segments of the Communications and Media industries. He has argued and tried cases in the Supreme Court and in federal and state courts across the country, as well as numerous federal, state and local administrative agencies; arbitrated and mediated cases; and served as an arbitrator. Cases handled by Burt in the communications and media industries have included theft of concept, sponsorship agreement disputes, defamation and false light claims, trademark and copyright infringement and enforcement, franchising, private and municipal overbuilds, level-playing-field disputes, antitrust, constitutional challenges, local right-of-way and zoning regulation of telecom carriers, and a variety of other issues arising under federal, state and local laws and commercial relationships. Burt also has litigated many cases outside of the communications and media fields, including antitrust actions, trade secret claims, Freedom of Information cases, wrongful termination and employment discrimination claims, and many others. 

Burt is a recognized leader in the industry for the work he does for program networks. He advises them on a wide variety of commercial and regulatory issues, such as content licensing, affiliate distribution agreements, program production and acquisition, sponsorship agreements, closed captioning, program access, Internet and website matters, new media, satellite distribution, foreign distribution, intellectual property (trademark and copyright), cross-platform distribution, as well as general business strategy. Burt has litigated many cases for networks involving theft of concept, affiliate distribution agreements, sponsorship agreements, defamation and false light claims, trademark infringement, and satellite distribution contracts. 

In addition to litigating antitrust cases, Burt also counsels clients on the full spectrum of antitrust and competition issues facing their businesses, including matters such as joint ventures, group purchasing, exclusive distributorships, tying, resale price maintenance, standard setting, and trade association activities. He also counsels clients on premerger notifications to the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice, having obtained agency clearance for numerous mergers and acquisitions, and has represented clients in responding to FTC and DOJ investigations.
Burt also has an active international practice, and has consulted with clients, attorneys and regulators in numerous countries around the world on communications issues such as antitrust, undersea cable disputes, content distribution, and satellite transport agreements. He has performed projects sponsored by international bodies such as the Inter-American Development Bank and the U.S. Agency for International Development for development of telecom regulatory frameworks and infrastructure in countries such as Mexico and Peru. He also advises clients concerning compliance with OFAC, ITAR, EAR and other U.S. laws regulating transactions with and in foreign countries.

Additional Qualifications

Partner, Cole Raywid & Braverman LLP, Washington, D.C., 1974-2006

Professional and Community Activities

  • International Lawyers Group, member, Executive Committee
  • American Bar Association, Government Information and Right to Privacy Committee, Section of Administrative Law, former vice chair
  • Kid Enjoy Exercise Now, Greater DC, president
  • Kids Enjoy Exercise Now USA, member, board of directors
  • Partners For Kids, member, business community advisory board to District of Columbia Child Family Services Agency
  • Annual District of Columbia Child & Family Services Agency Holiday Campaign for Foster Children
  • DC Works Student Intern Program, member, advisory board
  • Mount Zion and Female Union Band Society Cemetery, volunteer/advisor

Professional Recognition

  • Named as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in Telecom – Broadcast Satellite: Regulatory (District of Columbia) by Chambers USA, 2008-2009
  • The International Who's Who of Regulatory Communications Lawyers, 2010
  • Selected to "Washington D.C. Super Lawyers" in Communications, Business Litigation and Intellectual Property, Law & Politics, 2010
  • Who's Who Legal, International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, 2009
  • Washington SmartCEO Magazine's 2007 "Legal Elite"
  • The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers – Communications Lawyers, International Bar Association, 2002-2007
  • An International Who's Who of Telecoms Lawyers, 1st and 2nd editions
  • Who's Who Regulatory Communications, 2003-2008
  • Cable TV Pioneers


  • J.D., George Washington University Law School, 1969, with honors
  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of International Law, 1968-1969
  • B.A., Political Science, Miami University, 1966
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