J.D., magna cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center; Order of the Coif
M.S., S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University
B.A., summa cum laude, State University College at Buffalo
Associate Editor, Georgetown University Tax Lawyer
Bar and Court Admissions
District of Columbia Bar
Wayne represents broadcasters, cable operators, programmers, and financial institutions in a variety of regulatory, corporate, and transactional matters. He has extensive experience assisting clients with broadcast licensing and radio and television regulation, must carry, retransmission consent, program access, cable franchising, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ownership rules and policies, and foreign ownership issues.
- Counsels clients on FCC rulemaking proceedings, including those implementing the 1992 Cable Act and the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
- Advises broadcasters on compliance with FCC regulations and assists in negotiation and execution of retransmission consent agreements.
- Assists broadcasters in structuring transactions and obtaining regulatory approvals.
- Advises investment companies in transactions and maintaining compliance with FCC ownership rules.
- Advises cable clients in negotiations with local franchise authorities regarding renewal of cable franchises.
- Analyzes the regulations that would apply for a company to offer video using an existing, hybrid, or new network.
- Represented Charter, AOL/Time Warner, Comcast, and other cable operators in transactions requiring FCC and local franchise authority consent to transfers of control of cable franchise. Involved in preparing and implementing strategies to obtain regulatory consents.
- American Bar Association (ABA)
- Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA)
- AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell's highest ranking by peers for general ethical standards and legal ability
News & Insights
- February 21, 2017 | Speaking EngagementFederal Communications Bar Association (FCBA)Wayne D. Johnsen, Speaker, Jessica N. Rosenthal, Speaker
- October 7, 2016 | AlertFCC Streamlines Its Broadcast Foreign Ownership Rules and Establishes New Framework for Public Companies to Assess Foreign Ownership Compliance
- September 30, 2016 | Alert
- February 23, 2016 | AlertKathleen A. Kirby, Wayne D. Johnsen
- December 9, 2015 | Press Release
- September 11, 2015 | AlertFCC Seeks Comment on Proposals to Update “Totality of the Circumstances” Test for Retransmission Consent Negotiations
- May 6, 2015 | Alert
- December 23, 2014 | AlertFCC Seeks Comment On Updating Its Definition of Multichannel Video Programming Distributor For the Internet AgeWayne D. Johnsen, Ari Meltzer
- November 1, 2013 | Alert
- May 31, 2013 | AlertFCC Seeks Comment on Proposed Rules Requiring Accessibility of User Interfaces on Set-Top Boxes, Smartphones, PCs and other Devices Used to View Video Programming
- May 2012 | Newsletter
- August 25, 2011 | Alert
- March 7, 2011 | AlertWayne D. Johnsen
- March 4, 2011 | AlertWayne D. Johnsen