A former TV reporter, Tim Nelson brings his interest and experience in broadcast news, including his knack for asking the right questions and creativity in problem solving, to bear for his clients. Tim’s work includes media law, FCC regulatory work, and corporate transactions, especially for media and communications companies.
Tim has significant experience representing clients in the media industry, such as television stations, radio stations, newspapers, broadcasting companies, and trade organizations. He helps these clients navigate the ever-changing media landscape and its particular legal challenges, including issues related to broadcast programming, engineering, First Amendment matters, defamation and copyrights.
Tim regularly counsels broadcast clients on FCC regulation compliance issues, including political regulations, EEO reports and audits, ownership reports, contests and promotions, licensing, closed captioning, children’s programming, emergency access, cable and satellite royalty proceedings, and public file requirements. Tim has also handled notice and comment proceedings before the FCC, providing written advocacy on hot-button issues of critical importance to his clients, and advocating for reform of certain industries regulated by the FCC.
Tim works with clients, particularly in the media industry, on a wide range of business transactions, including station and asset sales, mergers, acquisitions, and financing transactions. He drafts and negotiates licensing agreements, with a focus on retransmission consent agreements between television broadcasters and cable/satellite companies, sales agreements, organizational documents, and other business contracts. Tim navigates the complicated regulatory issues involved with these transactions when necessary.
Member, North Carolina Bar Association
Member, Federal Communications Bar Association
Co-Chair, Federal Communications Bar Association, Carolinas Chapter (2017-present)
Board member, Follow the Child Montessori School (2013-2016)
Youth soccer coach (Fall 2015, Fall 2017)
Co-presenter (with Julia Ambrose), "Recent Developments in the Law of Television and Radio Broadcasting: 2019 Year in Review," UNC School of Law Festival of Legal Learning, February 2020
Panelist, "What's the Whole Regulatory Picture at the FCC?" ABA Forum on Communication Law's "Representing Your Local Broadcaster" CLE, Las Vegas, NV, April 2017
Co-Author, Survey of North Carolina Privacy Law and Related Claims Against the Media, Media Law Resource Center 50-State Survey, Media Privacy and Related Law, 2015 - present
"Flag on the Play: The Ineffectiveness of Athlete-Agent Laws and Regulations -- and How North Carolina Can Take Advantage of a Scandal To Be a Model for Reform," 90 N.C. L. Rev. 800 (2012).
My favorite virtue: integrity
Where I'd most like to live: I’m right here at home in Raleigh!
The natural talent I'd like to be gifted with: It sure would be nice to be able to carry a tune. But I’ll settle for embarrassing my wife, Blair, and daughters, Grace, Eleanor and Leighton in belting out songs around the house.
My heroes in real life: Corny as it may sound, my parents.
What I admire most about my clients: Their passion for their work, be it the general manager of a television station, a small business owner, or the general counsel of a large company. They inspire me.