Dan Kirkpatrick joined the firm in 2009 after practicing communications law at a large law firm in Washington, D.C. He represents clients on a broad range of regulatory and transactional matters, with a focus on television and radio stations and other content producers.
Mr. Kirkpatrick has significant experience counseling television stations regarding cable and satellite carriage issues, including the negotiation of retransmission consent and other carriage agreements, the enforcement of mandatory carriage, network non-duplication and syndicated exclusivity rights, and prosecution of market modification proceedings. He has expertise in negotiating program acquisition and distribution agreements for broadcast and non-broadcast clients, including network affiliation agreements and distribution agreements on traditional MVPD platforms, as well as OTT services.
Mr. Kirkpatrick also counsels television and radio stations on compliance with FCC regulations affecting their day-to-day operations, as well as in the context of sale, purchase, and financing transactions. He has substantial experience in compliance with the FCC’s media ownership rules, children’s programming and other content restrictions, and EEO regulations. He has assisted numerous radio and television stations with routine and non-routine licensing matters and license renewal proceedings, and has guided broadcast clients through the regulatory and transactional aspects of station purchases, sales, and financings. Mr. Kirkpatrick has represented broadcast clients in rulemaking proceedings before the FCC on topics such as ownership regulation and localism initiatives.
Mr. Kirkpatrick attended law school at the University of Virginia, where he served on the Virginia Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif. He received a BA from the College of William and Mary with a double major in Psychology and Philosophy. He is a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia and District of Columbia bars and the Federal Communications Bar Association.