David A. O'Connor, Partner

David A. O’Connor joined Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP in 2008 after more than 10 years in private practice.  He counsels clients on a variety of regulatory issues before the FCC principally focusing on media issues affecting the broadcast radio and television industry.  Additionally, Mr. O’Connor has a demonstrated expertise in a host of telecommunications issues, including Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) and accessibility policies impacting individuals with disabilities.  He is a regular speaker at communications conferences and industry events and has written numerous articles on FCC issues.

Over his career, Mr. O’Connor has coordinated the purchase and sale of numerous radio and television stations, and has helped clients participate in FCC auctions and other regulatory proceedings, including those related to broadcast ownership, spectrum allocations, digital television, digital radio, and Internet-based Video Relay Services (VRS).  He serves as Washington counsel for industry associations, as well as individual broadcast clients, telecommunications companies and educational institutions.  Prior to entering private practice, Mr. O’Connor interned at the FCC’s International Bureau and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

Member, Federal Communications Bar Association and American Bar Association

Co-Chair, Federal Communications Bar Association’s Mass Media Practice Committee, 2006-2009, 2010-2011, 2017-

Co-Chair, Federal Communications Bar Association’s Video Programming & Distribution Committee, 2012-2014

Contributing editor, NAB Legal Guide to Broadcast Law and Regulation (6th ed. 2014)

Associate Member, Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers

Member, The Barristers, Washington, DC

David Oxenford and David O’Connor have updated their Political Broadcasting Guide providing a primer on the rules of political broadcasting and advertising in preparation for the upcoming election year. You can find the updated Guide here


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District of Columbia, 1999
New York, 1998


LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, 1998, with distinction
J.D. cum laude, Brooklyn Law School, 1997
B.A. cum laude, Florida State University, 1992


Communications & Video Accessibility
Corporate & Commercial Transactions
Media Content & Distribution
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