Charles R. Naftalin is a Washington, D.C., attorney whose practice primarily focuses on telecommunications law. Mr. Naftalin has broad experience throughout this industry, including with commercial television and radio broadcasters, interexchange, local exchange and international telecommunications services providers via fiber optic cable, microwave and satellite, nonprofit public interest groups, mobile marine radio common carriers and state and municipal governments. Mr. Naftalin advises and represents clients in many ways, including the following:

Radio and Television Broadcasting

  • M&A and Transactions: All aspects of radio and television station acquisitions and sales, including complex transactions, mergers and financing in addition to the preparation and prosecution of necessary Federal Communications Commission (FCC) applications
  • Programming Distribution: In addition to the negotiation and drafting of more "traditional" network affiliation and retransmission consent agreements for distribution of broadcast content across all multichannel video programming distributors, he has extensive experience with programming distribution across "emerging" technologies, such as "over the top" internet and "TV Everywhere"
  • FCC Regulation: Advice concerning compliance with regulatory requirements, including: ownership issues, equal employment opportunity matters, political broadcasting, other forms of content regulation, station operations, issue responsive and children's programming, renewals of license, preparation of FCC applications and reports, and representation of clients in various FCC proceedings, including rulemakings

Interexchange, Local Exchange and International Telephone Operations

  • Telephony: Domestic and international regulation of telephone companies by the FCC, including jurisdictional cost separations and accounting, operator services, tariffs, rate regulation, operating agreements, carrier practices and interconnection agreements
  • FCC Regulation: Preparation and prosecution of applications for new services and facilities, such as under Section 214, involving matters before the FCC, the U.S. Department of State and INTELSAT, including domestic and international satellite and fiber optic cable facilities
  • Infrastructure: Advice to private entities and to state and municipal governments interested in developing or enhancing cable television, telephone, private radio, digital, public safety and broadband telecommunications services and infrastructures


  • Representation of clients before the FCC and the federal courts with respect to formal complaint proceedings and trial-type hearings concerning such matters as: renewal of broadcast station license, compliance with tariff and ratemaking requirements, common carrier practices, procedures and discrimination, broadcast and other telecommunications contract issues, and extensive background relevant to "net neutrality"
  • Preparation of witnesses (fact or expert) with respect to their testimony concerning telecommunications-related matters before the FCC and courts
  • Representation of clients before the U.S. Courts of Appeals reviewing orders of the FCC
  • Expert witness concerning various aspects of FCC regulation of broadcasters and interstate common carriers

Mr. Naftalin is the Holland & Knight leader for the telecommunications practice group. He regularly speaks at professional conferences and provides continuing legal education on aspects of the telecommunications.

Mr. Naftalin has devoted time to educational institutions. Among them, he assisted fund raising efforts for the Charles Wright Academy and Cascades Academy, and has served as a Maryland area representative for The Hill School. He serves on the board of the Knoxville Opera.


  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Oberlin College, A.B., Anthropology
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
  • Tennessee
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • All Courts in the District of Columbia
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Tennessee Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • Who’s Who Legal: Transport, Space & Satellites, 2021
  • The Legal 500 USA, Government - Government Relations, 2020-2022
  • Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2020
  • Outstanding Services Awards, American Bar Association Military Pro Bono Project
  • Pro Bono Service Award, Attorneys for Justice, Tennessee Supreme Court
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated


Speaking Engagements