Telecommunications Professionals

Robert H. Schwaninger

Robert H. Schwaninger, Jr.Robert Schwaninger has been practicing before the Federal Communications Commission since 1982, and began his own firm in 1986. Since that time, he has represented hundreds of businesses, licensees, tower owners, and persons before the FCC, the U.S. Court of Appeals, and various federal agencies and offices. Mr. Schwaninger’s interest and experience has expanded over the many years to meet the needs of his clients. His firm provides representation in contract negotiations, business formation, and commercial litigation.

Mr. Schwaninger has been a featured speaker before several trade organizations, including the Site Owners and Managers Association; International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association; the National Surveillance Association; the National Telecommunications Investigators Association; the Interactive Video Data Association; the International Wireless Communications Exposition; Tower Summit 2000; and the Great Lakes Motorola Service Shop Association. He has written numerous articles on various telecommunications and regulation issues which have been published in industry journals such as Communications, Compliance Engineering, Popular Communications, ETTM Forum, RF Design, Urgent Communications and Mobile Radio Technology (MRT). He also served as Regulatory Consultant to MRT for nine years, and wrote a monthly column for that publication entitled “In the Public Interest.”

He is the former co-author of Fryer’s Market Report – a comprehensive evaluation and overview of the radio tower industry and the financial opportunities that it holds for investors and operators, and the author of Day of Reckoning, a treatment of the adverse effects on the use of radio spectrum as a commodity by publicly traded corporations. He has been quoted often in national publications, such as Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and various local news outlets, including providing interviews on nationally syndicated radio talk shows.

Mr. Schwaninger has represented clients in the sale, purchase or lease of hundreds of millions of dollars in assets and is fully familiar with the requirements of transactions of all sizes. He has represented start-ups to large, publicly traded companies and public safety entities, for regulatory and transactional work, or forwarding efforts in commercial litigation. Mr. Schwaninger has also provided his knowledge regarding sale and lease pricing to perform hundreds of valuations of telecommunications assets.

Licensed in the State of Virginia. Licensed in the District of Columbia.

Practice Areas

  • Telecommunications
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Contract/Transactional
  • Radio/Tower Sites
  • Business Formation

Bar Membership

  • Virginia State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia
  • Federal District Court of the District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia


  • University of Missouri School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Missouri, Bachelor of Journalism

Professional Associations

  • Fellow, Radio Club of America and former General Counsel
  • District of Columbia Bar Association