James L. Winston

jwinstonJames L. Winston represents clients on a wide variety of communications matters, specializing in broadcast and wireless issues. Since 1982, Mr. Winston has been the executive director and general counsel of the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters. In that capacity, he represents NABOB before the U.S. Congress and the Federal Communications Commission, as well as before executive branch agencies and the White House. He also handles government relations for NABOB, including filing comments in rulemaking before the FCC. In addition to NABOB, Mr. Winston represents a wide range of clients in the broadcast, cable television, radio, and wireless telephone industries. He handles general corporate matters as well as the purchase of radio and television stations and regulatory filings and applications before the FCC.

Prior to establishing the firm with Eric Rubin in 1981, Mr. Winston was an associate at Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen LLP (1980-1981), and he also served as legal advisor to FCC Commissioner Robert E. Lee from 1978 to 1980. Earlier in his career, he was an associate with LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby & MacRae in New York and Washington, D.C. (1973-1976) and associate counsel of Western Union Telegraph Company (1976-1978).

Practice Specialty Details

Communications (Specializing in Broadcast and Wireless)
Corporate Law
Federal Government Relations

Admission Details

New York
District of Columbia
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Second and Third Circuits
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

Professional and Civic Affiliations

Federal Communications Bar Association (served as a member of the executive committee 1992-95)
Elon University, member of School of Communications Board of Advisors, 2003 to present
Florida A&M University, member of School of Journalism and Graphic Communication Board of Visitors, 2004 to present


Recognized as one of the most influential African Americans in broadcasting by Radio Ink magazine 2001 to 2005