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Jonathan Louis Kramer

About me

Greetings! I am Jonathan L. Kramer, Esq., J.D., LL.M., a telecommunications law attorney licensed in California and New Mexico. I head Telecom Law Firm, P.C., a four attorney law firm focused on wireless and broadband telecom matters, from site leasing to enforcement, and from ordinance development to policy creation.

I hold five FCC licenses, as well as a CSLB C7 license. I hold multiple certifications from the SCTE. I primarily advise institutions, property owners, and governments on telecommunications law and safety laws related to  wireless communications, tower siting, and radio frequency (RF) safety, and broadband communications. Please visit for much more detailed information.

Presently I am a Doctoral student in Law and Policy at Northeastern University (Boston), having completed my Masters of Law Degree (with distinction) in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law (2013) and my Juris Doctor degree, cum laude (2001).


Jonathan L. Kramer, Esq., LL.M., J.D., FSCTE, BTS, BDS, BPS, CBT
Attorney and Counselor at Law
Telecom Law Firm, P.C.

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Jonathan is KTLF's founder and principal attorney. He has over 30 years of wireless and cable television telecommunications technology engineering and management experience.

Holder of the highest-grade FCC land-based commercial and amateur radio licenses, as well as the FCC's highest grade marine radio maintainer's license, Jonathan has also been licensed as a telecommunications contractor in California for over 25 years. He's member of the State Bar of California and the United States District Court (C.D. CA), as well as the Federal Communications Bar Association and the International Municipal Lawyers Association.

Licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (General Radiotelephone Operator License PG-11-35289, with Ship Radar) (Previously licensed as a Second Class Radio Telephone Operator, Sept. 1975; First Class Radio Telephone Operator, Nov. 1977; General Radiotelephone Operator License, June 1987); GMDSS Radio Maintainer License DM00000680, with Ship Radar endorsement, May, 2008); GMDSS Radio Operator/Maintainer License DB00000530, with Ship Radar endorsement, May, 2008).

Licensed by the Federal Communications Commission as an amateur radio operator since November 1970; currently licensed as an Extra Class operator (W6JLK). Formerly licensed as an Advanced class operator; Formerly licensed as a General class operator; Formerly licensed as a Novice class operator. (KD6MR, KP6AY, WB6FDE, WN6FDE).

Former member of the Executive Board of the Public Law Section of the State Bar of California (Term: September, 2008 through August, 2011).

Book article author and review editor on amateur radio cable television RF interference matters.

Served as the advisor to the League of California Cities during the key negotiations and hearing regarding SB1627, California wireless co-location law.

Wireless technology advisor to and testifying expert before the FCC's State & Local Government Advisory Committee (LSGAC).

Co-author, editor of wireless technology advisory to local governments based on OET Bulletin 65 published by the FCC, June 2000 titled, "A Local Government Official's Guide to Transmitting Antenna RF Emission Safety: Rules, Procedures, and Practical Guidance".

Former National Board of Directors member, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA), an affiliate of the National League of Cities (previous term: 1997-2000, 1992-1994).

Former Co-chair of National Technical Standards Committee appointed by NATOA, National League of Cities, and US Conference of Mayors to develop the national RF technical standards for cable television systems adopted by the FCC in February 1992.

Witness before the FCC's State & Local Government Advisory Committee on OET 65, March 2000.

Invited witness before the FCC in Cable TV re-regulation hearings, March 1990 (Orlando, Florida).

Right of Way engineering and management expertise related to telecommunications networks and radio communications siting.

Testifying expert witness in federal and state court cases regarding cable television technology, and federal and state court cases regarding wireless technology.

Technology speaker at every NATOA National Conference 1988-2000; and 2002-2004. Technology speaker at many regional and local NATOA conferences and meetings.

Appointed Volunteer Counsel, American Radio Relay League, Southwestern Division.

Communications technology speaker at Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers conferences, and cable industry conferences Published author of book and magazine articles on communications technology, plant safety, construction and administration

Cable system engineering and technical management experience six years before forming firm; Chief Technician, Technical Manager, Regional Engineer.

Former Field Engineering Representative for Motorola Communications and Electronics, Area F Program Management team - Areas of experience include microwave radio; baseband RF and audio; digital signaling; UHF and VHF two-way radio (including high stability Simulcast® radio operations); telephony; and command and control communications.

Doctoral student at Northeastern University (Doctor of Law and Policy).  Expected gradulation in 2016. 


Masters of Law degree with distinction, Strathclyde University School of Law (2013). 


Juris Doctor degree cum laude, Abraham Lincoln University School of Law (2001).


AS Degree in Radio Communications with honors, Los Angeles Trade Technical College (1977).


Telecom Law Firm, P.C.
Kramer.Firm, Inc.

Memberships and Registrations:

State Bar of California

State Bar of New Mexico

Bar of the United States District Court, Central District of California

Federal Communications Bar Association (Member)

International Municipal Lawyers Association (Member)

Martindale ISLN: 919263404

California Contractors State License Board: License C7-433113 (Class C7 - Low voltage systems)

Member, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

Founding member and current Board of Directors Member, States of California and Nevada Chapter of NATOA (SCANNATOA.ORG)

Senior Member, Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (U.S. Society). Elected to Senior Member status April 1993; SCTE Member since 1980.

Member, SCTE (U.S.) Loyal Order of the 704; Membership limited to those with 30 years or more in cable broadband engineering field.

Member, Society of Broadcast Engineers.

Certified as a Broadband Transport Specialist (BTS) by the SCTE (U.S. Society).

Certified as a Broadband Distribution Specialist (BDS) by the SCTE (U.S. Society).

Certified as a Broadband Premises Specialist (BPS) by the SCTE (U.S. Society).

Designated a Certified Broadcast Technologist by the Society of Broadcast Engineers.

Certified by APCO Institute as a Public Safety Radio Technician (2008-2013)

Fellow of Society of Cable Telecommunication Engineers (United Kingdom society; elected 2001) (FSCTE designation)

Life Member of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).


Languages spoken: English, Armenian, Russian, Arabic, Spanish

Photos and videos

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Practice areas


  1. Telecommunications: 95%
    10 years
  2. Administrative Law: 5%
    10 years



Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes), Pro bono (10%)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Halorin L. Thurman

    Jonathan is a true expert in his field and always puts the best interests of his clients first. He serves clients with the highest levels of integrity possible and demands the same level of professionalism from those around him. I highly recommend Jonathan Kramer for any of your legal needs in the area of telecommunications and commercial real estate.


    Halorin Thurman Family Attorney
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  • Judd S Nemiro

    A great attorney that always puts the clients needs first. I endorse this lawyer.


    Judd Nemiro Divorce and separation Attorney
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Contact info

Telecom Law Firm, P.C.

2001 S. Barrington Avenue, Suite 306
Los Angeles, CA, 90025

Telecom Law Firm, P.C.

6986 La Jolla Boulevard, Suite 204
La Jolla, CA, 9203790



NMAuthorized to practice law201305/20/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
NATOA Member of the YearNational Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors1997
NATOA Member of the YearNational Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Principal AttorneyTelecom Law Firm, P.C.2006 - Present
PrincipalKramer.Firm, Inc. (and former entities)1984 - Present
Regional Technical ManagerStorer Communications1982 - 1984
Engineering ManagerWestern Cable Services1982 - 1982
System EngineerWarner Cable1979 - 1982
Field Technician - Area F EngineeringMotorola, Inc.1976 - 1978
TechnicianRovofone of Los Angeles1973 - 1974
Association namePosition nameDuration
New Mexico Municipal LeagueCity Attorney Section Member2013 - Present
State Bar of New MexicoMember2013 - Present
Society of Broadcast EngineersMember2009 - Present
Federal Communications Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA)Member2006 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2006 - Present
Society of Cable Telecommunication EngineersFellow Member2004 - Present
National Association of Telecommunications Officers and AdvisorsMember (also Former Board Member)1987 - Present
Society of Cable Telecommunications EngineersSenior Member1980 - Present
State Bar of California, Public Law SectionMember, Executive Board2008 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
T-Mobile v. Glenn View Condo AssociationSettled; Dismissed with prejudice.
SpectraSite v. BrunoSettled; Dismissed with prejudice
Ashley Furn. Ind. v. ParksVoluntary Dismissal without Prejudice and Without Costs
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Publication nameTitleDate
State Bar of California Real Property JournalWhat Landlords Should Know About Cell Site Leasing2013
AGL MagazineDAS All Folk2012
NATOA JournalRadio Frequency Emissions Safety - A Practical and Practice Gude2009
Local Government Official's E-Guide to Communications Facilities SitingRadio Frequency Emissions Safety - A Pracical and Practice Guide2009
Public Law JournalWould You Like To Be A Driver?2008
Communications TechologyGive Me Your Bond2007
National Geographic MagazineCell Phonies2007
AGL: Above Ground LevelA Modern Game of Hide and Seek2007
NATOA JournalPicture Quality in the Digital World: A lost Science?2007
NACO County NewsEffective Management of a Cable TV Rebuild/Upgrade in Your Community2004
Public Management MagazineLeveling the Playing Field for Cable TV Franchise Renewals2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Strathclyde School of Law, Information Technology and Telecommunications LawLL.M (with distinction)2013
Abraham Lincoln Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Los Angeles Trade Technical CollegeRadio CommunicationsAS Radio Communications (with honors)1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Section 6409(a): A Municipal PerspectiveSection 6409(a) 47 U.S.C. 1455(a)2014
Deployment of Wireless FacilitiesWireless Facilities Deployment Law2014
Current Issues in Wireless CollocationsWireless Site Collocations2014
Wireless Everything for Government PlannersWireless Regulation in California2013
New Mexico Municipal League Attorneys Section MeetingWhat’s the FCC Up to Now?2013
Federal Cell Tower Zoning: A Municipal PerspectiveTower Zoning and Wireless Ordinances2013
eNATOA ConferenceLocal Governments, Wireless Siting Practices, and the FCC2013
Current Issues in Section 6409(a)Section 6409(a) Regulations2013
Current Issues in Cell Tower Leases and Lease BuyoutsWireless Site Lease Buyouts2013
CPSC S186 01Internet and Telecommunications Law2013
Cell Tower Leasing for Municipal AttorneysWireless Site Leasing for Governments2013
AGL Regional Conference - IrvineLocal Government Regulation of Wireless Sites2013
KTLF CLE ProgramsSec. 6409(a) for Local Governments2012
If the Tower Doesn’t Grow, Can Municipalities Say No?Section 6409(a) 47 U.S.C. 1455(a)2012
10th Annual Telecommunications Law Conf.Telecom Regulation2012
Current Issues in WiMax, 4G and LTE LeasesAdvanced Wireless Leasing2011
CPSC S186 01Internet and Telecommunications Law2011
AGL Regional Conference - DenverIs There Such A Thing As A Good Wireless Ordinance?2011
NATOA Annual ConferenceWireless Facilities Siting - How to Accommodate Explosive Growth while Maintaining Neighborhood Livability2010
City Attorneys SectionWireless 101 for Municipal Attorneys2010
Attorneys Section Spring ConferenceWireless Issues Update2010
Wireless telecommunications law updateCurrent Issues in Cell Tower Regulation2009
Wireless Siting UpdateWireless Cases and Legislation2009
Section Education InstituteTelecom 101: What Every Practioner Should Know2009
Section Education InstituteSecret Life of PDA: Ethical Considerations2009
SCTE Live LearningDTV Transition: Last Steps Before the Cut Over2009
SCAN NATOA Annual ConferenceWireless Update2009
National Electrical Code: Why Comply?Outside Plant Safety2009
LCC Public Works OfficersState Cable Franchise Update: State—of—the— Art or State—of—War?2009
Current Issues in Wireless Site LeasingWireless lease issues for attorneys and owners2009
CalWA Education SeminarCurrent Issues in Telecom Law2009
Association MeetingWireless Regulation Update2009
State Bar of California Annual Meeting 2008Protecting Client Confidences While Using Mobile Technology2008
State Bar Annual ConferenceMobile security and ethical issues for attorneys2008
SCTE Show Me ChapterFCC Regulations Regarding Cable TV2008
SCAN NATOA Annual Conference"Surfin' Telecommunication Choices: A New World, A New Direction2008
Palomar ARC Meeting"I'm From the Government (Planning Department) and I'm Here to Help You"2008
Current Issues in Cell Tower RegulationWireless telecommunications law update2008
Cable Television UnraveledCable TV Law Update2008
"Tower Siting: Geting to Win/Win for Localities and for Carriers"Wireless telecommunications siting: Legal and Practical Considerations2008
State Bar Annual ConferenceWild Wired (and Wireless) West2007
SCAN NATOA Annual ConferenceRight of Way Furniture2007
Policy ConferenceAT&T Project Lightspeed2007
ARRL Southwest Division Conference"I'm From the Government (Plannign Department) and I'm Here to Help You"2007
PCIA Annual ConferenceWireless Case Mock Hearing (Kramer as hearing officer)2006
City Attorneys Section ConferenceWireless and wired telecommunications law update2006
APA National ConferenceWireless telecommunications planning2006
SCAN NATOA Annual Conference"Future of Cable Television"2005
NATOA National ConferenceEmerging and Competing Broadband Technology2005
Florida Cable and Telecommunications Law Local Government WorkshopCable TV and Wireless Regulation and Law Update2005
California APA ConferenceA Sea Change in Wireless Siting2005
Association of Environmental Professionals - Orange County ChapterWireless Siting 1012005
ACMPEG Programming2005
Power And Grounding Council MeetingKeynote Lecture on Telecommunications Grounding2004
IMLA Annual ConferenceTelecommunications Safety Code Violations: A Field Guide for Attorneys2004
Florida Cable and Telecommunications Law Local Government WorkshopCable TV and Wireless Regulation and Law Update2004
City Attorneys MeetingTelecommunications Law Update2004
Cable TV ConferenceCable TV Regulation: Local, State, and Federal Regulation2004
APA - Regional Planning ConferenceWireless Siting Planning: A Government Perspective2004
NATOA Annual ConferenceMaximizing Wireless Resources2003
IRWA Chapter 1 ConferenceHow to Get A Wireless Tower Siting Permit Application Denied!2003
Florida Cable and Telecommunications Law Local Government WorkshopCable TV and Wireless Regulation and Law Update2003
International Information Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Law ConferenceWhen Bad Things Happen to Good Cable Systems2002
Early Stage Due Diligence Technology ConsiderationsRight of Way Considerations for Local Governments2002
The Third Annual Conference on LOCAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE : Access and Deployment IssuesWireless Siting: Policy Issues and Practical Solutions - A Municipal View2001
NATOA 2001 Annual ConferenceHiding Cell Phone Sites In Plain Sight Now you see ‘um…now you don’t!2001
NATOA Annual ConferenceCable TV Regulation1992
NATOA Annual ConferenceCable TV Regulation1991
NATOA Annual ConferenceCable TV Regulation1990
NATOA Annual ConferenceCable TV Regulation1989
NATOA Annual ConferenceCable TV Regulation1988