Mitchell Lazarus

Mitchell Lazarus


  • Georgetown University Law Center,-J.D., magna cum laude
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology,-Ph.D. (psychology)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology,-M.S. (electrical engineering)
  • McGill University,-B.Eng. (electrical engineering)


  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Mitchell Lazarus specializes in the regulation of new telecommunications technologies. He has helped many manufacturers and service providers obtain FCC approval for innovative products and services.

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Mr. Lazarus’s recent work includes FCC rulemakings and rule waivers for airport body-scanning devices, medical implants for treating obesity, surveillance robots, remote power, through-the-wall security radar, and several types of industrial radar. Other recent work involves many forms of unlicensed radio, including ultra-wideband and Wi-Fi, along with software-defined and cognitive radios, radio-based meter-reading systems, millimeter-wave communications, broadband-over-power-line, satellite-based location of mobile assets, and new-generation police radar detectors. He has long represented the fixed microwave community, and assists mobile radio providers and users. When necessary, Mr. Lazarus defends companies charged with FCC rule violations relating to equipment authorization or marketing.

In years past Mr. Lazarus drafted substantial parts of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 and its legislative history, and authored the “government warning” label that appears on alcohol beverage packaging.

In addition to a law degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where he served on the Georgetown Law Journal, Mr. Lazarus holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from McGill University and MIT, respectively, and a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from MIT. He spent several years working toward the reform of mathematics education, was instrumental in launching two educational TV series on PBS (Infinity Factory and Square One TV), and co-founded the field now called “math anxiety.” He has published five books and monographs and dozens of shorter works on educational issues, in addition to many articles on telecommunications regulation. Completed but not yet published is a novel about the Manhattan Project. He speaks frequently on telecommunications issues.

Mr. Lazarus is admitted to the practice of law in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia. He received the 2015 NSMA Fellow Award for lifetime achievement from the National Spectrum Management Association.

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