Michael Basile


I work on high-stakes transactions, particularly those involving communications and media companies.

Michael Basile is co-chair of Cooley's communications practice group. His practice covers traditional and new media interests and focuses on transactions, policy advocacy and regulatory compliance counseling. He represents clients on strategic matters, including M&A, financings, shared operating arrangements, content agreements and in structuring acquisition vehicles, presenting bids, negotiating transaction agreements and obtaining regulatory approvals. Michael has been counsel to buyers and sellers in over 60 broadcast television transactions over the last five years, including many of the largest television deals by total value.

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  • Meredith Agrees to Sell National Media Group to IAC’s Dotdash 

  • Zoom to Acquire Five9 for $14.7 Billion 

  • Mobilitie Agrees to Sell to BAI Communications 

  • Meredith Agrees to Sell TV Broadcast Group to Gray Television for $2.8 Billion 

  • Outside Interactive Inks Series of M&A Deals and Raises $150 Million Series B 

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  • Washington College of Law American University
    JD, 1983

  • Lafayette College
    BA, 1980

Admissions & Credentials

District of Columbia


  • Federal Communications Bar Association

  • USO of Metropolitan Washington - Baltimore, Board of Directors

Rankings & Accolades

    Chambers USA: District of Columbia - Media & Entertainment: Regulatory

    BTI Consulting Group - Client Service All-Star

    Legal 500 US: Leading Lawyer in Media, technology and telecoms – Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory / transactional

    The Best Lawyers in America

    Super Lawyers: Top Communications Lawyer