The Catholic University of America


David A. Irwin

Director, Institute for Communications Law Studies

Distinguished Lecturer in Communications Law


A founding partner of Irwin, Campbell & Tannenwald, PC, one of the best-known communications law firms in the nation's capital, Professor Irwin is a graduate of the Washington College of Law at American University. He formerly held key positions at the FCC's Common Carrier Bureau (now the Wireline Competition Bureau) including deputy chief of policy, acting chief of the policy and rules division, chief of the program evaluation staff and special counsel to the chief of the bureau. In addition to having held corporate legal positions at Western Union and American Satellite Corporation, Irwin served as law clerk to two federal district court judges. He has taught at two law schools simultaneously for several years; as an adjunct professor of law at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law since 1985 teaching telecommunications carrier regulation, while offering the same course to students at Florida State University Law School via a live, interactive video link. His private practice encompasses emerging technologies, long-distance and satellite companies, manufacturers, independent and competitive telephone companies, cable television systems, radio common carriers and wireless companies.