District of Columbia


Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, J.D. 1982

University of Maryland
B.A. in Radio, Television & Film, 1979


Fundamentals Of RF Radiation

RF For Non-Engineers

With over 35 years of wireless experience, Alan Tilles is viewed as one of the “go-to” attorneys in the industry regarding spectrum utilization.

From radio manufacturers, to frequency coordinators, radio engineers, public safety agencies, railroads and utilities, he is frequently called upon to create innovative answers to complex technological problems. Alan has been commended by clients for his unparalleled legal representation, persistence, experience and knowledge base. Other clients note that they always want Alan on the phone during negotiations because he understands the technology.

A Radio/TV/Film graduate from the University of Maryland, Alan’s work in wireless goes well beyond simply reviewing contracts and writing FCC comments. Using his background owning and running radio stations, Alan has been at the forefront of conceiving and proposing rules at the FCC to address problems faced by the wireless industry. Major projects include: authoring rules for land mobile radio narrowbanding; representing hundreds of public safety entities in 800 MHz rebanding; working with the Telecommunications Industry Association on its Smart Building Initiative, authoring rules defining interference; writing and evaluating Requests for Proposal to implement public safety radio systems; and helping railroads acquire spectrum for Positive Train Control. He is a co-founder of the Government Wireless Technology & Communications Association.

Considering this background, both technically and legally, data privacy work was a natural outgrowth of Alan’s expertise. In the areas of Cybersecurity and Data Privacy, he helps companies implement data privacy policies and provides important assistance when breaches occur.

However, there’s another side to Alan’s legal work. As a musician since childhood, Alan represents numerous bands and entertainers. The breadth of his work includes working on recording contracts, television and live performance agreements. As a result, he has received appreciative mentions in albums by several musicians and in 2018 appeared on the East Bay Soul (led by Tower of Power’s Greg Adams) CD “Conversation,” and in 2020 on Joey Molland’s (Badfinger) “Be True To Yourself.”

As one of the most sought-after public speakers in the country, Alan can be seen at seminars and webinars nationwide on a regular basis, including the International Wireless Communications Expo and the Global Transport Forum. His writing can be seen on websites such as Urgent Communications.


  • International Wireless Communications Expo Advisory Committee, Member
  • Federal Communications Bar Association, Member
  • Spectrum Committee – National Public Safety Telecommunications Committee, Member
  • Telecommunications Industry Association Smart Buildings Program Committee, Member
  • Entertainment and Sports Law Committee – Maryland Bar Association, Member
  • Radio Club of America, Fellow, Past Vice President/Counsel


  • Presidential Award – APCO International – August 2004
  • Corpus Juris Secundum Award for Significant Legal Scholarship – Columbus School of Law – 1982