New Hampshire

It was my great privilege to make new law in a “tower law” case in New Hampshire,

Koor Communications v. Lebanon, NH

148 NH 618 (2002), 813 A.2d 418, 

I argued the case before the New Hampshire Supreme Court. In essence, we presented a case where Koor Communications (run by Bob Vinikoor, W3CFE, a resident of Norwich, VT) had an FCC license for an AM station in Lebanon. He wanted to erect an antenna (a vertical) greater than the height permitted by the Lebanon zoning bylaw.  The maximum height permitted by Lebanon was lower than the minimum height required by the FCC. The NH Supreme Court decided in favor of Koor Communications, on the grounds that the FCC requirement pre-empted the local zoning bylaw.

By the way, every lawyer should dream about arguing a case before the New Hampshire Supreme Court in the winter, with live fire in the fireplace off to the side, wonderful staff, and one of the nicest courtrooms ever.  If you have a chance, drop by the building and peek inside.  It is in Concord, and easy to find.