W. Lawrence Patrick

W. Lawrence Patrick

Managing Partner
Patrick Communications
Elkridge, Md.

Larry Patrick serves as president of Patrick Communications, LLC, a media investment banking and brokerage firm that also provides management consulting services. He is also president of Legend Communications, a 13-station radio group, valued at over $25 million. Patrick Communications was established by Larry in 1984 and is based in Ellicott City, Md.

Larry also previously served as CEO of Gilmore Broadcasting of Kalamazoo, Mich. Gilmore owned four radio and three television stations as well as 18 cable television systems. Prior to this he served as senior vice president of the National Association of Broadcasters. Larry also served as a professor of communications at both the University of Tulsa and the University of Maryland for four years fulltime prior to joining NAB and continued to teach at Maryland for an additional 12 years as an adjunct professor. He got his start in broadcasting in the operation and management of stations.

Larry has testified in 22 federal and state court cases as an expert witness on station valuations, contract damage claims, libel damages and station management and operations. He also has testified before committees of both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Copyright Royalty Tribunal and the Australian Communications Department.

Earning a B.A. in telecommunications from the University of Kentucky, Larry also holds a M.S. in communications from the University of Tennessee, a Ph.D. in communications and management from Ohio University and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. He was admitted as a member of the Maryland Bar Association in 1980. He has co-authored three books on broadcast station management and finance as well as several journal articles. He is also currently an adjunct professor at both Georgetown University Law Center and Central Michigan University.

Larry is a past president of the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) and of the National Association of Media Brokers. He was awarded the Distinguished Education Service Award by BEA in 2005.He has also served as chairman of the University of Tennessee's College of Communication and Information's Board of Visitors and a member of the University of Tennessee Development Council. He also currently serves as chairman of the board and trustee of the National Association of Broadcasters Political Action Committee (NABPAC).