Michael Edward Lenert

Attorney-at-law and Professor

Lenert is an attorney in private practice in California, and teaches media law at the University of San Francisco as an adjunct in the Department of Media Studies.


The University of California

Berkeley, California


 Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric, magna cum laude, May 1983.

Georgetown University Law School

Washington, D.C.

1983 - 1986

Juris Doctor, 1986. Dean’s List.

The University of Texas

Austin, Texas


Ph.D. 1993. Communication Technology and Policy, College of Communication, Department of Radio-Television-Film.

Dissertation title: The paradox of public: The public and the public interest in communication technology regulation in the United States, 1934 - 1988.


Law and commerce


1986 - present

Lenert began his legal career as a civil litigator in San Francisco, CA, and later developed a focus on issues related to media law and policy. In addition to his civil law practice, Lenert is also a licensed California real estate broker with over 25 years experience, specializing in Commercial and residential sales and leasing. On the residential side, he has participated in as broker in sales and purchases valued at over $10 million. On the commercial side, Lenert has represented clients in negotiations with companies such as AT&T, Mobil Oil, Jack in the Box, Subway and McDonalds.

Media and technology


1990 - present

Lenert has over 20 years experience as a teacher and researcher. He recently completed a five-year term as a Professor at the Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno, and held the Fred W. Smith Chair in Critical Thinking and Ethical Practices and was Director of the Laboratory for Innovation and Ethical Practices at The Center for Advanced Media Studies at the University of Nevada.

He has been a consultant to organizations such as the Ford Foundation, New York, The Asia Foundation, San Francisco, and the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, Claremont, CA, on Internet and telecommunications issues. He is past president of the New York State Communication Association and former co-chairman of World Wide Web Artists Consortium, Digital Broadcasting Special Interest Group.


Media law and policy analysis

Expertise in areas of democratic media practice, including the Internet and cable and braodcast television.

Digital media production

Experience in applied media aesthetics, information design, and video and audio production for television and the Internet.

Social entrepreneurship and diffusion of innovations

Research, scholarship and teaching concerning the application of entrepreneurial principles to address social needs.