Peter Casciato dead at 59


Friends in broadcasting are remembering communications attorney Peter Casciato. A celebration of life is planned for this spring in San Francisco, following his recent death at age 59.

Casciato joined the FCC straight out of Boston University law school in 1978 and was the Commission’s principal attorney for the review and approval of the Gannett-Combined Communications merger, at the time the biggest media merger ever.

Leaving the FCC after two years, the Oregon native joined a DC communications law firm for two years and then headed back to the West Coast. After a brief stint with a San Francisco law firm he established the Law Offices of Peter A. Casciato, A Professional Corporation, and remained in private practice until his death. He represented the California Cable Television Association as a client for two decades.

An avid runner, Casciato ran the Boston Marathon, Marine Corps Marathon, San Francisco Marathon and others.

He suffered a stroke three weeks before his death and passed away at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center with his wife and children at his side.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep High School in San Francisco ( or the Parents Education Network (

Details of the spring memorial will be posted on: