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SEPTEMBER 16, 2013 – Peter Karanjia is returning to Davis Wright Tremaine after serving for three years as Deputy General Counsel of the FCC, where he was responsible for overseeing all litigation involving the agency. Mr. Karanjia will join the firm's Communications, Media, IP, & Technology Group in Washington, D.C., and will serve as Co-Chair of the Appellate Practice Group.
Mr. Karanjia brings over a decade of experience at the highest levels of communications, media, First Amendment, and intellectual property law. During his successful tenure at the FCC, Mr. Karanjia argued a number of precedent-setting cases before federal appellate courts. Working closely with the Solicitor General's Office, Mr. Karanjia also led the FCC's litigation in the U.S. Supreme Court, including cases involving cutting-edge issues in First Amendment law, federal-state relations, and administrative law.
Prior to his position at the FCC, Mr. Karanjia served from 2007 to 2010 as Special Counsel to New York Solicitor General Barbara D. Underwood, a former Acting Solicitor General of the United States. In that role, he successfully briefed and argued several of the most important appeals on behalf of the State of New York. Before entering public service, Mr. Karanjia was a partner in Davis Wright Tremaine’s New York office.
"I am thrilled to be able to work again with my colleagues and friends at Davis Wright," said Mr. Karanjia. "Not only is it a pleasure to return to a firm I know so well, Davis Wright is extremely well positioned to serve clients in the highly dynamic communications and information technology spheres. Davis Wright has successfully fused its long-recognized First Amendment and media practice with its outstanding intellectual property, telecommunications, and privacy practices. Clients’ needs in these areas increasingly overlap as their business models continue to evolve."
"As an attorney with deep experience in appellate litigation generally and unparalleled substantive expertise in communications and media, Internet, and intellectual property law, Peter will be an enormous asset to our clients," said DWT Managing Partner Dave Baca. "His experience in government will also be invaluable in helping our clients navigate the complex challenges they face in the rapidly changing communications, media, and technology marketplace and regulatory environment."
Mr. Karanjia holds law degrees from Harvard Law School, where he studied as a John F. Kennedy Scholar, and Oxford University, from which he graduated with First Class Honors.
About Davis Wright Tremaine
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is a national law firm with nine offices and approximately 500 lawyers representing clients based throughout the United States and around the world. It was the winner of Chambers USA’s 2013 award for the best Media Law practice in the country; and, among other recognitions, it has been regularly ranked by the same guide as among the top tier of law firms nationwide in the areas of First Amendment and Media Litigation.