Peter Karanjia

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

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Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest 1919
Washington 20006 DC US

Peter Karanjia is co-chair of Davis Wright Tremaine’s appellate practice group and a member of the firm’s communications, media, IP & technology group and its privacy & security group. Peter has extensive experience in appellate and regulatory litigation (having litigated over 100 appeals), government investigations, and complex civil litigation.

He is also recommended by Chambers USA (2017) as an experienced litigator and appellate lawyer, and is regularly quoted in the media on cyberlaw, new technology, and privacy law. Peter rejoined the firm in 2013 after serving for three years as deputy general counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, where he was responsible for overseeing all of the agency’s litigation.

At the FCC, Peter argued a number of precedent-setting appeals, including one—described by The New York Times as a “big win” for the Commission—involving novel issues concerning mobile Internet services on smartphones and tablets.

Previously, Peter served as a senior member of the Office of New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, where he was responsible for appellate litigation and other special projects.

As Special Counsel to the Solicitor General of New York (from 2007 to 2010), Peter successfully briefed and argued several major appeals, including a constitutional challenge to a first-of-its-kind statute governing online commerce. As The Washington Post reported, the “multibillion-dollar issue” at stake in the case “is one of the most important in modern retailing.

Professional & Community Activities:

  • American Bar Association
  • American Constitution Society
  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Kennedy Scholars’ Association
  • Supreme Court Institute, Georgetown Law (Moot Court Program)


  • LL.M., Harvard Law School, 1998
    • John F. Kennedy Scholarship (British equivalent of Rhodes Scholarship)
  • B.A. (and later M.A.), Law, University of Oxford, Brasenose College, 1997
    • Brasenose College Scholarships, 1996 and 1994
    • Distinction in first-year examinations


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