Elected Member

Peter Karanjia

Washington, DC
University of Oxford, Brasenose College
Harvard Law School

Peter Karanjia is chair of DLA Piper's Administrative Law Appellate practice.  A former Deputy General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commision (where he oversaw all litigation on behalf of the agency, including major cases in the U.S. Supreme Court) and Special Counsel to the Solicitor General of New York, Peter has litigated more than 100 appeals.  He has extensive experience in administrative law, First Amendment law, and communications and privacy law. 

Law360 has repeatedly selected Peter as an MVP of the Year for his "successes in high-stakes litigation." Chambers USA similarly notes that Peter "has a broad range of experience in representing clients in high-stakes courtroom proceedings" and is "widely regarded as one of the go-to folks for appellate work" (2020 and 2019 editions).

Peter has successfully briefed and argued major appeals covered in The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and other national publications. He also has successfully handled high-stakes challenges to government action in trial courts across the country, including a recent First Amendment challenge to Florida’s first-of-its-kind social media “deplatforming” law, which restricts moderation practices by a wide variety of online service providers.

Peter holds law degrees from Harvard Law School, where he studied as a Kennedy Scholar, and Oxford University, from which he graduated with First Class Honors.  He is actively involved in pro bono and civic work, including regularly filing amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of members of Congress, bar associations, and government officials.  Peter serves as chairman of the national board of the American Constitution Society.

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Areas of Expertise
Administrative Law
Appellate Litigation (Litigation)
Privacy Law (Constitutional Law)