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DLA Piper LLP (US)
United States

Work Department

Intellectual Property and Technology; Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations; Telecom; State Attorneys General


Partner; Chair, Administrative Law Appellate Practice


Peter Karanjia is chair of DLA Piper’s Administrative Law Appellate practice. Drawing on his experience as Deputy General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission (2010-2013) and Special Counsel to the Solicitor General of New York (2007-2010), Peter focuses on appellate, regulatory, and complex civil litigation.

Peter has extensive experience handling government-facing litigation and enforcement matters, including appeals and trial court litigation involving constitutional issues, federal preemption, and privacy and cybersecurity matters. He has successfully briefed and argued major appeals covered in The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and other national publications. In addition, Peter has 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 services providers.

Peter is also actively involved in pro bono and civic work, including regularly filing amicus briefs in the United States Supreme Court on behalf of members of Congress, bar associations and government officials. He chairs the national board of the American Constitution Society and is an elected member of the American Law Institute (which publishes Restatements of the Law, Model Codes, and Principles of Law).


LL.M., Harvard Law School; M.A., University of Oxford;  B.A., University of Oxford

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory

A combination of ‘extensive substantive knowledge, in-depth technical expertise, and astute political savvy’ makes DLA Piper LLP (US) in Washington DC a go-to firm both for domestic as well as multi-jurisdictional matters. Michael Senkowski co-leads the practice; an eminent authority in the field he is an expert in telephony issues and counselling companies on market access. Alongside him, Nancy Victory co-heads the team, a seasoned veteran in FCC matters, she is a specialist in obtaining regulatory approvals and handling enforcement matters with a particular focus on ownership issues. Together they served as lead counsel for T-Mobile in its industry-shaping merger with Sprint and continue to advice the client on commitments relating thereto. They work together with specialists in other sub-sectors such as Eric DeSilva who focuses his practice on wireless telecoms and cutting-edge matters such as 5G and Private LTE. Similarly, Edward Smith covers the whole range of possible issues in satellite and wireless sectors, regarding both transactions and regulation. Peter Karanjia is an expert appellate and civil litigator and represents his clients in government-facing and enforcement litigation. To answer growing demand from clients, the firm bolstered its satellite practice with February 2021 Tony Lin from Hogan Lovells US LLP, while counsel Andrew Sacks is also noted.