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Patrick J. Carome

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Carome, Patrick J.

Patrick J. Carome has handled a wide variety of high stakes litigation in both trial and appellate courts. He devotes much of his time to representation of communications and media companies in complex litigation and counseling matters. In recent years, many of his clients have been leading Internet companies.

Mr. Carome's areas of substantive expertise include defamation, privacy, copyright, trademark, press freedoms, trade secrets and general tort and contract laws. He has represented a broad range of clients on these and other issues, including AOL, Time Warner, craigslist, eBay, Google, Yahoo!, The Washington Post, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, ABC, Cable News Network and the American Legacy Foundation.

Experience

Mr. Carome began his legal career as a staff attorney for The Washington Post. He briefly left the firm to serve (from 1987 to 1988) as staff counsel to the US House of Representatives Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran.

Honors & Awards

Mr. Carome has been recognized as a leader in media and entertainment in every edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business since 2006. He has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2015-2018 editions of the Best Lawyers in America for media law.

Publications & News

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November 10, 2017

Serendipity and Internet Law: How the 'Zeran v. AOL' Landmark Almost Wasn't

In this article published in The Recorder, co-author Patrick Carome discusses the landmark ruling in Zeran v. AOL, a pillar of the legal framework that has permitted revolutionary services such as Google, Facebook and Twitter to exist and thrive.

August 16, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2018 Best Lawyers in America®, Nine Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 107 WilmerHale lawyers and names nine partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 24th edition.

May 26, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2017 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with WilmerHale listed among the nation's best in 50 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

March 30, 2017

WilmerHale Wins Two Global Competition Review Awards

The firm received the Litigation of the Year – Cartel Defence award for its representation of Denso and the Litigation of the Year – Cartel Prosecution award for its representation of candy-maker Katjes.

August 15, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2017 Best Lawyers in America®, Six Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 101 WilmerHale lawyers and names six partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 23rd edition.

May 27, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2016 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2016 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 47 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 82 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

May 19, 2015

WilmerHale Practices, Lawyers Ranked Among Nation’s Best by Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2015 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 46 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale attorneys as leaders in their respective fields.

April 25, 2014

WilmerHale Attorneys Recognized in Annual Washington DC Super Lawyers Listing

The annual edition of the Washington DC Super Lawyers magazine, published by The Washington Post Magazine, released its 2014 listing which includes 37 WilmerHale attorneys.

May 24, 2013

Chambers USA 2013 Final Results Announced

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business today announced its final rankings for the 2013 edition, in which 93 WilmerHale lawyers and 44 firm practice areas have been recognized as leading in their field.

June 7, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Final Results Announced

Recent Highlights

Mr. Carome has led the firm's representation of leading Internet companies in many cutting edge lawsuits across the country, including in the Second Circuit (Tiffany v. eBay; Spechy v. Aol and Netscape), the Fourth Circuit (Zeran v. AOL; Noah v. AOL Time Warner); the Fifth Circuit (Doe v. Yahoo!); the Seventh Circuit (CLC v. craigslist); the Ninth Circuit (Barnes v. Yahoo!; Carafano v. Metrosplash); the Tenth Circuit (Ben Ezra, Weinstein v. AOL); the Florida Supreme Court (Doe v. AOL); the California Supreme Court (Barrett v. Rosenthal), the Virginia Supreme Court (Anonymous Publicly Traded Co. v. AOL); and the federal district courts in DC (Blumenthal v. Drudge and AOL) and California (Ramkissoon v. AOL).

Mr. Carome's other recent work includes:

  • Representation of Salt Lake Tribune Publishing Company in a complex battle in both federal and state courts over ownership of the largest newspaper in Utah, including three separate appellate victories in the Tenth Circuit.
  • Successful defense of the American Legacy Foundation (the sponsor and creator of the nation's leading anti-tobacco counter-marketing campaign) against claims by a leading tobacco company in the Delaware Chancery Court and the Delaware Supreme Court.
  • Successful representations of the National Security Archive and Consumers Checkbook in suits under the Freedom of Information Act against (respectively) the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Professional Activities

Mr. Carome is an Editorial Adviser to Bloomberg BNA. Mr. Carome previously served as co-chair of the Media Law Resource Center's Committee on Cyberlaw, chair of the Committee on Government Information and Right to Privacy of the American Bar Association's Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section, and chair of the Steering Committee of the Administrative Law and Agency Practice Section of the District of Columbia Bar.

Mr. Carome co-authored a chapter entitled "Third-Party Content Liability in the United States," which appeared in the book Internet Law for the Business Lawyer (2001). He also is the co-author of a chapter entitled "Personal Privacy" that appears in the treatise Litigation Under the Federal Open Government Laws (14th through 24th editions, 1990-2008). He has written numerous articles concerning application of defamation and tort laws to interactive computer services that have been published in Internet Law & Business, the Journal of Internet Law, Global Telecoms Business, and the Legal Times.

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Education

JD, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1983, Editor, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review; Member, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau

BA, Political Science and Communications, summa cum laude, Boston College, 1980, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Massachusetts

Clerkships

The Hon. Milton Pollack, US District Court for the Southern District of New York

Government Experience

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