Patrick J. Carome

Patrick J. Carome has handled a wide variety of high stakes litigation in both trial and appellate courts. Much of his practice focuses on representation of media and entertainment companies in complex litigation and regulatory matters. Many of his clients are leading internet companies.

Mr. Carome’s areas of substantive expertise include media torts, online intermediary liability, privacy, copyright, trademark, press access rights, trade secrets, anti-terrorism laws, and general tort and contract laws. He has represented many well-known clients on these and other issues, including Twitter, Facebook, Google, Airbnb, craigslist, Pinterest, Snap, Yahoo!, The Washington Post, the New York Times, Monumental Sports and Entertainment, American Legacy Foundation, and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. 

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. He is a member of the The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.

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.

Past 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.


  • 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.


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 2015-2019 editions of the Best Lawyers in America for media law and was commended in the 2018 edition of The Legal 500 United States.

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  • Education

    • JD, Harvard Law School, 1983

      magna cum laude Editor, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review; Member, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau
    • BA, Political Science and Communications, Boston College, 1980

      summa cum laude Phi Beta Kappa
  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • Massachusetts

  • Clerkships

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