Peter Karanjia

Co-chair of the Appellate Practice Group and Partner at Davis Wright Tremaine

Peter Karanjia is co-chair of the appellate practice group and a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine. He is also a member of the firm's communications, media, IP and technology group, and its privacy and security group. In 2017, Karanjia was appointed to the ACS board of directors.

From 2010 to 2013, Karanjia served as Deputy General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission. He previously served as Special Counsel to the Solicitor General in the Office of New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo. He also was an associate in the Litigation Department of Davis Polk & Wardwell.

Karanjia received the Attorney General’s Award from the Office of the New York Attorney General in 2010. For each of the last three years, Law360 has named him "Telecommunications MVP of the Year" for his “successes in high-stakes litigation.”  He is also recommended by the 2017 edition of Chambers USA, and is frequently quoted in the media on cyberlaw, new technology, and First Amendment issues.

Karanjia’s recent noteworthy cases include Hawaii v. Trump, where he filed amicus briefs on behalf of more than 130 Members of Congress in cases challenging President Trump’s “Travel Ban” executive orders. In Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31, he represented Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, of Rhode Island and Senator Richard Blumenthal, of Connecticut, as amici curiae before the Supreme Court. Karanjia is also currently representing United We Dream (an association representing “Dreamers”) in pending litigation challenging the government’s rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Karanjia received his L.L.M. from Harvard Law School as a John F. Kennedy Scholar, and his M.A. and B.A. in law from the University of Oxford with highest honors.