Regarded as one of the country’s leading civil litigators, Patrick Carome has extensive experience representing major media and entertainment companies, international organizations and other businesses in high stakes litigation in both trial and appellate courts. While much of his practice focuses on representation of major internet companies, he is a seasoned advocate and counselor across a broad range of subject matter and industries.
Mr. Carome is especially well known for his defense of social media and other online enterprises in cases raising First Amendment and other free speech issues. He is the nation’s preeminent advocate in litigation concerning Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the federal law that shields operators of online platforms from liability pertaining to publishing third-party content.
Mr. Carome’s record of success on such cases over the past two decades—ranging for his breakthrough victory in Zeran v. America Online to numerous recent wins for online platforms in federal and state courts throughout the United States—is unparalleled. Mr. Carome’s clients in this space include or have recently included Twitter, Facebook, Google, craigslist, Airbnb, Yahoo! and the Internet Association. Based largely on Mr. Carome’s recent work and achievements, U.S. News-Best Lawyers ranked WilmerHale “Law Firm of the Year – Litigation-First Amendment” in 2018.
Other areas of Mr. Carome’s substantive expertise for media companies include privacy, defamation, copyright, trademark and trade secrets. He also has deep experience representing news organizations, including to enforce press access rights. And he has litigated for and counseled numerous clients on issues relating to the Freedom of Information Act and state open records and open meeting laws.
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. He is a graduate of Boston College (B.A. summa cum laude, 1980) and Harvard Law School (J.D. magna cum laude, 1983). He clerked for the Honorable Milton Pollack, U.S. District Judge, Southern District of New York.