Robert Alan Garrett

Robert Alan Garrett

Retired Partner

Robert Garrett is a retired partner whose practice focused on copyright and telecommunications law, particularly as it affects the sports, media and entertainment industries and new technologies. He represented and advised major sports leagues and organizations, motion picture producers and distributors, recording companies, broadcast and cable television networks, municipal and foreign governments, and others who create or make use of copyrighted works.

Mr. Garrett handled numerous matters before the federal district courts and courts of appeals, US Supreme Court, Copyright Office, Copyright Royalty Board (and predecessors), FCC, Congress and WIPO. He analyzed, under applicable copyright and communications laws, the legality of various technologies and practices. He also assisted clients in contractual negotiations and disputes involving the licensing of copyrighted content as well as in the mediation of disputes over the unlicensed use of such content.

Prior to joining Arnold & Porter, Mr. Garrett served in the US Army and as a law clerk to then-Judge John Paul Stevens of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He graduated, cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law, where he was Executive Editor of the law review, a member of the law school’s moot court team, co-recipient of the Adlai Ewing Stevenson Award and William Jennings Bryan Award.


Chambers USA
Sports Law (Nationwide) (2008-2018)
Media & Entertainment (DC) (2010-2018)
Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secret (DC) (2014-2018)
The Legal 500 US
"Leading Lawyer" – Intellectual Property: Copyright (2011-2018)
Sports (2008-2010, 2014-2018)
The Legal 500 Hall of Fame
Copyright (US) (2018)


  • JD, Northwestern University School of Law, 1973, cum laude
  • BA, Northwestern University, 1970
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • US District Court, District of Columbia
  • US District Court, Southern District of New York
  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Government and Military Service
  • Assistant to the General Counsel, Office of the Secretary of the Army
  • Staff Counsel, Special Commission on the United States Military Academy
  • Judge Advocate General Corps (Army ROTC), US Army
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, The Honorable John Paul Stevens
  • Member, The Copyright Society of the USA

  • Member, Federal Communications Bar Association

  • Member, Sports Lawyers Association

  • Member, American Bar Association: Forum Committee on Entertainment & Sports, Forum Committee on Communications, Copyright & New Technologies Committee

  • Member, DC Bar Association: Intellectual Property Law Section; Arts, Entertainment, Media, and Sports Law Section


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