Robert Alan Garrett

Robert Alan Garrett

Retired Partner

Robert Garrett focused his practice on copyright and telecommunications law, particularly as it affected 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
Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secret (DC) (2014-2019)
Sports Law (Nationwide) (2008-2018)
Media & Entertainment (DC) (2010-2018)
The Legal 500 US
"Leading Lawyer" – Intellectual Property: Copyright (2011-2019)
Sports (2008-2010, 2014-2019)
The Legal 500 Hall of Fame
Copyright (US) (2018)

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