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Practice Groups:
· Appellate and Supreme Court Practice
· Class Action Litigation
· Entertainment and New Media, Co-Chair
· Health Care Law
· Intellectual Property
· Litigation Department
· Media and First Amendment Practice
· Public Policy
· Telecommunications

Practice Specific Experience:
· Media and First Amendment Practice
· Appellate and Supreme Court Practice

· Harvard Law School,  J.D.,  1991,  magna cum laude; Managing Editor, Harvard Law Review
· Brown University,  A.B. (History),  1988,  magna cum laude

Prior Employment:
· United States Department of Justice, Civil Division (Deputy Assistant Attorney General, 1999-2001)
· United States Department of Justice (Counsel to Attorney General, 1997-1999)
· Jenner & Block (1992-1997)

· District of Columbia, 1993
· Virginia, 1991

· U.S. Supreme Court, 1996
· U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 2002
· U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, 1994
· Supreme Court of Virginia, 1991

Judicial Clerkships:
· Hon. Royce C. Lamberth, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, 1991 - 1992

THOMAS J. PERRELLI, Managing Partner, Washington, DC
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Washington, DC Office
Office: (202) 639-6004
Fax: (202) 639-6066
Email: tperrelli@jenner.com
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Thomas J. Perrelli is Managing Partner of Jenner & Block’s Washington, DC office and is a member of Firm’s Litigation Department.  He is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Entertainment and New Media Practice and a member of the Appellate and Supreme Court, Class Action Litigation, Health Care Law, Intellectual Property, Media and First Amendment, and Telecommunications Practices.  He is also a member of the Firm’s Management Committee.  Mr. Perrelli concentrates his practice on copyright, media, and constitutional litigation, as well as complex litigation with a public policy or regulatory component.  He was recently named one of the nation's 40 most promising lawyers under 40 by The National Law Journal for exhibiting "extraordinary achievements" in his career. 

Mr. Perrelli regularly represents the recording industry in cutting-edge intellectual property, technology, and anti-piracy litigation.  He has represented the recording industry in a host of cases arising under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), as well as in copyright infringement and digital piracy litigation.  Since his return to Jenner and Block in 2001, Mr. Perrelli has also represented Democratic voters and elected officials in redistricting litigation arising out of the 2000 Census.

Mr. Perrelli was previously an associate at Jenner & Block from 1992 to 1997.  In 1997, Mr. Perrelli left Jenner & Block to join the Department of Justice and served as counsel to Attorney General Janet Reno.  He subsequently rose to Deputy Assistant Attorney General, supervising the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division, which represents virtually every federal agency in complex civil litigation.  In that role, Mr. Perrelli led a staff of 100 attorneys charged with defending the constitutionality of federal statutes, defending federal agency action and regulations, representing the diplomatic and national security interests of the United States in courts of law, and conducting significant Title VII, personnel and social security litigation.

Mr. Perrelli also supervised the Justice Department's Tobacco Litigation Team in its litigation against the major cigarette manufacturers.  In addition, he played a leading role on significant policy issues ranging from medical records privacy and the use of adjusted figures in the census to Indian gaming and legal ethics. 

Prior to joining Jenner & Block, in 1991-92, Mr. Perrelli clerked for the Honorable Royce C. Lamberth of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.  Mr. Perrelli graduated from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, in 1991, where he was managing editor of the Harvard Law Review.  He received his A.B. in History from Brown University in 1988.  Mr. Perrelli is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court, the Virginia and District of Columbia Bars and the bars of numerous other federal courts.


  • "Defending Lanham Act Claims Against Expressive Works and Raising a Defense Based on the First Amendment," Media Law Resource Bulletin, January 2004
  • "Piracy Battles Online," Copyright World, February 2003
  • Deanne Maynard and Tom Perrelli, "9th Circuit Denies Dustin Hoffman's Publicity Claim," National Law Journal, C4, October 22, 2001
  • Case Note, "Search and Seizure -- Suspicionless Drug Testing," 103 Harvard Law Review 592, 1989
  • Case Comment, "Section 1983: Golden State Transit Corp. v. Los Angeles," 104 Harvard Law Review 339, 1990

Professional Activities:
  • Chambers USA
    Media & Entertainment – 2007
  • Jenner & Block
    Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Pro Bono Award, 2005
  • Lawdragon Magazine
    500 "New Stars, New Worlds" – 2006
  • National Law Journal
    "40 Under 40" – 2005
  • Brown University Club of Washington, D.C.

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