F. Paul Pittman handles complex commercial and civil litigation matters. Mr. Pittman’s practice includes matters involving intellectual property, data privacy, traditional and digital media, and product liability issues.
Mr. Pittman has defended, or counseled, clients on data privacy and breach considerations under state and federal laws, including HIPAA, trademark infringement claims involving a global retailer and libel and defamation claims stemming from online content. Mr. Pittman has also written on intellectual property issues affecting social media, athletes and entertainers, and data privacy issues in general.
Mr. Pittman has also defended several major oil companies in dozens of product liability and environmental cases nationwide brought by individuals, public and private utilities and state governments in state and federal courts for groundwater contamination of various public and private water sources by a gasoline additive. Mr. Pittman also has experience defending against class certification in these and other cases, including product liability litigation by boat owners against major oil companies for their use of ethanol in fuel.
Mr. Pittman also maintains an extensive pro-bono practice covering the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia where he has provided legal advice to small business owners and represented clients in tort, contract and housing cases, garnering favorable settlements for all of his clients.
Affiliations, Activities and Accomplishments
Mr. Pittman is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and New York State. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property and Toxic Trial & Insurance practice sections, the American Bar Association Intellectual Property and Social Media, and the Media Privacy and Defamation law committees; the National Bar Association, Energy, Environmental and Public Utilities Law; and the Media and Commercial Law sections of the District of Columbia Bar. Mr. Pittman is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Mr. Pittman has served as a mentor in the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund providing guidance to high school seniors in the college application process, consideration of schools and developing a long term plan for studies and careers. Mr. Pittman was recognized as a 2014 "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers.While in law school, Mr. Pittman interned with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. He was also a participant in the Washington and Lee Moot Court Program, including the John W. Davis Moot Court and Negotiations competitions. He also served as president of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society.
“Class Action Plaintiffs Look to Fair Credit Reporting Act for Private Relief from Data Breaches Involving Health Information,” Law.com, August 21, 2014
"Aereo Loses Battle with Broadcasters Over Online Television Programming," Sedgwick's Digital Media Law blog, June 30, 2014
“Home Entertainment Market Offers Opportunity And Peril,” Law360, April 15, 2014
“A Strong Tool For Musicians' Use of Copyrighted Images,” Law360, November 1, 2013
“Green Day Leaves Street Artists Screaming,” Sedgwick’s Live Entertainment News, Fall 2013
“Distinctions With A Difference: Search Engines and Online News Aggregators Fair Use and Implied License Issues in AP v. Meltwater,” Media Law Resource Center Bulletin, Legal Frontiers In Digital Media, May 2013
“‘Nexus’ Required To Establish Discharger Liability For Damages Under The New Jersey Spill Act,” ABA TIPs Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee Newsletter, Spring 2013
“Consumer Data Privacy and Data Breach Claims Haven’t Had A Leg To Stand On, But Support May Be On the Way,” ABA TIPs Media, Privacy and Defamation Law Committee Newsletter, Spring 2013
“The Battle for Linsanity – Lessons Learned from a Young Star’s Rise and … Injury,” The Real Athlete Blog, April 2012 (co-author)
“Users Pin on Pinterest, But Pinterest Pins Users,” Sedgwick’s Digital Media Law blog, March 2012 (Article reprinted by Westlaw Journal Computer and Internet, May 18, 2012)