Jenner & Block

Luke Platzer is a litigator who focuses primarily on intellectual property and regulatory issues relating to the internet, broadband and IP voice services and other new media platforms.

Individuals and businesses in the entertainment industry seek Mr. Platzer's help with cases involving the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) and protection of entertainment content, as well as compliance and copyright issues involving online properties.  Broadband and IP voice providers seek his assistance in litigation, in securing regulatory approvals and in proceedings before the FCC and state public utilities commissions, in matters involving the regulatory treatment of broadband and IP voice services, as well as other areas where technology intersects with telecommunications regulation.

Mr. Platzer is a member of the firm’s Communications, Internet & Technology Practice as well as its Content, Media & Entertainment Practice.  He also serves on the firm’s Hiring Committee and its Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

Communications, Internet & Technology.  As both a litigator and regulatory attorney in Jenner & Block's Communications, Internet & Technology practice, Mr. Platzer represents clients in proceedings before the FCC, state regulatory commissions and the federal courts, principally involving the intersection of telecommunications regulation with new technologies.  He is a member of the team that secured both state and federal regulatory approvals for the merger between Charter Communications, Inc., Time Warner Cable Inc. and Bright House Networks, LLC (FCC MB Docket 15-149; Cal. Pub. Utils. Comm’n Docket No. 15-07-009).  Mr. Platzer has represented service providers in litigation in federal and state court, and in numerous regulatory proceedings, in dockets involving state regulatory authority, federal preemption and intercarrier compensation with respect to VoIP services, including Comcast’s successful appeal involving the regulation of VoIP services by the State of Vermont, In re Investigation into Regulation of Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Services, 2013 VT 23 (VT 2013). 

Content, Media & Entertainment.  Mr. Platzer was named a “Rising Star” in the field of Media & Entertainment by Law360 in 2015.  As a member of Jenner & Block’s Content, Media and Entertainment practice, Mr. Platzer has a long history of involvement in precedent-setting cases involving the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), and has successfully represented entertainment industry clients in numerous matters involving the protection of intellectual property and entertainment properties online.  These have included both the jury trial and successful appeal in EMI Christian Music Group, Inc. v. MP3tunes, LLC, No. 14-4369 (2d Cir. 2016), which the New York Law Journal has named among the top 25 New York verdicts of 2014; Mattocks v. Black Entertainment Television LLC, No. 0:13-cv-61582 (S.D. Fl. 2014); Disney Enterprises, Inc. v. Hotfile Corp., No. 11-20427 (S.D. Fl. 2013); Viacom International, Inc., et al. v. YouTube, Inc., et al., No. 07 Civ. 2103 (S.D.N.Y.); Arista Records LLC, et al. v. Usenet.com, Inc., No. 07 Civ. 8822 (S.D.N.Y. 2009) and Atlantic Record Corporation, et al. v. XM Satellite Radio, Inc., No. 06 CV 3733 (S.D.N.Y. 2007). 

Mr. Platzer also taught Entertainment Law as an adjunct professor at American University Washington College of Law from 2013 through 2016.

In addition to his work on behalf of Jenner & Block’s communications and entertainment industry clients, Mr. Platzer has a long history of working with national civil rights organizations on impact litigation matters involving LGBT equality. Along with the firm’s co-counsel at Lambda Legal and the ACLU, he served as class counsel to the class of same-sex couples who successfully challenged the Commonwealth of Virginia’s prohibition against same-sex marriage in Harris v. Rainey, No. 14-1167 (4th Cir. 2014), which brought marriage equality to the states within the Fourth Circuit. He also represented the plaintiffs in Gill v. OPM, 682 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 2012), the first case to find the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, and in Pedersen v. OPM, No. 10 CV 1750 (D. Conn. 2013), which reached the same conclusion in a similar challenge in Connecticut. He has authored numerous amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of national organizations advocating for LGBT equality, including Lambda Legal, GLAD, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the Human Rights Campaign.