PETER E. BROADBENT, JR.
Admitted to Virginia Bar (1976)
Education. Mr. Broadbent received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, and his law degree from the University of Virginia. He was an officer in student government and in political organizations at both schools, and an officer in his fraternity and in service organizations at Duke.
Legal Experience. Mr. Broadbent’s areas of practice are general business law, communications law (particularly cable television law) and intellectual property (trademark, copyright, licensing and Internet law). He has extensive experience in numerous acquisitions and divestitures, particularly in the communications and health care fields, and related issues such as shareholder and non-compete agreements. He is also experienced in entertainment law issues.
In the field of communications law, he routinely deals with issues under the Telecommunications Act of 1996. He is experienced in cable television franchise law, and in a wide variety of cable industry matters.
Mr. Broadbent routinely advises clients on trademark and copyright issues, including preparation of licensing agreements and prosecution of applications for federal trademark registration. He has been actively involved in the area of Internet law, including preparation of content licensing agreements and web page development, hosting and linking agreements, user terms and conditions, and privacy policies.
Mr. Broadbent has served as Chairman of the Christian & Barton Business Law Department since 1990, and Chairman of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Group since 1991.
Professional Affiliations. Mr. Broadbent is the immediate past Chairman of the Business Law Section of the Virginia State Bar, and a member of its Intellectual Property Law Section. He has been recognized by Virginia Business magazine as one of the Legal Elite in Virginia since 2000 in either intellectual property law or business law categories, and has been recognized by Super Lawyers for his utilities law practice. He is also a member of the Virginia and Richmond Bar Associations, the Greater Richmond Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Federalist Society (Director, Virginia Chapter). Mr. Broadbent is the former editor of Virginia Business Law, the publication of the Business Law Section of the Virginia State Bar. He is a former chairman of the Virginia State Bar’s Committee on Publications and Public Information.
Community Organizations. Mr. Broadbent is a former Chairman of the state Library Board, which oversees the Library of Virginia and promotes education in history. He has been a President and Director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia and of the Virginia Genealogical Society, a director of the National Genealogical Society and of the Friends of the Virginia State Archives, a volunteer in the Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s Business Visitation Program, a director in the Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Dialogue/Business Roundtable Programs, a volunteer in St. Christopher’s School alumni and parent activities, Collegiate School parent activities, and a teacher and Deacon at First Presbyterian Church. He is Governor of the Society of Colonial Wars in Virginia, and a member of the state's War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.
President, 2004 Virginia Electoral College (and 7th District Elector).
Director, Central Virginia Lawyers for Kilgore 2005.
Director, Central Virginia Lawyers for Bush-Cheney 2004.
Member, 7th District Committee.
Member, Richmond City Republican Committee (since 1973).
Former member, State Central Committee, Republican Party of Virginia.
Former Chairman, Duke University and U.Va. Law Republican Clubs.