Peter E. Broadbent Jr.


Peter E. Broadbent Jr.’s areas of practice are general business law, communications law (particularly cable television law), intellectual property (trademark, copyright, licensing and Internet law) and government relations 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 film and publishing entertainment law issues.

Mr. Broadbent is a member of the firm's Executive Committee and serves as chair of the Christian & Barton Intellectual Property practice group.

Intellectual Property
Legislative Advocacy
Cable Television
Communications and Media
Business Organizations and Corporations

• Virginia

Representative Trademark/Copyright Matters
• Filing and prosecution of federal trademark applications with the USPTO, and obtaining international protection directly through Madrid Protocol filings with WIPO, and working with local counsel in foreign countries.
• Assisting clients in selection of trademarks through analysis of search reports.
• Negotiation of licensing agreement for US and foreign trademarks.
• Sending out and responding to cease and desist letters alleging trademark infringement, and filing or defending Opposition and Cancellation proceedings at the USPTO, and negotiating settlement and co-existence agreements.
• Assisting clients in preparing and filing applications for copyright registration; advice on fair use and copyright term issues for existing copyrights.

Representative Legislative Issues
• Drafting legislation and participation in negotiations with other industries and lobbying General Assembly members.
• Monitoring legislation, identifying issues and drafting amendments and participation in negotiations and lobbying General Assembly representatives to address broad language in specific bills that would have impacted clients.

Representative Communications Issues
• Preparing comments in agency rulemaking proceedings at the federal and state levels.
• Advice to clients on compliance with state and federal laws.
• Negotiation of easement agreements and access agreements for installation of communications lines.
• Representation in communications tax issues.

Representative Business Matters
• Negotiation of partial sale of business assets, including intellectual property.
• Negotiation of software license agreement.
• Negotiation of film location agreement.
• Negotiation of book publishing agreement.

University of Virginia School of Law, J.D, 1976

Duke University, B.A., History, 1973

St. Christopher’s School, 1969


Virginia State Bar
• Business Law Section, Chair, 2005-2007; Vice chair, 2003-2005; Member, Board of Governors, 1997-2010; Virginia Business Law Editor, 1995-1998
• Intellectual Property Section
• Committee on Public Information, Former Chair

Virginia Bar Association
• Business and Intellectual Property Law Sections

The Bar Association of the City of Richmond

Greater Richmond Intellectual Property Law Association

Federalist Society
• Advisory Board, Virginia Chapter
• Member, Corporations, Intellectual Property and Telecommunications Group

International Trademark Association  

Republican National Lawyers Association


Library of Virginia
• Board Member (by gubernatorial appointment), 2022-present, 2010-2015 and 1996-2006; Chair, 2014-2015 and 2003-2004
• Executive Committee Member, 2013-2015, 1997-2005

Library of Virginia Foundation
• Board Member, 2016-2022, 2014-2015 and 2003-2004

Virginia Bicentennial of the American War of 1812 Commission
• Member (by General Assembly appointment), 2008-2015

James Monroe Law Office Museum and Memorial Library
• Board of Regents (by gubernatorial appointment), 2011-present

Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce
• Business Leaders Roundtable Program, Former Director

Greater Richmond Chamber/City of Richmond Business Visitation Program
• Former Chair

Presidential Elector
• Seventh Congressional District, 2004

Virginia Electoral College
•  President, 2004

State Central Committee
• Republican Party of Virginia, Member, 2001-2003

Seventh District Committee
• Republican Party of Virginia, Member, 2001-2011

Alternate Delegate
• Republican National Convention (Tampa), 2012

Richmond City Republican Committee
• Member, 1973-present

Virginia Genealogical Society
• Director and Former President

National Genealogical Society
• Former Director

James Monroe Memorial Foundation
• Director and Vice President

Friends of the Virginia State Archives
• Director

Sons of the Revolution in the Commonwealth of Virginia
• Board of Managers, 2009-2012

Society of Colonial Wars in Virginia
• Director and Former Governor

Virginia Society of the War of 1812
• Director and Officer

Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia
• Director and Former President

Virginia World War One Commemoration Foundation
• Director and Officer

Virginia Coalition for Open Government
• Member, Coalition Partners Advisory Panel

Duke University Alumni Admissions Committee, Richmond Chapter
• Former Member

St. Christopher’s School
• Alumni and Former Parent Volunteer

Collegiate School
• Former Parent Volunteer

Richmond SAR Chapter
• Director, 2016-present
• Former Vice President

Tuckahoe YMCA Indian Guides/Princesses
• Former Tribal and Nation Leader

Troop 444, B.S.A.
• Former Volunteer 

Richmond Teams for Progress
• Former Director and Vice President

First Presbyterian Church
• Former Deacon and Sunday School Teacher

The Best Lawyers in America©
• Trademark Law, 2018-2024

Virginia Super Lawyers
• Intellectual Property, 2017-2024
• Utilities Law, 2006-2016

Legal Elite (Virginia Business)
• Intellectual Property Law, 2000-2003, 2006-2010, 2012-2015
• Legislative/Regulatory/Administrative Law, 2011
• Business Law, 2003, 2005

Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association’s Virginia Cable Hall of Fame, 2019

Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association Associate Member of the Year Award, 2009

National Genealogical Society, President's Citation, 2010

Who's Who in America, 2008-present

• Mr. Broadbent has spoken at legal or other programs on topics such as cable television law, internet law, copyright law and access to public records.
• Author, various business/intellectual property law articles in Virginia Business Law
• Author, Business Law Update 2000, University of Richmond Law Review
• Author, Cable Television Franchising in Virginia (2002)