Peter J. Caruso II

Peter J. Caruso II is a partner in Prince Lobel’s media law, intellectual property, and trusts and estates practices.

Media and First Amendment Law

He has counseled artists and media publications in the areas of copyright, trademark, and fair use; he has conducted prepublication and pre-broadcast reviews for newspapers and radio stations; and he has defended artists, galleries, museums, media outlets, and individuals in defamation cases.

Art and Museum Law

Peter has a special interest in representing artists, art organizations, museums, and galleries.  He understands accession, deaccession, and provenance.  Experienced in business and corporate matters, Peter is versed in art import and export, stolen art, intellectual property rights, and privacy issues.

Peter was one of the drafters of the Massachusetts Art Consignment Statute (Mass. Gen. Laws chapter 104A), which was enacted to afford additional protection to consignors of fine art.  He is a lecturer in the Boston University Arts Administration Master’s Program, teaching “Legal Aspects of Arts Administration” to master’s candidates.  Peter is an active panel attorney with the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts, handling pro bono and reduced-fee art law cases, and also serves as a primary lecturer in the VLA Artist’s Toolbox program.

Advertising and Promotions Law

As chair of the firm’s Advertising and Promotions industry group, Peter assists traditional and online media entities, advertising agencies, and marketing organizations in developing, structuring, and producing sweepstakes, contests, and other promotional and advertising programs.  With his depth of knowledge and expertise in the area of regulatory oversight, he skillfully balances the client’s creative vision with the necessary degree of legal compliance.

Trusts and Estates/Fiduciary Services

Peter also assists his clients, including artists, entrepreneurs, and other high net-worth individuals and families in the design and implementation of sophisticated estate plans.  Peter has worked to help preserve diverse assets, including intellectual property rights, valuable art and collectibles, real estate, and stock and options related to start-up companies.  As a trusted advisor to his clients, Peter and the Prince Lobel team often serve as an independent professional fiduciary, helping to ensure that the client’s goals and wishes are met.

Data Privacy

Finally, Peter helps clients establish tailored and actionable data privacy protection plans and provides on-call assistance for data breach crisis management and mitigation.  He also serves as outside counsel to local, national, and international newspaper, magazine, broadcast, and digital media publishers, for whom he reviews of all manner of contracts and establishes intellectual property protection and exploitation strategies.

  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1996
  • Colby College, B.A., cum laude, 1993
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Boston Ad Club
  • Direct Marketing Association (DMA)
  • Essex Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Biotechnology Council
  • Promotion Marketing Association (PMA)
  • 2010-present: Named a “Rising Star” by “Massachusetts Super Lawyers” in the area of First Amendment/Media/Advertising
  • Co-chair, Boston Bar Association’s Arts, Entertainment, and Sports Law Committee
  • Adjunct Professor, Boston University (Arts Administration) 2007-Present
  • Panel Attorney for the Boston Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
  • Former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Essex Art Center
  • October 17, 2019, “Annual Legal Briefing,” American Society of Magazine Editors, New York, New York
  • June 2018:  “IP in Sports,” 21st Annual Property Law Conference 2018, MCLE
  • October 2017: Chair, “Native Advertising: What Is It and What Are the Perils,” and “Fair Use and Open Source Software,” What Every Business Lawyer Needs to Know About the Media Law Maze, MCLE event
  • September 2017: Presenter, “ASME Magazine Law Update 2017: Fake News, ‘Alternative Facts,’ and the Crisis of Media Credibility,” American Society of Magazine Editors
  • June 2015: Moderator, “Copyrights on the Street: Creating and Preserving Graffiti and Other Art in Public Spaces,” 2015 Annual Meeting of the Copyright Society of the USA
  • November 2013: Presenter, Business Law & Journalism Law for Magazine Editors, Association of Magazine Editors
  • October 2013: Presenter, “Copyrights, Contracts, and Other Legal Issues,” Danforth Art Museum Professional Artists Series
  • September 2013: Speaker, “Art Disputes: Who Owns International Artifacts?,” Boston Bar Association
  • March 2013: Speaker, “Advertising, Marketing, and Promotions Law: Risks and Challenges in the Digital Age,” New England Corporate Counsel Association
  • November 2012: Presenter, “Legal Briefing 2012,” American Society of Magazine Editors
  • September 2012: Panelist, “Sweepstakes, Promotions, and Social Media,” American Conference Institute’s Summit on Digital Advertising Compliance
  • May 2012: Moderator, UMass Lowell Nanotechnology Conference, “Intellectual Property: The Foundation for Successful Commercialization of Your Nanotechnology”
  • April 2012: Presenter, “Brand Protection in the Digital Age,” Prince Lobel seminar
  • December 2011: Panelist, “Complex Risks in the Age of Social Media,” Prince Lobel seminar
  • June 2011: Faculty, “Advertising Law: Trends and New Developments,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education event
  • March 2011: Speaker, “Piecing Together the Interlocking and Overlapping Regulatory Regimes for Corporate Use of Social Media: Who Regulates What? What are the Enforcement Priorities?” Law Seminars International
  • February 2011: Faculty, “Copyright, Privacy & Defamation in Cyberspace,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education event
  • December 2009: Panelist, “Protecting Your Newspaper in the Digital Age,” Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association Annual Meeting
  • December 2009: Panelist, “Entertainment Law Practice in the Digital Age: New Developments,” Boston Bar Association Symposium
  • October 2009: Presenter, “Data Retention and Security,” 28th Annual ASA Advanced Business Valuation Conference