D. Victoria Baranetsky

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D. Victoria Baranetsky
D. Victoria Baranetsky
Legal Counsel, Wikimedia Foundation

About me

I joined the Wikimedia Foundation in April 2015 as Legal Counsel.

Prior to working at Wikimedia, I worked at The New York Times Company as the First Amendment Fellow where I helped manage the Times' litigation including, libel, subpoena, and FOIA work and advised reporters on other matters. After law school, I clerked for J. Rosemary Pooler, United States Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and was previously a Harvard University Sheldon Knox fellow at Oxford University.

Before pursuing the law, I was a journalist and graduated from Columbia Journalism School. I continue to be a journo junkie. Outside of WMF, I serve as pro bono counsel to Freedom of the Press Foundation and am a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. In my free time, I hike, spend time making art, and read feminist literature.

My work

My role is to serve as a Legal Counsel with a focus on First Amendment issues. In particular, I will be helping with Wikimedia's trademark, copyright, public policy, and also human resources issues, in addition to a wide array of other matters.

Disclaimer: I work for the Wikimedia Foundation, and this is the account I intend to use for edits or statements I make in that role. However, the Foundation does not vet all my activity, so edits, statements, or other contributions made by this account may not reflect the views of the Foundation.

Contact me

  • E-mail: vbaranetsky@wikimedia.org PGP: 1896 1873 18FB 7805 38BE C997 42B0 4D5E 2161 FD79