David A. Schulz - Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, LLP

David A. Schulz

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995
Phone: 212-850-6103

Mr. Schulz has been defending the rights of journalists and news organizations for more than 30 years. He has litigated libel, privacy, access, and newsgathering claims in 20 states, and regularly represents news organizations in appeals before both state and federal courts.

Mr. Schulz's regular clients include international newswire services, national and local newspapers, television networks, and station owners, magazine and book publishers, cable news networks, and Internet content providers.

Mr. Schulz began his legal career in New York at Rogers & Wells, which later merged with London-based Clifford Chance, and served as head of the media litigation group at that firm before joining LSKS in 2003.

Knox CollegeBA 1974Yale UniversityMA 1976Yale Law SchoolJ.D. 1978
Association of the Bar of the City of New YorkInternational Bar AssociationYale Law SchoolColumbia Law School

Case History

Military Commission Press Access — When four reporters were expelled from the Military Commissions at Guantanamo, Mr. Schulz convinced the Pentagon that the expulsions violated the reporters' First Amendment right to attend criminal trials. He then represented a broad coalition of national news organizations to challenge the media ground rules under which the reporters had been expelled. His petition led the Defense Department to rewrite the ground rules that restricted reporters covering the Guantanamo Commissions.
Biro v. Condé Nast, 2013 WL 3948394 (S.D.N.Y. 2013), and 883 F. Supp. 2d 441 (S.D.N.Y. 2012) — Mr. Schulz and his LSKS colleagues successfully defended The New Yorker and its reporter David Grann in a defamation lawsuit arising out of a profile of Canadian art authenticator Paul Biro. After dismissing most of Biro’s claims because they arose from statements that were privileged, non-defamatory, or non-actionable opinion, the court granted judgment on the pleadings on the remaining claims, finding that Biro was a public figure in the world of art authentication who failed to allege any facts that plausibly demonstrated actual malice.
Chau v. Lewis, --- F. Supp. 2d ---, 2013 WL 1296374 (S.D.N.Y. 2013) — Mr. Schulz was part of a team that successfully defended hedge-fund manager Steven Eisman in a defamation case arising out of Michael Lewis’s best-selling book on the origins of the recent financial crisis, The Big Short, for which Mr. Eisman was a source. The plaintiff, who dealt in mortgage-backed securities, claimed he was defamed in the book. The court disagreed, holding on summary judgment that the statements concerning the plaintiff were either constitutionally protected opinion or substantially true.
United Federation of Teachers v. Board of Education of the City of New York, 919 N.Y.S.2d 786 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2011) — On behalf of Dow Jones, The New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Post and cable news network NY1, Mr. Schulz defeated a suit by the teachers' union seeking to block the Board of Education from disclosing reports on teachers' job performance. Mr. Schulz convinced the court that public employees have no significant privacy interest in the performance of their public functions, and that release of the reports was crucial to local control of public schools.
Anderson v. Suiters, 499 F.3d 1228 (10th Cir. 2007) — Mr. Schulz successfully defended an Oklahoma City television station and its reporter against claims for invasion of privacy brought by a rape victim after the station aired brief video images of the rape in connection with a story on the arrest of a suspect.

Client Comments

"Dave Schulz is the top access litigator in the country. Very knowledgeable and skilled."

"David Schulz is smart, capable, experienced, careful, creative, and wise."

"Dave Schulz is an exceptionally good lawyer. He is very responsive, has tremendous knowledge of the field, and creative in his lawyering."

Office Location

321 West 44th Street, Suite 1000
New York, NY 10036
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Media Law of the New York City Metro Area
David A. Schulz has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

First Amendment Law
Litigation - First Amendment
Media Law