Laura R. Handman - Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
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Laura R. Handman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995
Phone: 202-973-4224

Laura Handman is the co-chair of the firm’s appellate practice and divides her time between the New York and D.C. offices. For thirty years, Laura has been providing pre-publication counseling and litigation services from complaint through trial and appeal to U.S. and foreign broadcasters, film studios, and book, magazine, newspaper and Internet publishers and non-profits. Laura has extensive experience in libel, newsgathering, privacy, right of publicity, reporter’s privilege and First Amendment matters. She obtained the first decision in U.S. courts refusing to enforce foreign libel judgments as inconsistent with the First Amendment and was involved in the passage of the SPEECH Act codifying those decisions as federal law. Laura has served as an expert on American libel law in actions in England, Northern Ireland and Australia. She has obtained the first decisions applying the D.C. Anti-SLAPP Act in federal court and has written four amicus briefs on Anti-SLAPP issues. She represents news organizations, reporters, and Internet firms in national security investigations. She brings recognized expertise to clients in copyright litigation and was appointed a special master in S.D.N.Y. to review advertising and promotion in a civil fraud action.

Laura’s clients include: Amazon.com, Associated Newspapers, Atlantic Media Company, Bloomberg, Center for American Progress, China Central Television (CCTV), Discovery Communications, Dow Jones, The Economist, HarperCollins, Hearst Corporation, MainJustice.com, Microsoft, New York Daily News, New York Post, National Public Radio (NPR), Pew Charitable Trust, Random House, Straus Newspapers, Times Newspapers Ltd., TripAdvisor, U.S. News & World Report, Yale Alumni Magazine, and Yelp.

Additional Information

Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
Boston University School of LawJ.D. Yale UniversityBA

Office Locations

1251 Avenue Of The Americas, 21st Floor
New York, NY 10020-1104
United States

1919 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20006-3401
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - First Amendment of the New York City Metro Area2016 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - First Amendment of the Washington DC Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in First Amendment Law of the Washington DC Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Media Law of the Washington DC Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - First Amendment of the Washington DC Metro Area
Laura R. Handman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Laura R. Handman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Laura R. Handman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!Laura R. Handman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!Laura R. Handman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

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Practice Areas

First Amendment Law
Litigation - First Amendment
Media Law