S. Douglas Dodd - Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson, L.L.P.

S. Douglas Dodd

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1993
Phone: 918-591-5316

Doug Dodd represents national and local media companies in media and intellectual property matters with an emphasis on First Amendment and defamation issues. He began practicing law after 14 years in radio and television journalism, including as News Director, Reporter, Anchor, Documentary and Public Affairs Producer for KOTV, and as a Reporter and Associate Producer for Documentaries for KTUL-TV.   Doug lectures to both attorneys and journalists on open meetings and open records issues, and to legal administrators on social networking trends and concerns.

Actively involved in the Media Law Resource Center's Defense Counsel Section, Doug served as co-chair of the MLRC’s national Pre-Publication/Pre-Broadcast Review Committee. He is also a contributing author of the Media Law Resource Center's Annual Survey of Oklahoma Media Privacy and Related Law.

Doug is a veteran of the United States Air Force, Strategic Air Command where he was Deputy Missile Combat Crew Commander.

Representative Experience

  • Represented a national magazine and noted international photojournalist in the successful defense of a federal court lawsuit in the district court, court of appeals and U.S. Supreme Court, involving invasion of privacy, violation of right of publicity statutes and intentional infliction of emotional distress claims.
  • Represented an Oklahoma City television station in the successful defense of a state court lawsuit in the district court and court of appeals, involving slander and false light invasion of privacy claims.
  • Represented a Tulsa television station in the successful defense of a state court lawsuit in the district court and court of appeals, involving slander and false light invasion of privacy claims.
  •  Represented Tulsa news-talk radio stations in the successful defense of state and federal court libel lawsuits.
  • Represented a Tulsa news-talk radio station in the successful resolution of a state court libel lawsuit.
  • Represented Tulsa radio and television stations in news access efforts in the federal Oklahoma City bombing case.
  • Represented Tulsa radio and television stations in news access and cameras in the courtroom efforts in the state court Oklahoma City bombing case.
  • Represented national sports entertainment and video entities in the successful resolution of federal court lawsuit involving copyright infringement claims.
  •  Represented two national publishing companies and a Pulitzer Prize winning author in the successful resolution of a federal court lawsuit involving libel, false light invasion of privacy, violation of right of publicity statutes and intentional infliction of emotional distress claims.
  •  Represented local newspapers in successful defense of state court lawsuits involving libel, false light invasion of privacy, violation of right of publicity statutes and intentional infliction of emotional distress claims.
  • Represent state television stations in pre-broadcast review and news access activities.
  • Represent Tulsa television station in state court litigation involving libel allegations.
  • Represent authors in newsgathering litigation.
  • Represent producers of television and radio programs in copyright registration and pursuit of syndication or national placement. Represent national music publisher in successful prosecution and ongoing appeal of federal claims against a noted songwriter.

Office Location

Williams Center Tower II, Suite 700
Two West Second Street
Tulsa, OK 74103-3117
United States


Practice Areas

First Amendment Law (Constitutional, Defamation, Defendants, Litigation, Media)
Litigation - First Amendment