Nathan Siegel

Nathan Siegel

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Recognized since 2010

Washington, District of Columbia

Practice Areas

Litigation - First Amendment

Media Law

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Mr. Siegel represents media clients in First Amendment, intellectual property, and entertainment law cases in trial and appellate courts throughout every region of the country. He also provides pre-broadcast and pre-publication counseling to a wide range of print and web publishers, television networks, and film producers.

Mr. Siegel's litigation practice covers a variety of issues for media clients, and has included successfully defending ESPN in defamation suits brought by major sports personalities, representing producers and broadcasters of reality television programs such as Dog the Bounty Hunter and Wife Swap in the defense of right of publicity lawsuits, advising The Guardian concerning its reporting about documents released by Wikileaks, defending numerous journalists resisting subpoenas for confidential sources, obtaining access to information for news organizations in high-profile criminal matters such as the trial of “Scooter” Libby and the special prosecutor’s investigation of former President Clinton, and successfully defending ABC News in several novel lawsuits testing the limits of copyright law doctrines such as fair use and equitable estoppel.

Mr. Siegel has served as the President of the Defense Counsel Section of the Media Law Resource Center, the largest national organization of media defense counsel.

Prior to joining LSKS, Mr. Siegel served as in-house litigation counsel at ABC, Inc., where he supervised the defense of ABC News in the landmark Food Lion v. ABC case and many other matters. He is resident in the firm's Washington, DC office, and also regularly practices from the firm's New York office.


  • 1301 K Street NW Suite 500 East
    Washington, DC 20005


  • Duke University , AB, graduated 1986
  • Yale University , graduated 1992

Bar Admissions

  • New York, New York State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia, The District of Columbia Bar
  • Maryland, Maryland State Bar Association


  • Maryland-DC-Delaware Press Association - Board of Trustees
  • Media Law Resource Center - Past-Chair of the Model Shield Law Task Force and the New Legal Developments Committee
  • Media Law Resource Center, Defense Counsel Section - President Emeritus
  • University of Maryland Law School - Adjunct Professor

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Litigation - First Amendment
  • Media Law

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