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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Trademark Law Commercial Litigation Franchise Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management First Amendment Law Media Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law Media Law Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Antitrust Law Employment Law - Individuals
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
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Daniel P. Byron was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Daniel P. Byron

Dentons Bingham Greenebaum
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Newark, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Land Use and Zoning Law First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Criminal Defense: General Practice
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  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Concord, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Media Law
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  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Qui Tam Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Employment Law - Individuals Employment Law - Management Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Civil Rights Law Administrative / Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants First Amendment Law Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar First Amendment Law Criminal Defense: General Practice
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Trade Secrets Law First Amendment Law Copyright Law Media Law Trademark Law Entertainment Law - Theater Franchise Law Privacy and Data Security Law Advertising Law Litigation - Patent Commercial Litigation Communications Law Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Burlington, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Criminal Defense: General Practice Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Communications Law First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Litigation - First Amendment Media Law
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  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law First Amendment Law Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Copyright Law Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Bangor, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Media Law
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  • Location:
    Middlebury, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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Lee J. Levine was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Lee J. Levine

Ballard Spahr LLP
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law First Amendment Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Newark, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation First Amendment Law Appellate Practice Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Media Law
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  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Gaming Law Native American Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Trademark Law First Amendment Law Entertainment Law - Music
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  • Location:
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - Environmental Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Environmental Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Litigation - First Amendment Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Health Care Law First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
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Carter G. Phillips was awarded 2020 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Carter G. Phillips

Sidley Austin LLP
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law First Amendment Law Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Appellate Practice Litigation - Patent Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law First Amendment Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Communications Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Florham Park, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Media Law First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Jacksonville, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Employment Law - Individuals Criminal Defense: White-Collar Civil Rights Law First Amendment Law Criminal Defense: General Practice
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust First Amendment Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Media Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Media Law Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Defendants First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Media Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Intellectual Property Appellate Practice Native American Law Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - First Amendment Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television First Amendment Law Media Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Media Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Newington, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Trusts and Estates First Amendment Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management Education Law

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Practice Area Definition

First Amendment Law Definition

First Amendment law focuses on the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the laws, regulations, and legal claims that infringe or interfere with those rights.

The specific rights guaranteed by the First Amendment can be summarized in five general and often overlapping categories: (1) freedom of expression; (2) freedom of the press; (3) freedom of association and assembly; (4) freedom to petition; and (5) freedom of religion. Within these categories are specific areas of law that are part of a First Amendment law practice.

Freedom of expression. This category includes both laws that directly restrict and punish speech (e.g., obscenity and indecency, national security disclosures) and also laws that indirectly affect freedom of speech (e.g., copyright fair use, defamation and privacy law, restrictions on time, place, and manner of speech, and expressive conduct). It also includes laws relating to advertising and marketing activities under the commercial speech doctrine.

Freedom of the press. In addition to general freedom of expression issues, this category includes laws that affect the media and its ability to gather and report news ( e.g., access to public records, court proceedings, public meetings, and protection of the newsgathering process). It also includes government regulation of media (e.g., broadcast and cable) and other laws that interfere with the function of the media as an independent critic of government.

Freedoms of association and assembly. This category includes laws affecting the right to organize, the right to hold public demonstrations, and laws regulating the time, place, and manner of these activities (e.g., restrictions on use of public forums, and on membership and activities of dissident organizations.)

Freedom to petition. This category includes laws affecting the right of individuals and organizations to communicate with the government for the purpose of seeking redress of grievances. It often includes activities also protected by freedom of association and assembly.

Freedom of religion. This category includes laws that affect the right to practice one’s religion and laws that attempt to impose government-dictated religious principles on citizens (e.g., school prayer.)

First Amendment lawyers represent individuals and organizations whose First Amendment rights are threatened by application of these various laws.

Marshall Nelson, Partner
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

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First Amendment law focuses on the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the laws, regulations, and legal claims that infringe or interfere with those rights.

The specific rights guaranteed by the First Amendment can be summarized in five general and often overlapping categories: (1) freedom of expression; (2) freedom of the press; (3) freedom of association and assembly; (4) freedom to petition; and (5) freedom of religion. Within these categories are specific areas of law that are part of a First Amendment law practice.

Freedom of expression. This category includes both laws that directly restrict and punish speech (e.g., obscenity and indecency, national security disclosures) and also laws that indirectly affect freedom of speech (e.g., copyright fair use, defamation and privacy law, restrictions on time, place, and manner of speech, and expressive conduct). It also includes laws relating to advertising and marketing activities under the commercial speech doctrine.

Freedom of the press. In addition to general freedom of expression issues, this category includes laws that affect the media and its ability to gather and report news ( e.g., access to public records, court proceedings, public meetings, and protection of the newsgathering process). It also includes government regulation of media (e.g., broadcast and cable) and other laws that interfere with the function of the media as an independent critic of government.

Freedoms of association and assembly. This category includes laws affecting the right to organize, the right to hold public demonstrations, and laws regulating the time, place, and manner of these activities (e.g., restrictions on use of public forums, and on membership and activities of dissident organizations.)

Freedom to petition. This category includes laws affecting the right of individuals and organizations to communicate with the government for the purpose of seeking redress of grievances. It often includes activities also protected by freedom of association and assembly.

Freedom of religion. This category includes laws that affect the right to practice one’s religion and laws that attempt to impose government-dictated religious principles on citizens (e.g., school prayer.)

First Amendment lawyers represent individuals and organizations whose First Amendment rights are threatened by application of these various laws.