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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Antitrust First Amendment Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Corporate Law Litigation - Banking and Finance
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law First Amendment Law Trademark Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Media Law First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law First Amendment Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Individuals First Amendment Law Antitrust Law
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
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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:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Land Use and Zoning First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Criminal Defense: General Practice
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  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music First Amendment Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Concord, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment 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:
    Litigation - First Amendment Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Communications Law First Amendment Law Media Law
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  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Qui Tam Law First Amendment Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management Commercial Litigation Media Law Employment Law - Individuals
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  • Location:
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Media Law
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Media Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Media Law
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property First Amendment Law Corporate Law Media Law Copyright Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Communications Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Advertising Law Litigation - Patent Media Law Trademark Law Entertainment Law - Theater First Amendment Law Copyright Law Franchise Law Privacy and Data Security Law Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Trade Secrets Law Commercial Litigation Entertainment Law - Music
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  • Location:
    Burlington, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Criminal Defense: White-Collar Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs First Amendment Law Criminal Defense: General Practice
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Media Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Media Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Litigation - First Amendment Media Law First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Media Law
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  • Location:
    Bangor, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Middlebury, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law Criminal Defense: General Practice
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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:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Media Law
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice First Amendment Law Media Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Product Liability Litigation - Defendants First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation
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C. Amanda Martin was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

C. Amanda Martin

Stevens Martin Vaughn & Tadych PLLC
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    Native American Law First Amendment Law Gaming 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:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Health Care Law Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Media Law
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Carter G. Phillips was awarded 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Carter G. Phillips

Sidley Austin LLP
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Patent Media Law First Amendment Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Media Law
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
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Bruce S. Rosen was awarded 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Bruce S. Rosen

McCusker, Anselmi, Rosen & Carvelli, P.C.
  • Location:
    Florham Park, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation
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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:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Jacksonville, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Individuals Criminal Defense: White-Collar First Amendment Law Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: General Practice
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Bet-the-Company Litigation Media Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Communications Law
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Harrell H. Stevens Jr. was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Harrell H. Stevens Jr.

Stevens Martin Vaughn & Tadych PLLC
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Media Law Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Media Law Litigation - Construction First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Media Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Native American Law Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Media Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Media Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Newington, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Employment Law - Management Litigation - Trusts and Estates First Amendment Law Litigation - Labor and Employment 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.