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  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Trademark Law First Amendment Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law First Amendment Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Media Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Individuals First Amendment Law Antitrust Law
Lawyer
Daniel P. "Dan" Byron  was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Daniel P. "Dan" Byron

Dentons Bingham Greenebaum
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1991
  • Location:
    Newark, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1983
  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Land Use and Zoning First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Criminal Defense: General Practice Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1991
  • Location:
    Concord, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Media Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television First Amendment Law Media Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law First Amendment Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Qui Tam Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Civil Rights Law Labor Law - Union
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1983
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management Media Law Employment Law - Individuals Employment Law - Management Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Civil Rights Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
Dominic P. Gentile was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Dominic P. Gentile

Clark Hill PLC
  • Recognized Since: 1983
  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Media Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Copyright Law Media Law Trademark Law Entertainment Law - Theater Advertising Law Litigation - Patent Franchise Law Privacy and Data Security Law Commercial Litigation Communications Law Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1989
  • Location:
    Burlington, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Criminal Defense: White-Collar Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs First Amendment Law Criminal Defense: General Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law Litigation - First Amendment Media Law First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law First Amendment Law Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Media Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1991
  • Location:
    Bangor, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1983
  • Location:
    Middlebury, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law Criminal Defense: General Practice
Lawyer
Lee J. Levine was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Lee J. Levine

Ballard Spahr LLP
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Media Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Newark, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • 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
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1991
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Appellate Practice Environmental Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
Carter G. Phillips was awarded 2021 "Lawyer of the Year" in Foundation.Models.Operations.Elasticsearch.BestLawyers.PracticeArea

Carter G. Phillips

Sidley Austin LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Appellate Practice Litigation - Patent Bet-the-Company Litigation Media Law Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Litigation - First Amendment Media Law First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Communications Law First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Florham Park, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Media Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants First Amendment Law Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Media Law First Amendment Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Construction
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Media Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1991
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice Native American Law Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Newington, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Trusts and Estates Commercial Litigation Employment Law - Management Education Law First Amendment Law Litigation - Labor and Employment

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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.