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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Appellate Practice Communications Law
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Antitrust First Amendment Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Antitrust Law Appellate Practice Corporate Law Litigation - Banking and Finance
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law Trademark Law Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management First Amendment Law Employment Law - Management
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law
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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:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment 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:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Land Use and Zoning Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Land Use and Zoning First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
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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:
    First Amendment Law Appellate Practice Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Communications Law Media Law
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  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Qui Tam Law First Amendment Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Media Law
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Media Law Employment Law - Individuals Commercial Litigation Employment Law - Management First Amendment Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management
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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:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation 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:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    New York, District of Columbia New York, New York Washington, District of Columbia Washington, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Corporate Law Media Law Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Mergers and Acquisitions Law Communications Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Media Law Trademark Law Entertainment Law - Theater Advertising Law Litigation - Patent First Amendment Law Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trade Secrets Law Franchise Law Privacy and Data Security Law Commercial Litigation Entertainment Law - Music
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  • Location:
    Burlington, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Criminal Defense: White-Collar 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:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Media Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Media Law Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Litigation - First Amendment
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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 Media Law First Amendment Law Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
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  • Location:
    Bangor, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
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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:
    Media Law Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment 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 Media Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation First Amendment Law Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
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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 First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation
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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:
    First Amendment Law Entertainment Law - Music Copyright Law Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Trademark Law
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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 Appellate Practice Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Health Care Law Media Law Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
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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:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Appellate Practice Litigation - Patent Media Law First Amendment Law 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 First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment 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:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law
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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:
    Media Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Bet-the-Company Litigation First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law First Amendment 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:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Media Law
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Media Law Litigation - Construction Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • 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
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Appellate Practice Native American Law Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law First Amendment 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
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Newington, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Trusts and Estates First Amendment Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Education Law Employment Law - Management

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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.