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

C. Amanda Martin

Stevens Martin Vaughn & Tadych PLLC
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Product Liability Litigation - Defendants First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation
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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:
    Entertainment Law - Music Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Trademark Law Copyright Law First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Environmental Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Environmental Law Appellate Practice First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law First Amendment Law Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Health Care Law Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
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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:
    Media Law Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Litigation - Patent Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Mergers and Acquisitions Law 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:
    First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Communications Law Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    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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  • Location:
    Florham Park, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar 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:
    Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Jacksonville, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Employment Law - Individuals First Amendment Law Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: General Practice Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust 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 - Construction Litigation - First Amendment Media Law First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Employment Law - Individuals
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - First Amendment Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Media Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Litigation - 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 Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Intellectual Property Native American Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Media Law First Amendment Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
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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:
    Commercial Litigation Employment Law - Management Education Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Trusts and Estates First Amendment 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.