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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Franchise Law Trademark Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Antitrust Law Appellate Practice Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Antitrust Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law Media Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Media Law First Amendment Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Media Law
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  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Employment Law - Individuals First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation 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:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Land Use and Zoning First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Criminal Defense: General Practice Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property First Amendment Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music
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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:
    First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Media Law
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  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Litigation - First Amendment Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Communications Law First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Qui Tam Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning First Amendment Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - First Amendment Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management Media Law Employment Law - Individuals Litigation - First Amendment Employment Law - Management Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Appellate Practice Civil Rights Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Media Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
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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:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    New York, New York Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Media Law Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Commercial Litigation Communications Law First Amendment Law Advertising Law Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Patent Privacy and Data Security Law Media Law Trademark Law Entertainment Law - Theater Entertainment Law - Music Trade Secrets Law Franchise Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Burlington, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs First Amendment Law Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Communications Law Media Law First Amendment 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:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Media Law
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  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Entertainment Law - Music Media Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation First Amendment Law Litigation - Health Care Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - First Amendment Employment Law - Management Commercial Litigation Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    Bangor, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Media Law
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  • Location:
    Middlebury, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Criminal Defense: General Practice Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation
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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:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Media Law First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Newark, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Media Law Appellate Practice
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C. Amanda Martin was awarded 2020 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

C. Amanda Martin

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