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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Communications Law
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Antitrust Appellate Practice Antitrust Law First Amendment Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Corporate Law Litigation - Banking and Finance
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property First Amendment Law Trademark Law Commercial Litigation Franchise Law
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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:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management Media Law 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:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property First Amendment Law Media 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 First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music 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:
    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:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Qui Tam Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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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:
    First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Media Law
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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:
    First Amendment Law Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Media Law First Amendment Law Bet-the-Company Litigation
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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 First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Corporate Law Media Law Copyright Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Communications Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Trade Secrets Law Litigation - First Amendment Advertising Law Litigation - Patent Commercial Litigation Entertainment Law - Music Media Law Trademark Law Entertainment Law - Theater First Amendment Law Copyright Law Franchise Law Privacy and Data Security Law
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  • Location:
    Burlington, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Criminal Defense: White-Collar Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Bet-the-Company Litigation First Amendment Law Criminal Defense: General Practice
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Communications Law Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Media Law Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Media Law Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
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  • Location:
    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Energy Law
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  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Copyright Law First Amendment Law Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
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  • Location:
    Bangor, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants First Amendment Law
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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 First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Media Law Appellate Practice 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:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Native American Law Gaming Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law First Amendment Law Entertainment Law - Music 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:
    Appellate Practice First Amendment Law Environmental Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Environmental Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Health Care 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 Commercial Litigation Media Law First Amendment Law
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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:
    Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Communications Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
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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:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - First Amendment 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 Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: General Practice First Amendment Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust First Amendment Law Bet-the-Company Litigation
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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:
    First Amendment Law Media Law Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - Construction Media Law Litigation - First Amendment
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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
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - First Amendment Media Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants 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:
    Litigation - First Amendment Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Native American Law Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Media Law
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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:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Education Law Commercial Litigation Employment Law - Management Litigation - Trusts and Estates

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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.