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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Communications Law Appellate Practice Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - Antitrust Corporate Law Antitrust Law Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Banking and Finance
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management Media Law Labor Law - Management
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Media Law Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation
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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:
    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:
    First Amendment Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - First Amendment Criminal Defense: General Practice Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music First Amendment Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
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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:
    First Amendment Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Media Law Communications Law Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - First Amendment Qui Tam Law First Amendment Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Media Law
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Individuals Labor Law - Management First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Media Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management
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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 Commercial Litigation Media Law
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  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Bet-the-Company Litigation First Amendment Law Litigation - Bankruptcy
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice First Amendment Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation 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:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Media Law
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property First Amendment Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Communications Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Copyright Law Entertainment Law - Theater First Amendment Law Franchise Law Commercial Litigation Advertising Law Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Trademark Law Trade Secrets Law
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  • Location:
    Gastonia, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Burlington, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: General Practice Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Bet-the-Company Litigation Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Criminal Defense: White-Collar Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Media Law Litigation - First Amendment 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:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Media 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:
    First Amendment Law Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - First Amendment Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television 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:
    First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Middlebury, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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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:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Media Law Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Product Liability Litigation - Defendants First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    Gaming Law First Amendment Law Native American Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Copyright Law Trademark Law First Amendment Law Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
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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:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Environmental First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Media Law Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
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Carter G. Phillips was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Carter G. Phillips

Sidley Austin LLP
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Media Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Patent Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Media Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Litigation - First Amendment
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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 Commercial Litigation Communications Law First Amendment Law
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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:
    First Amendment Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Media Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
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  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Jacksonville, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Individuals First Amendment Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Media Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Media Law Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Construction
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
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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
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Product Liability Litigation - Defendants First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Media Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Litigation - First Amendment Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Criminal Defense: White-Collar Native American Law First Amendment Law Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Newington, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Litigation - Trusts and Estates Litigation - Labor and Employment First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Education 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.