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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Antitrust Appellate Practice Antitrust Law Corporate Law Litigation - Banking and Finance First Amendment Law Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Corporate Governance Law Commercial Litigation Corporate Compliance Law Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Securities Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - First Amendment Media Law
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  • Location:
    West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Securities Litigation - Labor and Employment Bet-the-Company Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Construction Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Gulfport, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Media Law First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Media Law Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
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Donald C. Brey was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Donald C. Brey

Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor, LLC
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Technology Law Appellate Practice Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Antitrust Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • 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
Lawyer
  • 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
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Criminal Defense: White-Collar Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Concord, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Insurance Law Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law Media Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Haddonfield, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law First Amendment Law Media Law Litigation - First Amendment Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Qui Tam Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Environmental Appellate Practice Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Corporate Governance Law Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management Litigation - First Amendment Employment Law - Management Media Law Employment Law - Individuals
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Mediation Native American Law Media Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Litigation - Antitrust Gaming Law Arbitration Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Providence, Rhode Island
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals Communications Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Concord, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - First Amendment Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Media Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Trademark Law Entertainment Law - Theater First Amendment Law Copyright Law Franchise Law Privacy and Data Security Law Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Communications Law Entertainment Law - Music Advertising Law Litigation - Patent Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment
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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:
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Media Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Media Law First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Copyright Law Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Entertainment Law - Music Media Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - Health Care Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Management Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Health Care Litigation - First Amendment Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice 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 Litigation - First Amendment Media Law
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  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    South Bend, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - First Amendment Employment Law - Management Commercial Litigation Labor Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Securities Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Mediation Commercial Litigation Arbitration
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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
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Jose, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Municipal Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Advertising Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Patent Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Media Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Government Relations Practice Litigation - First Amendment Qui Tam Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Environmental Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Environmental Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Media Law Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Middlebury, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Health Care Law Media 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:
    Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) First Amendment Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Litigation - Patent Media Law
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  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Litigation - First Amendment Media Law First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Communications Law 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:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Mediation Litigation - Municipal Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Media Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Antitrust Bet-the-Company Litigation
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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
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Litigation - Construction
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Municipal Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Media Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law Appellate Practice Native American Law Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Media Law First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Bet-the-Company Litigation

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Practice Area Definition

Litigation - First Amendment Definition

First Amendment litigation encompasses a broad collection of claims relating to freedom of speech, the right to petition, and freedom of religion set forth in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, state constitutions, and various statutes relating to these rights. First Amendment litigators are typically experienced in litigating rights of privacy and publicity; reporters and authors’ rights; issues arising in the course of journalists’ news-gathering activities; and challenges to laws, regulations, and other governmental action on the grounds they violate the First Amendment and related principles.

Free speech litigation typically includes challenges to governmental action in some form that intrudes upon the rights of free speech such as restraints on publication, defamation, invasion of privacy, and other torts such as infliction of emotional distress, fraud and misrepresentation, and tortious interference. These issues arise with respect to individuals and businesses, including the press.

Other aspects of First Amendment litigation include cases involving transparency and open government, such as violations of Freedom of Information Acts, Open Meetings Act disputes, public access to courtrooms, and other proceedings, as well as access to public records and public fora.

First Amendment litigation involving freedom of religion encompasses issues ranging from the separation of church and state as well as issues relating to the free exercise of religion. Issues often include the right to religious speech in public various forums, such as traditional public forums (e.g., sidewalks) and at public institutions (e.g., state buildings, universities, and high schools).

Digital technologies have expanded the frontiers of First Amendment litigation. With respect to digital media, First Amendment attorneys have experience in issues involving data protection and cybercrimes; matters involving anonymous posters; the Communications Decency Act; the Digital Millennium Copyright Act; website user agreements, including terms of use and privacy policies; social media policies; compliance with international privacy protection laws; endorsement issues; content licensing; and cybersquatting.

Clients seeking counsel in these highly specialized areas should seek out firms and attorneys who have deep subject matter expertise and have demonstrated the ability to apply the historical legal framework to emerging technologies in a rapidly changing landscape.

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First Amendment litigation encompasses a broad collection of claims relating to freedom of speech, the right to petition, and freedom of religion set forth in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, state constitutions, and various statutes relating to these rights. First Amendment litigators are typically experienced in litigating rights of privacy and publicity; reporters and authors’ rights; issues arising in the course of journalists’ news-gathering activities; and challenges to laws, regulations, and other governmental action on the grounds they violate the First Amendment and related principles.

Free speech litigation typically includes challenges to governmental action in some form that intrudes upon the rights of free speech such as restraints on publication, defamation, invasion of privacy, and other torts such as infliction of emotional distress, fraud and misrepresentation, and tortious interference. These issues arise with respect to individuals and businesses, including the press.

Other aspects of First Amendment litigation include cases involving transparency and open government, such as violations of Freedom of Information Acts, Open Meetings Act disputes, public access to courtrooms, and other proceedings, as well as access to public records and public fora.

First Amendment litigation involving freedom of religion encompasses issues ranging from the separation of church and state as well as issues relating to the free exercise of religion. Issues often include the right to religious speech in public various forums, such as traditional public forums (e.g., sidewalks) and at public institutions (e.g., state buildings, universities, and high schools).

Digital technologies have expanded the frontiers of First Amendment litigation. With respect to digital media, First Amendment attorneys have experience in issues involving data protection and cybercrimes; matters involving anonymous posters; the Communications Decency Act; the Digital Millennium Copyright Act; website user agreements, including terms of use and privacy policies; social media policies; compliance with international privacy protection laws; endorsement issues; content licensing; and cybersquatting.

Clients seeking counsel in these highly specialized areas should seek out firms and attorneys who have deep subject matter expertise and have demonstrated the ability to apply the historical legal framework to emerging technologies in a rapidly changing landscape.