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