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

Harrell H. Stevens Jr.

Stevens Martin Vaughn & Tadych PLLC
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Media Law
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Media Law Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Municipal 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:
    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
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Criminal Defense: White-Collar Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Appellate Practice Native American Law Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television First Amendment Law Media Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment
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.