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  • Location:
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Corporate Compliance Law Litigation - ERISA Corporate Governance Law Litigation - Securities Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - First Amendment Media Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Construction Employment Law - Management Litigation - First Amendment Bet-the-Company Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Securities Construction Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Lawyer
  • 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 Media Law First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Media Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment 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:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Administrative / Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Technology Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Patent Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Antitrust
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Daniel P. Byron was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Daniel P. Byron

Dentons Bingham Greenebaum
  • 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
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Land Use and Zoning Law Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Concord, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Appellate Practice Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Appellate Practice Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law Media Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Haddonfield, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television First Amendment Law Media Law Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Qui Tam Law Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Governance Law Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Employment Law - Individuals Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Mediation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Litigation - Antitrust Bet-the-Company Litigation Gaming Law Arbitration Native American Law Media Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - First Amendment Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
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  • Location:
    Providence, Rhode Island
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law Litigation - First Amendment Employment Law - Individuals Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
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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:
    New York, New York Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Media Law First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Copyright Law Commercial Litigation Communications Law Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Franchise Law Privacy and Data Security Law Advertising Law Litigation - Patent Trade Secrets Law Media Law Trademark Law Entertainment Law - Theater
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Media Law Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
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  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Copyright Law Media Law First Amendment Law Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Health Care Litigation - First Amendment Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property
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:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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Lee J. Levine was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Lee J. Levine

Ballard Spahr LLP
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Appellate Practice Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - First Amendment Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    South Bend, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Labor Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration Commercial Litigation Mediation Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Jose, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Municipal Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property
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:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Government Relations Practice Litigation - First Amendment Qui Tam Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Environmental Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Media Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Media Law Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Health Care Law First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
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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:
    First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice Litigation - Patent Media Law Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Labor and Employment Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Media Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment
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Charles K. Purcell was awarded 2020 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Charles K. Purcell

Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin, & Robb P.A.
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Florham Park, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Municipal Litigation - Labor and Employment Mediation Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Media Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Litigation - First Amendment Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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Andrew G. Schultz was awarded 2020 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Andrew G. Schultz

Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin, & Robb P.A.
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Media Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Securities Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - Construction Media Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Media Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Appellate Practice Native American Law Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Media Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment

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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.