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

Carter G. Phillips

Sidley Austin LLP
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Patent First Amendment Law Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Media Law Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment 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:
    Litigation - First Amendment Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Communications Law First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Florham Park, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Municipal Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Media Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment 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 - Intellectual Property Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Antitrust Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Media Law Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Construction
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Securities Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Product Liability Litigation - Defendants First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Media Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Litigation - First Amendment Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Criminal Defense: White-Collar Native American Law First Amendment Law Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Media Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Health Care Litigation - Insurance Litigation - ERISA Appellate Practice Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Patent Litigation - Land Use and Zoning 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.