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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1989
  • Location:
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Compliance Law Corporate Governance Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Securities Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Media Law First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1989
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - First Amendment Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - First Amendment Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Construction Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Construction Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Gulfport, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice Media Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
Donald C. "Don" Brey  was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Donald C. "Don" Brey

Isaac Wiles & Burkholder, LLC
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Administrative / Regulatory Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Patent Commercial Litigation Technology Law Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
Daniel P. "Dan" Byron  was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Daniel P. "Dan" Byron

Dentons Bingham Greenebaum
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1991
  • Location:
    Newark, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1983
  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Criminal Defense: General Practice Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1999
  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1991
  • Location:
    Concord, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Media Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Haddonfield, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Media Law Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Qui Tam Law First Amendment Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - First Amendment Land Use and Zoning Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Appellate Practice Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Corporate Governance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1991
  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Insurance Law Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1983
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management Commercial Litigation Employment Law - Management Litigation - First Amendment Media Law Employment Law - Individuals
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1983
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Gaming Law Arbitration Litigation - Intellectual Property Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice Mediation Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Litigation - Antitrust Native American Law Media Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - First Amendment Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1987
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals Communications Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1989
  • Location:
    Concord, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Bet-the-Company Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Albany, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Advertising Law Litigation - Patent Franchise Law Privacy and Data Security Law Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Trade Secrets Law First Amendment Law Copyright Law Commercial Litigation Communications Law Entertainment Law - Music Media Law Trademark Law Entertainment Law - Theater
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Communications Law Litigation - First Amendment Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Media Law First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television First Amendment Law Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - First Amendment Copyright Law Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1991
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
Lee J. Levine was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Lee J. Levine

Ballard Spahr LLP
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    South Bend, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management Commercial Litigation Labor Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Securities Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Mediation Arbitration Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    San Jose, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Litigation - Municipal Criminal Defense: White-Collar Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Media Law Litigation - First Amendment Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Advertising Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • 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
  • Recognized Since: 1991
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Environmental Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice First Amendment Law
Lawyer
Carter G. Phillips was awarded 2021 "Lawyer of the Year" in Foundation.Models.Operations.Elasticsearch.BestLawyers.PracticeArea

Carter G. Phillips

Sidley Austin LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Patent First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Employment Law - Management Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Labor and Employment Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law First Amendment Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Communications Law Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Florham Park, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Municipal Mediation Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Media Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Securities Litigation - Real Estate Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Construction Construction Law Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Media Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Native American Law Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) First Amendment Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Litigation - First Amendment Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • 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.