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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Media Law First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Media Law Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1991
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Trusts and Estates First Amendment Law
Lawyer
Peter C. Canfield was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Peter C. Canfield

Jones Day
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Intellectual Property First Amendment Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Media Law Qui Tam Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Media Law Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1983
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Media Law Employment Law - Individuals Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Advertising Law Sports Law Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Albany, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Trademark Law Entertainment Law - Theater Commercial Litigation Communications Law Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Trade Secrets Law Franchise Law Privacy and Data Security Law First Amendment Law Copyright Law Advertising Law Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Media Law Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Media Law Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television First Amendment Law Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Advertising Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Entertainment Law - Music Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Media Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law First Amendment Law Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Media 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:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Media Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) First Amendment Law Appellate Practice Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Litigation - First Amendment Media Law First Amendment Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Media Law First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Media Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants First Amendment Law Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Media Law First Amendment Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Construction Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Communications Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Bet-the-Company Litigation Media Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law First Amendment Law

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Practice Area Definition

Media Law Definition

Traditionally, media law referred to representing mainstream publishers and broadcasters with regard to First Amendment issues, defamation and invasion of privacy lawsuits, defense of subpoenas to reporters, issues of access to court records and proceedings, some FCC licensing work, and occasional copyright or trademark issues. However, in the Internet age and the digital delivery of information across state and national boundaries, if someone is a broadcaster, cable operator, newspaper or magazine publisher, advertising agency, blogger, Internet Web site, or Internet service provider, s/he or it is subject to the new media law, and probably on multiple levels. Today's media lawyer provides litigation, counseling, and regulatory services for the whole range of publishers, service providers, and disseminators of information, including the traditional services, but also including the protection of information and the use of information (data security and data breaches), FCC (ownership, content and rules issues) and FTC representation, E-commerce, cybercrimes, domain name issues, jurisdictional issues relating to Internet based claims of copyright and trademark infringement, invasion of privacy and defamation, and preparation of Internet-related contracts for web hosting, web site development, linking, and licensing agreements. Media law for some law firms also includes entertainment-related matters such as talent contracts, advertising law, and advice regarding contests.
Traditionally, media law referred to representing mainstream publishers and broadcasters with regard to First Amendment issues, defamation and invasion of privacy lawsuits, defense of subpoenas to reporters, issues of access to court records and proceedings, some FCC licensing work, and occasional copyright or trademark issues. However, in the Internet age and the digital delivery of information across state and national boundaries, if someone is a broadcaster, cable operator, newspaper or magazine publisher, advertising agency, blogger, Internet Web site, or Internet service provider, s/he or it is subject to the new media law, and probably on multiple levels. Today's media lawyer provides litigation, counseling, and regulatory services for the whole range of publishers, service providers, and disseminators of information, including the traditional services, but also including the protection of information and the use of information (data security and data breaches), FCC (ownership, content and rules issues) and FTC representation, E-commerce, cybercrimes, domain name issues, jurisdictional issues relating to Internet based claims of copyright and trademark infringement, invasion of privacy and defamation, and preparation of Internet-related contracts for web hosting, web site development, linking, and licensing agreements. Media law for some law firms also includes entertainment-related matters such as talent contracts, advertising law, and advice regarding contests.