Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon

Media & First Amendment Law

Our attorneys focus on the defense and representation of the press and news and entertainment media organizations in matters involving:

  • Defamation
  • Privacy
  • Newsgathering
  • Related First Amendment litigation in federal and state trial and appellate courts

We also represent the press and news organizations in applications for public access to judicial and government proceedings and documents as well as representing them, reporters, and editorial personnel who have been served with subpoenas issued by government authorities or private litigants.

In providing prepublication and pre-broadcast counseling and advice, we work closely with professional journalists and publishers on a daily basis to minimize their risk of liability exposure.

We also have represented numerous press and media clients as amicus curiae before the NY Court of Appeals, other states’ highest courts, the Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the US Supreme Court on significant free speech, access, and journalists’ civil rights issues.

Our media and First Amendment law attorneys serve as outside counsel to daily newspapers, television stations, radio stations, independent investigative news agencies, and book publishers. We are also counsel to the National Press Photographers Association, advancing the interests of visual journalists across the country.

We represent individuals, entities, and organizations in litigation and counseling concerning social media issues and disputes, and we also represent individuals in defamation and other speech-related disputes insofar as the press is not an adverse party.

Our attorneys recognize particular cases often implicate significant constitutional-law principles. Accordingly, litigation strategies may be developed not only to vindicate the client’s legal rights and interests but, when feasible, to protect and advance the broader newsgathering and publication rights that may be at issue.

We respectfully decline representing plaintiffs in legal actions or adversarial matters against the press.