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Admitted to Practice

  • New York, 2009
  • District of Columbia, 2013
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2011
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 2013

Alison B. Schary

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Alison Schary represents and counsels clients on a wide range of issues in media and intellectual property law, including libel, privacy, copyright, newsgathering, and First Amendment matters. Alison regularly defends clients against claims for defamation, privacy, and newsgathering torts, and she has experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in intellectual property matters. Alison also advises newspaper, magazine, website, television, and book-publishing clients on pre-publication and pre-broadcast legal issues.

Representative Experience

Application by the New York Post for an Order Unsealing Grand Jury Materials in the Matter of the Investigation into the Death of Eric Garner

Representing the New York Post in its application for an order unsealing grand-jury records that investigated the death of Eric Garner after he was taken into police custody on Staten Island, New York.  (N.Y. Sup. Crt. Richmond Cnty., Ongoing)

Murray v. Public Citizen

Defending Public Citizen pro bono against a libel suit brought by Murray Energy Corporation and its CEO, Robert Murray, over a radio ad criticizing Murray Energy for filing lawsuits to block federal regulations aimed at protecting public health and reducing carbon pollution. (S.D. Ohio Ongoing)

In the Matter of a Warrant to Search a Certain E-Mail Account Controlled and Maintained by Microsoft Corporation

Submitted amicus brief on behalf of a coalition of media organizations in support of Microsoft’s challenge to a warrant requiring it to turn over customer emails stored in the cloud on an overseas server. Our amicus brief addressed the First Amendment implications of the case, reminding the court that the cloud serves as an electronic newsroom and that warrants to search that newsroom must comply not only with basic Fourth Amendment protections but also with the requirements of the First Amendment, the Privacy Protection Act, and other applicable laws and regulations.  (2d Cir. 2014)

Abbas v. Foreign Policy Group, LLC et al

Submitted amicus brief on behalf of coalition of media organizations and trade associations urging D.C. Circuit to hold that Washington, D.C.’s anti-SLAPP law applies in federal court. (D.C. Cir. 2014)

Brennerman v. Times Newspapers Limited

Defended publisher of The Sunday Times (UK) in a libel suit brought by a British-American real estate entrepreneur mentioned in an article about the use of offshore shell companies and charity-fronted trust structures, drawing on the trove of documents about offshore accounts that were leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in 2013. (D. Del. 2014) (Voluntarily Dismissed after Motion to Dismiss filed)

O’Keefe v. WDC Media

Representing website Main Justice in a libel suit brought by conservative videographer and Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe over a reference to prior incidents that resulted in misdemeanor convictions against O’Keefe and his associates for entering a senator’s offices under false pretenses. Motion to dismiss pending. (D.N.J. Ongoing)

Pre-publication and pre-broadcast counseling

Provides advice for television, newspaper, magazine, website, and book-publishing clients, including The Wall Street Journal, Atlantic Monthly, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Life & Style, and In Touch. (Ongoing)

Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp. v. Hoeper

Submitted amicus brief on behalf of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and a coalition of media organizations, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hold that material falsity is required to show "reckless disregard for the truth" under statutory immunity incorporating the New York Times v. Sullivan actual malice standard. (U.S. 2013)

Intercon Solutions, Inc. v. Basel Action Network et al

Submitted amicus brief on behalf of coalition of media organizations and trade associations urging 7th Circuit to hold that Washington's anti-SLAPP law applies in federal court and that the collateral order doctrine permits immediate appeal from denial of an anti-SLAPP motion. (7th Cir. 2014)

Catalanello v. Kramer, et al.

Successfully defended Washington University School of Law in a libel and invasion of privacy suit arising out of an article by a tenured law professor published in the "Washington University Law Review." Citing to the publicly filed complaint, the article described the allegations in an employment discrimination suit that was ongoing at the time, in which a terminated employee claimed that his supervisor at a Wall Street firm had discriminated against him for being a vegetarian and unmanly. The terminated employee’s former supervisor - who was a defendant in the underlying employment discrimination suit - sued the Law School. No. 12-7904 (D.N.J. 2012)

Datz v. Milton et al.

Representing photojournalist Philip Datz in a civil-rights lawsuit against Suffolk County Police Sergeant Michael Milton and the County of Suffolk for violation of Mr. Datz’s First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights.  Mr. Datz, a professional photojournalist, was arrested by Sergeant Milton for filming a scene of police activity from a public street, in the presence of other bystanders. The confrontation was captured on video by Mr. Datz and was widely circulated following the incident.  Mr. Datz has brought federal civil rights and state-law claims against Sergeant Milton, as well as a Monell claim against the County of Suffolk and its police department. Amicably resolved; settlement included changes to department policy and training explicitly recognizing First Amendment right to record police activity.  (E.D.N.Y. 2014)

Garcia v. Montgomery County et al.

Representing photojournalist and video producer Mannie Garcia in a federal civil rights action against Montgomery County, the Montgomery County Police Department, the Chief of Police, and individual police officers for falsely arresting Mr. Garcia and using excessive force while he filmed another arrest on a public street. (D. Md. Ongoing)

Associated Press v. Meltwater U.S. Holdings, Inc., et al.

Represented The Associated Press in a copyright infringement action against Meltwater News, a leading international subscription-based electronic media monitoring service that provides daily excerpts from news articles to its subscribers. In a precedent setting decision, the federal district court for the Southern District of New York granted AP’s motion for summary judgment on its copyright claim and rejected Meltwater's fair use defense, which was premised on its argument that it acted as a search engine. Amicably resolved. (S.D.N.Y. 2013)

Authors Guild, et al v. Hathitrust, et al.

Submitted amicus curiae brief on behalf of The Associated Press, addressing transformative-use analysis in copyright infringement case based on mass digitization of books. (2d Cir. 2013)

Cassini v. Advance Publications et al.

Motion to dismiss libel and related claims granted in action brought by widow of Oleg Cassini arising out of a "Vanity Fair" article about the Cassini family. On appeal before the 1st Department. (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2013; App. Div. 1st Dept. 2014)

Gibson et al v. The McGraw-Hill Companies

Represented textbook publisher in copyright infringement suit brought by photographers and licensing agencies providing stock photography images. (S.D.N.Y. 2011)

Additional Qualifications

  • Litigation Associate, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, New York, N.Y., 2008-2011

Professional & Community Activities

  • ABA Forum on Communications Law
  • Pre-Publication Review Committee, Media Law Resource Center
  • Media Law Committee, DC Bar 
  • Steering Committee for the Arts, Entertainment, Media and Sports, DC Bar

Professional Recognition

  • National Press Photographers Association, Kenneth P. McLaughlin Award of Merit, 2014
  • 2012 Community Service Society of New York, Pro Bono Award Recipient for pro bono pre-publication review on a series of investigative pieces for City Limits Magazine
  • Named to "Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll" by the D.C. Court of Appeals and the D.C. Superior Court, 2012-2013
12 from DWT's D.C office named to Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, read release