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Admitted to Practice

  • California, 2016
  • New York, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2013

Jason Harrow

Jason Harrow’s practice includes media and First Amendment litigation, appellate law, and pre-broadcast review and counseling. Since joining the firm, he has litigated copyright, trademark, and First Amendment cases, and also drafted several appellate briefs, including amicus briefs to the California and United States Supreme Courts.  He also regularly provides review and guidance to producers seeking review and advice on defamation, publicity, copyright, and other legal issues that may arise from television and film production.

Jason has a range of pre-broadcast experience and regularly provides review and counseling for comedy, drama, and unscripted television, as well as feature films for companies, including Comedy Central, Amazon Studios, Titmouse Animation, Kick Punch Studios, and Detail Productions, among others.

Prior to joining Davis Wright Tremaine, Jason worked as an assistant solicitor general in the Office of the New York Attorney General where he argued 14 appeals, including two before New York’s highest court. Before law school, he was the blog manager and stats guru for SCOTUSblog, the leading website about the U.S. Supreme Court.

Representative Experience

Kelly v. Marshall

Defending a leading film and media scholar who has been sued for copyright infringement by the heir to Gene Kelly’s intellectual property on the basis that the scholar’s proposed book allegedly infringes the copyright in the responses Gene Kelly gave during interviews. (C.D. Cal. Ongoing)

Perlman et al. v. Vox Media

Defending Vox Media in a defamation action arising from articles in its technology blog, “The Verge,” about plaintiffs, a businessman, and two of his companies. The case raises significant issues concerning republication, opinion, and the reporter’s privilege. (Del. Ch. Ongoing)

Baral v. Schnitt

Drafted an amicus brief on behalf of several media entities arguing that California’s Anti-SLAPP statute must be available to strike individual claims grouped into a single cause of action. (Cal. 2016)

Boudreau v. KXTV, LLC

Defended a local broadcast station who had been sued for misrepresentation by plaintiffs who claimed that a natural medicine practitioner that appeared on paid advertising segments had defrauded them.  The case presented novel First Amendment and commercial-speech related issues. The court granted the station’s Anti-SLAPP motion and dismissed the complaint entirely, delivering a complete victory to the client. (Cal. 2016)

Peña-Rodriguez v. Colorado

Drafted an amicus brief on behalf of the Hispanic National Bar Association, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, and the Anti-Defamation League arguing that evidentiary rules that prohibit defendants from introducing direct evidence of a jury’s racially motivated decision-making must be subjected to strict scrutiny. (U.S. 2016)

Additional Qualifications

  • Assistant Solicitor General, Office of the New York Attorney General, New York, N.Y., 2013-2015
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Kenneth M. Karas, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, White Plains, N.Y., 2012-2013
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Carlos T. Bea, U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, San Francisco, 2011-2012
  • Special Assistant to Tom Goldstein, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Washington, D.C., 2006-2008