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Admitted to Practice

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. District Court District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland

Lisa B. Zycherman

Lisa Zycherman focuses her practice on media and intellectual property law. She defends and counsels media and entertainment clients in the areas of libel, copyright, trademark, right of publicity, privacy and newsgathering issues. In addition, Lisa has a substantial background in litigating government and appellate litigation disputes.

Lisa maintains an active pro bono constitutional law practice, focusing on First Amendment protection.

Representative Experience

Burch v. University System of Hawaii

Representing students in civil rights lawsuit claiming denial of their right to hand out literature, the unconstitutionality of the university’s "free speech zone," and the failure of university officials to adequately train administrators on the rights of college students. (D. Haw., Ongoing)

Prison Legal News v. Samuels

Representing non-profit publication in Freedom of Information Act appeal of federal Bureau of Prisons' failure to produce unredacted documents concerning settlements of civil claims due to alleged employee malfeasance. (D.C. Cir., Ongoing)

Martin v. New York Daily News, L.P.

Obtained unanimous affirmance of summary judgment for daily newspaper and columnist Errol Louis in libel action brought by a sitting judge on grounds of no actual malice. Obtained unanimous affirmance of dismissal of second suit on grounds that restoration of columns to the website did not constitute republication retriggering statute of limitations. 2014 WL 3510973 (N.Y. App. Div. 1st Dept. July 17, 2014), leave to appeal denied (N.Y. Oct. 27, 2014). Brendan Pierson, Ruling Upholds Dismissal of Judge’s Defamation Suit, NYLJ (July 18, 2014); Kelly Knaub, Court Won’t Revive Justice’s $10M Daily News Defamation Suit, Law 360 (July 17, 2014)

Minority Television Project v. FCC

Submitted amicus brief on behalf of the Cato Institute in support of Minority Television Project urging the U.S. Supreme Court to give broadcast television full First Amendment protection. (U.S. 2014)

Riley v. California and U.S. v. Wurie

Submitted amicus brief on behalf of National Press Photographers Association, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and a coalition of media organizations, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to examine the constitutionality of warrantless searches of cell phone data incident to arrest. (U.S. 2014)

Sunset Concepts v. Discovery Communications

Defended Discovery in theft of ideas suit relating to creation of OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, and its programming. Case dismissed. (S.D. Fla. 2014)

Van Tuinen v. Modesto Community College

Represented student in civil rights lawsuit against community college district that prevented him from handing out copies of U.S. Constitution on Constitution Day, resulting in settlement under which the district agreed to revise its policies to allow free speech in open areas across campus and agreed to pay plaintiff $50,000. (E.D. Cal. 2014)

Chamber of Commerce of the United States v. Servin, et al.

Represented the Yes Men against trademark claims filed after they performed a political parody of the Chamber of Commerce's controversial position on global climate change; three years after defendants moved to dismiss, the Chamber dropped its lawsuit. USDC D.C. 09cv 2014 (2013)

Barnes v. Zaccari

Counsel in case holding that qualified immunity does not protect university president who summarily expelled students for exercising First Amendment rights in violation of procedural due process requirements. (11th Cir. 2012)

Dilek v. New York Daily News, L.P. et al.

Obtained dismissal of libel action for daily newspaper arising from reporting on plaintiff’s numerous legal proceedings. No. 113828/2011 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2012).

Maya Stendhal Gallery, et al. v. NYP Holdings, Inc., et al.

Obtained dismissal of libel action brought by gallery owner. No. 651899/2011 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2012)

Shaofon Gong v. Dow Jones, et al.

Obtained dismissal of libel action for three daily newspapers arising out of police misidentification in an arson/murder/suicide. 652905/11 (N.Y. Cnty. Sup. Ct. 2012)

ACLU v. Office of Director of National Intelligence, et. al.

Secured for national civil liberties organization a federal court order in 2011 requiring more detailed explanation from agencies that withheld records under the Freedom of Information Act relating to intelligence community's use of sweeping electronic surveillance powers under the 2008 FISA Amendments Act. (S.D.N.Y. 2011)

Additional Qualifications

  • Law Clerk, Hon. Ellen L. Hollander, Maryland Court of Special Appeals, 2004-2005

Professional & Community Activities

  • Media Law Committee of the Arts, Entertainment and Sports Law Section, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Professional Recognition

  • Named a "Rising Star" in Media and Advertising by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, 2014
  • Named to "Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll" by the D.C. Court of Appeals and the D.C. Superior Court, 2012-2013
  • Member of the firm's Guantanamo litigation team honored among other lawyers and law firms for providing pro bono services to Guantanamo prisoners with both the National Legal Aid & Defender Association Beacon of Justice Award and The Southern Center for Human Rights 2007 Human Rights Award
  • Davis Wright Tremaine Pro Bono Excellence Award, 2009 
12 from DWT's D.C office named to Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, read release
A victory for student speech rights in Georgia