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NOVEMBER 18, 2019 – Kate Bolger, who led the successful defense of major media clients in two nationally watched defamation cases this year, has been named an MVP of the Year in Media & Entertainment by the editors of Law360.

Bolger, a partner in the firm's New York office, is the fourth Davis Wright Tremaine media lawyer in a row to win the annual recognition.

Bolger's achievements this year included spearheading the successful defense of BuzzFeed in a defamation suit arising from publication of the much-discussed Steele dossier. A federal judge in Florida granted our client's summary judgment motion, finding that BuzzFeed was protected by New York's fair report privilege.

Bolger also served as lead counsel on behalf of Gizmodo Media Group, winning dismissal of a $100 million claim lodged by former Trump spokesperson Jason Miller. The case arose from an explosive article on the website Splinter, reporting on an allegedly sealed court filing.

"Kate is an invaluable defender of the media industry," said Ambika Doran, co-chair of the media law practice at Davis Wright Tremaine. "She has incredible passion and tenacity and is unusually skilled in handling complex cases."

Bolger is currently lead counsel for The Telegraph in a defamation complaint filed by former U.S. track and field gold medalist Dennis Mitchell. He was fired from his position as coach of the world's current 100-meter champion following publication of an undercover Telegraph investigation in which Mitchell was recorded discussing how to avoid detection of performance-enhancing drugs.

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