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  • U.S. Supreme Court
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  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
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  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • District of Columbia

Laura R. Handman

Co-chair, Appellate Practice
Laura Handman is the co-chair of the firm’s appellate practice and divides her time between the New York and D.C. offices. For over 35 years, Laura has been providing pre-publication counseling and litigation services from complaint through trial and appeal to U.S. and foreign broadcasters, film studios, and book, magazine, newspaper and Internet publishers and non-profits. Laura has extensive experience in libel, newsgathering, privacy, right of publicity, reporter’s privilege and First Amendment matters. She obtained the first decision in U.S. courts refusing to enforce foreign libel judgments as inconsistent with the First Amendment and was involved in the passage of the SPEECH Act codifying those decisions as federal law. Laura has served as an expert on American libel law in actions in England, Northern Ireland and Australia. She has obtained the first decisions applying the D.C. Anti-SLAPP Act in federal court and has written four amicus briefs on Anti-SLAPP issues. She represents news organizations, reporters, and Internet firms in national security investigations. She brings recognized expertise to clients in copyright litigation and was appointed a special master in S.D.N.Y. to review advertising and promotion in a civil fraud action.

Laura’s clients include: AARP,, Associated Newspapers, Atlantic Media Company, Bloomberg, Bureau of National Affairs, Center for American Progress, Center for Public Integrity, Discovery, Dow Jones, The Economist, Gizmodo Media, HarperCollins, Hearst Corporation, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Greenpeace, Microsoft, New York Daily News, New York Post, National Public Radio (NPR), Pew Charitable Trust, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Penguin Random House, Straus News, Times Newspapers Ltd., TripAdvisor, U.S. News & World Report, Washington Post, Yale Alumni Magazine, and Yelp.

Representative Experience

Recent Representative Experience

United States v. Manafort

Representing the Washington Post in effort to unseal filings in the prosecution of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, and requesting that court implement process for promptly making information public when the necessity for sealing that material dissipates. (D.D.C. Ongoing)

Udell v. NYP Holdings, Inc.

Obtained dismissal of libel lawsuit against the New York Post, a reporter and photographer in defamation action filed in New York Supreme Court by a Brooklyn attorney and his wife, a Kings County Supreme Court Justice, over an article reporting that the plaintiff attorney parked at the Queens courthouse in spaces reserved for court personnel by virtue of the judicial license plates on his car.  The dismissal was unanimously affirmed by the Appellate Division. (2019)

Resolute Forest Products, Inc. et al. v. Greenpeace International, et al.

Representing Greenpeace in defamation and RICO action brought by forestry company arising from Greenpeace’s speech about the impact of company’s activities on the environment. Successfully transferred case from Georgia to California; motion to dismiss and to strike under anti-SLAPP statute granted; renewed motions after amendment granted as to RICO and all but 2 of the 296 alleged defamatory statements. 2019 WL 281370 (N.D. Cal. 2019)

Energy Transfer Partners et al. v. Greenpeace Int’l et al.

Defending Greenpeace in case brought by owner of Dakota Access Pipeline alleging that environmental groups are a global conspiracy under RICO statute. Motion to dismiss granted. (D.N.D. 2019)

Fairbanks v. Roller

Successfully defended reporter in libel case filed over tweet criticizing another journalist who posted a photo of herself making a hand gesture that was speculated to be a “white power” symbol. The district court granted defendant’s motion to dismiss with prejudice, finding failure to plausibly plead actual malice; 314 F. Supp. 3d 85 (D.D.C. 2018)

Montgomery v. Risen et al.

Successfully represented Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist James Risen and his publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, in libel suit brought by Dennis Montgomery, a former U.S. military contractor, in suit arising from reporting in the book "Pay Any Price: Greed, Power and Endless War." Plaintiff claimed to invent software that could read coded messages on Al Jazeera broadcasts instructing terrorists where to attack next. Obtained summary judgment of all claims in district court, which observed "[t]he twists and turns of this case could fill the pages of a book. In fact, much of it already has." Montgomery v. Risen, 197 F. Supp. 3d 219 (D.D.C. 2016). Judgment affirmed on appeal holding Montgomery failed to demonstrate Risen’s statements were false. Montgomery v. Risen, 875 F.3d 709 (D.C. Cir. 2017), Rehearing en banc denied (D.C. Cir. 2018)

Kimberley v. Penguin Random House, et al.

Successfully defended Chelsea Clinton and publisher in copyright infringement suit arising out of best-selling children’s book "She Persisted: 13 Women Who Changed the World." Court dismissed the action with prejudice for lack of substantial similarity between the works, holding that plaintiff’s references to historical figures were not copyrightable; 2018 WL 1918614 (S.D.N.Y. 2018)

Von Kahl v. The Bureau of National Affairs

Successfully represented The Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) in interlocutory appeal of district court’s denial of summary judgment to BNA and the court’s ruling on actual malice. Obtained D.C. Circuit decision reversing district court and holding inaccuracy of publication alone does not constitute sufficient evidence of actual malice to overcome summary judgment. Von Kahl v. Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., 856 F.3d 106 (D.C. Cir. 2017) (Kavanaugh, J.), cert denied (U.S. 2018)

Murray Energy Corporation v. Reorg Research Inc.

Successfully represented Reorg Research Inc., a news entity that reports on the distressed debt market, in an appeal from an order compelling Reorg to disclose the names of confidential newsgathering sources. The appellate court unanimously reversed on the grounds that the order violated New York’s Reporter’s Shield Law (N.Y. Civ. Rights Law § 79 h). In its decision, the court rejected the lower court’s attempt to condition protection on the size of the subscriber base, the cost of subscriptions, and the extent to which information was disseminated to the public at large, finding that the uncertainty associated with such subjective analyses could chill future newsgathering; 58 N.Y.S.3d 369 (App. Div. 1st Dept. 2017), appeal denied, 30 N.Y.3d 913 (2018)

SentosaCare, LLC, et al. v. Lehman, et al.

Successfully defended authors in defamation action arising out of a ProPublica article questioning the adequacy of state regulation and oversight of skilled nursing facilities in New York State. Action dismissed with prejudice under fair report privilege and for failure to allege actual malice; 58 Misc. 3d 1216(A) Kings County N.Y. Supreme Court 2018 (appeal pending)

100Reporters v. U.S. Dept. of Justice

Representing government- and business-accountability online news organization in obtaining order under federal Freedom of Information Act requiring Department of Justice to release documents pertaining to monitorship arising from Siemens AG's 2008 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act guilty plea. (D.D.C. 2018)

Microsoft v. Department of Justice

Represented Microsoft in its First and Fourth Amendment challenge to a federal statute that permits the government to obtain an order forbidding Microsoft and other providers from informing customers when the government obtains the customer’s information from such a provider. After the court denied the government’s motion to dismiss, the government adopted a new policy. (W.D. Wash. 2017)

Adelson v. O’Keeffe

Represented Wall Street Journal reporter in third-party discovery in libel suit pending in Hong Kong, brought by Sheldon Adelson, the multi-billionaire casino magnate over article that described him as a “scrappy, foul mouthed billionaire from working class Dorchester, Mass.” (High Ct. of Hong Kong Special Admin. Region); Successfully defeated motions to quash subpoenas in D.N.J., aff’d 3d Cir.; S.D.N.Y., aff’d 2d Cir.S.D. Fla.; aff'd 11th Cir.; D. Nev. (Jan. 2017)

In the matter of a warrant to search a certain email 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. Second Circuit quashed; appeal to Supreme Court mooted by passage of the Cloud Act. (2d Cir. 2014), (U.S. 2018)

In re application of WP Company LLC d/b/a Washington Post

Successfully represented The Washington Post in vindicating First Amendment right of access to materials filed in connection with search warrants issued as part of wide-ranging investigation by the U.S. Attorneys’ Office for the District of Columbia of alleged campaign finance violations in the 2010 D.C. Mayoral Election. (D.D.C. 2016)

Pras Michel v. NYP Holdings, Inc.

Obtained dismissal on behalf of the New York Post and two of its investigative reporters in defamation suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida brought by rapper Pras Michel, founding member of the Fugees, arising from a report on that he “bailed on” and was a “no-show” at a 9/11 benefit concert to benefit his own foundation. District Court found the article to be non-defamatory opinion; March 4, 2015). 11th Circuit affirmed dismissal of complaint on actual malice rather than opinion grounds, and remanded so that plaintiff may amend complaint to plead actual malice). 816 F.3d 686 (11th Cir. 2016)

Maxim A. Stepanov and Midland Consult (Cyprus) Ltd. v. Dow Jones & Company

Obtained dismissal, affirmed, of libel action against Barron's magazine arising out of an article entitled, "Crime and Punishment in Putin's Russia." First New York appellate decision requiring that “the language of the communication as a whole can be reasonably read both to impart a defamatory inference and to affirmatively suggest that the author intended or endorsed that inference.” 987 N.Y.S. 2d 37 (App Div. 1st Dept. 2014); Andrew Keshner, Panel Sets Standards For Defamation By Implication Claims, N.Y.L.J., May 30, 2014

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. 990 N.Y.S.2d 473 (App. Div. 1st Dept. 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).

Westlake Legal Group v. Yelp, Inc.

The 4th Circuit affirmed the district court’s order setting aside $200,000 default judgment and dismissing libel action against Yelp arising out of a critical review posted by client of legal services provided by plaintiff. The 4th Circuit held that the Rooker-Feldman doctrine did not bar jurisdiction, that vacatur was proper due to lack of service and notice, and that Yelp was entitled to dismissal because its automated system to filter reviews was a traditional editorial function immune from liability under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. 2014 WL 4097643 (E.D. Va. 2014), aff’d, 599 F. App’x 481 (4th Cir. 2015) (per curiam)


Farah v. Esquire Magazine

Involved in defense of libel claim for a satirical blog post about the book "Where’s the Birth Certificate?"; obtained first federal dismissal under new D.C. Anti-SLAPP Act and Rule 12(b)(6) for "satirical commentary." 863 F. Supp. 2d 29 (D.D.C. 2012). The D.C. Circuit affirmed dismissal under Rule 12(b)(6), holding that the blog post was satire protected by the First Amendment, that an update to the blog and the author’s comments were protected opinion, and that the Lanham Act did not apply to the blog post, establishing in the D.C. Circuit that the Lanham Act applies only to commercial speech. 736 F.3d 528 (D.C. Cir. 2013)

Seaton v. TripAdvisor

Obtained affirmance of dismissal of libel suit against TripAdvisor arising out of online ranking of the "Dirtiest Hotels" in America holding that ranking, based on data compiled from user reviews, is subjective opinion. 728 F.3d 592 (6th Cir. 2013)

O'Keefe v. WDC Media

Obtained dismissal of libel claim brought by conservative videographer and Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe against the website Main Justice 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. 2015 WL 1472410 (D.N.J. 2015)

Boley v. Atlantic Monthly Group and Jeffrey Goldberg

Obtained dismissal under D.C. Anti-SLAPP Act dismissing defamation claim against the Atlantic and its award-winning journalist arising from online articles reporting that plaintiff was a Liberian "warlord," whose organization "recruited and armed child soldiers, fed them drugs, and ordered them to rape and kill." No. 13-cv-89, 950 F. Supp. 2d 249. (D.D.C. 2013)

Brennerman v. Times Newspapers Limited

Defended publisher of The Sunday Times (U.K.) 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)

Mar-Jac Poultry v. Katz, et al., Unus v. Katz, et al.

Defended author of book “Terrorist Hunter” against two libel suits and one constitutional tort action arising out of her investigation of Muslim charities' alleged funding of terrorism. One libel suit dropped, summary judgment granted in the other. 773 F. Supp. 2d 103 (D.D.C. 2011). Constitutional tort action dismissed and affirmed by the 4th Circuit. 565 F.3d 103 (4th Cir. 2009)

CACI International v. Randi Rhodes and Piquant, LLC (Air America Radio)

Secured summary judgment, affirmed in 4th Circuit, dismissing libel suit which alleged that, on her radio program, Rhodes falsely stated that CACI interrogators were responsible for rape, murder and torture at Abu Ghraib prison. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals held that statements were either not made with actual malice, based on findings of military investigations and news accounts, or were non-actionable hyperbole. 536 F.3d 280 (E.D. Va. 2008), aff'd, 536 F.3d 280 (4th Cir. 2008) Read more

Interphase Garment v. Fox Television Stations

Obtained dismissal of claims for defamation, interference with contract, emotional distress, and invasion of privacy arising from local Fox affiliate's coverage of plaintiff's failure to deliver school uniforms on time. Established Maryland precedent regarding statute of limitations as applied to mass media. 566 F. Supp. 2d 460 (D. Md. 2008)

Massey Coal v. United Mine Workers of America, et al.

Obtained dismissal of libel action brought by a coal mining company and its president against union; appeal denied. (Fairfax Cnty. (Va.) Cir. Ct. 2007)

Flowers v. Carville, et al.

Represented George Stephanopoulos in combating defamation claim brought by Gennifer Flowers. Successfully convinced 9th Circuit that Stephanopoulos' comments in his book and during interviews were opinion or made without malice, based on accurate accounts of the 1992 presidential campaign. 161 F. App’x 697 (9th Cir. 2006)

Rubin v. U.S. News & World Report

Obtained dismissal, affirmed in 11th Circuit, of libel by implication case for national news weekly. 271 F.3d 1305 (11th Cir. 2001)

Foreign Libel Cases

Matusevitch v. Telnikoff

Established first precedents in federal and state courts refusing to enforce British libel judgments as repugnant to U.S. public policy; 702 A.2d 230 (Md. 1997); 159 F.3d 636 (D.C. Cir. 1998)

Bachchan v. India Abroad

Established first precedents in federal and state courts refusing to enforce British libel judgments as repugnant to U.S. public policy. 154 Misc.2d 228, 585 N.Y.S.2d 661 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 1992)

In re application of Associated Newspapers Ltd. to issue subpoena for the taking of a deposition and the production of documents for use in a foreign proceeding

Secured court order granting foreign newspaper’s application pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §1782 to obtain evidence for use in a foreign libel proceeding. (S.D.N.Y. 2011)

Gutnick v. Dow Jones & Co.

Served as expert witness on U.S. libel law for defendant. (Melbourne, Australia Common Law Division)

Alexander Vassiliev v., Inc.

Expert on U.S. libel law for Amazon. (High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division, England)

Clarke v., Inc.,, and Amcho Computer Services Limited

Expert on U.S. libel law for Amazon. (High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division, Northern Ireland)

Right of Publicity and Misappropriation

Peppe v. Random House

Defended commercial misappropriation claims brought by former CIA agent. No. CL 10003938 (Alexandria (Va.) Cir. Ct. 2010)

O'Grady v. Discovery Communications and 20th Century Fox

Represented Discovery in claims of false advertising and commercial misappropriation arising out of a promotional tie-in. 2003 WL 24174616 (E.D. Tex. 2003) (granting partial summary judgment for defendants)

Hampton v. Guare

Successfully defended author, movie studio and publisher in commercial misappropriation claim arising from dramatization of plaintiff's exploits in the satiric play "Six Degrees of Separation." Established that satire and fiction do not constitute advertising or trade. 600 N.Y.S.2d 57 (N.Y. App. Div. 1st Dept. 1993)

Finger v. Omni Publications International Ltd.

Successfully defended magazine for stock use of photo of family to illustrate story on in vitro fertilization. New York's highest court affirmed dismissal of commercial misappropriation claim, establishing editorial deference to choice of how to illustrate newsworthy material. 77 N.Y.2d 138, 564 N.Y.S.2d 1014 (1990)


Spokeo, Inc. v. Thomas Robins

Submitted amicus brief on behalf of a group of eight media amici urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the 9th Circuit's ruling allowing a class action alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act to go forward without any allegation of an "injury in fact" for standing under Article III of the U.S. Constitution, and highlighting the damage to media companies caused by class actions where plaintiffs leverage technical violations of privacy statutes to threaten enormous statutory damages, severely impacting those companies' business models, and chilling speech. (U.S. 2015)

Reporters’ Privilege

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

Represented 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. Ct. Richmond Cnty. 2015)

Adelson v. Jacobs

Represented Wall Street Journal and its reporter against third-party discovery sought by Sheldon Adelson, the multi-billionaire casino magnate, in a Florida defamation lawsuit against a former employee. Quashed third-party subpoena in New York on the grounds that the information is protected by the reporter’s privilege. (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2013) v. Kenneth Lay, Secretary, North Carolina's Department of Revenue

Obtained declaratory judgment that North Carolina's request for information about customers' choices of expressive material violates the First Amendment and the Video Privacy Protection Act. 758 F. Supp. 2d 1154 (W. D. Wash. 2010) 

In re Grand Jury

Quashed grand jury subpoena to newspaper for IP addresses of anonymous bloggers. (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2010)

In re Grand Jury Subpoena To dated August 7, 2006

Successfully represented online bookseller in asserting First Amendment rights and opposing grand jury subpoena seeking records of customer purchases of expressive material. 246 F.R.D. 570 (W.D. Wis. 2007)

Hatfill v. Mukasey, et al.

Represented coalition of media organizations as amici in support of a reporter facing contempt sanctions in a Privacy Act suit for refusing to reveal confidential sources related to the investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks. Filed two amicus briefs in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Appeal dismissed as moot. No. 03-cv-1793 (D.C. Cir. 2008)

Gonzales v. NBC

Submitted amicus in support of reconsideration; decision on rehearing recognized federal qualified reporter’s privilege in civil cases. 194 F.3d 29 (2d Cir. 1999)

Constitutional Torts

Young v. Suffolk County, et al.

Defended print, online, and broadcast media against federal civil rights claims and state law claims for defamation and emotional distress arising out of media coverage of uninhabitable living conditions of plaintiff and her children. (E.D.N.Y. 2010)

Prior Restraints

Bank Julius Baer v.

Successfully represented national media coalition to successfully oppose and vacate a prior restraint order issued by a federal court in San Francisco against after confidential Swiss banking records were posted to this whistleblower website. 535 F. Supp. 2d  980 (N.D. Cal. 2008)

ConnectU, Inc. v. Facebook, Inc.

Successfully represented magazine 02138 when Facebook sought to compel removal of sealed documents about its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, from the magazine’s website; court rejected as unconstitutional prior restraint. Successful defense by attorneys from Davis Wright Tremaine led a federal judge to reject the company’s request for a court order to take down the material. 2008 WL 2330992 (D. Mass. 2008) Read more

Procter & Gamble v. McGraw-Hill

Sixth Circuit reversed prior restraint against publication of sealed court record. 78 F.3d 219 (6th Cir. 1996)

Freedom of Information Act and Access to Public Records & Proceedings

Florida Medical Association, Inc. v. Department of Health, Education and Welfare

On behalf of Dow Jones, the publisher of The Wall Street Journal, obtained order vacating a 34 year-old injunction obtained by the American Medical Association in 1979, that blocked public access to records of payments doctors receive under Medicare. 947 F. Supp. 2d 1325 (M.D. Fla. 2013) In 2014, after comments submitted on behalf of Dow Jones, HHS released the database of Medicare provider reimbursements, leading to ground-breaking articles across the country. (2014)

The Chronicle v. The Orange County, New York Board of Ethics

Won New York Freedom of Information Law (“FOIL”) appeal on behalf of local newspaper declaring that the Orange County Ethics Law prohibiting photographing and photocopying of public officials’ financial disclosure forms was unenforceable under FOIL. (2014)

National Business Aviation Ass’n v. FAA

Defeated on behalf of Pro Publica a reverse FOIA claim seeking to prevent the FAA from releasing information about private plane owners who have blocked public release of flight plans. 686 F. Supp. 2d 80 (D.D.C. 2010)

United States v. U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Represented amici on appeal in support of access to sensitive government information presented at sentencing hearing; affirmed by 9th Circuit. (2008)

Center for National Securities Studies v. Department of Justice

Represented coalition of media entities in federal FOIA and First Amendment appeal to the Department of Justice's refusal to divulge the identities of persons detained in immediate aftermath of September 11. 331 F.3d 918 (D.C. Cir. 2003)

Copyright and Theft of Ideas

NYP Holdings, Inc. v. New York Post Publishing Inc., et al.

Representing NYP Holdings, the publisher of the New York Post, in trademark infringement and unfair competition action. On November 17, 2014, Judge Marrero of the District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a decision regarding a preliminary injunction he had granted on October 31, 2014 in favor of NYP Holdings and the Post. Judge Marrero found that defendant Steven Hoffenberg’s use of the website “” to publish news content, and his plan to distribute a free newspaper using the name “New York Post Publishing, Inc.,” were likely to confuse consumers and to harm NYP Holdings’ name and reputation. (S.D.N.Y. 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)


Obtained dismissal of copyright infringement claim by paparazzo for use of celebrity clip. No. 08 Civ. 6160. 2009 WL 2474190 (S.D.N.Y. 2009)

Col. Adams v. Discovery Communications, LLC, et al.

2nd Circuit affirmed dismissal of copyright infringement claim arising out of the movie "Polar Express" and cable program "Extreme Engineering." 289 F. App’x 456 (2d Cir. 2008)

Moore v. Discovery Communications, LLC

Defended Discovery Communications in suit seeking to prevent showing of award-winning documentary "Man on Wire" at Tribeca Film Festival, on the grounds of use of unlicensed photographs. TRO denied; case settled. (S.D.N.Y. 2008)

Wong v. Simon & Schuster

Defeated injunction against book publisher Simon & Schuster in copyright infringement action. (E.D. Va. 2007)

Gross v. BBC

Represented BBC in theft-of-ideas action. 386 F.3d 224 (2d Cir. 2004)

Commercial Speech

The Humane Society of the United States v., et al.

Defended in a lawsuit brought by the Humane Society of the United States regarding sale of subscriptions to cockfighting magazines. 2007 WL 1297170 (D.D.C. 2007)

Additional Qualifications

  • Former Assistant U.S. Attorney, E.D.N.Y. 
  • Law Clerk to Chief Judge Raymond J. Pettine, D.R.I.
  • Associate & Partner, Coudert Brothers
  • Appointed special federal master by S.D.N.Y. judge responsible for reviewing all advertising and promotion of company subject to civil mail fraud action

Professional & Community Activities

  • Steering Committee - Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • Testimony, House Judiciary Committee, Maryland General Assembly – Testified on behalf of MD/DE/DC Press Association and the Washington Post against bill to establish statutory and descendible right of publicity in Maryland, February 2013
  • Testimony, Hearing on Libel Tourism (libel suits brought against U.S.-based defendants in foreign countries) and HR 6146 (related amendment to federal judicial code), Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law of the House Judiciary Committee, February 2009
  • Advisory Board, Digital Media Law Project, Online Media Legal Network, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School
  • Co-Taught "Journalism, Law & Society," Columbia Journalism School, Summer 2011
  • Co-chair, Dialogue Project: Conversations with Bench, Bar and Press, Council for Court Excellence, 2010–present
  • Co-chair, Project Committee, "Journalists' Handbook to the Courts in the District of Columbia," published by the Council for Court Excellence, 2009
  • Executive Committee, Council for Court Excellence, 2010-present
  • Founder and past Chair, Media Law Committee, Arts, Entertainment and Sports Law Section, District of Columbia Bar
  • Past Chair, Communications and Media Law Committee, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Past President, Defense Counsel Section, Libel Defense Resource Center

Professional Recognition

  • Named one of "America’s Leading Lawyers for Business" by Chambers USA in First Amendment Litigation (Nationwide), 2007-2009, 2011-2018; Media & Entertainment (D.C.), 2005-2018; Received "Band 1" ranking for First Amendment Litigation, 2012-2018; Named a "Star Individual" for Media & Entertainment (D.C.), 2016-2018
  • Named "Litigator of the Week," Litigation Daily, 03.01.19
  • Named "MVP of the Year," Law360, 2016 
  • Selected by Best Lawyers as Washington D.C.’s "Lawyer of the Year" in First Amendment Litigation in 2014-2017
  • Named one of, "Washington, D.C. & Baltimore's Top Rated Lawyers," by The National Law Journal, 2013
  • Selected to "Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters, 2007-2018; in Top 50 Women, 2007-2008, 2010, 2015, 2017; in Top First Amendment/Media/Advertising, 2008-2012; in Intellectual Property, 2011-2015
  • Selected to "New York Super Lawyers" in First Amendment/Media/Advertising, Thomson Reuters, 2006-2017
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in First Amendment Law by Best Lawyers, 1995-2008; named in First Amendment Law and Media Law, 2009-present
  • Named one of "Washington's Top Lawyers" in First Amendment law, 2009-2013; by Washingtonian Magazine
  • Received the 2007 International PEN First Amendment Award from PEN USA, the West Coast center for the worldwide writers' organization
  • Recognized in the area of First Amendment Litigation in "The New York Area’s Best Lawyers" list published by American Lawyer Media, 2005
  • Received the John M. Davis Award for Legal Expertise, Davis Wright Tremaine, 2013
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"She is a fierce advocate for the First Amendment, a great advocate when a publication wants to be aggressive on the offense or defense." -Chambers USA 2018