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Dan Laidman focuses his practice on media, First Amendment, and intellectual property litigation and counseling, including defamation, newsgathering, prior restraint, reporter’s privilege, records and courtroom access, privacy, right-of-publicity, copyright, and trademark issues. He also advises newspaper, internet, radio, and television clients on pre-publication and pre-broadcast legal issues. Dan serves on the board of directors of the nonprofit open government group Californians Aware, and has been on the Davis Wright Tremaine Pro Bono Committee.
Freedom of information
Represented news organizations in unsealing court records and opening closed proceedings in high-profile cases, and filing lawsuits under FOIA and the California Public Records Act.
Defended journalists, authors, and media companies against libel, privacy, right-of-publicity, and newsgathering claims.
Provided pre-publication/pre-broadcast review and advising on articles, books, TV shows, podcasts, and websites.
Admitted to Practice
U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2012
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, 2011
U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2013
U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2016
U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2018
J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, 2010
- Order of the Coif
- Michael T. Mason Scholar
- UCLA Law Review
B.A., History, Columbia University, 2001, with honors
- Editor-in-Chief, Columbia Daily Spectator
- Freedom of Information Award, California News Publishers Association, 2019
- Freedom of Information Award, ACLU of Southern California, 2019
- Law Clerk, Hon. Kim McLane Wardlaw, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, Pasadena, Calif., 2010-2011
- Summer Associate, Davis Wright Tremaine, Los Angeles, 2009
- Extern, National Public Radio, Washington, D.C., 2009
- Law Clerk, Housing Rights Center, Los Angeles, 2008
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