Lightfoot offers a full range of media, communications and First Amendment-related services. The firm’s clients include newspapers, broadcasters, national and regional telecommunications service providers, reporters and distributors. Our lawyers have represented media-related entities in matters ranging from defamation and invasion of privacy lawsuits to government access, censorship, copyright and talent retention claims.

Due to the unique nature of media practice, we are committed to providing experienced, top-level lawyers from the initial dispute through trial and appellate phases of litigation. Lightfoot’s hard-earned reputation as skilled trial lawyers is critical in this practice area, where victory – not settlement – is often the only option.

Our experience in this area includes:

  • Jury verdict on behalf of a writer, producer and distributor in a libel and invasion of privacy suit challenging plaintiff’s portrayal in a made-for-television movie about the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Representation of an international provider of satellite television programming in connection with its national anti-piracy effort. In addition to the prosecution of lawsuits under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, we have created and maintain an extranet that allows our client to access paperless files and manage document production for cases across the country.
  • Defense of a newspaper reporter in a Shield Law action.
  • Prosecution of a claim by a regional cable provider against a municipality seeking dissolution of a services contract.
  • Pre-publication advice on communication content to help minimize the risk of litigation.
  • Defense of copyright claims against major motion pictures. Representative of Sacha Baron Cohen, producers and broadcasters in defense of claims made in the wake of the Borat movie.
  • Assist media outlets with access to public records through Open Records Act requests and court proceedings.
  • Defense of newspaper reporters and media outlets under Shield laws in actions seeking information concerning sources.
  • Defense of print and digital newspaper in defamation actions