Hiscock & Barclay
Hiscock & Barclay

Media & First Amendment Law

Our attorneys focus on the defense and representation of news and entertainment media organizations in defamation, privacy, newsgathering, and related First Amendment litigation in federal and state trial and appellate courts. We also represent news organizations on applications for public access to judicial and government proceedings and related documents, as well as reporters and editorial personnel who have been served with subpoenas issued by government authorities or private litigants. In providing prepublication and pre-broadcast counseling and advice, we work closely with professional journalists and publishers on a daily basis in minimizing their risk of liability exposure. We have also represented numerous media clients as amicus curiae before the New York Court of Appeals on significant free speech and Freedom of Information Law cases.

Our firm serves as the outside counsel to numerous daily newspapers, television stations, radio stations and book publishers, and as general counsel to the National Press Photographers Association advancing the interests of visual journalists across the country. Our attorneys recognize that particular cases often implicate significant constitutional law principles. Accordingly, litigation strategies may be developed not only to vindicate the client’s legal rights and interests but, when feasible, to protect and advance the broader newsgathering and publication rights which may be at issue.