Practices & Services

First Amendment & News Media

"Our sophisticated and diverse practice focuses on complex legal issues relating to speech restrictions, defamation, libel, privacy rights, and copyright and trademark infringement."

Campbell & Williams’ steadfast reputation as one of the premier First Amendment and news media law firms in the country has been well earned through the successful representation of many national news media organizations and their journalists.  Our sophisticated and diverse practice focuses on complex legal issues relating to speech restrictions, defamation, libel, privacy rights, and copyright and trademark infringement.

As a result of our considerable trial and appellate experience, we have been selected by both national and local media clients to handle their most important legal matters.  Publishers, broadcasters, and news providers have a unique set of needs.  Now more than ever, journalists and media organizations are being subject to subpoenas in civil and criminal proceedings.  Our firm has substantial experience defending against subpoenas for documents, testimony, and compelled disclosure of confidential sources.  

Campbell & Williams understands that an effectual and independent media largely depends upon the ability of journalists to cultivate sources, and we have successfully quashed subpoena attempts which threaten this essential newsgathering function.  Our firm also regularly advises our clients on open records laws, and the process of gaining access to government and court proceedings in local, state and federal matters.