First Amendment Litigation

LEADERSHIP: Amy B. Ginensky

Lawyers in the Media and Communications Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP have successfully represented publishers, broadcasters and related media entities – nationally and locally – in numerous First Amendment, defamation and privacy suits. We have an in-depth knowledge of First Amendment principles and the passion journalists have for their jobs. We share that passion and convey it to our adversaries and the court.

We know firsthand the problems broadcasters and publishers face; we deal with them on a daily basis. We know the importance of being able to report the news promptly, and the issues that the media faces before judges and juries. We know the stigma sometimes associated with the media’s aggressive pursuit of its work. We also know that “guts and gusto” is often needed to effectively represent our clients and we are always prepared to provide it. Whether it means knocking at the court’s door late at night, pointedly cross-examining a public official, working around-the-clock on pre-publication review, or continuing to argue an unpopular position, we are committed to ensuring that our clients’ rights are defended and needs are met.

Pepper lawyers have handled countless media matters in state and federal courts. We have tried jury cases in which powerful people, with much social and political influence, have been the opponents. We have gone to court on countless access matters to obtain information the press needed immediately. We also have represented reporters faced with contempt proceedings, who have refused to testify, or otherwise aroused the ire of a judge. All these matters are critical to our clients and critical to us.

Representative Clients 

Our lawyers have represented, among others, the following:

  • The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com
  • ABC
  • NBC
  • The Tribune Company
  • Journal Register Company
  • MediaNews Group
  • Inner City Broadcasting Corp.
  • Lancaster Newspapers, Inc.