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Amy B. Ginensky

Amy B. Ginensky

Special Counsel
Fellow of The Pepper Center for Public Service

Philadelphia, PA
Phone: 215.981.4315    Fax: 215.981.4750

Philadelphia "Lawyer of the Year" in First Amendment Litigation — Best Lawyers 2018 and 2013

"A seasoned litigator in the defamation arena." — Chambers USA 2019

Amy B. Ginensky is special counsel in Pepper Hamilton LLP’s Philadelphia office, immediate past chair of its Media and Communications and First Amendment practices, and immediate past chair of the firm’s Trial and Dispute Resolution Practice Group. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. She also is a Fellow of the Pepper Center for Public Service, a unique stand-alone organization that is devoted to helping solve critical community problems.

Ms. Ginensky has an active media and communications practice that focuses on First Amendment, defamation and other media-related areas. In addition, she handles complex commercial litigation matters.

In her First Amendment practice, Ms. Ginensky represents newspapers, radio and television broadcasters, and Internet publishers. She defends the rights of reporters and editors in libel and privacy cases, advises them in prepublication matters, defends them against subpoenas to testify and represents them in public access and other cases. She has handled hundreds of First Amendment matters, including several jury trials representing the media, and has been involved in most major media cases in the Philadelphia area in the last 20 years.

Ms. Ginensky is a lecturer on media and civil procedure issues for, among others, the American Bar Association, the Media Law Resource Center, the Philadelphia Bar Education Center, Drexel University, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the National Association of Black-Owned Broadcasters, the Federal Bench Bar, and Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. She also has taught defamation law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and has published widely in the field. In addition, Ms. Ginensky has directed a variety of in-house litigation and deposition training programs.

She is a graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and Community Leadership Seminars.

Ms. Ginensky is past president of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and a current member of its Executive Committee.  She served as co-chair of the Bar Foundation’s Andrew Hamilton Galas in 2006 and 2007, and chaired its 50th Anniversary Committee and co-chaired its 50th Annual Benefit in 2014. Ms. Ginensky also co-chaired the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Law Firm Pro Bono Committee for many years, and she is a past president of the Travelers Aid Society.

Before joining Pepper in 2007, Ms. Ginensky was a partner with Dechert LLP, where she was vice chair of that firm’s litigation department, a former member of that firm’s policy committee and a past chair of the firm’s pro bono practice.


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1977, member, University of Virginia Law Review; Order of the Coif
  • A.B., magna cum laude, Mount Holyoke College, 1974, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania


  • Hon. Clarence C. Newcomer: U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

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