Media and First Amendment Law
The firm has an extensive practice in the defense of news organizations against libel, privacy and other news gathering claims, including bringing most such matters to a successful conclusion prior to trial.
The firm’s lawyers, who include a former television reporter and editor, collectively enjoy 30 years’ experience representing news organizations in such matters. The firm’s lawyers regularly advise its media clients including (WPLG, Inc., Graham Media Group [f/k/a Post-Newsweek], CBS, NBC, Telemundo, and an international financial news network) on libel, news gathering, reporter's privilege, privacy, open meetings, and public records issues, under both federal and state law. The firm’s lawyers also have opened court proceedings and records to the public and television cameras in many high-profile cases, including the child abuse prosecution of Carmen and Jorge Barahona, custody battle between tennis champion Boris Becker and his estranged wife, the domestic violence prosecution of then-Miami Mayor Joe Carollo, the federal prosecution of alleged Cuban spies, the child abuse prosecution of Kathy Bush, the judicial corruption prosecution known as Operation Court Broom, the trial of former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, and the William Kennedy Smith rape trial, among others. The firm has also appeared before the Florida Supreme Court in public records matters.