Media and First Amendment Law Litigation and Counseling
George Brothers Kincaid & Horton LLP lawyers have defended many high-profile media clients, including music and television personalities and newspaper and magazine publishers, in disputes involving cutting-edge First Amendment issues.
The firm defends free speech in many different contexts and mediums. Recently, partner Jim George argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in a case involving a historical society’s free-speech right to use a specialty license plate featuring an image of the Confederate battle flag. Jim also has defended rap music lyrics in the past, including in a lawsuit brought against Tupac Shakur alleging his lyrics incited violence.
For over 30 years Jim George and Julie Ford have defended celebrities against libel and privacy claims, including Phil Donahue, Nick Nolte, Katie Couric, and Lee Grant, and represented major networks and studios such as HBO, CBS, NBC and Tri-Star. They also advise and defend news organizations on other issues, including copyright and Public Information Act claims and count among their clients the Texas Tribune, Texas Monthly and the Austin American-Statesman.
Julie Ford’s media practice, which extends to defending and advising international book publishers and authors, has led to an active involvement in international media issues, and she serves as vice-chair of the International Law Committee of the Media Law Resource Center. She has defended the West African publication, Sahara Reporters, against libel claims, and she regularly advises publishers who are threatened with claims across the globe, including in the U.K., Canada, Hong Kong, France, Myanmar, India and Kenya.
The firm’s expertise in media and First Amendment litigation and counseling includes:
- Invasion of privacy
- Copyright infringement
- Public Information Act
Austin, Texas, Media and First Amendment Litigation | George Brothers Kincaid & Horton LLP
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