First Amendment

Ben provides counseling for the First Amendment in federal and state trial and appellate courts. He has experience representing newspaper, magazine, and alternative media publishers; radio and television broadcasters; authors; documentary and film makers; Internet service providers; web publishers; internet businesses; journalists; entertainment personalities; government agencies; private corporations; and others in a broad range of libel, slander, privacy, publicity, access, newsgathering, and related First Amendment issues.

Additionally, Ben consistently defends clients against claims for invasion of privacy; trade and product disparagement; misappropriation of name, likeness, or right of publicity; and other causes of action asserting injury to reputation or emotional distress arising from newsgathering activities and publication. He educates media clients about the lawful use of undisclosed recording devices, hidden cameras, reporters promises of confidentiality, and other newsgathering techniques.

Ben has seasoned knowledge of the prohibition of prior restraint, student speech rights, legislation restricting or prohibiting speech or expressive conduct, protections for anonymous speech, and judicial and campaign speech restrictions.