Ballard Spahr’s Media and Entertainment lawyers help our clients navigate some of the law’s most challenging issues, whether in court or during the editing process, across platforms and industries. We represent clients in all facets of publishing, and in all manner of production – news, theater, music and film.

We work with clients, large and small, from international news organizations to local freelance journalists. Our experience includes both traditional and new media. We advise broadcasters, cable television, internet companies, newspapers, journalists, entertainment and advertising firms, professional sports teams, authors, filmmakers and other companies and individuals on issues including:

  • Defending defamation, privacy, and related First Amendment litigation
  • Prosecuting actions to secure open government, including state and federal access cases
  • Contesting civil, criminal, and grand jury subpoenas of authors, reporters, editors and their work product, including protection of anonymous speech
  • Advising on advertising laws and commercial speech
  • Counseling to reduce risks of libel, privacy, and related claims
  • Handling copyright and trademark claims, prosecution and defense
  • Misappropriation of name and likeness
  • Television rights issues
  • Copyright infringement
  • Fraud
  • Breach of contract
  • Trade secrets
  • Unfair competition
  • Antitrust
  • Non-compete provisions
  • Securities litigation
  • Reorganization and restructuring
  • Officer/director liability

Ballard Spahr attorneys lead the fight for government transparency. We frequently represent clients to secure access to public records, court documents and proceedings, ranging from cases under public records statutes to First Amendment challenges. We assist media clients in actions to secure prompt access to closed judicial proceedings and camera coverage. Ballard Spahr also represents content-providers in responding to civil and criminal subpoenas, including grand jury subpoenas that seek information related to newsgathering, anonymous sources, and anonymous online speech.

We counsel media companies on regulatory issues, and work closely with the firm’s Intellectual Property Group to preserve and implement the rights of our clients regarding digital media, copyright, licensing and trademark issues. Our awareness of our clients’ businesses and their goals allows us to provide advice and counsel across a wide range of legal fields.

Ballard Spahr responds promptly to complex legal demands and assists clients with media and entertainment law matters across the country.


David J. Bodney
Practice Leader
Tel 602.798.5454

Charles D. Tobin
Practice Leader
Tel 202.661.2218