In a year filled with hostility toward the media, Ballard Spahr LLP's lawyers safeguarded the right of numerous media organizations to report the news. They successfully represented The New York Times in a high-profile defamation suit brought by Sarah Palin, helped guide The Associated Press in a suit against the U.S. State Department over key records from Hillary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State, and assisted various news outlets fighting for the public release of important government documents. Their work earned them Law360's distinction of 2017 Media and Entertainment Practice Group of the Year.

"It's very important to me personally, as it is to the rest of our group, to make sure we're always available to challenge power, to perform the essential lawyering so that our clients can do what watchdog journalists do the best," Ballard Spahr M&E practice co-chair Charles Tobin told Law360.