Leita Walker is a litigator and trial lawyer in the firm's Media and Entertainment Law Group. She has nearly 15 years of experience defending media organizations in libel litigation and helping them obtain access to governmental and judicial records.
Leita’s First Amendment practice includes defending libel, privacy, and right of publicity claims in trial and appellate courts across the country; prepublication vetting of both news and entertainment content; and advising clients on subpoenas and privilege issues, copyright law, and state and federal Freedom of Information Act laws.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Leita wrote for The Christian Science Monitor, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and the Lawrence Journal-World.
- Ventura v. Kyle, 825 F.3d 876 (8th Cir. 2016) (reversing plaintiff's verdict in defamation suit against estate of best-selling author of American Sniper)
- Bierman v. Weier, 826 N.W. 2d 436 (Iowa 2013) (granting summary judgment to publisher in libel suit brought by private figure)
- Larson v. Gannett Co., slip op., No. A17-1068 (Minn. Ct. App. May 7, 2018) (for amici) (holding that "[t]he fair-report privilege extends to protect news reports that accurately summarize or fairly abridge information relayed at a law-enforcement agency's official press conference or by a law-enforcement agency's official news release").
Board member, American Bar Association Litigation Journal
Central Regional Division Co-Chair, American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law
Media Law Resource Center
Recognition & Accomplishments
The Best Lawyers in America, litigation-First Amendment, 2020, 2021
The Legal 500, Media and Entertainment: Litigation, 2020
Minnesota Lawyer, Attorneys of the Year, 2020
"Open Courts & Racial Justice," First Amendment Coalition, March 24, 2021
"Constitutional Law: Caught in the Middle ̶ Protecting the Media’s First Amendment Rights in a Time of Protests and Social Unrest," Minnesota CLE, December 9, 2020
Panelist, "Defamation and Related Claims," Communications Law in the Digital Age 2020, Practising Law Institute, November 12, 2020
Board Memberships & Community Service
Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, youth athletics coach
Co-author, "Chauvin Trial Shows Why Cameras Need to Be in Court," Bloomberg Law, March 31, 2021
Co-author, "A New 'Slant' on Pacifica?," Communications Lawyer, Winter 2018
University of Kansas School of Law (J.D. 2006)
Editor-in-Chief, Kansas Law Review
Order of the Coif
University of Kansas (B.S. 2002)
Editor-in-Chief, University Daily Kansan
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court the the Southern District of Iowa