Alexander I. Ziccardi

Tel 646.346.8056
Fax 212.223.1942
New York

Alexander I. Ziccardi represents journalists and other media clients in matters covering a wide variety of content-related issues, including defamation, right of publicity, reporter’s privilege, and right of access to government records. He also advises clients on intellectual property matters.

While in law school, Alex taught a writing course at Cornell University that explored contemporary First Amendment topics.

Alex previously was with the highly regarded First Amendment boutique law firm Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, which merged with Ballard Spahr in October 2017.

He also is a member of the firm's Diversity Council.

Judicial Clerkships

Hon. William J. Martini, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of New Jersey


Co-author, "Federal Judge Permits 'Snap Removal' in Defamation Suit," Ballard Spahr alert, February 15, 2019

Co-author, "A Five-Star Decision: Yelp's Recent Victory Reaffirms Broad Protections of Section 230," Ballard Spahr alert, July 6, 2018

Co-author, "Survey of Virgin Islands Libel Law," Media Libel Law 2017-2018 50-State Survey 

Co-author, "Federal Judge Refuses to Close Courtroom During Trade Secret Trial Between Silicon Valley Titans," Ballard Spahr alert, January 22, 2018

Co-author, "2017 Update: Developments in the Law of Access," Practising Law Institute, September 1, 2017

"Why Consumers May Take a Bit More Comfort in Writing That Yelp Review," The Legal Intelligencer, March 10, 2017

"When Grumpy Cat Becomes Grumpy Plaintiff: Memes In Court," Law360, March 9, 2017

Cornell Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 2012)
Notes Editor, Cornell Law Review
Order of the Coif
Peter Belfer Memorial Prize

Vassar College (B.A. 2008, with departmental honors)


New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York