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My practice focuses on libel, privacy, copyright and First Amendment law. Clients have included  individuals, newspapers, websites, television stations, entertainment personalities. I am perhaps best known for an aggressive motions practice, and have had success in winning libel cases outright in the early stages of litigation, before expensive discovery becomes necessary. 


Recent outcomes have included: dismissal of a defamation claim against CBS affiliate by physician investigated in cosmetic surgery deaths (2015); summary judgment for a reality TV performer in a libel claim over comments she made on her network show (2015); early summary judgment for hosts of a popular Spanish radio program sued for libel over satirical comments on their show (2015); voluntary dismissal of a libel claim against a whistleblower in a Department of State matter involving alleged contract fraud (2014); and an 11th Circuit order for sanctions of $545,000 against plaintiffs who filed a frivolous libel claim against a Rolls Royce club member (2008).


I have also litigated successfully for clients with free speech concerns: from those speaking out about assisted suicide in a state that tried to prohibit such speech, to individuals facing anti-gay discrimination in requests for vanity license plates, to those wrongfully arrested for verbally criticizing law enforcement, or for uttering profanities a public meeting.


Memberships include the governing board of the American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law; the board of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation; and chair of the Media Law Resource Center’s Newsgathering Committee.


During Spring semesters, I teach media law at Emory University Law School.


Education: 1992 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law and a 1989 cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Honors: Georgia Super Lawyer 2014-present. 


Practice areas


  1. Privacy: 25%
    23 years, 60 cases
  2. Libel & Slander: 25%
    23 years, 75 cases
  3. Intellectual Property: 15%
    11 years, 7 cases
  4. Communications & Media: 15%
    23 years, 75 cases
  5. Constitutional: 15%

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    I am glad to endorse Cynthia. She is a phenomenal attorney who is incredibly dedicated to her clients. She is also one of the premiere libel/defamation attorneys in the State of Georgia.


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Contact info

Duane Morris LLP

1075 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 2000
Atlanta, GA, 30309-3929


GAActive Member in Good Standing 199211/07/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Georgia Super LawyerThomson Reuters2015
Georgia Super LawyerThompson Reuters2014
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top Lawyers In GeorgiaThe Legal Network2013
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
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First Place National; Second Place InternationalJessup International Moot Court Team1991
First Place WinnerRussell Moot Court Competition1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerDuane Morris, LLP2015 - Present
Adjunct Professor of Media LawEmory Law School2012 - Present
Adjunct Professor of Media LawEmory University's Journalism Program2012 - 2014
Managing MemberCounts Law Group2000 - 2015
Senior AssociateDow Lohnes & Albertson1998 - 2000
AssociateALSTON + BIRD LLP1992 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Forum on Communications LawGoverning Committee2014 - Present
Georgia First Amendment FoundationBoard of Directors2014 - Present
A2A4AOrganizing Member2007 - Present
Media Law Resource Center's Newsgathering CommitteeCo-chair2005 - Present
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Media, Privacy and Defamation Law CommitteePast Chair2001 - 2002
American Bar Association, Forum on Communications Law, Women in Communications Law SubcomitteeCo-chair1999 - 2001
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Media, Privacy and Defamation Law CommitteeMember1999 - Present
American Bar Association, Forum on Communications Law, Women in Communications Law SubcomitteeMember1998 - 2010
Georgia Bar Media and Judiciary Annual Conference Planning CommitteeMember1994 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
M.S. Koly and Delcath Systems, Inc., v. Elizabeth Enney, Case No. 3:06-CV-68-JTC12(c) motion for judgment on pleadings
Collins v. Creative Loafingsummary judgment affirmed
Bunch v. Maytag CorporationSummary judgement affirmed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionDeKalb County Should Open Process2012
Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionTaxpayer Money Always Needs Public Scrutiny - No Exceptions2011
ABA Media, Privacy, and Defamation Law Committee NewsletterStrategies for Efficiently and Economically Winning a Media Case2011
Media Law Resource CenterAvoiding the Blitz: The MLRC Model Decorum Order for High Profile Cases2010
Media Law Resource CenterGeorgia TV Station Wins Summary Judgment: News Broadcast was True; Plaintiff Failed to Show Fault2009
Media Law Resource Center - Media Law LetterGeorgia’s Anti-SLAPP Statute Applied in Media Case” First Published Decision Applying Statute to Media Defendant Boxcar Development Corp., et al. v. New World Communications of Atlanta2008
Media Law Resource Center - 50 State Survey of Privacy LawCo-Author - "Survey of Georgia Privacy Law", Libel Defense Resource Center2001
Albany Law ReviewCo-Author of "Libel in Cyberspace: Liability and Jurisdictional Issues in this New Frontier"1996
Appellate Law ReviewCo-Author, Handbook Appellate Procedure in Georgia1996
5th Annual Product Liability SeminarCo-author, "Litigating Product Liability Case Under the Banks "Risk/Utility" Test: Predicting the Line Between Summary Judgment and Triable Claims and Outlying Trial Strategies for a Risky but Utilitarian World"1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Georgia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
What You Need to Know About Public Records and Open MeetingsThe Basics of Georgia's Open Records Law2012
Discussion with Attorney General Sam Olens on how Open Records Uncovered the APS Cheating ScandalOpen Records Requests2011
Digital News: Bluejeans WorkshopLegal Issues Arising from the Use of Social Media2011
BookLogix SeminarLibel & Privacy 101 for Authors2011
ABA Forum on Communications LawAlternative Billing Arrangements2010
Media Law Resource Center National SeminarDeposition 101 in Libel and Privacy Cases2008
LDRC BreakfastWays to Improve Relationships Between the Bar, Media and Judiciary2000
Curbing Discovery Abuse SeminarAnswering Discovery Requests1998
Georgia ICLECurbing Discovery Abuses: Answering Discovery Requests1996
Civil Litigation for Younger Lawyers SeminarMotions for Summary Judgment and Other Pre-Trial Motions1995