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.
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|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||1992||11/27/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Georgia Super Lawyer||Thomson Reuters||2015|
|Georgia Super Lawyer||Thompson Reuters||2014|
|Top Lawyers In Georgia||The Legal Network||2013|
|First Place National; Second Place International||Jessup International Moot Court Team||1991|
|First Place Winner||Russell Moot Court Competition||1990|
|Partner||Duane Morris, LLP||2015 - Present|
|Adjunct Professor of Media Law||Emory Law School||2012 - Present|
|Adjunct Professor of Media Law||Emory University's Journalism Program||2012 - 2014|
|Managing Member||Counts Law Group||2000 - 2015|
|Senior Associate||Dow Lohnes & Albertson||1998 - 2000|
|Associate||ALSTON + BIRD LLP||1992 - 1998|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association, Forum on Communications Law||Governing Committee||2014 - Present|
|Georgia First Amendment Foundation||Board of Directors||2014 - Present|
|A2A4A||Organizing Member||2007 - Present|
|Media Law Resource Center's Newsgathering Committee||Co-chair||2005 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Media, Privacy and Defamation Law Committee||Member||1999 - Present|
|Georgia Bar Media and Judiciary Annual Conference Planning Committee||Member||1994 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Media, Privacy and Defamation Law Committee||Past Chair||2001 - 2002|
|American Bar Association, Forum on Communications Law, Women in Communications Law Subcomittee||Co-chair||1999 - 2001|
|American Bar Association, Forum on Communications Law, Women in Communications Law Subcomittee||Member||1998 - 2010|
|Gabriela Gonzalez-Lamberson v. Davis Broadcasting Company||Summary judgment|
|Mickey Wright, Jr. v. Kimberly Michelle Pate, et al.||Summary judgment|
|Nedra Dodds v. Adam Murphy, CBS46, Channel 2 Action News, and Unknown John Does||Libel claim dismissed|
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|Atlanta Journal-Constitution||DeKalb County Should Open Process||2012|
|Atlanta Journal-Constitution||Taxpayer Money Always Needs Public Scrutiny - No Exceptions||2011|
|ABA Media, Privacy, and Defamation Law Committee Newsletter||Strategies for Efficiently and Economically Winning a Media Case||2011|
|Media Law Resource Center||Avoiding the Blitz: The MLRC Model Decorum Order for High Profile Cases||2010|
|Media Law Resource Center||Georgia TV Station Wins Summary Judgment: News Broadcast was True; Plaintiff Failed to Show Fault||2009|
|Media Law Resource Center - Media Law Letter||Georgia’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 Atlanta||2008|
|Media Law Resource Center - 50 State Survey of Privacy Law||Co-Author - "Survey of Georgia Privacy Law", Libel Defense Resource Center||2001|
|Albany Law Review||Co-Author of "Libel in Cyberspace: Liability and Jurisdictional Issues in this New Frontier"||1996|
|Appellate Law Review||Co-Author, Handbook Appellate Procedure in Georgia||1996|
|5th Annual Product Liability Seminar||Co-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|
|University of Georgia School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1992|
|What You Need to Know About Public Records and Open Meetings||The Basics of Georgia's Open Records Law||2012|
|Discussion with Attorney General Sam Olens on how Open Records Uncovered the APS Cheating Scandal||Open Records Requests||2011|
|Digital News: Bluejeans Workshop||Legal Issues Arising from the Use of Social Media||2011|
|BookLogix Seminar||Libel & Privacy 101 for Authors||2011|
|ABA Forum on Communications Law||Alternative Billing Arrangements||2010|
|Media Law Resource Center National Seminar||Deposition 101 in Libel and Privacy Cases||2008|
|LDRC Breakfast||Ways to Improve Relationships Between the Bar, Media and Judiciary||2000|
|Curbing Discovery Abuse Seminar||Answering Discovery Requests||1998|
|Georgia ICLE||Curbing Discovery Abuses: Answering Discovery Requests||1996|
|Civil Litigation for Younger Lawyers Seminar||Motions for Summary Judgment and Other Pre-Trial Motions||1995|