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Williams & Connolly LLP

Media & Entertainment

3 ranked lawyersBand 1District of ColumbiaUSA 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Notable group of accomplished media and First Amendment litigators, featuring a talented group of associates as well as renowned senior partners. Consistently engaged in the most complex trials and appeals affecting the news media industry, including high-profile defamation and intellectual property disputes. Also boasts a wealth of experience negotiating publishing deals on behalf of well-known authors and politicians.

Strengths

A client describes it as "the go-to firm for high stakes First Amendment litigation," and adds: "They are responsive and provide top-notch representation in terms of strategy and work product."

Another source says: "Their advice and guidance is top notch, and the written product is superior. It is an exemplary firm."

"It is a very sophisticated firm in the entertainment space," reports one interviewee, further commenting: "I trust what they are doing."

Work highlights

Defended the Washington Post in a lawsuit brought by a student at Covington Catholic High School alleging that the newspaper falsely implied that he engaged in racist acts and instigated a confrontation with a Native American protestor during an incident at the Lincoln Memorial in 2019.

Notable practitioners

Kevin Baine is a renowned trial lawyer with an exemplary track record defending news organizations in First Amendment cases.
"Kevin is a great, practical and thoughtful lawyer." "He is one of the best advocates. He is a stunningly good lawyer who knows where to take an argument and has total control at the podium. He is a master of rhetoric."

Robert Barnett is sought out for his expertise in the publishing industry.  He negotiates book deals on behalf of well-known authors, politicians and other high-profile individuals.
"He has a brilliant strategic mind." "His strengths are in his legal skills and experience, which are excellent, but also in his practical ability to get things done."

Thomas Hentoff provides expert counsel to print and broadcast media companies, particularly with regard to libel and intellectual property disputes.
"His written product is stellar and he is an excellent problem solver.""He is fantastic, detail-oriented and incredibly knowledgeable about the law. His deep understanding gives him the ability to provide out-of-the-box thinking and makes sure you don't miss anything."

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Media & Entertainment

Williams & Connolly LLP

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Location

725 Twelfth Street, NW

Washington, DC

District of Columbia

USA

20005

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District of Columbia

Media & Entertainment


Kevin T. Baine
Band 1
Robert B. Barnett
Band 2
Thomas G. Hentoff
Band 2