Williams & Connolly LLP

Media & Entertainment Department

District of Columbia
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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 Sources say: "It is a top-flight firm in the media and entertainment space."

A client comments: "The team's defamation and libel expertisemakes them stand out."

Work highlights Represented HBO and John Oliver in a defamation suit brought by Murray Energy and its CEO alleging that a segment of 'Last Week Tonight' contained false and malicious statements about the plaintiffs.

Notable practitioners

The "incredibly talented"
Kevin Baine
is a renowned trial lawyer with an exemplary track record defending news organizations in First Amendment cases. One impressed client says: "He is the go-to for complex libel matters and always does an outstanding job."


Robert Barnett
is sought out for his expertise in the publishing industry. He is considered a go-to lawyer for negotiating book deals on behalf of well-known authors, politicians and other high-profile individuals.


Thomas Hentoff
provides expert counsel to print and broadcast media companies, particularly with regards to libel and intellectual property disputes. An interviewee comments: "He is terrific; a very strong writer, thoughtful, and his analysis is very effective, concise and reasonable."