Jackson Walker's media law group is one of the most prominent in the country, providing a full range of services to its clients. In 2005, the firm's media practice celebrated 100 years of uninterrupted service to our media clients. It began in 1905 with representation of the old Dallas Times Herald and has grown into a practice that is now national in scope. The firm's extensive experience in this area developed from its representation of entities and individuals in media and communications related litigation, as well as pre-publication concerns. Jackson Walker's media practice has since grown into other practice areas as well, including counseling media law clients in transactional, employment, entertainment, intellectual property, advertising and other related matters. Jackson Walker's media law clients include local and regional broadcasters and news organizations, as well as national television networks, news organizations, publishers, production companies, syndicators and media conglomerates.
The practice of Jackson Walker's media law group involves providing counsel regarding pre-publication review of news articles, broadcasts and advertisements; response(s) to subpoenas, including protection of confidential sources, notes and outtakes; and defense of libel, obscenity, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress cases. The firm regularly handles matters from the inception of an idea for a publication through discovery, trial and any appeals. Jackson Walker regularly seeks access on behalf of its clients to government records, information and meetings under both state and federal statutes and common law. Working with our intellectual property group, Jackson Walker's media law group represents its media clients in the defense or prosecution of trademark and copyright cases and matters. The media law group has also represented media clients in connection with review of contest games and lotteries and has provided counsel in communications law matters ranging from FCC regulations to postal permit, circulation/distribution, advertising, including campaign advertising, and anti-trust issues. The firm has handled both the Texas Press Association and Texas Association of Broadcasters hotlines fielding inquiries about media law issues as well as inquiries coming over the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas hotline.
Along with the attorneys in the firm's transactions practice, Jackson Walker regularly represents media clients in connection with acquisitions and sales of companies, SEC filings and general corporate issues. The firm's media group also works with its transactional attorneys to represent financial institutions and venture capital companies in lending to or investing in media related entities.
In the employment law area, Jackson Walker's media group, together with its labor and employment attorneys, regularly counsels and represents media clients with respect to employment contracts, personnel issues, discrimination cases and other employee matters.