Media, Entertainment, & Sports

Jackson Walker’s media, entertainment & sports group provides our clients with counsel on the full range of issues related to intellectual property, litigation, labor and employment, and transactions.

Our nationally acclaimed media team counsels clients on a wide variety of matters transactional, employment, entertainment, intellectual property, and advertising matters in addition to extensive experience in the representation of entities and individuals in media and communications related litigation including:

  • pre-publication concerns
  • royalty, rights ownership and idea submission disputes,
  • copyright and trademark infringement
  • cybersquatting
  • Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) domain name disputes
  • right of privacy violations
  • defamation claims, and more.

Nationwide, we handle routine, complex, and novel matters involving the varied facets of the entertainment industry, including industry-specific agreements on behalf of content creators and distributors, rights clearance issues, content licensing and sales transactions, marketing deals, merchandising deals, and copyright, trademark, and right of publicity matters. We also routinely serve as go-to local counsel for out-of-state law firms that have litigation pending in Texas courts.

Jackson Walker’s sports law attorneys have played an important role in shaping the industry. We routinely counsel sports clients on a wide variety of legal matters including NIL disputes, contracts, endorsements, sponsorships and other player related issues. Members of our award winning team have served on international sports federation boards and held leadership roles within national and international Olympic Committees and governing bodies. This experience offers clients important insight and knowledge into the complex facets of the sports industry.

2024 Chambers Intellectual Property

June 6, 2024

Intellectual Property Group Recognized in Chambers USA Guide, With Brian Prewitt and Shannon Zmud Teicher Ranked Individually

Jackson Walker has been ranked as a top firm for its Intellectual Property practice in the Chambers USA Guide released on June 6, 2024. In addition, partners Shannon Zmud Teicher and Brian Prewitt both ranked among the top intellectual property attorneys in Texas.

Demi Williams

May 29, 2024
Speaking Engagements

Demi Williams Joins NIL Panel Discussion Presented by American Advertising Federation Fort Worth

Jackson Walker senior counsel Demi Williams will be a panelist at a discussion hosted by the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Fort Worth on Thursday, May 30.

April 11, 2024

Texas Appellate Court Rejects LLC Plaintiff’s Bid for Statewide Venue in Defamation Case | Media Law Resource Center

In this article published by the Media Law Resource Center, Marc Fuller provides an in-depth analysis of a recent decision by the Texas Court of Appeals that clarifies the state’s venue statute for libel and slander claims. The court rejected a broad interpretation that would have allowed limited liability companies, partnerships, and other business entities to file lawsuits in virtually any jurisdiction within the state. Fuller’s insights underscore the significance of this ruling in shaping the legal landscape for defamation cases in Texas.

Marc Fuller

April 3, 2024
Attorney News

Marc Fuller Appointed to Law360’s 2024 Editorial Advisory Board

Marc Fuller has been appointed to Law360’s 2024 Editorial Advisory Boards in the Media & Entertainment sector.

Chip Babcock

February 29, 2024

Chip Babcock Profiled in Best American Baseball Experts Society

“Chip has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s top litigators and has garnered many awards from many distinguished trial groups along the way. There are likely more achievements to come as he continues to practice full-time, but the interesting storyline to me is that despite all of his success in a notoriously adversarial profession, Chip remains a down-to-earth, hail-fellow-well-met, in the truest sense of the terms. That is exceedingly rare in the modern world of Rambo litigation.”

Bob Latham

January 16, 2024

Sweet Caroline, No | SportsTravel Winners & Losers

With apologies to Neil Diamond, Bob Latham’s first SportsTravel column of 2024 takes on what is rapidly becoming the most over-played song in sports.

October 13, 2023

Paul Watler Featured in ‘ABA Journal’ Discussing Rise of Costly Libel Cases

As Gannett Co., the parent company of leading national newspaper USA Today, faces off against tax services provider Ryan LLC in a defamation and fraud lawsuit, Paul Watler shared insight with the ABA Journal on the increase of libel cases and the changing legal landscape.

Dallas Bar Association Entertainment CLE - Featuring Kheana Pollard, Demi Williams, Shayan Gaziani, Andrew Rhoden, and Justin Jones

August 23, 2023
Speaking Engagements

Shayan Gaziani and Demi Williams Speak on NIL Panel Presented by Dallas Bar Association’s Entertainment, Art & Sports Law Section

The Dallas Bar Association’s Entertainment, Art & Sports Law Section on August 23, 2023, hosted a CLE panel featuring Jackson Walker attorneys Shayan Gaziani and Demi Williams along with Justin Jones (Fee Smith & Sharp), Andrew Rhoden (Masterly Legal Solutions), and Kheana Pollard (Bell Nunnally & Martin).