Entertainment, Digital, & Sports

Jackson Walker’s Entertainment, Digital, & Sports Group leverages both its years of experience and full-service resources and capabilities to provide clients with valued advice in the multiple sectors and disciplines of the entertainment and sports industries, including with respect to their digital or “new media” matters.

Not surprisingly, the digital marketplace has quickly become the focus of Jackson Walker’s clients within entertainment, sports, and across other commercial industries. Advances in new technology are leading to new fields of industry and, in turn, new legislation and precedent-setting cases on a seemingly regular basis. The multidimensional development of the new digital age, together with the globalization of financing, production, distribution, and licensing, is driving change at a speed and level of complexity never before encountered.

Clients turn to Jackson Walker because they are looking for creative, insightful attorneys who combine business acumen, legal experience, and vision to guide them safely and profitably through both known and unexplored commercial and legal landscapes. Such cutting-edge advice requires unique market insights about what drives these industries and the legal acuity necessary to not only know what today’s issues are, but to anticipate what tomorrow’s issues will be as technology and its related business models and practices continue to develop.

Areas of Service

  • Entertainment Litigation

    Our entertainment litigators take an aggressive but strategic approach toward helping clients across the entertainment industry to solve their business challenges, protect their creative works, and defend their legal rights.

  • Entertainment Transactions

    Our entertainment transactions attorneys leverage years of entertainment and media industry experience alongside our full-service resources and capabilities in complimentary areas of practice like intellectual property, corporate, and employment law, just to name a few, to provide our clients with value-added advice in a full range of entertainment transactions.

  • Digital

    Our digital and new media attorneys help assess, create, and implement winning legal solutions for clients in furtherance of their online, e-commerce, social media, digital marketing, digital distribution, and digital rights management strategies.

  • Sports

    From teams to owners, governing bodies, venues, and professional and Olympic athletes, our sports law attorneys have represented the full range of players in the business of sports.

* Jackson Walker does not accept unsolicited submissions for films, television programs, musical works, or other ideas or materials for any entertainment or media industry projects; and does not provide literary or talent agent services, talent management services, artist development services, shopping services, broker/dealer services, business management services, or the like.

Stacy Allen

Stacy Allen

Partner, Austin
512.236.2090

Serene W. Ateek

Serene W. Ateek

Associate, Dallas
214.953.5833

Shelisa E. Brock

Shelisa E. Brock

Associate, Dallas
214.953.6058

Jennifer A. Bryant

Jennifer A. Bryant

Senior Counsel, Houston
713.752.4211

Amanda L. Bush

Amanda L. Bush

Of Counsel, Austin
512.236.2015

Carl C. Butzer

Carl C. Butzer

Partner, Dallas
214.953.5902

Stephanie L. Chandler

Stephanie L. Chandler

Partner, San Antonio
210.978.7704

John K. Edwards

John K. Edwards

Partner, Houston
713.752.4319

Roderick O. Faulk

Roderick O. Faulk

Associate, San Antonio
210.978.7730

Marc Fuller

Marc Fuller

Partner, Dallas
214.953.5793

Luke J. Gilman

Luke J. Gilman

Partner, Houston
713.752.4350

Joel R. Glover

Joel R. Glover

Partner, Houston
713.752.4226

Taylor McDowell

Taylor McDowell

Associate, Austin
512.236.2225

David C. Myers

David C. Myers

Partner, Dallas
214.953.6036

Brian H. Oates

Brian H. Oates

Partner, Dallas
214.953.5935

Valery Piedra

Valery Piedra

Associate, Houston
713.752.4294

Jessica Schwartz

Jessica Schwartz

Associate, Dallas
214.953.5983

Devanshi Somaya

Devanshi Somaya

Associate, Dallas
214.953.5873

Paul C. Watler

Paul C. Watler

Partner, Dallas
214.953.6069

Demi Williams

Demi Williams

Senior Counsel, Dallas
214.953.6121

Texas Capitol with Jackson Walker logo

October 4, 2022
Insights

Will Supporters of Press Freedoms and Government Transparency Face Headwinds in the 2023 Texas Legislative Session?

By Stacy Allen

Because I have had the privilege of testifying on behalf of JW client Texas Association of Broadcasters regarding bills pending in past Texas legislative sessions, I have regularly written about the aftermath of those sessions and their impact on Texas newsrooms. This time, I’d like to offer a preview of opposition that past successes and proposed bills affecting journalists could face in the upcoming 2023 session.

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October 4, 2022
Insights

Candidate’s Guide to Election Free Speech, Campaign Ads, and Social Media

By Paul C. Watler

Candidates know they enjoy freedom of speech under the First Amendment, but often are unsure of the extent to which the law protects their campaign messages. This article covers frequently asked questions and answers related to protections afforded to candidates when publishing campaign ads and literature.

JW Media Group VIA eNewsletter

October 4, 2022
Newsletters

JW Media | VIA ePostcard – October 2022

View the October 2022 edition of the JW Media | VIA ePostcard.

Bob Latham, Serene Ateek, James McFall, and Andrew Rhoden

August 30, 2022
Attorney News

Serene Ateek, Bob Latham, and James McFall Cover Sports Law Issues Involving High School, College, and Olympic Athletes

The Dallas Bar Association’s Entertainment, Art, and Sports Law Section on August 24, 2022, hosted a CLE panel discussion featuring Jackson Walker attorneys Serene W. Ateek, Robert P. Latham, and James Carlos McFall along with Andrew Rhoden of Masterly Legal Solutions.

Chip Babcock with Jackson Walker logo

August 29, 2022
Mentions

Ten Questions to a Media Lawyer: Charles “Chip” Babcock

Jackson Walker partner Chip Babcock was featured by the Media Law Resource Center in its “Ten Questions to a Media Lawyer” for the July/August 2022 edition. In the Q&A, Chip noted: “My interest in media law was a long time in the making and my first “job” was as an eleven year old publisher making $2.00 a week. Fortunately, the West Palm Beach News was never the subject of a libel action. But Jackson Walker has provided an amazing platform to represent its clients in a wide variety of important media cases.”

Paul Watler and Stacy Allen with Jackson Walker logo

August 25, 2022
Attorney News

Paul Watler and Stacy Allen Update TAB Newsroom Legal Guide

Paul Watler and Stacy Allen prepared an update for the Newsroom Legal Guide published by the Texas Association of Broadcasters (TAB). First published in 2012, the guide covers legal principles and considerations affecting Texas broadcasters in gathering and reporting the news.

JW Media Group VIA eNewsletter

July 7, 2022
Newsletters

JW Media | VIA ePostcard – July 2022

View the July 2022 edition of the JW Media | VIA ePostcard.

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July 7, 2022
Insights

Truth Remains a Strong Ground for Summary Judgment in Texas

By Joel Glover

A Texas court reaffirmed last month that truth is still a defense to a defamation claim against a newspaper regarding a matter of public concern. In Gallaher v. Denton Media Company, the Fort Worth Court of Appeals reinforced the statutory protections afforded to journalists against such claims and explained the contours of the defense. Gallaher is significant because it shows the defense’s strength even in the face of conflicting accounts about the accuracy of sources considered prior to publication.

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