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.

  • 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

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

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

Shayan Gaziani

Shayan Gaziani

Associate, Dallas
214.953.5678

Luke J. Gilman

Luke J. Gilman

Partner, Houston
713.752.4350

Joel R. Glover

Joel R. Glover

Partner, Houston
713.752.4226

Justin V. Lee

Justin V. Lee

Partner, Dallas
214.953.6072

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

Sarah Starr

Sarah Starr

Associate, Dallas
214.953.5686

Hannah Walsh

Hannah Walsh

Associate, Dallas
214.953.5962

Paul C. Watler

Paul C. Watler

Partner, Dallas
214.953.6069

Demi Williams

Demi Williams

Senior Counsel, Dallas
214.953.6121

Chip Babcock

February 29, 2024
Mentions

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.”

Paul Watler

February 5, 2024
Mentions

Paul Watler Featured in ‘The Texas Lawbook’ Discussing the Fifth Circuit Decision on Journalist’s First Amendment Lawsuit

Jackson Walker partner Paul C. Watler shared insight with The Texas Lawbook on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit’s 9-7 decision that law enforcement officers in Laredo, Texas, who arrested citizen-journalist Priscilla Villarreal in 2017, cannot be sued for violating her First Amendment rights.

Bob Latham

January 16, 2024
Insights

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
Mentions

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.

Bob Latham

September 11, 2023
Insights

Appreciating the Mittys of Sports | SportsTravel Winners & Losers

Some of the greatest moments in sports have come when everyday people are thrust into the spotlight.

By Bob Latham

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).

Paul Watler with Jackson Walker logo

August 16, 2023
Insights

With Police Actions Recently Targeting Journalists, Will Courts Protect the Rights of the Free Press? | The Texas Lawbook

“In an era when common understandings of the U.S. Constitution are questioned more than ever, the Marion and Laredo cases show — as never before — the vital importance of federal courts in protecting fundamental freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment,” Paul Watler wrote in this article contributed to The Texas Lawbook.

JW Media Group VIA eNewsletter

July 26, 2023
Newsletters

JW Media | VIA ePostcard – July 2023

View the July 2023 edition of the JW Media | VIA ePostcard.

Texas Capitol with Jackson Walker logo

July 26, 2023
Insights

Texas Journalists and Open Government Advocates Won on Both Sides of the Ball in the 2023 Legislative Session

In his work for the Texas Association of Broadcasters, Stacy Allen had a ringside seat for some pitched battles to save landmark statutes protecting public access to government records and free speech against encroachment by bills that would chip away at Texans’ right to know and speak their minds about matters of public concern. This article walks through significant victories that were won in defending against bad legislation.


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