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

Luke J. Gilman

Luke J. Gilman

Partner, Houston
713.752.4350

Joel R. Glover

Joel R. Glover

Associate, Houston
713.752.4226

Justin V. Lee

Justin V. Lee

Associate, Dallas
214.953.6072

Taylor McDowell

Taylor McDowell

Associate, Austin
512.236.2225

David T. Moran

David T. Moran

Partner, Dallas
214.953.6051

David C. Myers

David C. Myers

Partner, Dallas
214.953.6036

Brian H. Oates

Brian H. Oates

Associate, 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

Eric Wong

Eric Wong

Associate, Dallas
214.953.6116

July 20, 2021
Attorney News

Serene Ateek to Present on Fashion Law

Thursday, July 29 at 12:30 p.m. CT

Join Serene Ateek and Kirby Drake for a virtual CLE presentation on fashion and copyright law. The webinar is presented jointly by the Entertainment & Sports Law Section of the Austin Bar Association (ESLABA) and the Texas Chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA.

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June 24, 2021
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U.S. Supreme Court Rules High School Cheerleader Cannot Be Disciplined for Criticizing School’s Decision Keeping Her Off Varsity Team

By Stacy Allen
For the first time in over 50 years, a high school student has won a free speech case in the Supreme Court. In a narrow decision issued on June 23, 2021, an 8-1 majority (including all but Justice Clarence Thomas) ruled that a Pennsylvania high school could not punish a student for sending an off-color Snapchat to about 250 people in which she complained about not making the varsity cheerleading squad or getting her preferred softball team position.

JW Media Group VIA eNewsletter

June 1, 2021
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JW Media | VIA ePostcard – June 2021

Texas Outlaws TV Crews at the Intersection of Free Speech and Public Policy; Student Snapchat Decision May Hint at SCOTUS Social Media Rulings; Winners & Losers: Still Awaiting the New Normal; Jackson Walker Named Among Top Firms Nationwide for First Amendment Litigation; Texas Supreme Court Upholds Appellate Win for Media on Sealing of Evidence in $740 Million Trade Secret Dispute; Jackson Walker Helps Family Launch Comic Book Brand

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June 1, 2021
Insights

Texas Outlaws TV Crews at the Intersection of Free Speech and Public Policy

By Joel Glover

On May 26, 2021, Governor Abbott signed HB 54, named Javier Ambler’s Law, which prohibits the production of police ride-along reality television programs. It permanently halts the production of shows like Live PDCOPS, and (name notwithstanding) Alaska State Troopers, versions of which have aired with varying degrees of acclaim and ridicule for decades.

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May 17, 2021
Insights

Still Awaiting the New Normal | SportsTravel Winners & Losers

In his recent SportsTravel Magazine column about the return of sports – and fans – after the COVID-19 pandemic halted events, Bob Latham wrote, “It will not be truly ‘normal’ until people from all walks of life and all parts of the globe can gather, connect with each other and share the unbridled emotion and common spirit that makes sport such an important unifying element.”

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May 14, 2021
Insights

Student Snapchat Decision May Hint at SCOTUS Social Media Rulings

In an article published by Bloomberg Law, James Carlos McFall, Eric Wong, and Lauren Ceckowski discussed the U.S. Supreme Court’s impending ruling in Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. The free speech case involves a cheerleader’s Snapchat post and may provide insight on how the Court will rule on future social media cases.

JW Media Group VIA eNewsletter

April 29, 2021
Newsletters

JW Media | VIA ePostcard – May 2021

One of These Things Is Not Like the Other: SCOTUS Narrows the TCPA’s Application in Autodialer Cases, But Certain Marketing and Messaging Practices Are Still at Risk; Morality Clauses Take Center Stage: Tips to Help Protect Your Next Project From Being Associated With Talent Controversy; Client Results: Roku and Technicolor, S.A.; Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 2021 Texas Rising Stars; Eric Wong Participates in Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Program

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April 29, 2021
Insights

One of These Things Is Not Like the Other: SCOTUS Narrows the TCPA’s Application in Autodialer Cases, But Certain Marketing and Messaging Practices Are Still at Risk

By Emilio B. Nicolas and Eric Wong

Back in 1991, when mobile phones were a luxury item weighing about two pounds and dial-up internet was getting ready to hit the market, Congress passed the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), with an eye towards reigning in robocalls and other abusive telemarketing practices of the time. Thirty years later, the TCPA still stands.

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