First Amendment

First Amendment / Free Speech

Our attorneys tackle some of the most complex speech and content issues posed today across all mediums, from traditional print to social media and the Internet. Our clients are journalists, reporters, Fortune 500 companies, CEOs, celebrities, politicians, and ordinary citizens whose First Amendment rights are at stake. We defend those unfairly targeted for their speech, and prosecute violations of libel laws. We represent clients across the country, in both state and federal court. Our practice covers the full range of issues that arise before, during, and after speech has been made, including:

We help our clients ensure that the content they wish to publish is protected against legitimate legal attack and defamation claims.
We put the media to task when reckless and false publications are made about our clients, obtaining timely corrections, retractions, and apologies and nipping further publication of false statements in the bud.
When dispute resolution is not possible, we provide our clients with the depth of our experience in litigating speech issues, so that they go into a lawsuit clear-eyed and armed with the evidence and strategy they need to succeed. We help our clients anticipate likely defenses – from anti-SLAPP motions, to the panoply of other unique legal theories applicable to speech issues – and create a plan to defeat those arguments, before litigation even begins.
Our attorneys are experienced First Amendment litigators and trial lawyers who understand how to navigate around the unique hurdles posed by speech cases.
High-profile speech cases often engender public scrutiny. Our attorneys are experienced at working with the media as appropriate to achieve the best results for our clients.

We litigate speech issues around the country, for both plaintiffs and defendants. We regularly help our clients rectify speech suppression and inaccurate “fact checking” by social media giants including Meta and Twitter. We have obtained rare take-down orders at the inception of a lawsuit, in connection with defamatory content posted anonymously about our client on various platforms. Our cases have shaped the contours of anti-SLAPP law in several states, and have defined the parameters of “revenge porn” law as applied to elected officials.

Our attorneys are passionate about First Amendment law and litigation and are regularly asked to speak and publish on free speech issues, from speech restrictions at Universities, to the application of anti-SLAPP statutes in federal court, to when employees speak for the state, to whether public figures violate the First Amendment when they block social media comments, to the effect of the Communications Decency Act Section 230 on “re-tweets.” We are known for our thorough knowledge of constitutional law, our aggressive and skilled representation, and our abiding fidelity to the Constitution and the civil rights that it guarantees.

Jesse Franklin-Murdock, Associate at Dhillon Law Group, shares his successful experiences defending the First Amendment.
Gary Lawkowski, Counsel at the Dhillon Law Group, discusses the firm’s approach to free speech issues.

Meet the Attorneys Defending your Speech Rights

At Dhillon Law Group, we are passionate about defending our clients against violations of the First Amendment. We are available to counsel clients on what free speech laws do and do not protect, and our attorneys are prepared to stand beside you when your rights are violated. We are known for our thorough knowledge of constitutional law, our aggressive and skilled representation, and our abiding fidelity to the Constitution and the civil rights that it guarantees.

President Donald Trump introduces Harmeet K. Dhillon at the White House’s Social Media Summit
Dhillon discusses free speech and the threat of big tech censorship on Tucker Carlson
Krista L. Baughman, discusses the firm’s approach to defamation law.
Krista L. Baughman, discusses the practice’s anti-SLAPP law experience.

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