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Lee Levine

Lee Levine

Ballard Spahr LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Lee has represented media clients in libel, invasion of privacy, reporter’s privilege, access, copyright, and related First Amendment cases for more than three decades. In the United States Supreme Court, he has argued for the media defendants in Harte-Hanks Communications, Inc. v. Connaughton and Bartnicki v. Vopper. Lee also has litigated in the courts of more than 20 states and the District of Columbia and has appeared in most federal courts of appeal and in the highest courts of ten states.

Lee was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he has taught media law from 1989-2016. He is the lead author of the treatise Newsgathering and the Law, now in its Fourth Edition; he co-authored the casebook Media and the Law; and most recently, together with Professor Stephen Wermiel, he co-authored The Progeny: Justice William J. Brennan's Fight to Preserve the Legacy of New York Times v. Sullivan, published by the American Bar Association Press to commemorate the 50th anniversary of that landmark decision.

Chambers USA has reported that Lee is considered “the greatest First Amendment attorney in the United States” and has ranked him nationally as a “star individual” in First Amendment litigation, its highest rating. Likewise, The Legal 500 has written that Lee’s “reputation is unparalleled. He is in a class of his own.” And, in Best Lawyers, Lee has been described as “the dean of First Amendment Law.”

Lee began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Irving R. Kaufman, then-Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Prior to founding LSKS in 1997, Lee was a partner in the Washington, DC-based firm Ross, Dixon & Masback.

Education

Yale Law School (J.D. 1979) Managing Editor, Yale Law Journal

University of Pennsylvania (B.A., M.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1976)

Bar & Court Admissions

District of Columbia Pennsylvania

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, and District of Columbia Circuits

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, the District of Colorado, and the Northern District of Illinois

Lee Levine is associated with the following items:
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Communications Law in the Digital Age 2017
Web Segment  Web Segment Newsgathering and Privacy Liability - Communications Law in the Digital Age 2017, Monday, November 13, 2017
Access - Communications Law in the Digital Age 2017, Monday, November 13, 2017
Reporter’s Privilege and Anonymous Speech - Communications Law in the Digital Age 2017, Monday, November 13, 2017
Defamation and Related Claims - Communications Law in the Digital Age 2017, Monday, November 13, 2017
First Amendment Jurisprudence - Communications Law in the Digital Age 2017, Monday, November 13, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio First Amendment Jurisprudence - First Amendment Jurisprudence , Monday, November 13, 2017
Reporter’s Privilege and Anonymous Speech - Reporter’s Privilege and Anonymous Speech, Monday, November 13, 2017
Access - Access, Monday, November 13, 2017
Defamation and Related Claims - Defamation and Related Claims , Monday, November 13, 2017
Newsgathering and Privacy Liability - Newsgathering and Privacy Liability, Monday, November 13, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg First Amendment Jurisprudence - First Amendment Jurisprudence , Monday, November 13, 2017
Access - Access, Monday, November 13, 2017
Reporter’s Privilege and Anonymous Speech - Reporter’s Privilege and Anonymous Speech, Monday, November 13, 2017
Defamation and Related Claims - Defamation and Related Claims , Monday, November 13, 2017
Newsgathering and Privacy Liability - Newsgathering and Privacy Liability, Monday, November 13, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Communications Law in the Digital Age 2017, Friday, November 17, 2017, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Communications Law in the Digital Age 2018, Thursday, November 08, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Communications Law in the Digital Age 2018, Thursday, November 08, 2018, New York, NY
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