Biography

Lynn Oberlander, EVP and General Counsel of Gizmodo Media Group, is a leading media attorney and advocate for journalists. At GMG, she oversees the legal operations of one of the nation’s largest digital news companies, which includes the websites Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Deadspin, The Root, and Splinter, among others.  She also works closely with the news division of Univision Communications Inc. From 2014 through mid-March of 2017, she was the General Counsel, Media Operations for First Look Media, the publisher of national security website The Intercept and documentary film project, Field of Vision. She founded and led the company’s Press Freedom Litigation Fund, which provides funding for cases in support of First Amendment and other press freedoms.  From 2006 until 2014, she was the General Counsel of The New Yorker, where she also wrote for newyorker.com on media law topics.  Earlier in her career, she spent 5 years each at Forbes and NBC.  She is a frequent speaker on freedom of expression and media law topics.

She is a graduate of Yale (where she was an editor on the Yale Daily News) and Columbia Law School. She teaches a graduate course in Media, Corporate Responsibility, and the Law, both in a traditional classroom setting and on-line, at The New School in New York.  She is the chair of the board of directors of the Media Law Resource Center and the former chair of the Communications and Media Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association.  She is also a trustee and Secretary of Jewish Home Lifecare, a major nursing home and elder care system.

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