Media lawyers Q&A

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Laura Lee Prather of Haynes and Boone, LLP; Matt Topic of Loevy & Loevy; Joseph Larsen of Gregor Cassidy PLLC; Maggie Mulvihill of Boston University
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 14 at 12:45pm
  • Location: Meyerland
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Does your investigation contain complex legal questions? Unsure of how to proceed? Bring your lunch and your questions for a personal discussion with some prominent media law experts that will be presenting throughout the 2019 IRE Conference. We'll provide drinks and dessert.

This session is sponsored by the TEGNA Foundation. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Speaker Bios

  • Joe Larsen is a partner in Houston with Gregor Cassidy PLLC. Mr. Larsen has extensive experience regarding all aspects of media representation.  He is a board member and chair of the review committee for the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas and recipient of FOIFT’s 2010 James Madison Award. He was 2012-13 Chair, ABA/TIPS Media, Privacy and Defamation Law Committee.

  • Maggie Mulvihill’s data journalism students have been honored with 10 regional or national awards since 2011 as well as being named finalists for the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists. An attorney, Maggie serves on the Steering Committee of the Reporter's Committee for Freedom of the Press, the board of the New England First Amendment Coalition, is a co-founder of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting and a former Nieman Fellow.

  • Laura Prather (@1stAmLawyer) is recognized by Chambers Nationwide for First Amendment Litigation.  She does clearance and litigation work for online and traditional media, regularly obtaining early dismissal of cases. She advocates for free speech/open government at the Texas Legislature and was integral in passage of the reporters' privilege, and the anti-SLAPP and retraction statutes which promote and protect free speech rights. Board Certified in Civil Appellate law.

  • Matt Topic eads Loevy & Loevy’s Freedom of Information Act practice.  Matt has litigated hundreds of state and federal FOIA and other media cases around the country, often and reduced or no cost to clients, including release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video in Chicago; records from the Mueller investigation; Rahm Emanuel’s “private emails” about public business; and FBI records that helped lead to the exoneration of an innocent man.

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