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.

  • @maggiemulvihill Maggie Mulvihill’s data journalism students have been honored with 10 regional or national journalism awards since 2011 as well as being named finalists for the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists. Maggie, an attorney, co-founded the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, serves on the boards of the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press and the New England First Amendment Coalition and was a 2004–2005 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 is a government transparency and media lawyer who has represented scores of clients in hundreds of state and federal transparency and First Amendment cases, usually at no cost. Matt was the attorney responsible for forcing the release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video in Chicago. His pursuit of Rahm Emanuel’s so-called private emails on behalf of the Better Government Association earned BGA the 2017 Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award from the SPJ.

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