Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment

Publishers, broadcasters, journalists, and writers

The attorneys of Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky have decades of experience representing publishers, broadcasters, and other news organizations, as well as individual journalists and authors. When necessary, we have gone to court for our clients to protect important rights in the areas of free speech, government transparency, and protection of copyright and other intellectual property. In doing so, we have helped our clients win landmark rulings in the state and federal courts. But our experience doesn’t end there.

SMGG attorneys have testified before legislative and administrative panels and helped to shape laws and policies that have improved the flow of information and ideas about government, and have presented courses and seminars on many topics in media and publication law. To learn more about what our Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Group can do for you, contact David A. Strassburger at

Some of the important issues we have addressed include:

  • Libel and privacy defense
  • Freedom of Information and Right-to-Know advice and litigation
  • Journalists’ Shield Laws and other protections for newsrooms and newsgatherers
  • Judicial “gag orders,” sealed evidence, and closed courtrooms and proceedings
  • Sunshine Law advice and litigation
  • Digital and print copyright infringement
  • Registration, preservation and protection of trademarks

The ways we can help you include:

  • Risk management seminars for journalists and editors
  • Pre-publication review
  • Defense against intrusive subpoenas
  • Cease-and-desist letters
  • Contract review and negotiation
    —and of course, when necessary—
  • Litigation in state and federal courts, and administrative agencies

News and Publications