Edward Thorndike Fenno is the founder and Managing Member of Fenno Law Firm, LLC. His practice focuses on media, Internet, intellectual property, technology and entertainment law – including litigation and transactional matters involving defamation, privacy, newsgathering, copyright, trademark, computer software, website and music legal issues.
In addition, Mr. Fenno is experienced in litigating business, construction and Constitutional law matters. Prior to forming the Fenno Law Firm in 2006, Mr. Fenno practiced at Moore & Van Allen in Charleston for six years and in Los Angeles for five years at the law firms of Musick, Peeler & Garrett and Bostwick & Hoffman.
Mr. Fenno is the co-author of “Protection Under CDA § 230 and Responsibility for ‘Development’ of Third-Party Content,” 28 Communications Lawyer 2 (August, 2011) and author of “Public Figure Libel: The Premium on Ignorance and the Race to the Bottom,” 4 Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal 253 (1995).
He also authored “Federal Internet Privacy Law,” 12 South Carolina Lawyer 36 (January/February, 2001) and “Freelancers Win Electronic Republication Appeal,” South Carolina Press Association Bulletin (July 17, 2001); and has authored columns in Carolina Arts newspaper on the subject of copyright and related legal issues for visual artists.
Mr. Fenno has lectured on Internet law numerous times, including to the South Carolina Press Association, South Carolina Broadcasters Association and Charleston Lawyers Club. He has also lectured on entertainment law for the South Carolina Bar, on news media law and on intellectual property law.
- B.A., Princeton University, 1988
- J.D., University of Southern California,1994
- South Carolina, 2000
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 1994
- U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, 2000
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2000
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, 2003
- American Bar Association, Forum on Communications Law, 1999-present
- American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law, 1999-present
- South Carolina Broadcasters Association, Associate Member, 2000-present
- South Carolina Press Association, Associate Member, 2000-present
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