Lawrence G. Walters heads up the Walters Law Group, Intellectual Property, Gaming, and First Amendment Law. Mr. Walters has developed a passion for protecting civil liberties; in particular, online speech and expression. He has devoted over 25 years to defending constitutional rights and protecting artistic freedom. Mr. Walters is an accomplished civil rights advocate, a widely-published author, and a well-known public speaker.
He frequently represents the online entertainment community, as well as other more traditional industries. Larry has practiced law since 1988, and is often consulted as a national expert on legal issues pertaining to Free Speech and the Internet.
He regularly contributes to television news programs on networks such as NBC, ABC, PBS, BBC, CBC, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNBC, and CNN. His high profile cases are often followed by the print and online media, having been covered in such publications as the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Wired Magazine, Playboy, ABA Journal, Orlando Sentinel, etc.
Mr. Walters began practicing law in Central Florida in 1988, after graduating from Florida State University, College of Law, with Honors. While in law school, he studied English common law at St. Edmunds Hall in Oxford University, and interned with a federal judge in the Northern District of Florida.
During his career, Mr. Walters has served as a Legal Studies professor at the University of Central Florida, and acted as a Director for the local Bar Association and the local Chamber of Commerce. Among his many civic and community activities, he has served as Chair of the Legal Panel of the ACLU, Central Chapter, and is a founding member of the Advisory Council for U.C.F. Legal Studies Department.
Larry also acts as General Counsel to the Woodhull Freedom Foundation, based in Washington, DC, and serves on the Advisory Council to the Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection. He has established and directed numerous non-profit associations and trade groups, including the Internet Freedom Association, the Jacksonville Property Rights Association and the Association of Coastal Property Owners.
His efforts in helping fight online child exploitation earned him the Annual Service Recognition Award from the ASACP. Mr. Walters has been recognized as one of the Top 100 News Makers by the media industry group, Xbiz, and was included in the top 10% in the ‘Best of the Bar’ competition, through a poll conducted by the Orlando Business Journal.In 2016, he was recognized as Media IP Lawyer of the Year, by Corporate LiveWire.
Mr. Walters’ First Amendment law practice dates back to the late ’80s when he defended numerous small video stores in Florida against a government censorship campaign. In 1997, he formed the Florida Bar’s First Amendment Law Committee, which he chaired for over a decade.
He represents hundreds of website operators across the globe in connection with the regulation and protection of online media. Mr. Walters regularly deals with issues relating to online advertising, Internet gaming, free speech concerns, DMCA Safe Harbor, Section 2257 compliance, copyright/trademark infringement, mobile applications, Bitcoin operations, and other cutting edge practice areas.
Walters Law Group handles cases involving constitutional and commercial issues such as civil rights litigation, licensing and zoning suits, intellectual property claims, domain name disputes, appeals, and white collar criminal defense. Larry often finds himself embroiled in precedent-setting cases in the fields of online gaming, adult entertainment, social networking, and advertising law.
He has initiated over 100 federal law suits, and defended over 30 criminal obscenity cases during his career. The lawyers in the firm also handle transactional matters such as licensing agreements, sales contracts, online user terms, privacy policies, and distribution agreements.
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