Nathan Siegel represents media clients in First Amendment, intellectual property, and entertainment law cases in trial and appellate courts throughout the country. Additionally, he provides pre-broadcast and pre-publication counseling to a wide range of print and web publishers, television networks, and film producers.
Over the past decade, Nathan has represented either the broadcast media or the video game industry in every major case that tests the publicity rights of athletes in video games and television sports broadcasts. He has successfully represented multiple major media clients such as ABC News, CBS News, and ESPN in defamation lawsuits, often brought by celebrity or political personalities.
His entertainment practice includes representing producers and broadcasters of reality television programs such as Dog the Bounty Hunter and Wife Swap in the defense of right of publicity lawsuits, as well as the producers of award-winning documentaries like NY Med and Under the Gun.
Nathan also regularly defends the news media against government efforts to curtail or punish journalism, including advising The Guardian concerning its reporting about documents released by WikiLeaks, defending New York Times, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, and Baltimore Sun journalists resisting subpoenas for confidential sources, and obtaining access to information for news organizations in high-profile criminal matters such as the trial of “Scooter” Libby.
Nathan has also litigated numerous copyright and trademark disputes, including successfully defending ABC News in several novel lawsuits testing the limits of doctrines such as fair use and equitable estoppel.
- Partner, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP, Wash., D.C., 2005-2017
- Executive Counsel, ABC, Inc., New York, NY and Wash, D.C., 1996-2004
- Associate, Venable LLP, Baltimore, MD, 1992-1996
Professional & Community Activities:
- Governing Committee, ABA Forum on Communications Law
- Former President, Media Law Resource Center
- Co-Editor, Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law, published by Southwestern Law School
- Former Chair of the Model Shield Law Task Force and the New Legal Developments Committee, Media Law Resource Center
- Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism, 1994-1996
- J.D., Yale Law School, 1992
- B.A., Economics/History, Duke University, 1986
- A.B. Duke Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa
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