Peter Canfield

Jones  Day 

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Peachtree Street Northeast 1420
Atlanta 30309 GA US

Peter Canfield’s focus is on defending publication tort claims, enforcing access to government information, protecting sources and other sensitive information, and safeguarding media distribution rights and intellectual property.

He has handled nationwide, by dispositive motion, trial, or on appeal, hundreds of libel, privacy, and access cases for digital media and cable programmers, newspapers and wire services, book and magazine publishers, and radio and television broadcast stations and networks, as well as non-media entities and individuals.

Peter also has experience in other high-stakes litigation, assisting clients with shareholder disputes, securities claims, advertising issues, contests for high-status personnel, class privacy and data breach assertions, and legal malpractice.

A First Amendment lawyer by reputation, Peter has had involvement with Second Amendment issues beginning with his representation of the Mayor of New York City in a defamation lawsuit brought by a Georgia gun dealer.

He has since represented the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Everytown For Gun Safety in Second Amendment litigation in Georgia and elsewhere in the country, including Colorado, Florida, and Washington State.


  • Yale University (J.D. 1979);
  • Amherst College (B.A. 1976)



  • Law Clerk to Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr.,
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (1979-1980) and Judge Myron H. Thompson,
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama (1980-1981)


  • Professors seek to enjoin new Georgia law permitting students to carry guns on Georgia’s public university campuses
  • Everytown for Gun Safety defends Washington State ballot measure requiring background checks for firearm sales
  • Twenty-five media organizations want Georgia free speech protections to apply in federal court
  • Everytown and Moms Demand Action intervene and participate as amicus in support of public safety measures related to gun violence
  • Gray Television wins emergency motion allowing company to participate in National Incentive Spectrum Auction
  • Courthouse News Service argues for preservation of public access to Georgia court files
  • News organizations file amicus brief urging application of Georgia anti-SLAPP statute to Purple Heart defamation action


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Peachtree Street Northeast 1420
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