Jones Waldo’s Media Law Practice Group provides the full range of services to the firm's media and communications clients, which include newspapers, publishers and radio and television broadcasters as well as online and other multimedia content providers. These services include training, counseling, risk management, claim prevention, defense, litigation and appeals and business consulting.
We have extensive experience dealing with pre-publication review and lawsuit defense, successfully defending claims alleging defamation, privacy violations, false light, intrusion on seclusion, and torts. We regularly and successfully deal with constitutional matters (freedom of the press and speech), First Amendment issues, reporter's privilege and subpoena matters and protection of confidential sources and newsgathering materials. We routinely assists our clients with freedom of information requests (FOIA and Utah GRAMA), issues of access to courts, governmental agencies, administrative proceedings and records. We also have represented clients with free speech/free press issues in the electronic age, including the successful defense of a criminal libel charge based on the contents of a website.
Group members have also worked with media clients on a wide range of general business issues, including employment and labor matters, union collective bargaining agreements, publishing and joint operating agreements, employment contracts, business contracts, real property, trademark, copyright and intellectual property matters.
Jones Waldo’s media clients have included the Salt Lake Tribune (Utah's largest daily newspaper), the Newspaper Agency Corporation, MediaNews Group, the Associated Press, Bonneville International (television and radio), KSL-TV, KUTV, the Society for Professional Journalists, Newsweek, Forbes Inc. and CNET Networks, Inc.
The firm's attorneys are associate members of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).
AttorneysMichael Patrick O'Brien (Group Leader)
Brett D. Ekins
Kenneth A. Okazaki
Mark D. Tolman
Brent T. Winder