Michael J. Lambert’s practice spans all areas of media, First Amendment, and internet law. He assists clients with prepublication and pre-broadcast review and advises them on newsgathering, intellectual property, and transactional matters. He also contributes to media and First Amendment litigation and consults with reporters on issues such as defamation, privacy, access to public records, and reporter’s privilege.
A former news and sports reporter, he has experience working for media organizations as well as nonprofits, academic institutions, and courts. Before joining Prince Lobel, Michael worked for the NBCUniversal News Group in New York City, where he reviewed scripts, videos, and client contracts, and even advised the network on the emerging area of drone law. Michael also worked as a legal fellow at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in Washington, D.C., where he filed motions and amicus briefs in First Amendment cases in trial and appellate courts across the country.
During his career, Michael has provided litigation support for media organizations and their reporters in suits involving defamation, public records, right of publicity, and anti-SLAPP motions. He served as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Steven M. Wellner of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
He has been active in the community, guest lecturing journalism classes on First Amendment law at Boston and Georgetown Universities. He has been featured in various media, including podcasts and newspapers, providing his perspective on media law issues. He sits as a co-chair of the American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law’s Internet, Social Media & Publicity Committee. He is also a member of the WriteBoston Board of Directors and works with student-journalists at Teens in Print.
Michael has particular experience in internet law. He interned at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and authored the Copyright, Trademark, Patent, Contract, and Social Media Law chapters of Internet Law: The Complete Guide.
While obtaining his Juris Doctor and Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law from the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Michael served as an Editorial Board Member of the Louisiana Law Review, an extern to the Honorable James Brady of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, and the president of the Sports, Entertainment, and Media Law Society. Prior to law school, he earned his B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in journalism from Louisiana State University and worked as a reporter for local newspapers, radio stations, and websites.
- Paul M. Hebert Center, Louisiana State University, J.D., D.C.L., 2015
- Louisiana State University, B.A., 2012
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts
- District of Columbia
- New York
- United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law (Internet, Social Media & Publicity Committee Chair)
- American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law
- Internet Law & Policy Foundry (Fellow)
- New York City Bar Committee on Communications & Media Law
- Federal Communications Bar Association
- LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York
- Member, WriteBoston Board of Directors (2019)
- Media Law Resource Center
- Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
- Price Media Law Moot Court Competition (Judge)
- August 2020: “Examining the Embedding Evolution: Counseling Clients on Safely Embedding Copyrighted Material”
- June 2020: “Massachusetts High Court Invalidates Involuntary Non-Disparagement Order Between Parents as Prior Restraint”
- April 2020: Prince Lobel Client Alert, “Mass High Court Orders Disclosure of Police Incident Reports and Prosecution Data”
- January 2020: Interviewed in Teens in Print, a publication by student members of WriteBoston, which fosters communication skills in local Boston schools, “Cover Story: With Title VII Undecided, Queer Rights Hang in the Balance”
- September 2019: “Massachusetts High Court Requires Recording of Show Cause Hearings, Creating New Opportunities for Public Access,” Prince Lobel Client Alert
- September 2019, “Wikileaks and the First Amendment,” POPLAW Podcast
- September 2019: Prince Lobel Client Alert, “Massachusetts high Court Requires Recording of Show Cause Hearings, Creating New Opportunities for Public Access”
- June 2019: Prince Lobel Client Alert, “On Privacy Exemption, Massachusetts High Court Giveth and Taketh Away”
- March 2019: Quoted in The Provincetown Journal regarding comments made by Barnstable County Commissioner Ronald Beaty and First Amendment rights
- November 2018: “Courts Weigh Validity of Injunctions Against Speech as Summer Brings Wave of Prior Restraints,” American Bar Association’s Communications Lawyer
- January 2018: “N.D. Cal.: Section 230 Shields Twitter, Facebook, and Google from Terrorism and Emotional Distress Claims,” MLRC MediaLawLetter.
- March 2017: “Internet Law Essentials: U.S. Social Media Law,” Specialty Technical Publisher.
- December 2016: “Internet Law: The Complete Guide,” Specialty Technical Publisher
- January 2016: “Stopping an end-run around the reporter’s privilege: Closing loopholes for subpoenaing third-party communications helps journalists keep information confidential,” The News Media and The Law
- November 2015: “Courts wrestle with defining newsworthiness in privacy cases,” The News Media and The Law
- February 2015: “Intermediary Liability in the United States,” Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
- January 2015: “A Gunman’s Paradise: How Louisiana Shields Concealed Handgun Permit Holders While Targeting Free Speech and Why Other States Should Avoid the Same Misfire,” Louisiana Law Review
- October 17, 2019, “Annual Legal Briefing,” American Society of Magazine Editors, New York, New York
- July 18, 2019, Guest Lecturer at the Boston University Summer Journalism Institute
- March 2020, Guest Lecturer at the Boston University for Media and Law
Michael J. Lambert