Robert A. Bertsche
FIGHTING TO PROTECT FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS
Our Media, Publishing, and First Amendment Law Practice Group defends your freedom of speech in this rapidly changing world of new technologies. Our attorneys have a deep understanding of both traditional media and emerging digital platforms, allowing them to deliver cutting-edge counsel on expansive matters, including defamation, free speech, and newsgathering. Our clients include print and online magazines, newspapers, and book publishers; television and radio broadcasters, advertising agencies, and public relations firms; as well as reporters, authors, producers, filmmakers, and artists.
OUR NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED GROUP REPRESENTS CLIENTS ON A RANGE OF BUSINESS AND LITIGATION MATTERS, INCLUDING:
The work of our practice group extends beyond our services for media companies. We also represent public entities facing First Amendment claims or issues; individuals and businesses seeking to manage and protect their online reputations; and citizens targeted by so-called “SLAPP” lawsuits intended to chill public petitioning activities.
OUR MEDIA LITIGATION AND FIRST AMENDMENT PRACTICE INCLUDES:
OUR MEDIA LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE INCLUDES:
OUR MEDIA INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PRACTICE INCLUDES:
OUR MEDIA BUSINESS PRACTICE INCLUDES:
OUR PUBLISHING PRACTICE PROTECTS YOUR CONTENT, PRESERVES YOUR RIGHTS
Our Publishing team is at the forefront of changing technologies and regulations. From representing media entities on First Amendment issues to providing counseling and litigation services on copyrights, trademarks, and domain names, our knowledge of the publishing industry is far-reaching. We have particular expertise in counseling and defending our clients on the labor and employment issues unique to the publishing industry, and our attorneys also provide business and insurance law services. Clients include national, regional, and local media entities of all kinds, including newspapers, magazines, television and radio broadcasters, book publishers, cable television operators, advertising agencies, public relations firms, Internet sites, content providers, writers, reporters, editors, producers, authors, and artists.
WINNING PROMOTIONAL STRATEGIES
Prince Lobel’s Advertising and Promotions team helps you execute your creative vision, while ensuring regulatory compliance at all angles. We stay at the forefront of emerging technologies and constantly changing local and federal law, to guide you through all phases of your promotion, from development, structure, compliance, production, advertising, to package execution. With a high level of expertise and a commitment to seeing your ideas through, we help clients flourish, including publications, advertisers, and telemarketers.
OUR DEEP EXPERIENCE IN ALL PHASES OF A PROMOTION INCLUDES:
FTC Rules and Regulations
Advertising and Marketing Regulations
Some of our areas of expertise include compliance and review services for:
Promotions Representative Matters
We practice media and publishing law because of our personal commitment to First Amendment values. Our lawyers staff a 24-hour hotline for the New England Newspaper & Press Association (NENPA), providing legal guidance to more than 450 newspapers throughout New England. We also provide pro bono counsel to the New England Center for Investigative Reporting.
Our group members frequently speak, write, and teach on media and First Amendment law topics, including presentations to such groups as the Practicing Law Institute, the American Society of Magazine Editors, the City and Regional Magazine Association, NENPA, and the Massachusetts and Boston bar associations. Our group members have taught at colleges and universities throughout the region, including Boston College and Boston College Law School, Boston University, Emerson College, Northeastern University, Suffolk University Law School, and Tufts University. We author nationally disseminated surveys of First Circuit media libel law, Massachusetts employment defamation law, and Massachusetts public records and open meetings law.
We have received a Tier 1 ranking, both nationally and for metropolitan Boston, in the “Best Law Firms” survey published in U.S. News and Best Lawyers. The lawyers in our group have been recognized as “Best Lawyers in America” and Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” in the area of First Amendment, Media, and Communications law; named as “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers magazine; and highlighted among the Commonwealth’s premier “up and coming” lawyers by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
Our media clients include: