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
- United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Memberships & Affiliations
- 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
News & Events
First Circuit: First Amendment Protects Secretly Recording Police Officers in Public
January 7, 2021
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has struck down the Massachusetts “wiretap”…
Examining the Embedding Evolution: Counseling Clients on Safely Embedding Copyrighted Material
August 19, 2020
The Southern District of New York sent a warning this summer to those embedding copyrighted…
Massachusetts High Court Orders Disclosure of Police Incident Reports and Prosecution Data
April 14, 2020
Massachusetts High Court Orders Disclosure of Police Incident Reports and Prosecution Data by Jeffrey J.…