Preti Flaherty has the largest Media Law practice group in northern New England, representing leading media trade associations, publishers, and broadcasters throughout the region and nation. We are known for our vigorously proactive First Amendment practice, and work in partnership with our clients to strengthen their power to gather and disseminate information. We have had great success effecting changes in the laws and defending against legislation adverse to the media, including enacting Maine’s first journalist’s shield law. Our media attorneys have secured favorable judgments and verdicts for top news networks and publications, including Forbes, WGME-TV (a CBS affiliate), ESPN, Yankee Magazine, and the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, as well as major corporations, such as Walmart and others, in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and beyond.

With extensive experience in the field, we leverage a diverse and innovative arsenal of skills and tactics in service to our clients in all areas of media law, including:

  • First Amendment litigation, including defamation and privacy litigation
  • Freedom of information litigation in state and federal court
  • Copyright and trademark litigation
  • Prepublication review
  • Libel and privacy advice
  • Protection of newsgathering and editorial processes, including defense of criminal and civil subpoenas on the new media

Leaders in the Field

The attorneys in our Media Law practice group stand at the forefront of the media law community. We are members of the counsel section of the Media Law Resource Center and authors of the Maine chapter in its widely used 50 State Survey of Media Libel Law in the United States. We also author the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit or Maine chapters in several publications by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Our team includes board members of the New England First Amendment Coalition and the Maine Freedom of Information Coalition.

Backed by the full resources of Preti Flaherty and its sophisticated multidisciplinary approach, and with deep roots in the service of the institutions and organizations we counsel, our Media Law practice group offers clients a vital combination of insight and action that makes us a standard bearer for success.

Firm Highlights


14 Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected as Chambers USA Leaders in Their Field

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Press Coverage

Authorities Refuse to Release Records for Maine School Shooter Hoax Calls

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Post Sackett: What Is the Scope of the Clean Water Act?

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Officials from the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office have refused to provide documentation of the department's policy on police chases following the fatal high-speed crash of Nicholas Liebowitz in Gray, Maine, on Friday, April 28, 2023. Chief...