Thomas R. Burke

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Tom Burke defends speech and content across all mediums – representing internet companies; networks; studios; book, magazine and news publishers; and authors, journalists, photographers, documentary filmmakers, and environmental groups. With over 30 years of trial and appellate experience in California’s state and federal courts, Tom’s practice covers the full spectrum of content liability issues including First Amendment and the defense of libel, privacy and copyright claims. A veteran newsroom lawyer, Tom regularly provides prepublication counseling and defends journalists facing subpoenas for unpublished information and confidential sources. He also regularly litigates high-profile state and federal public records lawsuits. Tom has successfully handled hundreds of anti-SLAPP motions and is the author of “Anti-SLAPP Litigation” (The Rutter Group 2013-present). Since 2002, he has taught media law at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

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