For more than 15 years, Michael Berry has represented news, entertainment, and other media clients in defamation and privacy suits, fought for the right of the press and public to access government and court records, defended reporters who are subpoenaed, and advised clients on newsgathering and other First Amendment matters. He is a trial lawyer who regularly defends media companies in federal and state courts throughout the country. For example, in recent years, Mr. Berry served as trial counsel for prominent newspapers and websites, defeated an effort to subpoena reporters’ sources as part of an inquiry into alleged grand jury leaks, and succeeded in unsealing records in high-profile criminal prosecutions and high-stakes corporate litigation. In light of his accomplishments, The Best Lawyers In America named Mr. Berry its First Amendment Law Lawyer of the Year in Philadelphia.
Mr. Berry speaks frequently on matters affecting the freedom of the press, and his writings about First Amendment issues have appeared in a variety of publications. Prior to practicing law, he worked on Capitol Hill for the late Senator Paul D. Coverdell (R-Ga.).
Articles in the National Law Review database by Michael Berry