We provide an array of legal services to our media clients. Our nationally-recognized medial attorneys regularly handle cases involving access to open meetings, public records and courtrooms in North Carolina; defend against libel claims and prior restraints; and oppose reporter’s subpoenas.
Through the North Carolina Press Association’s Legal Hotline, we provide advice daily to North Carolina reporters, editors and advertising managers. The firm responds to dozens of inquiries each week on topics ranging from public records to advertising regulations.
Our experience in communications and first amendment law is unrivaled in North Carolina. SMVT partner Hugh Stevens served as general counsel to the North Carolina Press Association from 1979 until 2003. Since then, SMVT partner Amanda Martin has assumed the role. Hugh served as counsel to media entities in the following notable cases:
Hugh, Amanda and Professor Cathy Packer of the University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication serve as co-editors of the North Carolina Media Law Handbook.
Our media clients include the North Carolina Press Association and its subsidiary, North Carolina Press Services; the North Carolina Press Foundation; ABC News; WRAL and other television stations owned by Capitol Broadcasting Co.; The News and Observer and other North Carolina newspapers owned by The McClatchy Company; Media General’s North Carolina newspapers and television stations, including the Winston-Salem Journal and WNCT-TV; The Salisbury Post; The Alamance News; and The Daily Tar Heel.