Alicia Calzada



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Education and Clerkships

J.D., St. Mary's University School of Law, 2010, St. Mary’s Law Journal, staff writer and associate editor; Evening Student Bar Association, founding board member

B.A., Photojournalism, University of Texas at Austin, 1994

  • Judicial Intern, Hon. Rebecca Simmons, Fourth Court of Appeals of Texas, 2010
  • Judicial Intern, Hon. Emilio Garza, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2009


Texas, 2011

Connecticut, 2012

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit




Alicia Calzada is an associate in the Media and Entertainment Practice Group in the San Antonio and Austin offices of Haynes and Boone, LLP. She has experience in general litigation with an emphasis on matters involving defamation, First Amendment, commercial practices, social media counseling and Texas' new anti-SLAPP law, as well as intellectual property matters pertaining to copyright and trademark infringement claims.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Alicia was a photojournalist for more than 20 years. Her work has been published in a variety of national magazines and newspapers, in addition to several books.

Alicia speaks regularly on legal issues affecting photojournalists and has taught as an adjunct professor at Texas State University. She is a member of the San Antonio Bar Association, the Bexar County Women's Bar Association and American Bar Association's Forum on Communications Law. Alicia attended the 2008 Institute on World Legal Problems in Innsbruck, Austria.

Alicia is a past president of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) (2005-2006), serves as an attorney for NPPA and is the founder and chair of that group's advocacy committee. In 2013, the NPPA Board of Directors introduced the Alicia Calzada First Amendment Award recognizing individuals that have supported advocacy work in First Amendment freedoms.

Alicia has worked on a variety of legislative initiatives and was involved in the effort to obtain passage of Texas’ anti-SLAPP statute in 2011. She runs the blog, Slapped in Texas, which tracks the powerful statute as it is being put to use in state courts.

Professional Recognition

  • Listed as one of San Antonio Business Journal’s 2015 Outstanding Lawyers, American City Business Journals, 2015.
  • Alicia Calzada First Amendment Award established by the National Press Photographers Association, January 2013.

Media Litigation

Laura Lee Prather and Alicia Calzada

Haynes and Boone Wins Dismissal and Fee Award in High-Profile Defamation Suit

In a decisive victory for free speech and freedom of the press, a Haynes and Boone, LLP legal team led by Partner Laura Prather has won a dismissal and fee award in a high-profile defamation suit filed by the father of a Muslim teenager who was arrested and suspended in 2015 for bringing a clock, which some said looked like a bomb, to school.



Media and Entertainment

Media, Entertainment and First Amendment

2016 proved eventful on both the political stage and in the world of media and entertainment law, and sometimes the two worlds even collided. The year saw its share of high profile media lawsuits, favorable Congressional actions, and, of course, a presidential election like none other. This edition of the Media, Entertainment and First Amendment Newsletter discusses 10 stories that made an impact in 2016 and will likely continue to impact media and entertainment law for years to come.

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • "Copyright Realignment - Updating Copyright Law for the 21st Century,” panelist, CLIPT Symposium, University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, MD, April 15, 2016.
  • “Five Open-Government Champs,” author, Caller Times, March 19, 2016.
  • “Can a newspaper decline to run same-sex wedding announcements?” Attorney's Opinion, Texas Press Association, June 29, 2015.
  • “Ag-Gag Laws and the First Amendment,” State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, June 18, 2015.
  • “Ag-Gag Laws and the First Amendment,” Animal Law Institute, Austin, Texas, April 17, 2015.
  • “The Nuts and Bolts of a Photographer’s Contract: Northern Short Course,” speaker, March 2014, March 2015.
  • “Texas Legislative update,” Texas Associated Press Managing Editors’ Annual Meeting, March 31, 2015.
  • “Business of Photography: Copyright,” Women Photojournalists of Washington, Washington, D.C., March 11, 2015.
  • “FAA Announces Proposed Drone Rules: Will Allow Use of UAS under 55 lbs., under 500 ft; Certification Required,” National Press Photographers Association, February 15, 2015.
  • “FAA’s Proposed Drone Rules Offer Hope, But Some Limits for Journalists,” Media Law Letter, February, 2015.
  • “The Texas Legislative Session: bills for journalists to love and hate,” co-author, Texas Press Association E-Newsletter, February 2015.
  • “Hot Issues in Ethics,” panelist, Forum on Communications Law Annual Conference, Scottsdale, AZ, Feb. 5-7, 2015.
  • "A Busy Year For Anti-SLAPP Litigation And Legislation," co-author, Law360, December 18, 2014.
  • “Agricultural Gag Laws—Your First Amendment Rights, Your Health, Animal Welfare, and Our Environment,” speaker, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT, September 27, 2014.
  • "Drone Journalism" column in Ask An Attorney, Texas Press Association e-Newsletter, September 2014.
  • "A Victory For State Anti-SLAPP Laws," Law360, July 16, 2014.
  • "Using Images From Social Media: 3 Lessons From AFP Case," guest author, Law360, February 24, 2014.
  • "Shut Out: The Dispute Over Media Access Rights in High School and College Sports," 7 DePaul J. Sports L & Contemp. Probs. 1, 2010.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Bexar County Women’s Bar Association 
  • San Antonio Bar Association 
  • American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law 
  • National Press Photographers Association

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