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

Bar Admissions

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 Business Litigation 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.

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • "A Busy Year For Anti-SLAPP Litigation And Legislation," co-author, Law360, December 18, 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.

Client Focus

Media and Entertainment

Judge Orders More Than $250K Fee Award for KTRK in Anti-SLAPP Matter

A Harris County judge awarded Haynes and Boone, LLP client KTRK Television, a Houston ABC affiliate, more than $250,000 in attorneys’ fees after the station won an anti-strategic lawsuit against public participation (anti-SLAPP) appeal against the plaintiff...

Alicia Calzada on Fox News

Alicia Calzada

FAA Lifting Red Tape on Drones

Last month, the FAA proposed some new rules that would make it easier for entrepreneurs to fly drones commercially… Media law attorney Alicia Calzada says these are long-awaited rules...

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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