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Michael Lambert

Michael J. Lambert *


* Not licensed in Texas.

Michael J. Lambert is an associate in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in Haynes and Boone’s Austin office. He focuses on media, entertainment, intellectual property, and First Amendment litigation. He also counsels clients on pre-publication review, privacy, access, and newsgathering matters.

Before joining Haynes and Boone, Michael provided libel, newsgathering, and copyright advice to media clients and performed pre-publication review for national magazines at a Boston law firm. He also litigated libel and public records cases. Prior to that, he reviewed scripts and videos and contributed to litigation for the NBCUniversal News Group in New York City. Upon graduating law school, he served as the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Legal Fellow for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, where he drafted amicus briefs in important press freedom cases in federal and state appellate courts.

Michael’s experiences extend to internet and social media law. He has interned at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and authored chapters on social media and copyright law for Internet Law: The Complete Guide.

His client relationships are shaped by his journalism background as a graduate of the Louisiana State University Manship School of Mass Communication and years working as a reporter.

A passionate advocate for speech and press freedoms, Michael is active in the media law bar. He serves as the Co-Chair of the Internet, Publicity, and Social Media Committee of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Communications Law. He has written extensively on a variety of media law topics, provided client trainings, and guest lectured college journalism classes. Outside of law, Michael is proud to have run the 2020 Boston Marathon and raise over $20,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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Selected Client Representations
  • Clopper v. The Harvard Crimson, No. 20-cv-11363 (D. Mass. Nov. 5, 2020)
  • Gatehouse Media v. City of Worcester, No. 1885CV1526A (Mass. Super. Ct. June 2, 2021)
Professional Affiliations and Engagements
  • Internet Law & Policy Foundry, Fellow, 2019
  • American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law, Annual Conference Scholarship Recipient, 2015
  • American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, Student Reporter, 2015
  • American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law, Governing Board Member, Internet, Social Media, and Publicity Co-Chair, 2016-present
  • American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, Member
  • Media Law Resource Center, Legislative Affairs and Next Generation Committees, Member
  • Student Press Law Center Summer Media Law Institute, Coach, 2020-21
  • Price Media Law Moot Court Competition, Judge, 2016
  • New York City Bar Committee on Communications & Media Law, Member
  • LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York, Member
  • WriteBoston, Board Member, 2019-21
Publications and Speaking Engagements
  • “Internet Law: The Complete Guide,” Author, Social Media, Copyright, Patent, and Trade Secret Chapters, 2016-17
  • “Hot Issues in Social Media Law,” Facilitator, American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law Annual Conference, Austin, Texas, February 2020 and Virtual Conference, February 2021
  • Media Law Resource Center Libel Law Survey, Co-Author, First Circuit Chapter, 2018-21
  • Media Law Resource Center Employment Libel and Privacy Law Survey, Co-Author, Massachusetts Chapter, 2018-20
  • “Courts Weigh Validity of Injunctions Against Speech as Summer Brings Waves of Prior Restraints,” Author, ABA Forum on Communications Law’s Communications Lawyer, November 2020
  • “Examining the Embedding Evolution: Counseling Clients on Safely Embedding Copyrighted Material,” Author, ABA Forum on Communications Law’s Communications Lawyer, August 2020
  • “N.D. Cal.: Section 230 Shields Twitter, Facebook, and Google from Terrorism and Emotional Distress Claims,” Author, MLRC Media Law Letter, January 2018
  • “Massachusetts High Court Invalidates Involuntary Non-Disparagement Order Between Parents as Prior Restraint,” Author, MLRC Media Law Letter, June 2020
  • “First Circuit: First Amendment Protects Secretly Recording Police Officers In Public,” Author, MLRC Media Law Letter, January 2021
  • “Mass. High Court Orders Disclosure of Police Incident Reports and Prosecution Data,” Co-Author, New England First Amendment Coalition, April 2020
  • “Supreme Court Nominee’s Record Provides Insight into Views on Internet and Social Media Law,” Author, Specialty Technical Publisher, 2018
  • The Harvard Crimson Libel Seminar, Speaker, 2019-21
  • Boston University Summer Journalism Institute, Speaker, July 2019
  • Boston University College of Communication, Guest Lecturer, 2019-20
  • Georgetown University Graduate School of Journalism, Guest Lecturer, 2016-20
  • “Wikileaks and the First Amendment,” POPLAW Podcast Guest, September 2019
  • American Society of Magazine Editors, Speaker, October 2019
  • “With Title VII Undecided, Queer Rights Hang in the Balance,” Interviewee, Teens in Print, January 2020
  • “Ron Beaty and the First Amendment,” Interviewee, The Providence Journal, March 2019


J.D., Louisiana State University Paul M Hebert Law Center, 2015

B.A., Mass Communication, Louisiana State University Manship School of Mass Communication, 2012


Judicial clerk to the Honorable Steven M. Wellner, D.C. Superior Court, 2016-17

Extern to the Honorable James J. Brady, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, 2014

Intern to the Honorable Jon B. Comstock, Arkansas 19th Judicial Circuit West, 2013



District of Columbia

New York


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Media and Entertainment Year in Review 2020 - 2021
August, 10 2021

Welcome to the 2020 - 2021 edition of the Haynes Boone Media and Entertainment Law Year in Review. The Media and Entertainment Practice Group of Haynes and Boone, LLP represents a broad range of clients in all facets of media and entertainment, intellectual property, open government and First Amendment litigation, counseling and legislative matters. We are proud to provide a summary of our accompl [...]