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.
- 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)
- 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
- “Ethics, the Press and your Practice: Getting out there without getting into trouble,” panelist, Bloomberg Law panel, June 8, 2022.
- Media Law seminar for Granite Media Partners and its community newspapers, lead presenter, June 3, 2022.
- “Racial Injustice Exposed on Camera: Police Transparency and Government Access in a Viral World,” facilitator, Annual Conference of the Forum on Communications Law, January 20, 2022.
- “US Copyright Claims Board: What You Need to Know,” co-author, World IP Review, January 4, 2022.
- “Winning Under the Negligence Standard: CBS Affiliate Reasonably Relied on Law Enforcement When Airing Wrong Mug Shot,” author, MLRC MediaLawLetter, 14-15, October 2021.
- “The Copyright Small Claims Court,” author, MLRC MediaLawLetter, 32-35, October 2021.
- “The Copyright Small Claims Court: What You Need to Know Before Litigating in the U.S. Copyright Office’s New Three-Judge Court for Copyright Claims Under $30,000,” author, Haynes Boone Media, Entertainment and First Amendment Newsletter, November 2021.
- “What is Section 230?” speaker, HB Media Minute podcast, October 25 2021. Listen here.
- “Pre-Publication & Pre-Broadcast Review,” facilitator, MLRC Media Law Conference, Leesburg, VA, September 30, 2021.
- “Anti-SLAPP Litigation and Legislation,” facilitator, MLRC Media Law Conference, Leesburg, VA, September 30, 2021.
- “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
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Michael Lambert is a regular speaker on the HB Media Minute podcast series. The latest episode discusses the use of drones by Texas journalists and the recent changes in the law.
View the full version of the May 2022 Media, Entertainment and First Amendment Newsletter. The Ninth Circuit Rejects (Again) LinkedIn’s Attempt to Prevent Web-Scraping of Its Publicly Available Member Profiles under the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act (CFAA) On April 18, 2022, the Ninth Circuit, in hiQ Labs v. LinkedIn Corporation, 41 F. 4th 1180 (9th Cir. 2022), upheld (again) a 2018 injunction which [...]