Partner Joe Meadows to Present Defamation & First Amendment Webinar for the D.C. Bar

October 2021

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani Washington, D.C. partner, Joe Meadows, will co-present “Defending Reputations and Speech in the Age of Social Media,” for the D.C. Bar on Tuesday, November 2. This webinar will be presented via Zoom and CLE credits will be offered.

This session will explore defamation cases that have made headlines recently and discuss the ongoing battle between freedom of speech versus freedom from reputational attack. The presenters will discuss these issues in the context of real-world cases and legislative efforts to curb abusive defamation lawsuits yet protect online reputations.  They will discuss from the plaintiff and defendant perspectives. Examples will include the Stormy Daniels’ case against President Donald Trump, Johnny Depp’s case against ex-wife Amber Heard, Vernon Unsworth's case against Elon Musk, the Dominion/Smartmatic election cases, and a host of crime “docudrama” cases as well.

Meadows is an experienced trial attorney, focusing on business disputes, internet defamation, and cyber-attack/privacy matters. He has tried cases before judges and juries, arbitrated commercial disputes, and argued trial and appellate matters in federal and state courts. He is known for his hard work and creativity in litigation, as well as dedication to pro bono matters. His diverse client base has included defense contractors, healthcare companies, start-up ventures, technology companies, manufacturers, restaurants, bloggers, a radio station, political figures, and high-profile and high-net-worth individuals.

The D.C. Bar stands as the largest unified bar in the United States, providing the oversight structure needed to maintain the professional and ethical standards and Rules of Professional Conduct. Membership is diverse with about 100,000 members in all 50 states and more than 80 countries.

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