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Benjamin Andrew Fleming

Senior Associate
New York

Benjamin Andrew Fleming

Ben Fleming started his professional career as a journalist, eventually winding up at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. He liked the class on media law so much that he decided to do that instead. Now, Ben helps media outlets defend themselves against defamation actions and handles intellectual property, newsgathering, and journalist privilege matters of all types.

Ben also handles related First Amendment concerns, ranging from commercial speech to access issues. His practice also includes complex commercial litigation on behalf of financial services institutions and energy companies, among others.

During law school, Ben worked for the Media Law Resource Center, where he wrote and analyzed new developments in the sector. He also served as a senior editor at the NYU Journal of Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law. Prior to law school, Ben spent a year working as a paralegal on securities litigation. Before that, he worked as a reporter and editor at a Massachusetts newspaper.

Representative Experience

Representation of a cable news network against claims of copyright infringement for use of a photograph on Facebook.

Defending an investigative journalist in a high-profile subpoena, resulting in a landmark favorable ruling from the N.Y. Court of Appeals.

Representation of a cable news network against defamation claims stemming out of a report on a viral video.

Representing international bank in connection with regulatory investigations into the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), and related litigation.

Representing a cable news network in connection with multiple subpoenas for testimony and documents.

Representing an energy company in a breach of contract claim.

Education and admissions

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, New York University School of Law, 2011
  • M.S., Columbia University, Graduate School of Journalism, 2007
  • B.A., Williams College, 2004

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • New York

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