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Dori Ann Hanswirth
Partner, New York
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Dori Ann Hanswirth has more than 25 years of experience handling a wide range of civil litigation and focuses on matters affecting the media, with particular attention to copyright, false advertising, trademark, defamation, right of publicity, and invasion of privacy law. Her understanding of the intersections between protected speech, journalism, and the public interest has positioned her as one of the foremost media attorneys in the nation. Among Dori's clients are Internet businesses, television networks, film studios, publishing companies, and television and video producers. In addition to her concentration in media, Dori has extensive experience in matters involving trade secrets, unfair competition, product disparagement, employer-employee relations, and commercial litigation.

  • Successful representation of an investigative journalist in opposing efforts by a defendant in a high-profile criminal proceeding to force the journalist to reveal the identities of confidential sources, including winning a far-reaching precedential victory before the New York State Court of Appeals.
  • Representation of a large university in an action involving claims of breach of contract and copyright infringement against an advertising agency and its principals, in which the firm won a federal jury trial and a federal appeal.
  • Representation of a cable news network's television personalities against claims of copyright infringement for use of a photograph on Facebook.
  • Representation of a leading satellite broadcaster in prosecuting trademarks and opposing federal trademark registration for a proposed mark similar to the broadcaster's established television brand.
  • Representation of a trade magazine publisher and television network on a copyright infringement claim arising out of a photograph depicting a businessman contemplating jumping from a ledge of a building, including winning a motion for summary judgment.
  • Defense of a leading hotel chain against claims of copyright infringement.
  • Successful defense of a cable television network in a trademark infringement litigation, including defeating a motion for a preliminary injunction brought by the publisher of the daily newspaper "Redeye," which sought to prevent the defendant from airing a cable television program called "Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld."
  • Defense of a major daily newspaper on a claim of libel brought by a judge who was called one of New York's "10 worst judges," including winning on summary judgment and on appeal.
  • Representation of a leading commodities exchange asserting claims of theft of trade secrets, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty against a former employee who developed a competing computer program.
  • Represented a consortium of media organizations on a successful application to unseal records of a guardianship proceeding involving allegations of wrongdoing against sitting judges in Kings County, New York.
  • Representation of a cable television network in trademark counseling and portfolio management, including prosecution of new trademarks.
  • Representation of a number of software development companies regarding breach of contract claims, including achievement of successful arbitration results.
  • Obtained a victory for a national cable news network in a defamation suit brought by John, Patsy, and Burke Ramsey, who claimed the network had accused a family member of the murder of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey.
  • Representation of a cable news network against a claim of copyright infringement for the use of a historical photograph in an online slideshow.
  • Day-to-day representation of a major daily newspaper in New York City, including successful applications for access to court records, governmental information, and court proceedings; various successful litigations defending claims of libel and/or invasion of privacy; and pre-publication and editorial legal review of news articles.
  • Successful representation of film distribution companies against a motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to prevent the release of a film, based on claims of trademark infringement.
  • Representation of an Internet shopping website on a claim of trademark infringement, including winning a motion for summary judgment.
  • Representation of the United States' highest rated cable news network, including successful litigation against a major media conglomerate to place the network onto cable television systems nationwide, and providing day-to-day editorial and trademark advice.
  • Successful representation of a major cable news network and its employees in defending a defamation claim, in a victory that was affirmed on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

12 May 2015
Panelist, "The Science of Memory: The Latest Developments in Brain Science and the Admissibility of Recollection Testimony under F.R.Evid. R. 702." ABA Center for Professional Development

19 March 2015
Moderator, "Applying Yesterday's Laws to Today's Media: Legal Issues Around Social Media Posts." Client CLE Program, New York

Panelist, ABA CLE program on the ethics of witness preparation.

Moderator, program on the contemporary juror, ABA Litigation Section Annual Meeting.

Panelist, program on whether the lovers of Don Giovanni may be certified as a class under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, ABA Annual Meeting.

Moderator, ABA Litigation Section’s Annual Meeting, "Free Speech During Times of War and Peril: Is The Media Picking The Wrong Battles?"

Coordinator, CLE program on Ethics in Electronic Discovery, American Bar Association’s Institute on Electronic Discovery.

Panel Member, ABA's Litigation Section meeting, "Beyond Zubulake."

Co-chair and Panelist, ABA's Annual Convention, "Taking the Oath: Practical and Ethical Considerations in Witness Preparation."

Hogan Lovells Publications
Spring 2014 "IPMT Newsletter - Spring 2014."

11 July 2013 "Global: Defamation and social media." Global Media and Communications Quarterly: social media, Hogan Lovells

05 July 2013 "Global Media and Communications Quarterly: Focus on Social Media." GMC Quarterly, Hogan Lovells

15 July 2012 "Intellectual Property Newsletter - July 2012." IP Alert, Hogan Lovells

15 July 2011 "Intellectual Property Newsletter - July 2011." IP Alert, Hogan Lovells

01 June 2006 "Spring 2006 Edition." Media Law Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

01 April 2005 "Spring 2005 Edition." Media Law Update, Hogan & Hartson, L.L.P.

01 May 2004 "Spring 2004 Edition." Media Law Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

Published Works
20 March 2013 "No free lunch." Intellectual Property Magazine

July/August 2012 "'I'll Be Back': Termination rights under Section203 of the Copyright Act." Intellectual Property Magazine, Informa Law

19 July 2012 "Litigation: The Supreme Court affirms the First Amendment right to tell lies." Inside Counsel, Summit Business Media

05 July 2012 "Litigation: Is knowing a reporter’s confidential source knowing too much?" Inside Counsel, Summit Business Media

March 2009 "First Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment Dismissal of Libel and Privacy Claims Against Fox News: No Constitutional Malice." Media Law Resource Center Media Law Letter

June 2008 "'Parody News' Libel Suit Against Fox News Thrown Out: No Evidence of Constitutional Malice." Media Law Resource Center Media Law Letter

13 November 2006 "Defending Right of Publicity Claims." IP Law 360, Portfolio Media Inc.

11 January 2006 "Getting Your Copy Right: An Overview of the Legal Issues Facing Publishers." Inside the Minds: Winning Legal Strategies for Publishing, Aspatore Books

11 January 2006 "Getting Your Copy Right: An Overview of the Legal Issues Facing Publishers." Inside the Minds: Winning Legal Strategies for Publishing, Aspatore Books

01 October 2000 "Bad Chat & Cybersmears." www.ecfonet.com

Intellectual Property
Litigation and Arbitration
IP Litigation, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Media Litigation and Counseling
False Advertising and Unfair Competition
Trademarks and Brands
Strategic Counseling and Portfolio Development
Trade Secrets and Confidential Know-How
Internet and E-Commerce
Technology, Media and Telecoms
Fashion and Luxury Brands
Media and Entertainment
  • Media and First Amendment
  • Electronic Discovery
LimeGreen IP Know-how
J.D., cum laude, Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 1986 B.A., cum laude, with distinction, University of Pennsylvania, 1983
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Co-chair, Commercial and Business Litigation Committee American Bar Association, 2011-present
  • Co-chair, Trial Practice Committee, American Bar Association, 2008-2011
  • Member, ABA Task Force on Attorney-Client Privilege, 2010-present
  • Co-chair, Programming Subcommittee, Litigation Section Pre-Trial Practice Committee and Business Torts Committee, American Bar Association, 2004-2008
  • Member, Copyright Society of the U.S.A.
  • Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars, New York, 2015
  • Legal 500 US, IP: Copyright, National, 2007
COURT ADMISSIONS U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York U.S. District Court, Western District of New York U.S. District Court, District of Colorado U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit