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Dori Ann Hanswirth

New York

Dori Ann Hanswirth

A devoted advocate and formidable adversary, Dori Hanswirth has been protecting the rights of journalists, news organizations, content providers, and copyright and trademark owners for over 30 years. She heads a team of lawyers in our New York office who all focus on media advice and litigation.

Dori has broad experience in the news and entertainment industries, with a focus on First Amendment, defamation, right of publicity, copyright law/fair use, and trademarks. She has also advised on First Amendment, media, copyright, and trademark-related issues for clients in a range of industries, including financial services, education, internet services, social media, transportation, and telecommunications.

Dori's no-nonsense approach helps her clients resolve most issues before they become litigious. When litigation cannot be avoided, Dori is a staunch, strong voice of her clients' positions. Her team has won many important cases, including a landmark decision by the New York Court of Appeals protecting a journalist from having to divulge her sources. Dori and her team have also secured numerous victories in reporters' rights, defamation, copyright infringement, and trademark infringement matters.


"At the top of her profession."

Legal 500

Representative experience

Representing news anchor Harris Faulkner against Hasbro, who sells a toy hamster with the same name.

Team is defending the right to use mash-ups and memes to commemorate the tragic events of September 11, 2001 on social media.

Defending a news network's use of a viral video to comment on the actions of two people on a public beach in Florida on the Fourth of July.

Defending a journalist who used confidential sources to report on information leading to the downfall of U.S. General David Petraeus.

In a landmark win, investigative journalist Jana Winter did not have to testify in the "Batman Killer" murder trial.

Team won dismissal of defamation claims by Lindsay and Dina Lohan stemming from statements that they took cocaine together.

Team defeated an injunction request that would have delayed the release of the award-winning 2010 film The Illusionist.

Argued successfully before the U.S. Appeals Court in Boston in favor of talk show hosts who made fun of a school superintendent in Maine.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., cum laude, Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 1986
  • B.A., cum laude, with distinction, University of Pennsylvania, 1983


  • Co-chair, Commercial and Business Litigation Committee American Bar Association, 2011-present
  • Co-chair, Programming Subcommittee, Litigation Section Pre-Trial Practice Committee and Business Torts Committee, American Bar Association, 2004-2008
  • Co-chair, Trial Practice Committee, American Bar Association, 2008-2011
  • Member, ABA Task Force on Attorney-Client Privilege, 2010-present
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Copyright Society of the U.S.A.

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • New York

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • 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

2007, 2011-2017

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