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Patsy Crystal Wilson

New York

Patsy Crystal Wilson

Patsy Wilson's practice is informed by her interest in journalism, freedom of speech, and new and emerging media, which she cultivated well before the inception of her legal career. She brings both knowledge and enthusiasm to the table when representing clients in actions ranging from defamation to copyright infringement and trademark violations.

Her education and professional path, focused on media and communications, enables her to understand the unique and ever-changing intersection of law and media. She was instrumental in planning a CLE program entitled "Applying Yesterday's Laws to Today's Media: Legal Issues Around Social Media Posts."

Patsy is also dedicated to public service. She has represented many clients pro bono, including in a housing discrimination action, and in securing prosecutorial discretion for an asylum applicant who entered the United States as an unaccompanied minor. Patsy has further advised a nonprofit organization regarding select states' laws with respect to the media's access to inmates and inmates' direct or indirect access to the Internet. She also provides trademark counseling for a nonprofit organization dedicated to the empowerment of underprivileged black girls.

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Patsy gained diverse experiences in the media industry, including as a research analyst for Atlantic Media Company's policy council, a CBS News investigative unit intern, and Dow Jones' First Amendment intern.

As a student at Columbia Law School, Patsy served as the Public Interest Law Foundation President, Social Chair for the Black Law Students Association, and was also a staff editor for the Columbia Journal of Race and Law. She also participated in the Challenging Consequences of Mass Incarceration clinic for two years, which resulted in the granting of a federal habeas petition in favor of an individual who had been wrongly imprisoned for a double homicide for nearly 20 years.

Representative Experience

Represented cable news network's television personalities against claims of copyright infringement for posting a photograph on Facebook.

Represented cable news network against claims of defamation for reporting on a viral video.

Advising a not-for-profit organization in trademark prosecution.

Representing cable news network's television personality in an action to protect the personality's trademark rights and right of publicity.

Representing cable news network against claims of defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress for on-air comments about public figures.

Advising a not-for-profit organization regarding its clients' First Amendment rights.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 2013
  • M.A. Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University, 2010
  • B.A. Philosophy and Spanish, Sigma Delta Pi Upsilon Spanish Honor Society, Wellesley College, 2006


  • Member, Business Law Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, Section of Intellectual Property, American Bar Association
  • Member, Section of Litigation, American Bar Association
  • Member, Young Lawyers Division, American Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • New York

Court admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
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