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Theresa M. House

Senior Associate
New York

Theresa M. House

Theresa House has over eight years of experience handling a wide range of civil litigation matters.

In the area of First Amendment/media law, she handles actions involving editorial counseling, defamation, invasion of privacy, freedom of information, reporter access, confidential source protection, art fraud, and election law issues. She also focuses on intellectual property, including copyright, trademark, right of publicity, unfair competition, fair use, and licensing issues.

Her intellectual property practice includes copyright, trademark, right of publicity, and unfair competition, fair use, and licensing issues. She also handles commercial litigation, including internal investigations.

Her data privacy practice includes working with clients on legal risk assessments and mitigation strategies, compliance policy, and security and privacy incident responses. She also handles commercial litigation, including internal investigations.

Theresa's clients span many industries, including information, cable television, books, magazines, motion pictures, and newspapers. She has worked on high-profile matters under substantial public scrutiny and time pressure.

SuperLawyers recognized Theresa as a Rising Star in the New York Metro area in the practices of Media & Advertising and Intellectual Property Litigation. She also co-chairs the American Bar Association's Privacy and Data Security Committee within the Section of Litigation, and is an appointed member of the Committee on Media and Communications Law for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Theresa previously served as the Hogan Lovells pro bono associate for the New York office.

Representative Experience

Protecting a journalist from having to reveal confidential sources in a high-profile criminal case, making new law before the N.Y. Court of Appeals.

Counseling a media/information company in conducting a high-profile review of data privacy and security practices on a highly compressed timetable.

Successfully representing a major cable news network and its employees in defending a defamation claim, in a victory that was affirmed on appeal.

Day-to-day editorial counseling and representation of a cable news network and a major daily newspaper, including IP issues and libel defense.

Second-chairing a three-week jury trial in federal court involving First Amendment claims.

Successfully representing a news website in resisting efforts by a litigant to force disclosure of the identity of an anonymous commenter.

Counseling a nonprofit on policies applicable to storing, using, and transacting credit card information.

Winning dismissal of copyright infringement claims against entertainment company based on a popular book series and defending the victory on appeal.

Education and admissions

Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2007
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Harvard College, 2004

Memberships

  • Co-Chair, Privacy and Data Security Committee, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, 2015-present
  • Co-Chair, Trial Practice Committee, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, 2012-2015
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Committee on Media and Communications Law
  • Member, Media Law Resource Center Defense Counsel Section, International Media Law Committee and Pre-Publication Review Committee
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Vice Chair, Trial Practice Committee, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, 2011-2012

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • New York

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

 

Empire State Counsel

New York State Bar Association

2010-2011

Outstanding Subcommittee Chair award for the Trial Practice Committee, the ABA Section of Litigation

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

First Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment Dismissal of Libel and Privacy Claims Against Fox News: No Constitutional Malice

Media Law Resource Center Media Law Letter
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