Ms. Matteo-Boehm is a partner in the firm's San Francisco office and co-leader of the firm’s Media Litigation team. A former reporter for The Dallas Morning News, Ms. Matteo-Boehm has spent almost her entire legal career helping clients both inside and outside the media industry solve their First Amendment speech and other content-related problems, whether that means litigation, counseling, or something in between. She has represented content providers and distributors in matters involving defamation, privacy, right of publicity, copyright, trademark, and related claims. She is experienced in prepublication review of print, broadcast, and multimedia content, responding to retraction and takedown demands, and litigating motions to quash subpoenas served on content providers and distributors. Ms. Matteo-Boehm has also has extensive experience representing clients seeking access to government proceedings and documents under the federal Freedom of Information Act, state open records and meetings laws, the First Amendment, and other applicable laws. In recent years, she has represented clients in several matters involving access to digitized information maintained in government electronic databases, and has litigated numerous cases involving access to court proceedings and records.
The Internet has its own set of special issues, and Ms. Matteo-Boehm has represented clients in matters involving section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Internet privacy laws, and a variety of other Internet-specific laws and regulations, as well as the more subtle legal issues that make publishing on the Internet different from the print and broadcast formats.
Ms. Matteo-Boehm has extensive experience in litigation involving anti-SLAPP statutes, and has obtained early dismissal of many actions involving the rights of speech and petition under anti-SLAPP laws in California and in Texas, where began her legal career and remains licensed to practice law.
The First Amendment’s command that “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech” is not only for the press. Whether by virtue of their websites, social media, or offline speech-related activities, clients outside the media industry regularly confront First Amendment and other content-related legal issues, and Ms. Matteo-Boehm applies her extensive experience representing the media to solve the problems and achieve the goals of non-media business entities in a variety of different industries.
Ms. Matteo-Boehm was recognized in 2010 as an Attorney of the Year by California Lawyer magazine.