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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.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal Top Women Lawyers, 2013
    • California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award, Public Interest Law, 2010
    • The Best Lawyers In America®, First Amendment Law, 2009-2019 (San Francisco Litigation – First Amendment Law Lawyer of the Year for 2014, 2016 and 2018)
    • Chambers & Partners USA, California Media & Entertainment: First Amendment Litigation, 2008-2018
    • Northern California Super Lawyers, First Amendment/Media/Advertising, 2010-2018
    • James Madison Freedom of Information Award for Legal Counsel, Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California chapter, 2008
    • The Best Lawyers In America®, First Amendment Law, 2009-2019 (San Francisco Litigation – First Amendment Law Lawyer of the Year for 2014, 2016 and 2018)
    • Chambers & Partners USA, California Media & Entertainment: First Amendment Litigation, 2008-2018
    • Northern California Super Lawyers, First Amendment/Media/Advertising, 2010-2018
    • James Madison Freedom of Information Award for Legal Counsel, Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California chapter, 2008
    • Northern California Super Lawyers, First Amendment/Media/Advertising, 2010-2018
    • James Madison Freedom of Information Award for Legal Counsel, Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California chapter, 2008
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Professional Affiliations

    • Media Law Resource Center, Defense Counsel Section Executive Committee Treasurer-elect
    • Media Law Resource Center, Defense Counsel Section, Newsgathering Committee Vice-Chair 2018-
    • Media Law Resource Center, Defense Counsel Section, California Chapter Co-chair, 2011–2013
    • Media Privacy and Defamation Law Committee, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, ABA, Vice-chair, 2010–2013
    • Student Press Law Center Legal Advisory Committee, Member, 2009–present
    • Freedom of Information Committee of the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, Co-chair, 1999–2001
    • Media Law Resource Center, Defense Counsel Section, California Chapter Co-chair, 2011–2013
    • Media Privacy and Defamation Law Committee, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, ABA, Vice-chair, 2010–2013
    • Student Press Law Center Legal Advisory Committee, Member, 2009–present
    • Freedom of Information Committee of the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, Co-chair, 1999–2001
    • Student Press Law Center Legal Advisory Committee, Member, 2009–present
    • Freedom of Information Committee of the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, Co-chair, 1999–2001
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Representative Experience

  • Courthouse News Service v. Planet, 2016 WL 4157210 (C.D. Cal. 2016) (granting in part news service’s motion for summary judgment on claim brought under the First Amendment and 42 U.S.C. 1983 for violation of the First Amendment right of timely access to newly filed civil complaints)
  • Hosszu v. Barrett, 202 F. Supp. 3d 1101 (D. Ariz. 2016) (granting motion to dismiss libel action on opinion grounds)
  • Ortiz v. Sage, 2015 WL 4742266 (Cal. Super. Ct. Los Angeles County 2015) (granting anti-SLAPP motion in libel action brought against employee of news service on grounds of, inter alia, fair report privilege, truth, and failure to comply with California retraction statute).
  • Courthouse News Service v. Planet 750 F. 3d 776 (9th Cir. 2014) (Reversing district court's dismissal, on Federal abstention grounds, of action against State court clerk for violation of First Amendment right to court records)
  • The DSD Network of America, Inc. v. Racetrac Petroleum (Harris County, Texas, District Court, filed 2012) (in a libel lawsuit against a media entity, obtained nonsuit with prejudice by bringing a motion to dismiss under Texas’ one-year-old SLAPP law, the Texas Citizens Participation Act.
  • Redmond v. Gawker Media LLC, 39 Med. L. Rptr. 2285 (Cal. Super. Ct. San Francisco County 2011) (obtained order under California's anti-SLAPP statute striking defamation plaintiff's lawsuit arising out of weblog post on grounds that post was protected opinion and plaintiff was a limited-purpose public figure who failed to produce evidence of actual malice), aff'd Redmond v Gawker Media, LLC, 2012 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 5879 (2012) (affirming on opinion grounds).
  • Clark v. University of Washington (Superior Court, State of Washington, King County, filed January 2010) (represented plaintiff in lawsuit brought against the University of Washington under the Washington Public Records Act, which resulted in a settlement under which the University of Washington $175,000 in attorneys’ fees and released research data needed to independently evaluate a highly publicized 2007 study conducted by University of Washington faculty members).
  • Sierra Club v. Superior Court, 195 Cal. App. 4th 1537 (Cal. Ct. App. 2010); reversed 57 Cal. 4th 157 (Cal. 2013) (authored amicus briefs in California Court of Appeal and California Supreme Court on behalf of numerous media and public interest organizations in case brought under Public Records Act involving application of “software exemption” to GIS – formatted electronic mapping records)
  • Courthouse News Service v. Jackson, 38 Media L. Rptr. 1890, 2009 U.S. Dist. Lexis 62300 (S.D. Tex. 2009) (granting news service’s motion for a preliminary injunction and ordering Harris County District Clerk to provide same-day access to new civil petitions; finding that prior 24 to 72 hours delay in access “is effectively an access denial and is, therefore, unconstitutional” under the First Amendment); 38 Media L. Rptr. 1984 (S.D. Tex. 2010) (stipulated permanent injunction requiring District Clerk to provide same-day access to new civil petitions and awarding Courthouse News Service its attorneys fees in the amount of $253,416.69)
  • County of Santa Clara v. Superior Court, 170 Cal. App. 4th 1301 (Cal. Ct. App. 2009) (on behalf of the California First Amendment Coalition, obtained rulings at both the trial court and court of appeal levels requiring the County of Santa Clara to make electronic copies of its GIS mapping records available under the California Public Records Act without restrictions on use and for a fee that does not exceed what the Act allows; and obtaining subsequent settlement of $500,000 in attorney’s fees and costs, believed to be the largest ever fee/cost payment in an action brought to enforce the Public Records Act).
  • Maplight v. Office of the Legislative Counsel (Cal. Super Ct. Sacramento County) (in Public Records Act case against the Office of the Legislative Counsel of California, obtained 2009 settlement providing for publicly-accessible machine-readable version of database containing information as to how state legislators voted and payment of $65,000 in attorneys’ fees)
  • Keene v. MediaNews Group, Inc., 37 Media L. Rptr. 1833 (Cal. Super. Ct. Lake County 2008) (obtained order striking defamation lawsuit against newspaper under anti-SLAPP statute, Code of Civil Procedure § 425.16, and subsequent order awarding the newspaper’s attorneys fees in full), aff’d Keene v. Lake Publishing Co., 38 Media L. Rptr. 1493 (Cal. Ct. App. 2010) (unpublished)
  • Beinin v. Center for the Study of Popular Culture, 35 Media L. Rptr. 1527 (N.D. Cal. 2006) (in copyright infringement case against a publisher, obtained order blocking plaintiff’s attempt to obtain more intrusive defamation-type discovery).

Publications

  • Co-Author, “Survey Of California Privacy And Related Claims Against The Media,” Media Law Resource Center, 2009–2016
  • Co-Author, “Immunity Of A Website Owner Or Operator For User Generated Content That Infringes Trademarks,” International Trademark Association Annual Meeting, May 2009
  • “Takedown Notices Under § 512 Of The DMCA: Lingering Issues, Nine Years Later,” Mealey’s Litigation Report: Intellectual Property, December 2007
  • Co-Author, “The Right To Know: A Guide to Public Access and Media Law,” California Newspaper Publishers Association and California First Amendment Coalition, 2007
  • Co-Author, “Maintaining Good Form: The Copyrightability of Blank Forms,” Law.com, April 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, “Anonymous Speech and the Dark Web: Resolving the Tension Between First Amendment Rights and Online Threats to Reputation, Privacy and Public Safety,” Media and the Law 30th Annual Seminar, May 2017
  • Facilitator, ““Hot Issues In Access and Newsgathering,” ABA Forum on Communications Law 20th Annual Conference, February 2015
  • Co-Chair, "Intellectually Property Breakout Session," MLRC/NAA/NAB Media Law Conference, September 2014
  • Moderator, "Legal Considerations With Social Media And Other Digital Platforms," California Newspaper Publishers Association 2012 Press Summit, May 2012
  • Facilitator, “Defamation in a Digital World,” 2010 NAB/MLRC/NAA Media Law Conference, September 2010
  • Panelist, “Every Step You Take: Has Privacy, As Americans Have Come To Know It, Ceased To Exist?” Media and the Law 23rd Annual Seminar, April 2010
  • Panelist, “Trademarks And The Internet: 4 Reasons Why Trademark Lawyers Are Now Media Lawyers (Whether You Know It Or Not),” International Trademark Association Annual Meeting, May 2009
  • Facilitator, “Hot Issues In Newsgathering,” ABA Forum on Communications Law 14th Annual Conference, February 2009
  • Panelist, “FOI/Open Records,” Investigative Reporters and Editors Watchdog Workshop, January 2009
  • Speaker, “Online News: Redefining Journalism,” Media Law Resource Center Institute’s First Amendment Speakers Bureau, October 2008
  • Moderator, “Workshop: Accessing Government Databases,” California First Amendment Coalition 13th Annual Free Speech & Open Government Assembly, October 2008
  • Panelist, “Wine Sales In An Information Age: Legal Risks On And Offline,” Wine Industry Technology Symposium, July 2008
  • Moderator, “Current Developments in Access Law,” and Speaker,“ Investigative Reporting Using Digital Mapping Technology,” California First Amendment Coalition 12th Annual Free Speech & Open Government Assembly, October 2007
  • Moderator, “Access to Public Records,”  California First Amendment Coalition 11th Annual Free Speech & Open Government Assembly, September 2006 
  • Panelist, “Allies In Intellectual Freedom: Library, Legislature, Media,” Association for Library Trustee and Advocates Closing Session, June 2001