Media Law Office Hours

This exclusive Deadline Club-member-only benefit enables journalists to ask their legal questions in an online group session.

“Media Law Office Hours” with attorney Matthew Leish is a pro bono service to all Deadline Club members. If you aren’t already a member, visit to sign up and select “New York Deadline Club” as your chapter.

Taking place the first Monday of every Month over Zoom, the open group session allows journalists with legal questions to help find answers on issues related to the First Amendment, Freedom of Information, copyright, defamation, or other media law matters.

Registration is open for all sessions in 2024. Click on the link below to view the available dates and sign up today!

Leish joined a panel of journalists at a Freedom of Information workshop presented by the Deadline Club on May 10, 2023 that provided tips and various approaches for using state and federal FOI laws. You can watch the discussion on the Deadline Club’s YouTube channel.

About Matthew Leish

Matthew Leish has represented media companies, journalists, and authors for over 20 years, handling a wide range of First Amendment and intellectual property-related litigation. He is a partner at New York-based Miller Korzenik Sommers Rayman LLP. Prior to joining MKSR, Leish was assistant general counsel at Tribune Publishing Company, where he was the sole newsroom lawyer and primary litigator for the company’s digital and print publications in the Northeast, including the New York Daily News. He regularly defended Tribune and the Daily News against defamation and copyright suits, quashed subpoenas served on reporters, fought for access to court proceedings and documents, litigated public records disputes, vetted articles, and advised editors, reporters, and senior business executives on a host of matters ranging from photo use questions to trademark disputes. Previously, in private practice, he represented publishers, authors, journalists, and broadcasters in a variety of defamation, copyright, access, and subpoena cases.

Learn more about Leish here.