Kaplan Johnson Abate & Bird offers its clients expertise in First Amendment and Media matters that is unparalleled in this region. We bring decades of hands-on experience representing prominent media clients on a range of issues, including pre-publication story review and litigation concerning defamation actions, access to courts, and access to public records.
The firm’s attorneys pride themselves on working alongside journalists to help them produce—and defend—important and groundbreaking work. We operate a statewide hotline for Kentucky Press Association members to obtain legal advice on a wide range of issues arising in modern journalistic practice. We also serve as counsel to the KPA’s legal defense fund to vigorously represent members who find themselves in litigation. Our attorneys also regularly conduct in-depth reviews for print, broadcast, and multimedia stories for a wide range of clients.
Our firm attorneys are recognized as experts in First Amendment and media law. They are regularly called upon to draft and review legislation impacting the press; to testify before legislative committees; and to speak at a wide range of events touching upon constitutional and First Amendment principles.