Thomas R. Burke

Thomas Burke

Tom Burke defends speech and content across all mediums — representing internet companies; networks; studios; book, magazine and news publishers; and authors, journalists, photographers, documentary filmmakers, and environmental groups. With nearly 30 years of trial and appellate experience in California’s state and federal courts, Tom’s practice covers the full spectrum of content liability issues including First Amendment matters and the defense of libel, privacy, right of publicity, copyright, trademark, and false advertising claims. A veteran newsroom lawyer, Tom regularly provides prepublication counseling and vets books and scripts. He defends journalists facing subpoenas for unpublished information and confidential sources. He also regularly litigates high-profile state and federal public records lawsuits. Tom is the author of “Anti-SLAPP Litigation” (The Rutter Group 2013-present) and since 2002, teaches media law at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.