Lawrence G. Walters
Lawrence G. Walters heads up the Walters Law Group, www.firstamendment.com, an ‘AV’ rated (preeminent) law firm concentrating in Internet Law, Intellectual Property, Gaming, and First Amendment Law. Mr. Walters has developed a passion for protecting civil liberties; in particular, online speech and expression. He has devoted over 25 years to defending constitutional rights and protecting artistic freedom. Mr. Walters is an accomplished civil rights advocate, a widely-published author, and a well-known public speaker. His client reviews and peer endorsements can be found here. He frequently represents the online entertainment community, as well as other more traditional industries. Larry has practiced law since 1988, and is often consulted as a national expert on legal issues pertaining to Free Speech and the Internet. He regularly contributes to television news programs on networks such as NBC, ABC, PBS, BBC, CBC, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNBC, and CNN. His high profile cases are often followed by the print and online media, having been covered in such publications as the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Wired Magazine, Playboy, ABA Journal, Orlando Sentinel, etc. A partial listing of his articles and publications can be found here.
Mr. Walters began practicing law in Central Florida in 1988, after graduating from Florida State University, College of Law, with Honors. While in law school, he studied English common law at St. Edmunds Hall in Oxford University, and interned with a federal judge in the Northern District of Florida. During his career, Mr. Walters has served as a Legal Studies professor at the University of Central Florida, and acted as a Director for the local Bar Association and the local Chamber of Commerce. Among his many civic and community activities, he has served as Chair of the Legal Panel of the ACLU, Central Chapter, and is a founding member of the Advisory Council for U.C.F. Legal Studies Department. Larry also acts as General Counsel to the Woodhull Freedom Foundation, based in Washington, DC, and serves on the Advisory Council to the Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection. He has established and directed numerous non-profit associations and trade groups, including the Internet Freedom Association, the Jacksonville Property Rights Association and the Association of Coastal Property Owners. His efforts in helping fight online child exploitation earned him the Annual Service Recognition Award from the ASACP. Mr. Walters has been recognized as one of the Top 100 News Makers by the media industry group, Xbiz, and was included in the top 10% in the ‘Best of the Bar’ competition, through a poll conducted by the Orlando Business Journal.In 2016, he was recognized as Media IP Lawyer of the Year, by Corporate LiveWire.
Mr. Walters' First Amendment law practice dates back to the late '80s when he defended numerous small video stores in Florida against a government censorship campaign. In 1997, he formed the Florida Bar's First Amendment Law Committee, which he chaired for over a decade. He represents hundreds of website operators across the globe in connection with the regulation and protection of online media. Mr. Walters regularly deals with issues relating to online advertising, Internet gaming, free speech concerns, DMCA Safe Harbor, Section 2257 compliance, copyright/trademark infringement, mobile applications, Bitcoin operations, and other cutting edge practice areas. Walters Law Group handles cases involving constitutional and commercial issues such as civil rights litigation, licensing and zoning suits, intellectual property claims, domain name disputes, appeals, and white collar criminal defense. Larry often finds himself embroiled in precedent-setting cases in the fields of online gaming, adult entertainment, social networking, and advertising law. He has initiated over 100 federal law suits, and defended over 30 criminal obscenity cases during his career. The lawyers in the firm also handle transactional matters such as licensing agreements, sales contracts, online user terms, privacy policies, and distribution agreements.
In addition to practicing law, Larry has developed various software devices to assist the online entertainment community with legal compliance, including the patented BirthDateVerifier; an online age verification tool. More recently, he launched mobile applications such as Quick2257 to assist with federal records keeping requirements, and QuickDMCA, to simplify online copyright enforcement.
Mr. Walters is a frequent lecturer on Free Speech issues, and has presented seminars across the country on Internet law, Gaming law and the First Amendment. One of his speeches dealing with the First Amendment and Terrorism, was published in the Representative American Speeches of 2003, along with those of former President George W. Bush, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, and Sen. Hillary Clinton. He regularly publishes articles of interest to webmasters on countless websites and magazines, including legal updates directed at specific industries. His website, www.FirstAmendment.com, is recognized as a global resource for Internet Law issues. Larry has also created the Web Law Network, a collection of resource websites providing legal information on a variety of Internet law fields. Over the years, Mr. Walters has published several law review articles on Free Speech issues and Gaming law, along with a book chapter on the First Amendment protections of commercial speech.
In 2005, Mr. Walters was appointed to the Board of Officers of the First Amendment Lawyers Association, a prominent, nationwide group of First Amendment practitioners, where he served as the group’s National Chairman and past President. He has earned an “AV” (preeminent) rating from lawyers.com, the recognized national rating service for lawyers, and “10.0 – Superb” by AVVO.com, the popular online attorney rating service. Mr. Walters is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Florida, along with the United States Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Claims Court in Washington, D.C. In addition, he has been admitted pro hac vice to courts across the country. In 2016 he received his certification as a foreign trained lawyer from the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, after rigorous testing.
Mr. Braslow received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Central Florida in 2009 where he graduated summa cum laude. While in college, Mr. Braslow worked for the Central Florida Sports Commission on the coordination and management of various collegiate sporting events.
Mr. Braslow graduated from Nova Southeastern University – Shepard Broad Law Center in 2012. While in law school, he held several positions at sports, entertainment, and media organizations. Mr. Braslow worked for the NHL organization Florida Panthers and assisted with marketing and daily operational management; Q2 Sports and Entertainment where he assisted a NFL certified agent with contract analysis and negotiations, marketing, recruiting, and scouting of NFL prospects; Michael L. Buckner Law Firm where he assisted in resolving collegiate athletics enforcement issues and processes for coaches and institutions confronted with allegations of NCAA, NAIA, NCJAA, and interscholastic athletics rules-violations; and the Ultimate Fighting Championship where he worked in the Legal Department and developed a pre-fight drug testing program for the Nevada Athletic Commission and the UFC, as well as assisted with domestic and international transactional issues related to apparel, events, fighters, intellectual property, licensing, merchandise, non-disclosure, sales, sponsorship, and sweepstakes rules.
After law school, Mr. Braslow founded Body Slam Consulting, which assists combat sports companies and individuals with various business and legal matters. Mr. Braslow also operated the sports website Dailyshootout.com which was featured on the ESPN television show “Pardon the Interruption.” He was published in “Managing Sports Events” by T. Christopher Greenwell, Leigh Ann Danzey-Bussell, David Shonk - Chapter 9 “Contract Considerations – An Attorney’s Perspective on Contracts.” He also was published on SportsNetworker.com, which featured his articles “How I Landed My Dream Sports Internship” and “Remember the Fans – Super Bowl XLV Seating Disaster.” Mr. Braslow was an inaugural SportsLaunch.net “Thirty Under 30” Rising Stars in the Sports Industry honoree in 2012, and was awarded again in 2013.
Prior to joining Walters Law Group, Mr. Braslow worked as in-house counsel at Emergency Services 24, Inc. In this position, he concentrated on providing corporate guidance in transactional law matters regarding issues relating to water damage, fire damage, mold remediation, and flood damage. Mr. Braslow also worked as in-house counsel at SB Holdings I, LLC where he oversaw various hospitality compliance issues at hotel properties located on International Drive in Orlando, FL.
Mr. Braslow has also practiced as Associate Counsel for the Law Office of Richard Braslow in Toms River, New Jersey. There, he concentrated on administrative, municipal, regulatory, and transactional law matters involving emergency service organizations and various non-profit entities.
Mr. Braslow is a member of the Sports Lawyers Association, the Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts, & Sports Law Section, the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, the First Amendment Lawyers Association, and the National Cannabis Bar Association.
Mr. Braslow is admitted to practice in Florida and New Jersey.
Jennifer M. Kinsley
Jennifer M. Kinsley dedicates her practice to fighting governmental abuse of civil and constitutional rights. She has a passion for the underdog and works tirelessly to protect and defend the impoverished, the improperly silenced, and the wrongfully accused.Ms. Kinsley obtained her undergraduate degree in English from the University of Florida, where she graduated with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa. She received her law degree from the Duke University School of Law in 1999. While at Duke, Ms. Kinsley headed the Prisoners Rights Project, founded the Criminal Law Society, acted in and directed plays for the Duke Law Drama Society, and interned for the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts project in New York.
After graduating near the top of her class, Ms. Kinsley began her practice as an assistant public defender for the Hamilton County, Ohio Public Defender’s Office and later joined the firm of Sirkin Pinales & Schwartz, where she was named a partner in January 2008. In November 2009, Ms. Kinsley and her mentor, H. Louis Sirkin, founded a new firm, Sirkin Kinsley & Nazzarine, where they continue to concentrate their practice on adult entertainment law, criminal defense, and civil rights. Ms. Kinsley joined the Walters Law Group as of counsel in January, 2010.
Over the past decade, Ms. Kinsley has developed vast expertise in representing and advising clients involved with erotic expression. For example, she has been successful at invalidating local, state, and federal regulations of adult businesses; has defended numerous individuals and corporations charged with obscenity crimes; and regularly advises clients on copyright, Internet, and contract law issues unique to those engaged in sexually explicit expression. She was also a key member of the Free Speech Coalition’s original legal team challenging the record-keeping requirements of 18 U.S.C. 2257.
Ms. Kinsley currently serves as the First Vice President of the First Amendment Lawyers Association and is an active member of the Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Ohio Bar Association, and the Cincinnati Bar Association. She lectures frequently on free speech and civil rights issues and is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati Law School. Ms. Kinsley has also delivered numerous presentations on Free Speech and censorship issues. She was named a 2007 Rising Star by Ohio SuperLawyers Magazine and was the 2007 recipient of the Children Law Center’s Advocacy Partnership Award. In addition, Ms. Kinsley recently testified as an expert witness before the United States District Court for the District of Vermont.
In her spare time, Ms. Kinsley is an avid marathon runner and a frequent community activist. She also volunteers her professional services through the Volunteer Lawyers Program, the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless, and the Ohio Justice and Policy Center.
Ms. Kinsley is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court; the Supreme Courts of Ohio and Florida; the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits; the United States District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Ohio, the District of Colorado, and the District of Connecticut; and all courts in the States of Ohio and Florida. She has been admitted pro hac vice in over fifteen states and accepts cases and clients from across the country.
Corey D. Silverstein
After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University in 2002, Mr. Silverstein attended the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and earned his Juris Doctor degree in 2006.
Mr. Silverstein founded the firm in 2006 and has now been practicing law for over a decade.
Affiliations & Licenses
State Bar of Michigan
The District of Columbia Bar
State Bar of Georgia
State Bar of Arizona
State Bar of New York
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States Supreme Court
United States District Court for the District of Arizona
The District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Oakland County Bar Association
Michigan Creditors Bar Association
American Bar Association
Commercial Law League of America
First Amendment Lawyers Association
Jewish Bar Association of Michigan
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (F.I.R.E.)
In addition to appearing before the Michigan Supreme Court, Mr. Silverstein has been quoted and published in such periodicals as the Detroit News, the New York Times, FOX News, MSNBC, the Miami Herald, the Washington Post, the Associated Press and various other news outlets. Mr. Silverstein has also been featured as a legal expert on WXYZ Detroit (ABC Network).
Mr. Silverstein’s opinions and advice has been published in various magazines and message boards. Additionally, for over 10 years, Mr. Silverstein has been a featured speaker and presenter at tradeshows and conferences across the world, including, the United States, Canada, Colombia, the Netherlands and Portugal. Mr. Silverstein has also lectured at Michigan State University College of Law and the University of Michigan.