First Amendment Law/Censorship Issues: Our firm has a strong focus on First Amendment and anti-censorship issues. Our attorneys have been involved in significant free speech litigation in courts across the country at all levels, including the United States Supreme Court. These cases have involved issues relating to fair use, civil rights, defamation, anti-SLAPP, obscenity, zoning and licensing, political speech, freedom of information/public records, and bad faith prosecutions. Over the last 30 years, our firm has established a national reputation based on its legal work in the online entertainment field. However, the firm handles First Amendment claims on behalf of individuals and mainstream businesses as well.
Copyright / Trademark: Walters Law Group handles copyright and trademark issues for clients on a worldwide basis. We have substantial experience in litigating cases involving the Lanham Act, misleading advertising, cybersquatting, trademark/copyright infringement, piracy, and counterfeiting. Protection of our clients’ intellectual property rights is one of our foremost obligations. We aggressively defend and pursue copyright and trademark claims on behalf of traditional and new media clients. Our firm routinely assists clients in filing applications for copyright and trademark protection with governmental agencies. Lawrence Walters can also serve as your designated DMCA Agent with the U.S. Copyright Office.
Gaming Law: Walters Law Group has been involved in the online gaming field since its inception. We represent clients throughout the world in all facets of online and mobile gaming. We handle issues associated with tribal gaming, fantasy sports, sweepstakes, skill gaming, penny auctions, arcades, charitable drawings, and other gambling-related concerns. Our firm has also been active in providing legal compliance advice to gaming affiliates and software developers.
Litigation: Our firm has litigated precedent-setting cases in state and federal courts throughout the nation. We have the experience to aggressively represents your interests in a wide variety of judicial and administrative proceedings. Our cases have centered cutting-edge legal issues involving First Amendment, civil rights, gaming, intellectual property, advertising law, defamation, open records, website operations, and business disputes.
Internet Law: Our firm represents the interests of the online entertainment community across the globe. We regularly advise clients on Internet law issues such as online agreements, acceptable use policies, privacy policies, blockchain issues, GDPR compliance, virtual currency, Section 230 immunity, DMCA safe harbor, internet defamation, and online intellectual property issues. We act as designated DMCA agent for hundreds of website operators and can provide an overall legal analysis of your website operations to assist in legal compliance and risk mitigation efforts.
Domain Name Disputes: Our attorneys are available to represent your interests in connection with disputes over the use and registration of domain names on the World Wide Web. We provide advice in UDRP arbitrations, ICANN proceedings, administrative actions, and cybersquatting litigation.
Criminal Defense: We have decades of experience defending clients against criminal charges premised upon controversial forms of entertainment, speech, and advertising. Our firm regularly represents website operators, service providers, and content producers on a variety of white-collar criminal charges including obscenity, racketeering, money laundering, and related offenses. Our attorneys are available to zealously defend clients in the unfortunate event of a criminal charge, indictment, or investigation.
Advertising Law: Website operators frequently encounter issues with advertising law through investigations or enforcement actions initiated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or state attorneys general. Our firm’s particular focus has been on defending against allegations of deceptive and unfair trade practices, CAN SPAM violations, ROSCA issues, and data breach.
Commercial Transactions: We frequently assist our clients with all manner of commercial transactions including sale/purchase agreements, licensing agreements, marketing contracts, stock sales, asset sales, hosting agreements, EULA, user terms, and similar contracts.
Adult Entertainment Law: Our firm has advocated for the interests of the adult entertainment industry for over 25 years. Our attorneys have handled numerous high-profile cases for adult content producers, website operators, and service providers. We also assist with legal compliance obligations such as Section 2257, FOSTA/SESTA, age verification, model releases, operational policies, and risk mitigation.
Content Evaluation & Clearance: Many of our clients utilize our services to perform a legal analysis of controversial and/or mainstream content prior to publication or distribution. The firm’s attorneys are available to review media content for compliance with legal regulations such as obscenity, defamation, fair use, infringement, privacy violations, publicity rights, and other legal compliance issues.
Permitting, Licensing & Zoning: Several of our firm’s high-profile cases have been in the permitting, licensing, and zoning field. Local and state governments often attempt to legislate morality and impose censorship by enacting restrictive ordinances targeting certain business interests. Often these laws cross the line of constitutional protection afforded by the First Amendment. Our firm has the necessary experience to mount effective constitutional challenges to overly-burdensome regulations.
Other Practice Areas: The above-listed practice areas are not intended to be an exhaustive list. If you have a legal matter falling outside these practice areas, please feel free to contact us for a consultation. Given our national reputation, and legal contacts with attorneys across the country, we can likely assist you or locate competent counsel for your legal matter if it falls outside our routine practice areas.