Tom Clyde focuses his practice on complex commercial and appellate matters, with an emphasis on representing print, television, internet and communications companies. He has represented clients in an array of litigation in federal and state courts and frequently defends clients in lawsuits challenging First Amendment protected speech.

Mr. Clyde has extensive experience in defending publishers, broadcasters and other information providers against claims alleging defamation, invasion of privacy, infringement of intellectual property rights and newsgathering misconduct. Mr. Clyde also represented numerous internet-based publishers in connection with issues involving privacy, blogging, anonymous speech, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, user generated content and electronic eavesdropping issues.

In addition to his in-court representation, Mr. Clyde regularly vets content prior to its publication, including print and television news content, fiction and non-fiction books, and controversial internet speech. He also has extensive expertise counseling clients on laws relating to the use of hidden cameras and other related newsgathering techniques.

Mr. Clyde regularly represents clients seeking access to government records and proceedings and clients seeking to unseal court records and to obtain permission to televise court proceedings. He has successfully litigated numerous actions under the Georgia Open Records Act, the Georgia Open Meetings Act and the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.

Mr. Clyde was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for First Amendment Litigation in 2017 and the four years immediately preceding. He was also named a 2017 "Atlanta Lawyer of the Year" in the area of First Amendment Law by The Best Lawyers in America®. Mr. Clyde was recognized as a Georgia "Super Lawyer" for First Amendment, Media and Advertising Law in 2012 and 2013, for Constitutional Law in 2014, and again for Media and Advertising Law in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Super Lawyers magazine.

Professional & Community Activities

The Georgia Innocence Project, Board of Directors, Member and Past President

The Georgia First Amendment Foundation, Board of Directors, Member and Legal Committee Co-Chair

The Georgia Bar Media Judiciary Conference, Organizer

Media Law Resource Center, Media Law Letter Committee, Past Co-Chair

American Bar Association, First Amendment and Media Litigation Committee, Member

Education

  • Duke University School of Law, J.D. (1992)
    with honors
  • Princeton University, A.B. (1988)

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia (1992)

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

Who We Are

Suite 2800, 1100 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA, 30309-4528
USA
t +1 404.815.6038
f +1 404.541.3359

Thomas M. Clyde

Experience Highlights

Defended television studio against invasion of privacy lawsuit
Represented television studio and talk show host against claims for invasion of privacy and misappropriation based on appearance of minor on talk more
Represented internet company in claims challenging ownership rights
Represented internet company against claims asserting fraud in distribution of ownership interests. more
Defended book publisher against claims of fraud and misrepresentation
Represented book publisher against claims arising from financial misconduct by author. more
Represented consortium of media companies in seeking access to criminal trial
Represented a consortium of media companies in seeking access to hearings and trial proceeding in high-profile murder triangle trial. more