Lesli Gaither focuses her practice on media litigation and counseling, as well as complex commercial litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Gaither worked as an associate in the Atlanta office of an east coast law firm where she represented a variety of media companies, including broadcast, print and internet, defending against defamation, privacy, copyright and other content-related claims. Ms. Gaither has additionally represented media organizations and journalists seeking access to records and court proceedings, as well as protecting journalists from subpoenas and requests for newsgathering materials. In addition, Ms. Gaither has handled a wide variety of commercial litigation, ranging, among other things, from complex employment matters to business valuation proceedings.

Ms. Gaither also routinely provides her media clients pre-publication and pre-broadcast review, including counseling on content issues, newsgathering techniques, and responding to threats of litigation. Ms. Gaither also assists clients with operational issues, including record retention and pre-litigation decision-making.

Ms. Gaither has practiced in both the federal and state courts of Georgia, and has also handled litigation in, among other places, New York, Florida, California, and the District of Columbia.

Ms. Gaither was recognized in 2011, 2012 and 2013 as a Georgia "Rising Star" in the area of First Amendment, Media and Advertising Law and again in 2014, 2015 and 2016 in the area of Media and Advertising Law by Super Lawyers magazine.

Professional & Community Activities

The Georgia Bar Media & Judiciary Conference, Planning Committee, Member

Media Law Resource Center, Newsgathering Committee, Member

Education

  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D. (2001)
    Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Student Notes Editor
    Vanderbilt Moot Court Board, Problem Editor and Member
  • Purdue University, B.A. (1997)

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia (2004)
  • District of Columbia (2002)
  • Maryland (2001)

Admissions

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

Who We Are

Suite 2800, 1100 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA, 30309-4528
USA
t +1 404.815.6023
f +1 404.795.1051

Lesli N. Gaither

Experience Highlights

Represented media and First Amendment groups in revision to Georgia Sunshine Laws
Represented interests of media and public-interest groups in connection with revision of Georgia Sunshine Laws by Georgia Attorney General and 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
Defamation litigation for television broadcasting company
Defended television station in connection with defamation claims brought by participant in college hazing incident. more