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Think Before Speaking: Defamation Pitfalls for the Unwary Lawyer

Defamation exposure is an overlooked but important vulnerability for lawyers, especially for those who advance their client's interests in the so-called court of public opinion. Whether a defamation suit is filed by a disgruntled opponent over an attorney's press release that he believes depicts him unfairly, or by a pro se litigant for statements an opposing lawyer made in court, lawyers are one of the most common targets, followed by news organizations, regarding communication-related torts.

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