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Horvitz & Levy is a solutions-based firm focused on appellate success. We are distinguished by our commitment to responsive service and on-going innovation in the areas of civil appellate litigation, amicus curiae support, and trial strategy consultation.

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We regularly represent clients sued because of their diverse First Amendment activities. We have handled appeals in state and federal courts arising from significant defamation judgments, injunctions enjoining future petitioning activity, judgments imposing liability for commercial speech activities, application of other civil statutes (such as employment laws impacting free speech), and judgments impacting religious liberty.

Contact Jeremy B. Rosen or Joshua C. McDaniel for more information about our First Amendment practice.

Hawkins v. St. John Missionary Baptist Church of Bakersfield

California Court of Appeal reverses judgment that ousted pastor from church.

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Angel v. Winograd

California Court of Appeal reverses denial of anti-SLAPP motion in defamation case.

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Falcon v. Farley

Ninth Circuit reverses summary judgment against pro bono client in First Amendment Case.

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Burdick v. Superior Court (Sanderson)

California Court of Appeal holds that out-of-state resident’s Facebook post about California resident does not necessarily create personal jurisdiction in California.

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Malin v. Singer

California Court of Appeal reverses trial court and orders dismissal of extortion claim against attorney.

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Singh Educational Services v. Blueprint Test Preparation LLC

Court of Appeal rejects competitor’s attempt to shut down test preparation company in alleged theft of trade secrets action.

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Cuviello v. City of Oakland

Ninth Circuit affirms injunction, finding that restrictions on protests at Oracle Arena are consistent with the First Amendment.

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Stewart v. Rolling Stone LLC

California Court of Appeal confirms broad First Amendment protection for publishers.

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In Re Episcopal Church Cases

California Supreme Court rules in favor of national church in property dispute with breakaway local parish.

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Taylor v. Kuwatch

$1 million defamation judgment against former political candidate reversed.

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Hebrew Academy v. Goldman

California Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of numerous library, history and publishing organizations that resulted in an opinion holding that the single publication rule applies to written publications with "an extremely limited distribution" to bar a defamation claim on statute of limitations grounds.

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Tory v. Cochran

United States Supreme Court amicus brief arguing that an injunctive remedy entered by the trial court after a defamation finding was overbroad and therefore unconstitutional.

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