Joseph R. Larsen

Counsel

Joseph R. Larsen

Counsel

What Makes Joseph Deliberately Different

Joseph brings more than the insights of long experience of practice in a variety of disciplines. He brings an analytical approach to cases to exploit the factual and legal weaknesses of the adversarial party before any papers are even filed. He does not think outside the box. There is no box.

Overview Overview Experience Credentials

Joseph Larsen focuses his practice on media law with extensive experience in all aspects of media newsroom representation including defending clients in defamation lawsuits, defending and handling of subpoenas, prior restraint matters, copyright/fair use and access to governmental and court proceedings and records. He also has a practice in general and commercial litigation and bankruptcy and is experienced in both insurance coverage disputes and insurance defense.

Mr. Larsen is a frequently published author and an in-demand presenter. In 2010, he was honored with the James Madison Award presented by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas. The James Madison Award is given annually to honor those who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and service in upholding the principles of the First Amendment.

Published Opinions

  • Kallinen v. City of Houston, 462 S.W.3d 25 (Tex. 2015)
  • Cortez v. Johnston, The Dallas Morning News, ALM Media & Lowy, 378 S.W.3d 468 (Tex. App. – Texarkana 2012, pet. denied)
  • Gaines v. Kelly, 235 S.W.3d. 179 (Tex. 2007)
  • In re Texas Senate, 36 S.W.3d 119 (Tex. 2000)
  • Hearst Newspaper Partnership, L.P. v. Macias, 283 S.W.3d 8 (Tex. App. – San Antonio 2009, no pet.)
  • In re BP Products North America, Inc. – S.W.3d – 2006 WL 3230760 (Tex. App. – Houston [1st Dist.] 2006, no pet.)
  • Brown v. Lanier Worldwide, Inc., 124 S.W.3d 883 (Tex.App. – Houston [14 Dist.] 2004, no pet.)
  • The Baytown Sun v. City of Mont Belvieu, 145 S.W.3d 268 (Tex.App. – Houston [14 Dist.] 2004, no pet.)

Presentations and Publications

  • Panelist, “FOI/Open Records,” Investigative Reporters & Editors “Watchdog Workshop,” Houston, Texas (August 5, 2016).
  • Panelist, “FOIA 101,” Society of Professional Journalists, Houston, Texas (April 13, 2016).
  • Author, “Snowden, The Espionage Act and The Media,” Sedgwick’s Cybersecurity Today Blog  (September 27, 2016).
  • Author, “How to make Texas government less transparent,” op-ed published by Texas Tribune (August 18, 2016).
  • Author, “‘Critical Listening’,  ABS v. CBS — Copyrightability and the Importance of Evidence, Sedgwick’s Media Law Bulletin (June 2016).
  • Author, “With A Little Help From My Friends: The U.S. Supreme Court’s Grant of Cert in Spokeo,” Sedgwick’s Media Law Bulletin (September 2015).
  • Co-author, “Recent Developments in Media, Privacy and Defamation Law,” Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Law Journal (Fall 2013).
  • Panelist, “The Dangers of Social Media,” Society of Professional Journalists, Region 8 Conference, South Shore Harbor, Texas (March 29, 2014).
  • Panelist, “Protecting Yourself and Your Sources,” Society of Professional Journalists, Region 8 Conference, South Shore Harbor, Texas (March 29, 2014).
  • Author, “Texas High Court Opens Door For Libel Plaintiffs,” Law360.com (August 7, 2013).
  • Panelist, “Media Lawyer Brown Bag Lunch,” Investigative Reporters and Editors Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas (June 21, 2013).
  • Panelist, “Data Negotiations: Getting Around Obstacles,” Investigative Reporters and Editors Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas (June 20, 2013).
  • Co-author, “Distinctions With a Difference — Search Engines and Online Aggregators: Fair Use and Implied License Issues in AP v. Meltwater,” MLRC Newsletter (May 2013).
  • Moderator, “The New Media Economy: Legal and Insurance Perspectives on New Business Models and Evolving Exposure,” Media and the Law Conference, Kansas City, KS (April 18, 2013).
  • Author, “Metaphysics of the Law — Monge v. Maya, News Reporting and Fair Use,” ABA/TIPS Media, Privacy and Defamation Law Committee Newsletter (Winter 2013).
  • Panelist, “Newsroom Legal Issues,” Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop, Austin, Texas (October 27, 2012).
  • Presenter, “Free Speech and Censorship in the 21st Century,” Brazos Book Store, Houston, Texas (October 6, 2012).
  • Panelist, “The Perils of Public v. Private: Use of Digital Communications by Governmental Officials,” Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas Annual Conference, Austin, Texas (August 10, 2012).
  • Author, “If You Miss, Better Miss Well — Fifth Circuit Denies Intervention to Challenge Gag Order,” Law360.com (July 6, 2012).
  • Presenter, “Private Accounts and Public Servers: Digital Communications and the Texas Public Information Act,” 24th Annual Advanced Administrative Law Course, Austin, Texas (June 29, 2012).
  • Presenter, “Open Government 2012: A Symposium on Access to Public Information and Open Meetings in Texas,” Nacogdoches, Texas (April 13, 2012).
  • Author, “My Space Makes the Case: Texas High Court Affirms Admission of Defendant’s Postings in Murder Trial,” Sedgwick’s Media Law Bulletin (April 2012).
  • Co-author, “Recent Developments in Media, Privacy and Defamation Law,” Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal (Winter 2012).
  • Co-author, “Recent Developments in Media, Privacy and Defamation Law,” Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal (Winter 2011).
  • Co-author, “Recent Developments in Media, Privacy and Defamation Law,” Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal (Fall 2011).
  • Author, “There’s a Reporter in the Hallway: Fifth Holds Media Has First Amendment Right to Notice and Hearing Before Closing Sentencing Proceedings,” ABA/TIPS Media, Privacy and Defamation Law Committee Newsletter (Fall 2011).
  • Panelist, “Citizens United and Corporate Speech,” Austin College Law Symposium, Sherman, Texas (February 3, 2011).
  • Panelist, “Have Social Media Wrecked Traditional Venue Law?” Reynolds National Center for the Courts and Media Regional Conference, South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas (January 26, 2011).
  • Moderator, “Hot Topics in Media Law: Recent Developments in Defamation, Privacy and the Internet,” ABA/TIPS Committee on Media, Privacy and Defamation Law, Houston, Texas (January 25, 2011).
  • Presenter, ”Texas Public Information Act and Texas Open Meeting Act,” Galveston, Texas (June 18, 2010).
  • Co-author, “Recent Developments in Media, Privacy, and Defamation Law,” Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal (Winter 2010).
  • Speaker, “The Texas Free Flow of Information Act,” Society of Professional Journalists, Houston Chapter (March 13, 2009).
  • Author, “Sign o’ the Times: DMCA Battle Over Good Faith vs. Fair Use of Prince Song,” ABA/TIPS Media, Privacy, & Defamation Law Committee Newsletter (Winter/Spring 2009).
  • Author, “Sign o’ the Times: DMCA Battle Over Good Faith vs. Fair Use of Prince Song,” Sedgwick’s Media Law Bulletin (March 2009).
  • Author, “Attorneys’ Fees Under the Texas Public Information Act,” Media, Privacy and Defamation Law Committee Newsletter (January 2009).
  • Panel Moderator, “The Public’s Business — In Private Hands,” State Conference for Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas (October 24, 2008).
  • Panelist, “How to Win FOI Fights,” 2008 NICAR Conference, Houston, Texas (March 1, 2008). 
  • Speaker, “Access to Government Records,” ACLU of Texas, Houston, Texas (February 19, 2008). 
  • Speaker, “Texas Public Information Act,” Certified Fraud Examiners, Houston, Texas (January 8, 2008). 
  • Speaker, “State Open Government Law and Practice in a Post 9/11 World,” National Press Club, Washington, D.C. (November 14, 2007). 
  • Author, “The Texas Public Information Act and Bioresearch: Application and Implications,” Congressionally-Directed Homeland Defense and Civil Support Threat Information Collection (November 2007). 
  • Speaker, “Showcase Panel, Legal Assaults on the Press and Battling Back,” National IRE Conference, Fort Worth, Texas (June 16, 2006). 
  • Speaker, “Brownbag With Media Lawyers,” National IRE Conference, Fort Worth, Texas (June 16, 2006). 
  • Panelist, “State Bar Convention — Open Government,” Texas State Bar (June 15, 2006). 
  • Speaker, “To Shield or Not to Shield: Where Is Texas Law?” HBA Law and Media Seminar, Houston, Texas (February 25, 2006). 
  • Speaker, “How to Write a Good FOI Request,” South Houston Concerned Citizen’s Group, Houston, Texas (July 21, 2005). 
  • Speaker, “Texas Public Information Act,” Houston Property Rights Association, Houston, Texas (April 1, 2005). 
  • Author, “Texas Open Meetings Bill Falls Short of the Mark,” Media, Defamation and Privacy Newsletter, American Bar Association (Spring 2004).
 

Admissions

  • Texas
  • Louisiana

Education

  • J.D. (1990) University of Houston, cum laude
  • University of Houston Law Center — Order of the Coif
    Research editor for the Houston Law Review

  • M.B.A. (1990) University of Houston, cum laude
  • B.B.A. (1982) University of North Dakota

Awards

  • James Madison Award, Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas 

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas — Board member
  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Media Privacy and Defamation Law General Committee — member, former chair