Each year, Law360 names practice area “MVPs” as “an elite group of attorneys who are leaders in their practice areas and have seen extraordinary wins in the past year.” This year, Law360 recognized partner Tom Hentoff among its five Media & Entertainment MVPs.
In his interview with Law360, Tom discussed Williams & Connolly client victories within the last year, including dismissals of two high-profile federal lawsuits against The Washington Post and an appellate victory in famed photographer Lynn Goldsmith's copyright claims against the Andy Warhol Foundation in The Andy Warhol Foundation v. Goldsmith.* “Litigation, at Williams & Connolly and everywhere, is very much completely a team activity,” Tom said. “I enjoy helping [journalists] do their job, and helping them say what they want to say while protecting them from potential liability,” he also commented, adding that reporting and legal research require much the same rigor.
Tom serves as co-chair of Williams & Connolly’s Trademark and Copyright and First Amendment and Media practice groups. His practice is concentrated in intellectual property disputes, First Amendment and media law, and complex civil litigation. Tom has represented clients in a wide variety of copyright, trademark, trade secret, defamation, privacy, false-advertising, and class action litigation and counseling matters. In Chambers USA’s 2021 edition, observers noted that Tom’s “written product is stellar” and that he “is an excellent problem solver.” Previous editions of Chambers USA reported that sources say: “He is able to understand complex copyright issues and provide creative legal arguments to navigate situations where the law has not caught up with technology.”
Click here to read Tom’s Law360 2021 Media & Entertainment MVP profile.
*All cases vary and none is predictive.