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About Patrick

Patrick Kabat is a First Amendment lawyer with substantial practice experience in media and entertainment law. He has represented a marquee list of clients, including The New York Times, CNN, CBS, HBO, the ACLU, the Associated Press, and the Chicago Tribune in high-profile lawsuits in state and federal courts across the country. His practice focuses on high-profile civil and appellate litigation, and he regularly counsels clients on novel issues regarding constitutional law, defamation, privacy, right of publicity, freedom of information, and other content-related issues. A creative strategist, Patrick has successfully resolved content-related issues for a wide range of prominent clients, ranging from Hollywood studios to rock bands and mixologists. His experience litigating against government agencies makes him an effective advocate in white-collar criminal litigation and regulatory proceedings, and he has represented individuals and companies in regulated industries, defending enforcement actions and challenging unlawful regulations. His experience with the federal Freedom of Information Act and its state-law, counterpart open-records statutes ensures that his clients are well-informed about government actions that affect them, and he has successfully obtained FBI investigation records, cold-case files, police-misconduct reports, body-camera records, and other important records for clients. Before joining Chandra Law, Patrick practiced at a leading First Amendment litigation boutique in New York and a global corporate law firm in Chicago, where he represented news organizations, media companies, and other clients on matters ranging from sealed records and court proceedings to bet-the-company civil lawsuits. Throughout, Patrick has remained connected to his Cleveland roots, where he was raised to appreciate the importance of the arts in the cultural institutions of University Circle, clerked for Judge James S. Gwin on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, and remained involved with the City Club of Cleveland, where he helped organize its Centennial celebration of the First Amendment. Patrick is the Director of the First Amendment and the Arts Program at Case Western Reserve University and an adjunct professor of law, where he continues to provide thought leadership on First Amendment issues. A sought-after speaker, Patrick regularly addresses national conferences of biographers, fiction writers, and journalists, and publishes articles and reports on pressing First Amendment issues ranging from video games to feature films. Patrick was educated at Yale Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities, and co-founded the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic. Before entering private practice, Patrick was the director of the Law and Media Program at Yale Law School, where he led the program's clinical efforts and hosted conferences on emerging issues in media and culture. Patrick is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey, and in federal courts around the country.

work Experience

Judicial law clerk
United States District Court Nd Ohio
Jan. 1, 2011 - Jan. 1, 2012
None

Attorney
Levine, Sullivan, Koch & Schulz LLP
Jan. 1, 2012 - Jan. 1, 2016
None

Attorney
Dentons US LLP
Jan. 1, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017
None

school Education

Yale Law School
JD - Juris Doctor
- 2010

Colgate University
BA - Bachelor of Arts
- 2006

bookmark Awards

The Joseph Parker Prize
Yale Law School
2009
The Jewell Prize
Yale Law School
2009

group Associations

Fellow
Information Society Project at Yale Law School
2011 - Current

import_contacts Published Works

Literary Licenses: Why the First Amendment Protects Fiction and What This Means for Video Games
Media Law Resource Center
The Lies of Poets: Copyright in Literary Biopics
Media Law Resource Center - Media Law Letter
Rights of Publicity in Actor-Created Fictional Characters
Media Law Resource Center - Media Law Letter
The Right of Publicity: Through the Thicket
Yale Law School Information Society Project
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