Peter Canfield has handled, by dispositive motion, trial, or on appeal, hundreds of libel, privacy, and access cases. He has represented digital media and cable programmers, newspapers and wire services, book and magazine publishers, and radio and television broadcast stations and networks, as well as non-media entities and individuals. He also regularly counsels and negotiates prelitigation resolution of such disputes.
In addition, Peter has significant experience in other high-stakes matters, assisting clients with false claim issues, shareholder disputes, securities claims, advertising issues, contests for high-status personnel, class privacy and data breach assertions, and legal malpractice.
Media clients, in addition to Georgia-based companies, have included ABC, AP, Block, Bloomberg, CBC, CBS, Condé Nast, Courthouse News, FirstDatabank, Fremantle, ESPN, Hearst, iN Demand, Interscope, Lions Gate, Macmillan, Microsoft, MTV, National Public Radio (NPR), Newsweek, New York Times, Penguin Putnam, Sports Illustrated, Time, Times of London, Vibe, and Washington Post. Non-media clients have included leading business enterprises, national advertisers like Sprint, educational entities like Emory and The University of Georgia, and a number of the nation's top law firms.
A First Amendment lawyer by reputation, Peter has had involvement with Second Amendment issues beginning with his representation of the Mayor of New York City in a defamation lawsuit brought by a Georgia gun dealer. He has since represented the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Everytown For Gun Safety in Second Amendment litigation in Georgia and elsewhere in the country, including Colorado, Florida, and Washington State.
The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.
Secured $129 million judgment for minority shareholder in corporate waste and fraud litigation.
Defended NASCAR sponsorship rights of national wireless carrier against competing carrier.
Represented British software design firm in dispute with U.S. home repair retailer.
Represented joint venture partner in opposing Delaware chancery court effort by other partner to enjoin proposed wind down of business.
Represented computer systems firm in challenge to integrity of state procurement process.
Represented AmLaw 100 law firms sued in connection with representations related to termination of a brokerage firm and a client investor's investigation of corporate management.
Represented gas utility subsidiary in seeking regulatory approval for construction of fiber-optic communications network.
Secured dismissal of libel claims against Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other city of New York officials in a Georgia gun dealer action.
Represented movie maker and distributors in music copyright infringement action.
Represented class of lawyers in striking statutory restriction on television advertising.
Represented local and national newspapers in securing injunction and attorney's fees against city effort to enjoin the distribution of newspapers through news racks at airport.
Obtained dismissal of class action Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims against radio broadcasters.
Obtained defense verdict for national news magazine accused of libel for misnaming plaintiff in connection with bombing of Pan Am 102.
Secured dismissal of libel lawsuit brought by Atlanta Centennial Olympic Park bombing suspect Richard Jewell against The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
- Fall 2018Survey of Georgia Law, Employment Libel and Privacy Law 2016-2017, Media Law Resource Center
- Summer 2018Survey of Georgia Law, Media Libel Law, Media Law Resource Center
- Spring 2018Survey of Georgia Law, Media Privacy and Related Law, Media Law Resource Center
- 2018Georgia - Open Courts Compendium, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
- 2018Georgia - Privilege Compendium, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
- Spring 2017Teaching Peaceful Protesting Best Lawyers: Spring Business Edition 2017
- January 2014Georgia's Sunshine Laws: A Citizen's Guide to Open Government, Office of the Attorney General in Cooperation with the Georgia First Amendment Foundation and the Georgia Press Association, Fifth Edition)
- October 2001Net Pains, a review of C. Sunstein, republic.com, Georgia Bar Journal
- 2000Litigation That Attracts the Media, Chapter 9, Lawyers and Reporters: Understanding and Working with the Media, ABA Section of Litigation)
- February 22, 2019
Chair, 28th Annual Georgia Bar Media & Judiciary Conference
- January 28, 2019
Professionalism Topic: When the Press Comes Knocking, Jones Day CLE Academy
- January 24, 2019
When an Eagle Shields the Dove: Historical Reflections with Ambassador Andrew Young, Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr. Centennial, United States Court for the Middle District of Alabama
- December 12, 2018
Chair, 10th Annual Georgia and the Second Amendment Conference: Gun Rights and Regulation in Georgia and Beyond
- November 8-9, 2018
Hot Topics in International Media Law, PLI's Communications Law in the Digital Age 2018
- April 2, 2018
From Columbine to Parkland: How to Prevent Gun Violence in Our Schools, panelist, Georgia State University College of Law
- February 23, 2018
Chair, 27th Annual Georgia Bar Media & Judiciary Conference
- January 22, 2018
Navigating The #MeToo World: Practical Advice for Corporate Boards and Executives, JD CLE Academy
- December 13, 2017
Chair, 9th Annual Georgia and the Second Amendment Conference
- October 13, 2017
Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement for Today's Judges, National Association of Women Judges 39th Annual Conference
- June 12, 2017
Third Annual European Media Lawyers Conference/Trial Techniques for Media Lawyers
- March 2, 2017
Media Law, Practice & Ethics 101, City of Atlanta Local Government Law Seminar
- February 24, 2017
Chair, 26th Annual Georgia Bar Media & Judiciary Conference
- January 26, 2017
Moderator & panelist, Georgia First Amendment Foundation Annual Legislative Breakfast, CNN
- January 17, 2017
Peaceful Protest Luncheon, Center for Civil and Human Rights
- December 14, 2016
Chair, 8th Annual Georgia and the Second Amendment Conference
- June 6, 2016
Fair Use, Fair Dealing & Copyright Reform / MLRC Legipresse Conference for European Media Lawyers
- February 26, 2016
Chair, 25th Annual Georgia Bar Media & Judiciary Conference
- January 28, 2016
Analysis of Georgia Drone Legislation, Georgia First Amendment Foundation 2016 Legislative Breakfast
- December 16, 2015
Chair, Seventh Annual Georgia and the Second Amendment Conference
- June 1, 2015
EU Privacy and the Right to be Forgotten
- February 27, 2015
Chair, 24th Annual Georgia Bar Media & Judiciary Conference
- February 19, 2015
Ethics Begin at Home - Ethical Issues Facing In-House Counsel, Jones Day Atlanta 2015 CLE Academy
- January 16, 2015
“Judge Frank M. Johnson and the Law” panel discussion, Alabama Historical Commission’s Freedom Rides Museum
- December 17, 2014
6th Annual Georgia and the Second Amendment Conference
- October 21, 2014
Reporter's Privilege: Protecting the Sources of Our News, A Free Speech Week Presentation of Kennesaw State University and the Media Law Resource Center Institute
- September 11, 2014
Open Government Law and Practice, Now and in the Future, 61st Annual Institute for City and County Attorneys
- May 15, 2014
Digital Media in the Age of NSA Surveillance, Legal Frontiers in Digital Media co-sponsored by Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and Media Law Resource Center
- May 9, 2014
Ethics: Open Access to Georgia Courts, Georgia State Court Judges 2014 Spring Conference
- March 12-14, 2014
Covering the Constitution and the Supreme Court, Constitutional Symposium
- February 26, 2014
Tapping the Public Information Economy: Making Disclosure Laws Work for You
- February 22, 2014
Chair, 23rd Annual Georgia Bar Media & Judiciary Conference
"His knowledge of the law is unequaled. He has a calm, steady demeanor and manages clients well. Also, his written work is beyond compare." — Chambers
- Yale University (J.D. 1979); Amherst College (B.A. 1976)
- Deputy District Attorney, Montgomery, Alabama (1983-1984); Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Columbia (1982-1983); Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. (1981-1983)
Best Lawyers (1993-2019): Bet-the Company & Commercial Litigation, Defamation, False Advertising, First Amendment, First Amendment & IP Litigation, Media, Professional Malpractice — Defendants, Qui Tam and "Atlanta Lawyer of the Year": First Amendment Law (2011, 2015) and Litigation (2017, 2019)
Chambers (2011-2018): First Amendment Litigation (Nationwide)
Georgia Super Lawyers (2004-2019)
Vice Chair, International Committee, Media Law Resource Center
Executive Committee, Yale Law School Association
- Law Clerk to Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (1979-1980) and Judge Myron H. Thompson, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama (1980-1981)