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Peter C. Canfield
Of Counsel


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  • Yale University (J.D. 1979); Amherst College (B.A. 1976)

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia


  • 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)

Government Service

  • 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)

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.

Honors & Distinctions

  • 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
Peter Canfield