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Natalie A. Harris

Natalie Harris counsels and defends those who create, publish, and broadcast content.

EXPERIENCE

For nearly 20 years, Natalie Harris has counseled and defended clients including journalists, authors, artists, politicians, entrepreneurs, and executives from advertising agencies and well-known brands who create, publish, and broadcast content in all forms of media.

Clients running sweepstakes and contests rely on Natalie for sound, practical advice from concept to fulfillment. She drafts official rules, reviews creative collateral, and oversees legal compliance for execution and administration of a range of national multimedia promotions. She also assists with developing and implementing mobile marketing campaigns for SMS text, email, and social media platforms to ensure compliance with applicable regulations including the Telephone Consumer Protection Acts (TCPA) and CAN-SPAM. 

When companies create new names, logos, or taglines for products, services, or special promotions, Natalie formulates trademark search requests and analyzes comprehensive trademark search reports to help clients choose well and avoid unnecessary risk. After selecting their brand identity, she guides them through state and federal trademark registration process.

Natalie aggressively pursues the facts of each case to uncover and exploit critical evidence that gives her clients the best leverage and satisfying results. A seasoned litigator, she successfully defends publishers, broadcasters, newspapers, magazines, radio stations, and production companies in state and federal courts against various claims arising from creative, editorial, and commercial content. She has litigated numerous defamation cases throughout Illinois and Wisconsin, invoking First Amendment protections and combatting efforts to silence political adversaries. In addition to defamation defense, she has litigated right of publicity claims, invasion of privacy, and trademark and copyright infringement matters. 

Natalie spent several years studying Japanese and living and working in Japan. She began her legal career representing Japanese corporate clients in an array of commercial and employment disputes in state and federal courts.

 MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

  • American Bar Association Forum On Communications Law
  • Media Law Resource Center (MLRC), 
  • Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET) Alumni Association
  • Japan America Society of Chicago 
  • Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Speaking:

  • Media and Law Seminar– University of Kansas School of Law (2019)
  • Hot Topics in Advertising and Promotions Law, ABA Forum on Communications Law—Annual Law Conference (2016-2019)
  • MLRC/NAA/NAB Media Law Conference, Boutique Session Chair for Pre-Publication/Pre-Broadcast (2014)

Publishing:

  • No Jackpot for Illinois Governor Candidate’s Claim Over Ballot Lottery Story, MLRC Law Letter (April 2019)
  • Ex-Firefighter’s Defamation Claim Extinguished, MLRC Media Law Letter (July 2015), “Wisconsin Court of Appeals Snuffs Out Firefighter’s Defamation Suit,” MLRC Law Letter (December 2016)
  • Update: Illinois Appellate Court Affirms Dismissal of Professor’s Libel and Privacy Claims, MLRC Media Law Letter (April 2015)
  • Libel and Privacy Claims Over News Coverage of Sexual Harassment Complaint Dismissed, MLRC Media Law Letter (July 2014)
  • Newspaper Wins Records Battle For Emails Seized in John Doe Investigation, MLRC Media Law Letter (May 2014)
  • Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Not Flip About the Bird, Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) IP Newsletter (Fall 2013 Vol. 53 No.1).
  • Bomb Bystander’s False Light Fizzles, MLRC Media Law Letter (May 25, 2013) 
  • Battle Of The Privileges in Illinois Supreme Court Justice’s Defamation Suit Against Newspaper, MLRC Media Law Letter (October 31, 2005)
  • Illinois Court Rejects Absolute Privilege for Intracorporate Communications, MLRC Media Law Letter (February 28, 2005)

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