Joseph R. Larsen

Joseph R. Larsen

Joseph R. Larsen

BBA, University of North Dakota
University of Houston Business School
University of Houston School of Law

Mr. Larsen has extensive experience, consulting, trial court practice and appellate, regarding all aspects of media representation including prepublication, subpoenas, defamation and access cases under freedom of information laws. He also has an active practice in commercial and general litigation including insurance coverage and indemnity issues, bankruptcy, intellectual property, and government law.

Affiliations, Activities and Accomplishments

Recipient of 2010 James Madison Award – Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas
Board Member and Chair of Review Committee–Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas.
2012-13 Chair, ABA/TIPS Media, Privacy and Defamation Law Committee
Admitted to practice in both Texas and Louisiana.

Reported Cases

  • In re Kubosh Bail Bonding, 522 S.W.3d 75 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2017, original action)
  • City of Houston v. Kallinen, 576 S.W.3d 617 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2017, no pet.)
  • Kallinen v. City of Houston, 462 S.W.3d 25 (Tex. 2015)
  • Cortez v. Johnston, The Dallas Morning News, ALM Media & Lowy, 378 S.W.3d 468 (Tex. App. – Texarkana 2012, pet. denied)
  • Gaines v. Kelly, 235 S.W.3d. 179 (Tex. 2007)
  • In re Texas Senate, 36 S.W.3d 119 (Tex. 2000)
  • Hearst Newspaper Partnership, L.P. v. Macias, 283 S.W.3d 8 (Tex. App.—San Antonio 2009, no pet.)
  • In re BP Products North America, Inc. — S.W.3d —-, 2006 WL 3230760 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2006, no pet.)
  • Brown v. Lanier Worldwide, Inc., 124 S.W.3d 883 (Tex. App.–Houston [14 Dist.] 2004, no pet.)
  • The Baytown Sun v. City of Mont Belvieu, 145 S.W.3d 268 (Tex. App.–Houston [14 Dist.] 2004, no pet.)

Publications

  • Author, “Snowden, The Espionage Act and The Media,” Sedgwick Cybersecurity Today, September 2017
  • Author, “The Media Scores a ‘Win’ at the Texas Supreme Court,” Sedgwick Media Law Bulletin, March 2017
  • Author, “Smile – I’m Recording You: The First Amendment and Right (or not) to Record,” Sedgwick Cybersecurity Today, March 2, 2016
  • Author, “Congressional Inquiries Into Facebook’s “Trending” Topics – In Context,” Sedgwick Cybersecurity Today, May 24, 2016
  • Author, “One Good Deal After Another – Navy Data Breach, Damages and Sovereign Immunity,” Sedgwick Cybersecurity Today, December 7, 2016
  • Author, “With A Little Help From My Friends: The U.S. Supreme Court’s Grant of Cert in Spokeo,” Sedgwick Media Law Bulletin, September 2015
  • Author, “Texas High Court Opens Door For Libel Plaintiffs,” Law360.com, August 7, 2013
  • Co-author, “Distinctions With A Difference, Search Engines and Online Aggregators: Fair Use and Implied License Issues in AP v. Meltwater,” MLRC Newsletter, May 2013
  • Author, “Metaphysics of the Law – Monge v. Maya, News Reporting and Fair Use” ABA/TIPS Media, Privacy and Defamation Law Committee Newsletter, Winter 2013
  • Co-Author, “Recent Developments in Media, Privacy and Defamation Law,” Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, Winter 2012
  • Author, “If You Miss, Better Miss Well – Fifth Circuit Denies Intervention to Challenge Gag Order,” Law360.com, July 6, 2012
  • Author, “My Space Makes the Case: Texas High Court Affirms Admission of Defendant’s Postings in Murder Trial,” Sedgwick’s Media Law Bulletin, April 2012
  • Co-author, “Recent Developments in Media, Privacy and Defamation Law,” Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, Fall 2011
  • Author, “There’s a Reporter in the Hallway: Fifth Holds Media Has First Amendment right to Notice and Hearing Before Closing Sentencing Proceedings,” ABA/TIPS Media, Privacy and Defamation Law Committee Newsletter, Fall 2011
  • Co-Author, “Recent Developments in Media, Privacy, and Defamation Law,” Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, Winter 2010
  • Author “Sign O’ the Times: DMCA Battle Over Good Faith vs. Fair Use of Prince Song” ABA/TIPS Media, Privacy and Defamation Law Committee Newsletter, Winter/Spring 2009
  • Author, “Attorneys’ Fees Under the Texas Public Information Act” ABA/TIPS Media, Privacy and Defamation Law Committee Newsletter, Winter/Spring 2009
  • Author, “Sign O’ the Times: DMCA Battle Over Good Faith vs. Fair Use of Prince Song,” Sedgwick’s Media Law Bulletin, March 2009
  • Author, “Attorneys’ Fees Under the Texas Public Information Act,” Media, Privacy and Defamation Law Committee Newsletter, January 2009
  • Author, “The Texas Public Information Act and Bioresearch: Application and Implications,” for the “Congressionally-Directed Homeland Defense and Civil Support Threat Information Collection” November 2007
  • Author, “Texas Open Meetings Bill Falls Short of the Mark,” American Bar Association Media, Privacy and Defamation Law Committee, Spring Edition, 2004

Speeches/Panels/CLE

  • Panelist, “Ask the Attorneys” and “Overcoming FOI Roadblocks and Difficult PIOs,” 2017 Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop—Hill Country J.W. Marriott, San Antonio, Texas, November 11, 2017
  • Panelist, “Rule 76a and Related Issues,” Texas College for Judicial Studies – Sheraton Hotel, Austin, Texas, May 9, 2014
  • Speaker, “Significant Recent Developments in Texas Media Law,” Texas Associated Press Managing Editors – Annual Conference, The Pearl Hotel, South Padre, Texas, April 6, 2014.
  • Panelist, “The Dangers of Social Media,” Society of Professional Journalists — Region 8 Conference, South Shore Harbor, Texas, March 29, 2014
  • Panelist, “Protecting Yourself and Your Sources,” Society of Professional Journalists — Region 8 Conference, South Shore Harbor, Texas, March 29, 2014
  • Panelist – “Media Lawyer Brown Bag Lunch,” Investigative Reporters and Editors Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas, June 21, 2013
  • Panelist – “Data Negotiations: Getting Around Obstacles,” Investigative Reporters and Editors Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas, June 20, 2013
  • Moderator – “The New Media Economy; Legal and Insurance Perspectives on New Business Models and Evolving Exposure,” Media and the Law Conference, Kansas City, KS, April 18, 2013
  • Panelist – “Newsroom Legal Issues,” Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop, Austin, Texas, October 27, 2012
  • “Free Speech and Censorship in the 21st Century,” Presenter, Brazos Book Store, Houston, Texas, October 6, 2012
  • Panelist – “The Perils of Public v. Private: Use of Digital Communications By Governmental Officials,” Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas Annual Conference, Austin, Texas, August 10, 2012
  • Presenter for 24th Annual Advanced Administrative Law Course, “Private Accounts and Public Servers: Digital Communications and the Texas Public Information Act,” Austin, Texas, June 29, 2012
  • “Open Government 2012: A Symposium on Access to Public Information and Open Meetings in Texas,” Presenter, Nacogdoches, Texas, April 13, 2012
  • “Have Social Media Wrecked Traditional Venue Law,” Panel Member, Reynolds National Center for the Courts and Media Regional Conference, South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, January 26, 2011
  • “Citizens United and Corporate Speech,” Panel Member, Austin College Law Symposium, Sherman, Texas, February 3, 2011
  • Moderator for teleseminar panel: “Hot Topics in Media Law: Recent Developments in Defamation, Privacy and the Internet” sponsored by Media, Privacy and Defamation Law Committee, January 25, 2011
  • Co-presented full day CLE/Certification seminar on the Texas Public Information Act and Texas Open Meeting Act in Galveston, Texas on June 18, 2010
  • “The Texas Free Flow of Information Act,” Speaker, Society of Professional Journalists, Houston Chapter, March 13, 2009
  • “The Public’s Business — In Private Hands,” Panel Moderator, State Conference for Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, October 24, 2008
  • “How to Win FOI Fights,” Panelist, 2008 NICAR Conference, Houston, Texas, March 1, 2008
  • “Access to Government Records,” Speaker, ACLU of Texas, Houston, Texas, February 19, 2008
  • “Texas Public Information Act,” Speaker, Certified Fraud Examiners, Houston, Texas, January 8, 2008
  • “State Open Government Law and Practice in a Post 9/11 World,” Speaker, National Press Club, Washington, D.C., November 14, 2007
  • “Showcase Panel, Legal Assaults on the Press and Battling Back,” Speaker, National IRE Conference, Fort Worth, Texas, June 16, 2006
  • “Brownbag with Media Lawyers,” Speaker, National IRE Conference, Fort Worth, Texas, June 16, 2006
  • “State Bar Convention – Open Government,” Panelist, Texas State Bar, June 15, 2006
  • “To Shield or Not to Shield: Where is Texas Law?” Speaker, HBA Law and Media Seminar, Houston, Texas, February 25, 2006
  • “How to Write a Good FOI Request,” Speaker, South Houston Concerned Citizen’s Group, Houston, Texas, July 21, 2005
  • “Texas Public Information Act,” Speaker, Houston Property Rights Association, Houston, Texas, April 1, 2005
  • Texas Municipal League, Annual Conference, February 7, 2004
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