Michael J. Grygiel

Albany,  NY  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Life Sciences & Medical Technology
  • Media & Entertainment Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 518.689.1406
Fax: 518.689.1499
University Hamilton College, B.A., 1979
Law SchoolTemple University James E. Beasley School of Law, J.D., 1983
Admitted1989, New York; 1990, District of Columbia; 1996, Vermont; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York

Professional & Community Involvement

•Chair, New York State Bar Association, Media Law Committee
•Member, Albany County Bar Association

BornUtica, New York, 1957

Michael J. Grygiel focuses his practice on national media law, with an emphasis on defending news and entertainment organizations from news-gathering and publication-related claims, including defamation, copyright infringement and invasion of privacy matters. He also represents media companies and other clients in complex Lanham Act, trade secret and Internet-related litigation and counseling.

Michael has served as lead trial counsel to media and other clients in bet-the-company litigation, including a nationally watched news aggregation copyright case and a trade libel action against a major medical device manufacturing company. He is experienced representing the press in a wide range of matters involving applications for access to civil and criminal court proceedings and records, and freedom of information law cases in both federal and state courts.

Prior to Michael's career in private practice, he was the Director of the Arthur Levitt Public Policy Center at Hamilton College, where his teaching concentrated on First Amendment and constitutional law.

Areas of Concentration

•Media and First Amendment law
•Defense of defamation actions
•Complex commercial litigation
•Digital rights management
•Copyright infringement - litigation and counseling
•Advertising and Lanham Act matters
•Invasion of privacy and news-gathering claims
•Trade secret litigation and counseling
•Internet litigation and counseling
•Reporter's and newsroom subpoenas
•Pre-publication review
•Litigation and counseling regarding social networks, blogs and user-generated content
•Anonymous/pseudonymous postings to news websites
•Right of publicity litigation and counseling
• Hot news misappropriation litigation and counseling
•Digital Millennium Copyright Act service-provider liability limitations
•Press and public access to court proceedings and judicial documents
•Freedom of Information Act litigation

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Media Law, 2007-2016
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, New York Super Lawyers, 2007-2015
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

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Associated News & Events

Press Releases

08.19.15 4 Greenberg Traurig Albany Attorneys Included in the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in America
08.25.14 Four Greenberg Traurig Albany Attorneys Included in 2015 Edition of Best Lawyers in America
08.14.14 Six Greenberg Traurig Albany Attorneys Recognized in 2014 Edition of Upstate New York Super Lawyers
09.09.13 Greenberg Traurig Albany Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America and Upstate New York Super Lawyers
10.12.12 Greenberg Traurig's New York Attorneys Recognized in 2012 Edition of Super Lawyers
09.21.12 2013 Edition of Best Lawyers in America Recognizes Greenberg Traurig Albany Attorneys
05.26.10 Two Media Industry Litigators Join Greenberg Traurig's Albany Office

Published Articles

09.28.12 Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Holds That Rape Shield Law Does Not Preclude Public Access to Search Warrant Affidavit

Articles, Publications, & Lectures

Michael frequently presents to various media groups and professional associations on First Amendment issues.
•Co-Author, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Holds that Rape Shield Law Does Not Preclude Public Access to Search Warrant Affidavit, MLRC Media Law Letter, September 2012

Previous Employment

•Assistant General Counsel, University of Vermont in Burlington
•Director, Hamilton College, Arthur Levitt Public Policy

Reported CasesSignificant Representations; Lead national counsel to and personally supervised legal matters for several media clients, including an industry-leading newspaper/website publishing company. Primary outside counsel to the New York News Publishers Association, Inc. Primary regional counsel to an international communications/entertainment company. Represented several national media companies and publications. Some of the above matters were handled by Mr. Grygiel prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

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Michael J. Grygiel

54 State Street, 6th Floor
AlbanyNY 12207


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