Peter Canfield focuses on defending publication tort claims, enforcing access to government information, protecting sources and other sensitive information, and safeguarding media distribution rights and intellectual property. He has handled nationwide, including at trial, over 150 libel, privacy, and access cases for 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.
Peter also has experience in other high-stakes litigation, assisting clients with 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, Associated Press, Block, Bloomberg, CBC, CBS, Conde Nast, Courthouse News, FirstDatabank, Fremantle, ESPN, Hearst, iN Demand, Interscope, Lions Gate, Macmillan, Microsoft, MTV, National Public Radio, 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 libel suit 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.
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)
NPR seeks advice on First Amendment, corporate, and labor matters
Courthouse News Service successfully argues for preservation of public access to Georgia court files
Honors & Distinctions
Winner, Georgia Commercial Litigation Department of the Year, The Daily Report, April 23, 2014
Georgia Super Lawyers
Best Lawyers in America, since 1993, for bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, First Amendment litigation, intellectual property litigation, professional malpractice law, media law, and qui tam law
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)