Gary L. Bostwick

First Amendment trial and appellate lawyer

Gary L. Bostwick is a trial and appellate lawyer with special expertise in the First Amendment and other media concerns, especially the defense of libel, slander and invasion of privacy, theft of ideas litigation and copyright, fair use and rights of publicity.

Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in the field of First Amendment practice and Lawyer of the Year in First Amendment in Southern California in 2012. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, membership by invitation only. He has been named a SuperLawyer for 10 years running. He is recognized in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers. He is certified as an Appellate Specialist by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California.

He has defended libel, privacy, theft of idea and copyright cases on behalf of CBS, HBO, Fox, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Univision, Discovery, NBC, the New York Times and authors, columnists and movie directors, about hidden camera matters, copyright infringement, reality shows, ride-alongs, news, talk shows, entertainment productions, movies and investigative reporting. Represented CNN in the law enforcement ride-along case of Hanlon v. Berger in Montana, and has represented movie director Robert Altman, columnist and author Arianna Huffington, and many other individuals in media matters. Represented Janet Malcolm in her successful defense in Masson v. The New Yorker, a matter in which the Supreme Court established rules governing journalists' conduct when quoting subjects. Represented a pro bono client in the U.S. Supreme Court in striking down a prior restraint by a trial court in Tory v. Cochran. Represented Jeffrey MacDonald in litigation against the author Joe McGinnis arising out of the book Fatal Vision (see recent book by Errol Morris, A Wilderness of Error.) Represented Court TV Pro in successfully arguing for cameras in courtrooms for class action Vioxx trials. Obtained defense verdict at trial for the San Jose Mercury News in a copyright infringement action by a photographer for the use of photos in a book review.

Northwestern University, Bachelor of Science-Engineering
Un. of Cal., Berkeley, Masters of Public Policy
J.D., Boalt Hall (U of Cal/Berkeley).