• Yale Law School (J.D., 1978)
  • Yale University (M.A., economics, 1976)

  • Knox College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1974)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Yale Law School, Co-Director, Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic, and Floyd Abrams Visiting Clinical Lecturer

  • Columbia Law School, Lecturer in Law

  • International Bar Association, Media Law Committee (Chair)

  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York (past-Chair, IP Council; past-Executive Committee; past-Chair, Communications and Media Law Committee)

  • ABA Forum on Communications Law (past-Governing Board)

  • Media Law Resource Center, Defense Counsel Section (past-President)

  • New York Committee on Open Government

  • Practising Law Institute, Newsgathering and Libel Litigation Biennial Conference (past-Co-Chair)

  • Sedona Conference Working Group on Protective Orders, Confidentiality & Public Access (2007)

  • Knox College Board of Trustees

Honors & Distinctions

  • Recognized by Chambers USA as one of the top First Amendment litigators in the U.S.

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers as a preeminent First Amendment and Media lawyer in New York and as the 2014 New York Lawyer of the Year for Media Law

  • Recognized as a New York Super Lawyer in First Amendment and Media Law

Selected Publications
David A. Schulz

Dave has been defending the rights of journalists and news organizations for more than 30 years. He has litigated libel, privacy, access, and newsgathering claims in 20 states, and regularly represents news organizations in appeals before both state and federal courts.

Dave's regular clients include international newswire services, national and local newspapers, television networks, and station owners, magazine and book publishers, cable news networks, and Internet content providers.

He has been described by Best Lawyers as “the top access litigator in the country,” and by Chambers USA as an “incredibly skilled” litigation strategist and a “walking encyclopedia” of media law. The Legal 500 reports that Dave is “widely praised as a recognized expert on freedom of information and access to the courts.”

Dave began his legal career in New York at Rogers & Wells, which later merged with London-based Clifford Chance, and served as head of the media litigation group at that firm before joining LSKS in 2003.

Notable Matters

Military Commission Press Access. When four reporters were expelled from the Military Commissions at Guantanamo, Dave convinced the Pentagon that the expulsions violated the reporters' First Amendment right to attend criminal trials. He then represented a broad coalition of national news organizations to challenge the media ground rules under which the reporters had been expelled. Dave continues to fight for public access to all criminal prosecutions at Guantanamo, and, in 2012, he became the first non-party attorney permitted to appear before the commission at Guantanamo when he opposed a government motion to close pretrial proceedings and argued in support of the public’s right to access those proceedings.

Biro v. Condé Nast, 2013 WL 3948394 (S.D.N.Y. 2013), and 883 F. Supp. 2d 441 (S.D.N.Y. 2012). Dave and his LSKS colleagues successfully defended The New Yorker and its reporter David Grann in a defamation lawsuit arising out of a profile of Canadian art authenticator Paul Biro. After dismissing most of Biro’s claims because they arose from statements that were privileged, non-defamatory, or non-actionable opinion, the court granted judgment on the pleadings on the remaining claims, finding that Biro was a public figure in the world of art authentication who failed to allege any facts that plausibly demonstrated actual malice.

Chau v. Lewis, --- F. Supp. 2d ---, 2013 WL 1296374 (S.D.N.Y. 2013). Dave was part of a team that successfully defended hedge-fund manager Steven Eisman in a defamation case arising out of Michael Lewis’s best-selling book on the origins of the recent financial crisis, The Big Short, for which Mr. Eisman was a source. The plaintiff, who dealt in mortgage-backed securities, claimed he was defamed in the book. The court disagreed, holding on summary judgment that the statements concerning the plaintiff were either constitutionally protected opinion or substantially true.

United Federation of Teachers v. Board of Education of the City of New York, 919 N.Y.S.2d 786 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2011). On behalf of Dow Jones, The New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Post and cable news network NY1, Dave defeated a suit by the teachers' union seeking to block the Board of Education from disclosing reports on teachers' job performance. Dave convinced the court that public employees have no significant privacy interest in the performance of their public functions, and that release of the reports was crucial to local control of public schools.

Anderson v. Suiters, 499 F.3d 1228 (10th Cir. 2007). Dave and Michael Berry successfully defended an Oklahoma City television station and its reporter against claims for invasion of privacy brought by a rape victim after the station aired brief video images of the rape in connection with a story on the arrest of a suspect.

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Bar & Court Admissions

  • New York

  • District of Columbia

  • U.S. Supreme Court

  • U.S. Courts for Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Ninth, Tenth and District of Columbia Circuits

  • U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and the Southern, Eastern, Western and Northern Districts of New York