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Reporter's Privilege Compendium


  • 10th Circuit


    Thomas B. Kelley (; (303) 376-2410)
    Steven D. Zansberg (; (303) 376-2409)
    Malia K. Rogers (; (303) 299-7356)
    Ballard Spahr LLP
    1225 17th Street, Suite 2300

    Denver, Colorado 80202

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  • 11th Circuit

    Jennifer A. Mansfield
    Holland & Knight LLP
    50 North Laura Street, Suite 3900
    Jacksonville, FL 32202
    T: 904.353.2000

    Special thanks to Sanford L. Bohrer and Scott D. Ponce, of Holland & Knight LLP, the previous authors of this chapter.

    Last updated May 2019

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  • 1st Circuit

    Elizabeth A. Ritvo, Esq.
    Brown Rudnick LLP
    One Financial Center
    Boston, Massachusetts 02111
    (617) 856-8200

    The author acknowledges the contributions of Samantha L. Gerlovin, co-author of an earlier edition of this chapter.

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  • 2nd Circuit

    Lin Weeks
    Christine Walz
    Holland & Knight LLP
    31 W. 52nd Street
    New York, NY 10014
    (212) 513-3200

    Special thanks to the original authors of this chapter, Jeremy Feigelson, James C. Goodale, Rosa Castello, Susan A. McMahon, and Julie S. Suh at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

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  • 3rd Circuit

    Jay Ward Brown, Partner
    Brian C. Earl, Paralegal and 3L Law Student
    Ballard Spahr LLP
    1909 K Street, N.W., 12th Floor
    Washington, D.C. 20006
    (202) 508-1136

    Last updated Aug. 14, 2019

    Author’s Note: The author gratefully acknowledges Daniel Heng (the current edition) and Aaron Johansen and John F. Blevins (the prior editions) for the research and writing they contributed to this outline.

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  • 4th Circuit

    Mark I. Bailen
    Katherine L. McKnight
    Benjamin J. Irwin
    Baker & Hostetler LLP
    Washington Square, Suite 1100
    1050 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest
    Washington, D.C. 20036-5304
    Telephone (202) 861-1500
    Facsimile (202) 861-1783

    Last updated February 20, 2020

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  • 5th Circuit

    Thomas S. Leatherbury
    Marc A. Fuller
    Lindsey D. Pryor
    Seth R. Yost
    Vinson & Elkins LLP
    Trammell Crow Center
    2001 Ross Avenue
    Suite 3900
    Dallas, TX 75201-2975
    Phone: 214.220.7792

    Special thanks to Kim R. McCoy and Emily S. Johnson, who contributed to a prior version of this chapter.

    Last updated Nov. 26, 2019 

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  • 6th Circuit

    David Marburger
    Marburger Law LLC
    14700 Detroit Ave., Suite 1
    Cleveland, OH 44107

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  • 7th Circuit

    Kenneth E. Kraus
    Ken Kraus Law, LLC
    215 Glen Hollow Road
    Madison, Wisconsin 53705

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  • 8th Circuit

    Updated by RCFP staff from an earlier edition by Shari Jerde and I. Jenny Winkler at Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

    Last updated May 2018

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  • 9th Circuit

    Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr.
    Michael H. Dore
    John Haderlein
    Raychel Teasdale
    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
    333 South Grand Avenue
    Los Angeles, California 90071-3197
    Telephone: (213) 229-7000
    Facsimile: (213) 229-7520

    Last updated Dec. 2019

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  • Alabama

    Updated by RCFP staff from an earlier edition by Gilbert E. Johnston, Jr., James P. Pewitt, Alan D. Mathis, Johnston Barton Proctor & Rose LLP, Birmingham, Alabama.

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  • Alaska


    John McKay, Esq.

    Law Offices of D. John McKay

    117 East Cook Avenue

    Anchorage, AK 99501

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  • Arizona

    David J. Bodney and Chase A. Bales
    Ballard Spahr LLP
    1 East Washington Street
    Suite 2300
    Phoenix, Arizona 85004-2382
    Telephone: (602) 798-5400
    Facsimile: (602) 798-5595

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  • Arkansas

    Philip S. Anderson, Esq.
    Alec Gaines, Esq.
    Williams & Anderson PLC
    111 Center Street, Suite 2200
    Little Rock, AR 72201
    (501) 372-0800

    Last updated Sept. 18, 2019

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  • California

    Kelli L. Sager, Esq.
    Rochelle L. Wilcox, Esq.
    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
    865 S. Figueroa St., Suite 2400
    Los Angeles, California 90017-2566
    (213) 633-6800 (Telephone)
    (213) 633-6899 (Fax)

    With thanks to DWT Attorneys
    Cydney Swofford Freeman, Esq.
    Nicolette A. Vairo, Esq.

    Last updated September 5, 2019

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  • Colorado

    David M. Giles, Esq.
    E.W. Scripps Co.
    312 Walnut Street
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-4067

    Revised by:
    Steven D. Zansberg (; (303) 376-2409)
    Ethan J. Birnberg (; (303) 454-0534)
    Ballard Spahr LLP
    1225 17th Street, Suite 2300
    Denver, Colorado 80202

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  • Connecticut

    Updated by RCFP staff from an earlier edition by Paul Guggina, Tyler Cooper & Alcorn LLP, Hartford, Conn.

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  • D.C. Cir.

    Charles D. Tobin
    Adrianna C. Rodriguez
    Kristel Tupja
    Maxwell S. Mishkin
    Ballard Spahr LLP
    1909 K Street NW
    12th Floor
    Washington, D.C. 20006
    202-661-2200 (phone)
    202-661-2299 (fax)

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  • Delaware

    David L. Finger
    Finger & Slanina, LLC
    One Commerce Center
    1201 N. Orange St., 7th fl.
    Wilmington, DE  19801
    (302) 573-2525

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  • District of Columbia

    Charles D. Tobin
    Adrianna C. Rodriguez
    Maxwell S. Mishkin
    Ballard Spahr LLP
    1909 K Street NW
    12th Floor
    Washington, DC 20006
    202-661-2200 (phone)
    202-661-2299 (fax)

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  • Florida

    James B. Lake
    Jon M. Philipson
    Thomas & LoCicero PL
    601 South Boulevard
    Tampa, FL 33606
    Tel: 813-984-3060
    Fax: 813-984-3070

    Last updated Dec. 23, 2019 

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  • Georgia

    Peter C. Canfield[1]
    Jones Day
    1420 Peachtree Street, N.E.
    Suite 800
    Atlanta, GA 30309-3053
    Tel: (404) 581-8956

    [1] The views reflected in this compendium are personal to its author and do not necessarily represent those of Jones Day.

    Last updated Sept. 9, 2019

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  • Hawaii


    John P. Duchemin
    Cades Schutte LLP
    1000 Bishop Street
    Honolulu, Hawai'i 96813
    Tel.: (808) 521-9315
    Fax: (808) 521-9210

    Last updated March 2018

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  • Idaho

    601 W. Bannock Street
    Boise, Idaho 83702
    Tel: (208) 388-1200
    Fax: (208) 388-1300

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  • Illinois

    Samuel Fifer
    Gregory R. Naron
    Dentons US LLP
    233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 5900
    Chicago, IL 60606
    (312) 876-8000

    Last updated Feb. 18, 2020

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  • Indiana

    Daniel Byron
    Margaret Christensen
    Jessica Laurin
    Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
    10 West Market Street
    2700 Market Tower
    Indianapolis, IN 46204-4900
    (317) 686-5202

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  • Iowa

    Michael A. Giudicessi and Susan P. Elgin
    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
    801 Grand Avenue, 33rd Floor
    Des Moines, Iowa 50309-8003
    Telephone (515) 248-9000
    Facsimile (515) 248-9010

    Last updated Sept. 15, 2019

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  • Kansas

    William P. Tretbar
    Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch, L.L.C.
    125 N. Market, Suite 1600
    Wichita, Kansas 67202
    (316) 267-7361

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  • Kentucky



    Jeremy S. Rogers
    101 S. Fifth Street, Suite 2500
    Louisville, Kentucky 40202
    (502) 540-2300

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  • Louisiana


    Mary Ellen Roy
    Dan Zimmerman
    Phelps Dunbar LLP
    365 Canal Street, Suite 2000
    New Orleans, LA 70130-3245
    (504) 566-131

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  • Maine


    Sigmund D. Schutz, Esq.
    Katherine J. Mail, Summer Law Clerk, University of Michigan Law School, Class of 2021

    Preti, Flaherty, Beliveau & Pachios LLP
    P.O. Box 9546
    One City Center
    Portland, ME 04112-9546
    (207) 791-3000

    Last updated 6.16.2020

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  • Maryland

    Robin D. Leone
    Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
    Lockwood Place
    500 East Pratt Street
    Baltimore, MD 21202
    (410) 332-8600

    Special thanks to Henry R. Abrams, Esq., who authored the previous version of this guide.

    Last updated March 2018

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  • Massachusetts

    Updated by RCFP staff from an earlier edition by Elizabeth A. Ritvo, Brown Rudnick Berlack, Boston.

    Last updated May 2018

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  • Michigan

    Updated by RCFP staff from an earlier edition by Laurie Michelson, Dawn Phillips Hertz, Butzel Long, Detroit, Mich.

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  • Minnesota

    Leita Walker
    (; (612) 371-6222)
    Ballard Spahr LLP
    2000 IDS Center
    80 South 8th St.
    Minneapolis, MN 55402-2119

    John P. Borger
    (; (612) 766-7501 (retired))
    Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
    2200 Wells Fargo Center
    Minneapolis, MN 55402
    (612) 766-7000

    Special thanks to Eric E. Jorstad and Laura G. Coates, who contributed to the previous version of this guide.

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  • Mississippi

    Haley F. Gregory
    Butler Snow LLP
    1020 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 1400, Ridgeland, MS 39157
    P.O. Box 6010, Ridgeland, MS 39158-6010
    (601) 985-4458 (direct)

    Fred E. Bourn III
    Butler Snow LLP
    1020 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 1400, Ridgeland, MS 39157
    P.O. Box 6010, Ridgeland, MS 39158-6010
    (601) 985-4591 (direct)

    Special thanks to Ryan Skertich, who contributed to the previous version of this guide.

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  • Missouri

    Jean Maneke, Esq.
    The Maneke Law Group, L.C.
    2345 Grand Blvd., Ste. 1600
    Kansas City, MO 64108
    (816) 753-9000

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  • Montana

    Frederick F. Sherwood and Anne E. Sherwood
    Morrison, Sherwood, Wilson and Deola, PLLP
    401 N. Last Chance Gulch
    Helena, MT 59601
    (406) 442-3261
    (406) 443-7294 (fax)

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  • Nebraska


    Shawn D. Renner
    Cline, Williams, Wright, Johnson & Oldfather, L.L.P.
    1900 U.S. Bank Building
    233 South 13th Street
    Lincoln NE 68508
    Phone: (402) 474 - 6900
    Fax: (402) 474 - 5393

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  • Nevada

    Kristen Gallagher

    Adam Hosmer-Henner

    McDonald Carano LLP

    2300 W. Sahara Avenue, Suite 1200

    Las Vegas, NV 89102

    Telephone: 702-873-4100

    With special thanks to Mark A. Hinueber, Stephens Media LLC, Las Vegas, and JoNell Thomas, Las Vegas, who previously authored this outline.

    Last updated June 2020

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  • New Hampshire

    William L. Chapman
    Laura J. Hartz
    Orr & Reno, P.A.
    45 South Main Street
    P.O. Box 3550
    Concord, NH 03302-3550

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  • New Jersey

    Thomas J. Cafferty, Esquire
    Nomi I. Lowy, Esquire
    Lauren James-Weir, Esquire
    Gibbons P.C.
    One Gateway Center
    Newark, NJ 07102-5310
    Direct: 973-596-4863 Fax: 973-639-6267
    Special thanks to the original author of this chapter, Arlene M. Turinchak, Esq.

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  • New Mexico

    Charles K. Purcell
    Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb, P.A.
    P.O. Box 1888
    Albuquerque, N.M. 87103

    Special thanks to William S. Dixon, now deceased, who co-authored a previous version of this chapter.

    Last updated September 14, 2019

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  • New York

    Special thanks to Mark O’Connell at SmithDehn LLP and Alyssa Morones, a student at UCLA School of Law, class of 2021, who helped update this chapter in 2019, and to the original guide authors, Laura R. Handman, Peter Karanjia, Bryan M. Tallevi, and Elisa L. Krall of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

    Last updated July 2019

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  • North Carolina

    Marcus W. Trathen
    Amanda M. Whorton
    Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, L.L.P.
    Post Office Box 1800
    Suite 1700, Wells Fargo Capitol Center
    150 Fayetteville Street (zip 27601)
    Raleigh, North Carolina 27602
    (919) 839-0300 (telephone)
    (919) 839-0304 (fax)

    Special thanks to our colleagues Mark Prak and John Bussian for their review of this manuscript

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  • North Dakota

    Steve Johnson
    Vogel Law Firm
    P.O. Box 1389
    Fargo, ND 58107

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  • Ohio

    Monica L. Dias, Esq.
    Frost Brown Todd LLC
    3300 Great American Tower
    301 East Fourth Street
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

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  • Oklahoma

    Robert D. Nelon
    Jon Epstein
    Lindsay N. Kistler
    Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable
    Golden & Nelson
    100 North Broadway, Suite 2900
    Oklahoma City, OK 73102
    Telephone (405) 553-2828
    Facsimile (405) 553-2855

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  • Oregon

    Duane A. Bosworth, Esq.
    Derek D. Green, Esq.
    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
    1300 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 2400
    Portland, Oregon 97201
    (503) 241-2300 (Telephone)
    (503) 778-5299 (Fax)

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  • Pennsylvania

    Michael Berry
    John Scott
    Ballard Spahr LLP
    1735 Market Street, 51st Floor
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Originally written by Robert C. Clothier, currently Vice President and General Counsel of Urisinus College (last updated by Mr. Clothier in 2007).

    Last updated Oct. 3, 2019

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  • Rhode Island

    Updated by RCFP staff from an earlier edition by Joseph V. Cavanagh, Jr., Staci L. Kolb, Blish & Cavanagh, LLP, Providence, Rhode Island

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  • South Carolina

    Jay Bender
    Baker, Ravenel & Bender, L.L.P.
    PO Box 8057
    3710 Landmark Drive, Suite 400
    Columbia, South Carolina
    (803) 799-9091


    Updated by Taylor Smith (though no updating was necessary)

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  • South Dakota

    Jon Arneson
    123 S. Main St., Suite 202
    Sioux Falls, SD 57104
    (605) 335-0083

    Note: On March 8, 2019, South Dakota enacted a shield law, which protects journalists from revealing privileged sources and information.  This chapter is in the process of being updated accordingly.

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  • Tennessee

    Lucian T. Pera
    Adams and Reese LLP
    Crescent Center

    6075 Poplar Avenue, Suite 700

    Memphis, TN 38119-0100

    Tel: 901-524-5278

    Fax: 901-524-5378

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  • Texas

    Laura Lee Prather
    Catherine L. Robb

    Mark A. Flores
    Haynes and Boone, LLP
    600 Congress Avenue, Suite 1300
    Austin, Texas 78701
    (512) 867-8400

    Special thanks to Robert P. Latham and Daniel Scardino, Jackson Walker L.L.P., who wrote the pre-shield law edition of this work.

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  • Utah

    Jeffrey J. Hunt
    David C. Reymann
    April M. Medley
    Parr Brown Gee & Loveless
    185 S. State St. #1300
    Salt Lake City, UT 84111
    Tel.: (801) 532-7840
    Fax: (801) 532-7750

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  • Vermont

    Robert B. Hemley, Esq.
    Erin M. Moore, Esq.
    Gravel and Shea
    76 St. Paul Street, 7th Floor
    P.O. Box 369
    Burlington, VT 05402-0369
    (802) 658-0220

    Last updated July 2019

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  • Virginia

    Brett Spain
    Willcox & Savage, P.C.
    440 Monticello Ave., Ste. 2200
    Norfolk, Virginia 23510
    (757) 628-5500

    Bethany Fogerty
    Willcox & Savage, P.C.
    440 Monticello Ave., Ste. 2200
    Norfolk, Virginia 23510
    (757) 628-5500

    Last updated Sept. 12, 2019

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  • Washington

    Bruce E. H. Johnson
    Eric M. Stahl
    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
    Seattle, Wash.

    Last updated June 14, 2019

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  • West Virginia

    Sean McGinley
    DiTrapano Barrett DiPiero McGinley & Simmons, PLLC
    P.O. Box 1631
    Charleston, WV 25326-1631

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  • Wisconsin

    James A. Friedman
    Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
    One East Main Street, Suite 500
    P.O. Box 2719
    Madison, WI 53701-2719
    Phone: 608-257-3911
    Fax: 608-257-0609

    Special thanks to the previous co-authors of this chapter, Robert J. Dreps and Dustin B. Brown.

    Last updated June 27, 2019

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  • Wyoming

    Bruce T. Moats
    Law Office of Bruce T. Moats
    2515 Pioneer Avenue
    Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001

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