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Noted Media Lawyer Paul R. McAdoo Joins Adams and Reese in Nashville

September 10, 2019

Paul R. McAdoo has joined the firm’s Nashville office as Special Counsel.

McAdoo is an experienced litigator and counselor who will focus on media law, First Amendment, open government, government investigations, appellate and complex business litigation matters.

McAdoo’s extensive experience includes defamation, invasion of privacy, tortious interference, commercial misappropriation and other tort cases. He defends journalists who have been subpoenaed to testify, helps them (and other citizens) gain access to public records and meetings and works with journalists in both print and broadcast media on pre-publication and pre-broadcast review.

Throughout his career, McAdoo has worked with clients on numerous high-profile cases. He was part of the team that successfully argued that NCAA records supplied to a public university were public records under Florida law, despite the disparate constitutional and statutory defenses raised, including FERPA. McAdoo took on the University of Michigan Board of Regents under both Michigan’s Open Meetings Act and its constitution for closed meetings held by the governing body.

As an appellate attorney, McAdoo has briefed and argued cases in both state and federal court and has authored three amicus briefs in Tennessee on behalf of coalitions of media entities involving the fair report privilege and the scope of Tennessee’s criminal investigative exemption to its public records law.

“Paul is a powerhouse of knowledge, experience and skill in media law and other high-stakes legal matters involving access to information and protecting the freedom of the press,” said Lucian T. Pera, a Partner in Adams and Reese’s Memphis office and a nationally recognized leader in First Amendment, media law and open records law. “He bolsters our capabilities to help clients protect critical freedoms. We are proud to have Paul as part of our team.”

The firm is a longtime member of the Media Law Resource Center’s Defense Counsel Section, the premier organization of media lawyers in the country, and has authored the Tennessee chapters in two of the MLRC’s annual 50-state surveys of media and privacy law for almost 20 years. Together, the team brings more than six decades’ worth of experience working with the media and has the broadest reach of any Tennessee firm in the media law environment.

“I am excited to work with Lucian and the Adams and Reese team on media law and complex legal issues, guiding clients through high-stakes and often high-profile cases and drawing upon the firm’s strengths throughout its regional footprint,” said McAdoo.

McAdoo received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law in 2006. He received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University in 1993.

McAdoo is an active member of the legal community both locally and nationally. Along with his service as the Chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Communications Law Section’s Executive Committee, McAdoo was integral in founding the Tennessee Bar Association and Tennessee Association of Broadcasters Reporters Workshop. He is active in both the Media Law Resource Center and the ABA Forum on Communications Law.