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Natalie Spears

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Partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice at Dentons. Head of Dentons' global Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector.

Position

A trial lawyer who litigates cases including intellectual property, media, advertising and competition-related disputes, consumer class actions, and commercial and real estate matters. She is also routinely called upon to secure the media's First Amendment rights, often in high-profile cases.

Career

Partner at Dentons since 2002. In 1995, served as a Law clerk for the Honorable Michael J. Melloy, then-chief judge, US District Court for the Northern District of Iowa (now on the US Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals).

Member

Co-chair, MLRC/NAA/NAB, 2010-2012 Media Law Conference; Board member, national Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Communications Law, 2007-2009; President, Chicago Inn of Court, 2008-2009; President, Chicago Bar Foundation Board of Directors, 2012-2013, member 2005-present.

Education

University of Michigan Law School, JD, cum laude, 1995; University of Iowa, BA, honors and highest distinction, 1992


United States: Dispute resolution

General commercial disputes

Within: General commercial disputes

Dentons’ extensive office network sees it litigating in various states across the country, while its cross-border capabilities allow it to handle commercial litigation with international elements. It achieved a significant victory for the Cowlitz Indian Tribe in a case before the District Court for the District of Columbia concerning the Department of the Interior’s ability to take land into trust for a tribe that was federally recognized after 1934; litigator Kenneth Pfaehler worked alongside Native American law expert Heather Sibbison. In ongoing matters, Chicago-based Natalie Spears and New York-based Sandra Hauser are representing Condé Nast in a consumer privacy class action filed in the Southern District of New York. Tami Lyn Azorsky heads the team. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC except where otherwise indicated.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

Dentons’ ‘outstanding’ practice is led by the ‘exceptionalNatalie Spears in Chicago and advises on a variety of media and communications matters. Recent highlights include representing Condé Nast in a putative class action alleging the client sent unsolicited junk mail and promotional phone calls to plaintiffs and sold the resulting information, assisting MGM Studios with the production guidelines and privacy issues surrounding two television programs, and advising Poker Central on all elements of the development, production and launch of a new subscription digital and mobile content network. Other clients include Tribune Publishing, St Louis Rams, Rodale and CRTV. The department is recognized for defending Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) and Video Rental Privacy Act (VRPA) class actions, and handling reality television matters. Clients also praise the ‘incredible’ David Blood in Los Angeles, who focuses on transactional work. James Klenk retired.

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