Leita Walker > Ballard Spahr LLP > Minneapolis, United States > Lawyer Profile

Ballard Spahr LLP
2000 IDS CENTER 80
MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55402-2119
United States

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Leita Walker is a litigator and trial lawyer in the firm’s Media and Entertainment Law Group. She has nearly 15 years of experience defending media organizations in libel litigation and helping them obtain access to governmental and judicial records.

Leita’s First Amendment practice includes defending libel, privacy, and right of publicity claims in trial and appellate courts across the country; prepublication vetting of both news and entertainment content; and advising clients on subpoenas and privilege issues, copyright law, and state and federal Freedom of Information Act laws.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Leita wrote for The Christian Science Monitor, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and the Lawrence Journal-World.

Admissions: Iowa, Minnesota, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Iowa


Author, “A Racial Reckoning, Reporter Arrests, and Court Access: The Inside Story of a Minneapolis Media Lawyer,” American Bar Association’s Communications Lawyer, Summer 2021

Co-author, “Chauvin Trial Shows Why Cameras Need to Be in Court,” Bloomberg Law, March 31, 2021


Board member, American Bar Association Litigation Journal

Central Regional Division Co-Chair, American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law

Media Law Resource Center

Children’s Law Center of Minnesota

Volunteer Lawyers Network


University of Kansas School of Law (J.D. 2006)
Editor-in-Chief, Kansas Law Review
Order of the Coif

University of Kansas (B.S. 2002)
Editor-in-Chief, University Daily Kansan

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: litigation

The ‘street-smart‘ team of Ballard Spahr LLP consists of specialists in defamation law, who conduct prepublication content previews, handle access to public record matters, and advise on subpoenas and policies. From Washington DC, Charles Tobin leads the practice and in addition to the firm’s core practice represents clients in unfair competition, disparagement, and false advertising. In Minneapolis, Leita Walker defends against claims of libel, privacy, and right of publicity. The firm elevated Kaitlin Gurney, a specialist in matters of access to public records and prepublication issues, to partner in July 2021. Michael Sullivan has retired from the practice and Steven Zansberg has departed.