Charles D Tobin

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Chuck Tobin is a partner in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office and chairs the firm's National Media Practice Team. A former journalist, Mr. Tobin has appeared in state and federal courts around the country, representing the media in libel and privacy lawsuits at both the trial and appellate levels. He also conducts pre-publication review for newsrooms and provides advice on subpoenas, access, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), reporter's privilege, copyright, and all other First Amendment matters relating to the editorial content of newspapers and broadcasts. In addition, he counsels business clients on commercial disparagement, unfair competition and Lanham Act issues.

Mr. Tobin also counsels an internet registry and a number of website operators on takedown demands, terms of use, privacy policies and subpoenas for anonymous posters.

Mr. Tobin offers clients the benefits of an insider's knowledge of the news media. Prior to joining Holland & Knight, he spent eight years as in-house counsel at the Northern Virginia headquarters of Gannett Co., Inc., which publishes USA TODAY and owns newspapers and television stations throughout the country. Previously, he was in private practice in Jacksonville, Fla., and he taught media law and ethics at the University of North Florida. Before Mr. Tobin attended law school, he was a reporter for the News-Press newspaper in Ft. Myers, FL.

Honors & Awards

  • National Press Photographers Association, Alicia Calzada First Amendment Award, 2017
  • Holland & Knight Public and Charitable Service All-Star, 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, First Amendment Law, Litigation - First Amendment, Media Law, 2007-2017
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Media & Entertainment Law, 2008-2016; First Amendment Litigation, 2009-2016
  • Top Lawyer, Washingtonian Magazine, First Amendment and Media, 2008-2015
  • Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers magazine, 2007-2016
  • Award of Honor, PEN USA, 2007
  • Client Service All-Star, The BTI Consulting Group, Inc., 2011


  • American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law, Past Chair
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Senior Editor, Litigation Journal
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, Media Law Committee, Past Chair
  • Florida Bar, Past Chair, Media and Communications Law Committee
  • Media Law Reporter, Advisory Board
  • Media Law Resource Center, Defense Counsel Section, President
  • Indiana University Center for Media Law and Policy, Advisory Board
  • University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, Department of Journalism, Advisory Board