Leita Walker

Partner

walkerl@ballardspahr.com
Tel 612.371.6222
Fax 612.371.3207
Minneapolis
Leita Walker is a litigator in the firm's Media and Entertainment Law Group. She has more than a decade of experience defending news organizations in libel litigation and in press and public access matters for governmental and judicial records.

Leita's First Amendment practice includes defending privacy and right of publicity claims, and advising clients on subpoenas and privilege issues, copyright law, and state and federal Freedom of Information Act laws. She advises organizations across various industries on advertising claim substantiation and on compliance laws, industry guidelines, and best practices that govern marketing strategies, campaigns, and the use of consumers' personally identifiable information.

Leita advises on matters involving data privacy and compliance with the rules governing social media and mobile marketing campaigns, online behavioral advertising, and e-commerce. She drafts terms of use and privacy policies for corporate websites and advises clients on the Communications Decency Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, the CAN-SPAM Act, the FTC Act, and the FTC's various advertising guidelines.

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

Professional Activities

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

Publications

Co-author, "Minnesota Open Government Guide" and "Minnesota Reporters Privilege Compendium" chapters, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, 2018 edition

Co-author, "A New 'Slant' on Pacifica?," Communications Lawyer, Winter 2018

Co-author, "A Theory for Defending Libel Suits in an AI World," Law360, November 2018

"Prince, Jordan and Bolger: How Corporate Tributes to the Minnesota Megastar Reveal Problems with the Three-Part Commercial Speech Test," Communications Lawyer, Summer 2016

Community Activities

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, youth athletics coach

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

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

Iowa

Minnesota

Missouri

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 the the Southern District of Iowa