Kevin M. Goldberg

Kevin M. Goldberg


  • George Washington University, J.D., with high honors
  • James Madison University, B.A., magna cum laude


  • Spanish


  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia

Kevin M. Goldberg is a Member at Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, P.L.C. He focuses on First Amendment, Freedom of Information Act, and intellectual property issues, particularly copyright and trademark matters encountered by content creators and users, with a particular eye toward threats affecting publication on the Internet and social media.

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Kevin serves as both counselor to and advocate for several major press organizations including, among others, the American Society of News Editors and the Association of Alternative Newsmedia. He offers legal guidance on organizational matters such as corporate formation, drafting of bylaws and membership policies, and acquisition and compliance with non-profit tax status. Kevin is also experienced as an advocate before federal and state legislatures and executive agencies. He has had a hand in the drafting and passage of several major bills revising the federal Freedom of Information Act, similar state acts, state laws affecting defamation, copyright, and personal privacy. He has prepared or assisted in the preparation of testimony for members of client organizations testifying before the United States Congress and has himself testified regarding Freedom of Information Act implementation. Finally, Kevin conducts training sessions, including webinars, to provide additional value to the organization's members.

Kevin assists the firm’s clients -- especially its broadcast and Internet clients -- on a wide variety of intellectual property matters. In addition to filing applications for federal and state copyright and trademark registrations, he advises clients on the steps which can be taken to avoid copyright and trademark infringement liability while maximizing their own rights. Specific to broadcast stations, this includes compliance with the statutory license applicable to webcasting, as well as undertaking negotiations with the major performing rights organizations which license use of musical works (ASCAP/BMI/SESAC). Kevin has also successfully litigated, as a plaintiff and defendant, claims arising out of the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbering’s Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy. He is also adept at writing Terms of Use and Privacy Policies for client websites which avail themselves of all legal protections including, specifically, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Kevin's interest in the First Amendment stems from an undergraduate major in Communications, with a focus on TV/Radio and Journalism, at James Madison University, an institution from which he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1992. After graduation from James Madison, Kevin attended law school at George Washington University. He was graduated with high honors in 1995 and received the Imogene Williford award for as the outstanding constitutional law student in his graduating class.

Kevin regularly extends this expertise beyond his clients. He was an adjunct professor at George Mason University for eight years, where he taught an upper-level course in Journalism Law. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the District of Columbia's Public Access Television Corporation, a past President (and current member) of the Board of Directors of the District of Columbia Open Government Coalition, a past Chairman (and current member) of the Board of Directors of the National Press Foundation, a past President of the Board of Directors the DC United Foundation (the charitable arm of the DC United soccer team), and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Participation Project (an organization dedicated to educating the public and legislators about Anti-SLAPP laws). He is a co-Chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Committee and a past Chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee of the Media Law Resource Center. On March 16, 2006, Kevin was inducted into the National Freedom of Information Hall of Fame for his continued and superlative service in pursuit of open government. He the youngest person to have been inducted into that Hall.

He has also written several articles on important media issues, is a regular speaker at local and national conferences and has appeared on major media such as MSNBC, NPR and Fox Television as a legal commentator. He has organized and presented workshops on newsgathering and publication issues as part of the "Speakers and Specialists" program for the United States Department of State at United States embassies worldwide, for national and international press freedom organizations such as the International Center for Journalists, the International Research and Exchanges Board, the American University's Washington College of Law, and the Newseum. He was also a member of the United States delegation to the International Telecommunications Union's Plenipotentiary Conference in Turkey in 2006.

Outside of the office, Kevin is an avid soccer fan and former player. He is a licensed soccer referee, having achieved the "State Referee" level attained by only three percent of all referees nationwide.

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