Marc Randazza

Marc Randazza
Marc J. Randazza
Born Marc John Randazza
November 26, 1969 (1969-11-26) (age 41)
Gloucester, Massachusetts
Nationality United States
Alma mater University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Journalism, 1994)
Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 2000)
University of Florida (M.A., Mass Communication, 2003)[1]
Occupation First Amendment Attorney
The Legal Satyricon (editor)

Marc J. Randazza is a First Amendment attorney and the editor of the law blog The Legal Satyricon.[2]


Early life and education

Marc John Randazza was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts on November 26, 1969 and graduated from Gloucester High School in 1987. Randazza attended the University of Massachusetts, where he majored in Journalism. Randazza worked as a journalist and in advertising in Washington, D.C., Palermo, Rome, New York City, and Miami.[3] In 1996, Randazza was inspired to attend law school by the film The People vs. Larry Flynt. He attended Georgetown University Law Center, and graduated in 2000. During law school, he interned for Justice Denise Johnson of the Vermont Supreme Court and for Rydin Carlsten Advokatbyrå, in Stockholm, Sweden.[4] He continued his First Amendment education by attending the University of Florida, where he earned a Master's degree in Communications, and studied under William F. Chamberlin,[5] writing his thesis on vote pairing, which was cited by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.[6]

Law career

Randazza's first case was representing a fraternity at Boston University when the brothers of that fraternity were accused of destroying their house and other misconduct. He then began practicing in Florida as a real estate attorney. He quickly returned to the First Amendment and media field, taking on representation of an adult bookstore in Fort Myers. Soon thereafter, he moved to Orlando, Florida where his practice in First Amendment and media law expanded. He started representing defendants in SLAPP suits,[7] pornography businesses, protestors, in often unpopular constitutional law matters.

In 2004, his University of Florida thesis gained attention as vote pairing became a minor issue during the 2004 election. Randazza was asked to debate the issue on Fox News, and thereafter has been a frequent legal commentator on television and in print. Randazza served as a professor of law at Barry University School of Law, located in Orlando, Florida.[8][9] Where he taught First Amendment law, copyright law, trademark law, and entertainment law.

Randazza has a practice that primarily focuses on the areas of First Amendment litigation, adult entertainment, trademark and copyright litigation, and domain name arbitration disputes.[10] He serves as General Counsel to Corbin Fisher, an adult media company.[11] He has represented a number of well-known adult entertainment companies including, Bang Bus, and Milf Hunter. He also represents media businesses such as BME and bloggers in SLAPP suits.[12][13]

Randazza has gained notoriety for his defense of the adult entertainment field[14] and for handling high-profile free speech cases. He represented Anthony Ciolli, one of the administrators of AutoAdmit in the high profile case regarding that website, securing his dismissal from that case. He has represented the defendant in Beck v. Eiland-Hall, a case before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) filed by political commentator Glenn Beck, concerning a satire website parodying Beck.[15][16] The WIPO arbitrator ruled against Beck in the case, and in favor of Randazza's client.[17] Citizen Media Law Project assistant director Sam Bayard said of the WIPO arbitrator's decision, "It's good to see that this WIPO arbitrator had no interest in allowing Beck to circumvent the guarantees of the U.S. Constitution."[17] He went on to congratulate Randazza, "Congratulations to Marc for this big victory and for his innovative brief that not only won the case, but also brought 'spock ate my balls' into the legal lexicon."[17]

Randazza runs the popular website Legal Satyricon, which remains one of the most popular legal blogs.[18]

In February 2011 an article published on gay news blog 'Queerty' goes into the posibilty of suicide by teenagers who are subject to mass bittorrent lawsuits submitted by Randazza on behalf of his client, Liberty Media Holdings. ([1])

Selected legal commentary in the mass media

Date* Topic Print/broadcast entity
September 30, 2006 Violent video games and the First Amendment Fox News[19]
January 16, 2007 Online gambling CNBC[20]
April 10, 2007 Don Imus's Rutgers women's basketball controversy Fox News Channel[21]
June 7, 2007 The f-bomb Orlando Weekly[14]
July 1, 2008 Bauer v. Wikimedia defamation case, and Section 230 WABC New York[22]
August 7, 2008 United States vs. Karen Fletcher (2006) PC World[23]
January 15, 2009 Natalie Dylan controversy Fox News[24]
March 3, 2009 The Auto Admit Case National Public Radio[22]
* Nonexhaustive list[25]

Published works

Year Article Magazine / Journal
2001 "The Constitutionality of Online Vote Swapping"   34 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 1297
"Breaking Duverger's Law is not Illegal: Strategic Voting, the Internet and the 2000 Presidential Election" 2001 UCLA Journal of Law and Technology 6
2002 "Getting to Yes With Terrorists"   2002 Michigan State University Law Review 823
2003 "Cats Are Cats and Dogs Are Dogs But Neither is a Fish or a Bird (the Prisco Decision)"   25 Actionline 4
"Copyright and the Clubhouse"   November 2003 Condo Management
"Copyright Issues for Free Fall Photographers"   October 2003 Skydiving Magazine
"Character Counts: Defamation Law for Community Associations"   January 2003 Community Update
2004 "The Other Election Controversy of Y2K: Core First Amendment Values and High-Tech Political Coalitions"   82 Washington University Law Quarterly 143
2005 "Republicans Save US Jobs"   May 2005 XBIZ
"Foreign Content and Section 2257"   June 2005 XBIZ
"2257 Regs a Boon to Patriotic Porn Producers"   June 2005 Adult Video News
"Condo Casino! Gambling in Florida Community Associations"   79 Florida Bar Journal 8
2006 "The Florida Supreme Court Dulls the Edge of Rule 1.420(e)" 80 Florida Bar Journal 39
2007 "Gambling in America’s Senior Communities" (Daniel Russell, co-author) 8 Marquette Elder Law Advisor 343

See also


  1. ^ Randazza, Marc. "The Editor". The Legal Satyricon. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  2. ^ American Bar Association (2009). "The Legal Satyricon". ABA Journal. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  3. ^ Randazza, Marc (2002). "Getting to yes with terrorists" (2002 L. Rev. M.S.U.-D.C.L. 823). Michigan State University Law Review. Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  4. ^ Randazza, Marc (March 2009). "Marc John Randazza (CV)". The Legal Satyricon. Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  5. ^ "Marc Randazza". Bitter Lawyer ( December 7, 2009. Retrieved 2010-11-02. 
  6. ^ Porter v. Bowen, 496 F.3d 1009 (9th Cir. 2007)
  7. ^ Billmann, Jeffrey C. (August 9, 2007). "SLAPP Happy: One man's free speech is another's slander". Orlando Weekly. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  8. ^ Robbins, Mary Alice (August 18, 2008). "Yale Defamation Lawsuit Becomes a Case of Mistaken Identity for Texas Attorney". Texas Lawyer. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  9. ^ Hudson Jr., David L. (August 1, 2008). "3rd Circuit won't create new category of unprotected speech". First Amendment Center. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  10. ^ Randazza, Marc (October 2009). "Randazza Attorney CV". http://2007/01/randazza-attorney-cv-oct-2009.pdf. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Veranda Partners v. Giles (Lawsuit)". Citizen Media Law Project. September 10, 2007. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  13. ^ "Internet Solutions v. Marshall". Citizen Media Law Project. November 3, 2007. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  14. ^ a b Billman, Jeffrey C. (June 7, 2007). "The F Bomb: A local lawyer teams up with a California porn king to fight for your right to trademark dirty words". Orlando Weekly. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  15. ^ Citizen Media Law Project staff (2009-09-28). "Beck v. Eiland-Hall". Citizen Media Law Project. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  16. ^ Sawyer, Rick (October 1, 2009). "Today in Randazza's Zings: Glenn Beck, Why Do You Hate America?". Bostonist. Gothamist. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  17. ^ a b c Bayard, Sam (November 6, 2009). "Glenn Beck's UDRP Complaint Gets The Smack Down". Citizen Media Law Project ( Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  18. ^ McDonough, Molly; Sarah Randag (February 1, 2010). "The results are in". ABA Journal ( Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  19. ^ Randazza, Marc (November 1, 2006). "Violent Video Games". The Legal Satyricon. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  20. ^ Rovell, Darren (April 14, 2007). "Nail in the Coffin". On the Money (CNBC). 
  21. ^ "Imus under fire for making racially charged remarks". Fox Friends (Fox News Channel). April 11, 2007. 
  22. ^ a b Ashbrook, Tom (March 3, 2009). "Cyber Harassment and the Law". On Point Radio. WBUR. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  23. ^ Gross, Grant (August 7, 2008). "Woman Sentenced for Web Site with 'Obscene' Stories". PC World (PC World Communications, Inc.). Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  24. ^ Abrams, Joseph (January 15, 2009). "22-Year-Old Sells Virginity Online -- and Feds Can't do a Thing to Stop Her". Fox News Channel (Fox News Network, LLC.).,2933,480037,00.html. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  25. ^ Randazza, Marc. "Selected Prior Media Appearances (non exhaustive)". The Legal Satyricon. Retrieved 2009-10-18. 

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