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Ryan Jacobson is a partner with SmithAmundsen, a law firm based in Chicago. As co-chair of the firm's Entertainment, Media and Privacy Group, Ryan dedicates his practice to matters governed by the First Amendment. He regularly counsels and defends clients in the areas of defamation, media liability, advertising injury, privacy law, misappropriation, and political campaign liability. He has been closely involved in cases of alleged discrimination, commercial fraud, business interference and malicious prosecution, and he has represented entertainment venues sued under the Dram Shop Act for general premises liability. Ryan counsels actors, musicians, and professional athletes on a variety of contractual issues and has advised political candidates. In 2007, Ryan was named one of Illinois' Top 40 Lawyers under 40 by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. He is also a frequent speaker on First Amendment and other defamation matters.
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