The Law Office of Daniel A. Horwitz, Esq.

First Amendment and Speech Defense

“Phenomenal, passionate, man of integrity” —Armand, Constitutional Law Client.

“Daniel Horwitz is, hands down, one of the brightest legal minds defending your constitutional and civil rights in all of Tennessee.”  “His life’s work is to hold people accountable: the government, the media, police, jails, lawyers, and beyond. We are lucky to have him.”  –Amanda Gentry, Criminal Defense Attorney

Selected Recent First Amendment and Speech Defense Case History

1. Loftis v. Rayburn—Davidson County Circuit Court/Tennessee Court of Appeals (won)

Selected Case Documents:

Plaintiff’s First Amended Complaint

Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss First Amended Complaint

Plaintiff’s Response to Motion to Dismiss (1)/Plaintiff’s Response to Motion to Dismiss (2)

Defendant’s Reply to Plaintiff’s Response

Transcript of Hearing on Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss

*Order Dismissing Plaintiff’s Complaint With Prejudice

Brief of Plaintiff-Appellant Thomas Nathan Loftis, Sr.

Brief of Defendant-Appellee and Cross-Appellant Randy Rayburn

*Appellate Court Order Denying Plaintiff’s Appeal and Remanding for Consideration of Attorney’s Fees Award

Selected Media Coverage:

-The Tennessean: Defamation lawsuit against restaurateur Randy Rayburn dismissed — again

-TechDirt: Judge Dumps Stupid Libel Suit Featuring A Man Suing A Third Party For Things A Journalist Said

-Nashville Business Journal: Nashville restaurateur Randy Rayburn faces $1.5 million lawsuit

-TechDirt: Former University Official Files Libel Lawsuit Against His Replacement For Things A Journalist Said

-Nashville Business Journal: Judge dismisses $1.5M suit against well-known restaurateur

-First Amendment Center’s Newseum Institute: Unusual Defamation Suit Targets Source of Story

 

2.  The Dog Spot v. Byer et al.—Davidson County Circuit Court (won)

Selected Case Documents:

The Dog Spot Complaint

Defendant Hardin Motion to Transfer & Exhibits

Defendant Hardin’s Memorandum in Support of Motion to Dismiss

Hardin Motion to Dismiss

-*Order Dismissing Lawsuit With Prejudice

Selected Media Coverage:

–News Channel 5: Libel Lawsuit Dropped By Doggie Daycare

-The Nashville Scene: The Dog Spot Sues Two East Nashville Facebook Group Members for Libel

-The Tennessean: The Dog Spot East Nashville files $2 million libel lawsuit against Facebook commenters

-Nashville Business Journal: Nashville pet store files $2M suit over Facebook comments

-Channel 4 News: Owners of The Dog Spot file lawsuit over Facebook posts

-News Channel 5: Libel Suit From Doggie Day Care Hopes To Fetch $2 Million