Carol Jean LoCicero

Education

  • JD, University of Florida, 1986, with honors
  • BA, Troy State University, 1983, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Middle District of Florida
  • Southern District of Florida
  • Northern District of Florida
  • 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

 

Recognitions

Carol Jean LoCicero practices at the trial and appellate levels, handling litigation concerning defamation and privacy, the Public Records Act, the Government in the Sunshine Law court access and cameras in the courtroom. She leads advocacy efforts on media issues, including cameras in the courtroom, and sealed court records.

Our job, whether we’re working with a publisher or a marketing department, is to facilitate that client’s ability to protect and defend their news stories, books, movies and promotional efforts. It’s a privilege to work with sophisticated clients thatare passionate about informing the public.

Carol is a nationally-recognized media lawyer routinely sought after as a speaker on media issues at national and statewide conferences. She often leads statewide advocacy efforts on media issues, most recently involving access to Florida courts and Florida’s anti-SLAPP law. Carol regularly renders pre-and post-publication advice on investigative news stories. She handles issues concerning newsgathering and technology – including smartphones, social media and drones. Carol has litigated many cases resulting in published opinions. In addition to media law, Carol is experienced in marketing law, web law and intellectual property matters. She manages trademark portfolios, policing programs and litigation for sophisticated corporations. Carol is a partner in TLo’s Tampa office.

Carol is the Board of Trustees Chair for the First Amendment Foundation. She is a former board member of the Junior League of Tampa, former vice-chair of the Media Law Committee of The Florida Bar and co-chaired the Women in Communications Law Subcommittee of the ABA Forum on Communications Law. She has litigated capital habeas cases with other lawyers in the firm. Carol also serves as the Program Coordinator for End 68 Hours of Hunger – Tampa, a charity dedicated to eradicating hunger among school children. She is an active member of Hyde Park Presbyterian Church.

  • Supervises large trademark portfolios for high-profile businesses and manages their policing programs and trademark litigation.
  • Nix & DNA Sports Performance Lab, Inc., v. ESPN, Inc., et al. (S.D. Fla. 2018), aff’d (11th Cir. 2019) Obtained dismissal of a libel action against the Associated Press, ESPN and USA Today concerning an article about litigation that a former professional baseball player and his company brought against Major League Baseball. Order granting motion to dismiss affirmed on appeal.

  • Folta v. The New York Times Company, et al., No. 1:17-cv-256-MW/GRJ, 2019 WL 486776 (N.D. Fla. Feb. 27, 2019), appeal dismissed, No. 19-10988-HH (11th Cir. Apr. 9, 2019).  Obtained summary judgment for The New York Times and journalist Eric Lipton in defamation case involving news story profiling relationships between public university professors and the biotechnology and organic food industries concerning the safety and regulation of G.M.O. food products.   

  • Spectrum Video Productions, Inc. v. Charter Communications, Inc., et al., Case No. 8:17cv1909-SDM-TBM (M.D. Fla. 2017).  Represented television and video production company in trademark infringement action against national cable television company. 

  • NCAA v. Associated Press, 18 So. 3d 1201 (Fla. 1st DCA 2009). Successfully litigated Florida Public Records Act case against Florida State University and the NCAA for access to documents related to a cheating scandal at the University.

  • Fla. Stat. § 768.295 (Florida’s anti-SLAPP law). Testified before legislative committees, and analyzed, participated in drafting, and helped organize efforts to pass Florida’s broadened anti-SLAPP law.
  • Remote Access to Court Records. For nearly a decade, led national and statewide media coalitions advocating for remote access to Florida court records; many Florida counties are now moving from remote access pilot programs to full production.
  • Served as lead counsel litigating access to court records in many high profile cases including the murder of toddler Bradley McGee, and the criminal prosecution of triple-murderer Oba Chandler.
  • Lead Facilitator, Access & Newsgathering Panel, Forum on Communications Law, American Bar Association (2014-16).
  • Speaker, When FERPA and the First Amendment Clash on Campus – Lessons Learned from AP v. NCAA, Media & The Law Conference (2011).
  • Prepublication/Prebroadcast Panelist, New Legal Visions For The Evolving Media World, NAA/NAB/MLRC Media Law Conference, Media Law Resource Center (2008).
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