Skip to main content

On-Line Defamation: The Latest Developments and Trends 2013


Speaker(s): Bradley H. Ellis, Tyler M. Paetkau
Recorded on: Jan. 11, 2013
PLI Program #: 46143

Bradley Ellis is a partner in the international law firm Sidley Austin LLP, resident in its Los Angeles office. Mr. Ellis is a general commercial litigator, whose diverse experience includes work in both Federal and State Court on commercial matters involving a variety of businesses. Specifically, in addition to numerous general commercial litigation matters, for much of his nearly thirty year career Mr. Ellis has concentrated his practice in the areas of First Amendment, defamation, copyright, theft of idea, and trademark litigation.  He has represented several major publishing companies, television networks, and film studios in these areas. Mr. Ellis also has substantial experience representing accounting firms and individual accountants in matters ranging from securities and professional malpractice cases to proceedings before the Securities and Exchange Commission and state boards of accountancy. Mr. Ellis is recognized in Best Lawyers in America in the area of First Amendment Law and Litigation, and is active in the First Amendment bar.  He is a contributing author for the last several years to the Survey of Privacy and Related Claims Against the Media, published by the Media Law Resource Center.  He is also active in his community. Mr. Ellis was a long-time member of the Board of Directors of LA Youth, a Los Angeles based newspaper written by and for teens, and he served for many years on the Community Services, Historical and Arts Commission of the City of Laguna Hills, California.  Mr. Ellis has long been active in arts education as well.  Currently, he serves on the Board of The Colburn School, is a Trustee of the Orange County School of the Arts, is a member of the Executive Committee of the Orange County School of the Arts Foundation Board of Directors, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Arts Schools Network.


Tyler Paetkau has represented employers in labor and employment law matters for more than 20 years.  In the area of civil litigation, Mr. Paetkau represents employers in state and federal court cases involving a myriad of workplace matters. His experience includes defending claims of defamation, wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, unpaid commissions and wage and hour violations, unfair competition and misappropriation of trade secrets. He also provides extensive day-to-day employment counseling on personnel policies and procedures, employee handbooks, workplace investigations, employee discipline and termination matters, corporate restructuring, immigration, employment contracts, protection of trade secrets, employee leasing, the use of temporary employees and employment benefits issues. Mr. Paetkau is a frequent author of articles on labor and employment law topics and is the author of Hiring and Firing (Entrepreneur Press, 2007). He is also a contributing editor to several employment law publications. Mr. Paetkau earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School.