United States: Piper Rudnick Attorney Josh Koltun Receives James Madison Award For Legal Counsel
Last Updated: February 24 2004

Firm Attorney Rachel Matteo-Boehm Played Key Role In Another James Madison Award

SAN FRANCISCO, February 20 – Josh Koltun, a partner in Piper Rudnick LLP’s Media and New Media practice group, has been awarded the 2004 James Madison Award for legal counsel.

In addition, another Piper Rudnick attorney, Rachel Matteo-Boehm, who is also in the Media and New Media group in the San Francisco office, was instrumental in the litigation that resulted in another James Madison award. Ms. Matteo-Boehm handled the successful Public Records Act litigation that led to a James Madison award in the news media category to the Red Bluff Daily News.

The annual awards are given by the northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. They recognize significant contributions to the advancement of freedom of information and expression in the spirit of James Madison, author of the Bill of Rights.

"We are immensely proud of the work both these attorneys have done in defense of freedom of expression and the rights of the press to obtain information," said Robb A. Scott , partner in charge of the San Francisco office. "Piper Rudnick recognizes that a free press is one of the cornerstones of our society and our way of life."

Mr. Koltun was honored in recognition for his two years of service as the media attorney representative on the San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance task force, the last year as its chairman. The task force is composed of San Francisco citizens who ensure that the city complies with its ordinance providing freedom-of-information rights above and beyond state laws.

He is the second Piper Rudnick partner to have received this award. In 1999, partner Roger Myers received it.

The Red Bluff Daily News received its James Madison award for its successful lawsuit against the City of Red Bluff seeking to enforce the California Public Records Act. A state court ultimately granted Ms. Matteo-Boehm’s writ of mandate, ordering the City of Red Bluff to unseal information concerning the sudden retirement of the city’s chief of police after less than a year in office. The court also awarded the newspaper nearly $50,000 in attorney fees and costs.

Mr. Koltun focuses his practice on media, intellectual property, and unfair competition. He has represented newspaper and magazine publishers, software companies, network broadcasters, cable television channels, Internet sites, and semiconductor chip designers. He also performs prepublication reviews of content for media clients and drafts and negotiates intellectual property licenses.

Ms. Matteo-Boehm concentrates her practice in media law and intellectual property counseling and litigation. She has defended print and broadcast clients against defamation, privacy, and related claims, and has represented numerous clients in litigation seeking access to court proceedings and documents, as well as in disputes involving access under state and federal open records and meetings laws. She is experienced in prepublication review, responding to retraction demands and subpoenas, and has advised and defended clients in the area of advertising and promotions. Before attending law school, Ms. Matteo-Boehm was a reporter for the Dallas Morning News.

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