Marc J. Randazza, Partner & Founder


  • B.A. – University of Massachusetts (Journalism)
  • M.A.M.C. – University of Florida Master of Arts in Mass Communication Law
  • Juris Doctor – Georgetown University Law Center
  • LL.M. in International Intellectual Property Law – Università degli Studi di Torino

Marc J. Randazza is the managing partner of the firm and spends the majority of my time in the Las Vegas office, and is available for consultation in any of our offices, and at selected times in our correspondent firms’ offices in Turin, Italy and Paris, France. He is a nationally-known First Amendment and intellectual property attorney, and handles litigation and transactional matters nationwide.

Randazza’s First Amendment calling came to him at the University of Massachusetts, at Amherst, where he studied Journalism, but focused most of his studies on First Amendment legal issues.

After college, he worked as a journalist in Washington, DC, and Rome and Palermo, Italy, with sojourns on fishing vessels in Alaska, and oil tankers, tugboats, and freighters in the Caribbean and South Florida.

After his journalist and mariner days, he attended Georgetown University Law Center, where he earned his Juris Doctor degree, and where he spent time clerking for the Supreme Court of Vermont and for Rydin Carlsten Advokatbyrå, a Stockholm-based intellectual property law firm.

Immediately following law school, Marc received a fellowship from the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida, where he spent two years conducting in-depth research, publishing, and lecturing on First Amendment and intellectual property law issues.

Following his fellowship, Randazza established a career focused on First Amendment and Internet law.

His practice includes representation of defendants in SLAPP actions, protestors, and other free speech cases as well as intellectual property litigation and transactions. His practice includes representation of Internet businesses with Section 230 protection, adult entertainment businesses, and other businesses and individuals in intellectual property and free speech matters. Randazza was honored by Vegas, Inc. as one of Southern Nevada’s best attorneys for lawsuits and disputes.

Randazza formerly taught First Amendment Law, Entertainment Law, Trademark Law, and Copyright Law at Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Florida. He is a frequent panelist at legal conferences focused on these issues. He is often asked for commentary in the mainstream media, and has frequently appeared on national television news shows, offering commentary on First Amendment legal issues.

Randazza is an officer of the First Amendment Lawyers’ Association. He is licensed to practice law in Nevada, California, Massachusetts, Arizona, Florida, all federal courts in those states, multiple federal appellate courts, and before the United States supreme court. He is also a Registered Trademark Agent with the Canadian Trademark Office.

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Bar Licenses

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Massachusetts Bar
  • Nevada Bar
  • California Bar
  • Arizona Bar
  • Florida Bar
  • All Massachusetts Federal Courts
  • All Nevada Federal Courts
  • All California Federal Courts
  • All Arizona Federal Courts
  • All Florida Federal Courts
  • All Colorado Federal Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • 1st, 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeal
  • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Canadian Trademark Office – Registered Trademark Agent


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Effective & Efficient


Marc is an incredibly shrewd and competent lawyer. He holds the rights granted to us as citizens of this country very dear and feels very strongly about their preservation. Marc is articulate and bold. I am deeply grateful for his service.

So Much Help


Mr. Randazza, and his entire firm, are a class act. I was treated with respect, and kindness. Either Mr. Randazza himself, or his wonderful assistant would get back to me minutes after I emailed them. That's amazing.

My case was not ''big'' but it was very personal. Most Attorneys didn't even bother calling me back. So I was amazed by the personal attention from The Randazza Law Group. The information I got from him helped me tremendously in dealing with the company in question. After speaking with Mr. Randazza I was fully armed.

I would not hesitate in either hiring Mr. Randazza, or recommending this law office to anyone with a legal problem. Mr. Randazza is a straight shooter, an honest person and above all you feel important when you deal with him, not just another case.

Quick and effective


I suppose my issue was non-traditional, as I was a not-named party to a lawsuit based on twitter comments (it was someone else who got sued, my comments were part of a list of tweets entered as evidence in motions). Because it was a default judgement, I ended up getting a letter telling me to stop saying mean things (about an abusive man).

Enter Marc. With a letter to the abuser's attorney my worries about getting sued (or even arrested on a contempt of court charge) went away, while still retaining my anonymity...

Marc was at all times respectful (to both me and opposing counsel) and professional. I would hire Marc again in a heartbeat if I were to find myself on the receiving end of a lawsuit.

Great attorney for a very ugly case


Marc Randazza has worked on a number of free speech cases for us. In fact, this last year, we had a "bet the company" case, a very ugly and contentious case involving First Amendment rights and Section 230. Marc proved himself to be a real fighter that defended us vigorously through 14 months of hell, even though the other side started personally attacking his reputation, and even sued him personally to try and make him give up the fight on our behalf. Marc stuck with us through it all, and in the end, we came out victorious.

More details about the case can be assessed from Marc's profile on our site

After that we were so pleased with him, that we hired Marc on a constant retainer, and we are happy to have such a strong First Amendment and Section 230 Attorney on our side.



In my time of need for legal services, Mr. Marc Randazza has stepped up to the plate on more than one occasion, returning my phone calls personally. Mr. Randazza is extremely helpful on more than just the legal end. He has had an open line of communication during difficult times, which was extremely helpful in keeping me informed, thus lowering my stress levels and heightening my knowledge of what is happening from moment to moment.
One thing I like about Mr.Randazza is his utmost honesty. He WILL tell you like it is. Some things in life may be difficult to hear, but Randazza will pull no punches and will not lead you into a costly, drawn out situation for his own personnal financial gain.
I highly recommend Mr.Randazza for any legal needs you might have. This guy is licensed in 5 states, not an easy task. Mr. Randazza is not afraid of hard work, in fact he thrives on it. I haven't had a need for a lawyer in a long while, but if I do Randazza is the guy to call.

Marc is my Trademark and Free Speech Lawyer


When you hire Marc Randazza as your free speech lawyer, people listen. I have been threatened with multiple lawsuits. When they realize Marc was my lawyer, they understood any lawsuit against me would be vigorously defended.

Marc Randazza has been my lawyer in a lengthy and complicated defamation lawsuit (which we won) and in my trademark application before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (application approved).

Marc has also been my legal counsel in pre-litigation matters and has advised me about other lawsuit threats. Fortunately those matters were avoided.

I understand his acumen better than most, I am also a lawyer. Thus you could ever consider Randazza to be a "lawyer's lawyer."

I have referred clients to Marc would trust him with my life.

Marc John Randazza is a fierce and brilliant defender - highly recommended - saved my financial life


Marc Randazza saved my financial life with his defense of me. I highly, highly recommend him.

In short, he is an attack dog but never loses sight of what is the wise and prudent thing to do. He compiled an attack that, on multiple fronts, decimated every argument of the lawyer and client coming after me.

My experience of him is that he is passionately committed to fairness and doing what’s right, and as I saw it, does not see losing a case as an option for himself. I know he must occasionally lose a case (because this can’t always be in control of the lawyer due to the client’s situation and the law), but the way he approaches them -- with this fierceness that losing is not an option -- made me feel secure from the start that I didn’t have to worry at all; I just needed to wait for him to finish what he needed to do. I feel confident in saying that whatever the best possible outcome is, Randazza will get it for a client.

I also want to explain that while he is fierce, he is not just fierce. He is also methodical, meticulous, and highly incisive. In his defense of my case -- which he made go away rather than going to trial (phew!), I found him to be a brilliant writer (of the brief) and a leave-no-stones-unturned thinker and arguer. While I’m extremely grateful to him for all he did to defend me, I’m also extremely grateful I wasn’t the client on the other side of him. He, plain and simple, wiped the floor with every argument the other side’s lawyer made. And that’s no exaggeration. He brilliantly, brilliantly answered every argument the other lawyer made with a legally-supported argument (based in prior cases, state law, and constitutional law) that just made every argument the other side had just shrivel up -- to the point where the other side probably understood that they were lucky to just walk away and not walk away with a countersuit. (I did not want a countersuit; I just wanted the other side to go away; so I was very, very happy with this outcome.)

I also want to say that though Randazza is a fierce and committed defender of free speech -- mine and all of ours -- he never lost sight of my best interests. He was careful in informing me of all my alternatives, including the possible benefits of settling, and emphasized that this was an option for me, and explained all the reasons that this approach might have merits for me.

Another very important way that Randazza is fierce is that he’s fiercely ethical. It’s important to me to have a lawyer who, while exploiting every angle, never stops coming from moral high ground. I don’t really understand people who sneer at their lawyers for being sleazy. It’s up to a client to choose a lawyer who, in their initial conversations, reflects that they are both extremely intelligent/clever (and will figure out the puzzle of how to get you out of trouble) and comes from moral high ground. This matters to judges and it matters in terms of public opinion, if there is any public reflection on your case, which their was on mine. I found, at every turn, that Randazza drew on his mind and case law rather than ever doing anything underhanded.

And finally, I think you can understand a lot about a lawyer through his associates. The people who work for Marc Randazza are like mini-Randazzas in many ways, but the important part to me was that they seem to truly love and respect the guy. Love and respect. They love him because he’s decent to the core -- a man of principle -- and they respect him because of all I wrote above.

I highly, highly recommend Marc Randazza as a lawyer and a human being -- although I strongly suggest that you avoid being on the other side of him, because he’ll eat you and your lawyer for breakfast and eat whatever’s left for a mid-day snack. Great man, great lawyer; I was extremely lucky and will forever be grateful to him for his defense of me.

Exceptional Attorney For Our Ethics Company


As the owner of, Marc Randazza is the only attorney we have hired and the only attorney we would hire.

We provide trust seals and ethics audits of companies doing business online for the purpose of enabling honest business owners and ethical consumers to find each other more easily. Mr. Randazza has assisted us with protecting all of our intellectual property (including our official seal), quantifying our ethical standards and best practices, and many other more ordinary matters that have required his legal expertise.

At every turn Randazza has proven to be accessible and useful. We do not get passed over to assistants or associates, and he responds promptly to every request. As you might expect, his fees aren't the lowest we have seen, but I'm a firm believer that the best quality representation is a very worthwhile part of our budget.

I highly recommend you speak with him and hire him. He will do right by you.

- Stewart

Would not recommend this attorney

Mr. Randazza was employed by my company as General Counsel for approximately 3 years as our General Counsel.

We recently concluded litigation against this attorney (a 2.5 year binding arbitration), and the judge's ruling determined Mr. Randazza had committed (in the judge's words) "clear and serious breaches of fiduciary duty".

Our experience - and the judge's ruling - was that Randazza engaged in a host of actions prohibited by the professional rules of conduct, including negotiations for monetary payment to him directly from opposing parties in litigation. He'd also taken on numerous clients whose interests were adverse to ours (conflicts of interest) without disclosing them to us, and without informed written consent.

Specifically, Mr. Randazza was tasked with protecting our copyrights. During a suit with a party who had been violating our copyrights, it was discovered that Mr. Randazza pursued a $75,000 bribe from the opposing party in exchange for conflicting himself out of future representation against them. Subsequent discovery revealed this was a pattern Mr. Randazza had engaged in.

Mr. Randazza's actions following one specific settlement with an opposing party in copyright litigation resulted in that opposing party filing suit over Mr. Randazza's violations of the settlement agreement. This led to our having to settle with this opposing party, at considerable expense.

In another instance, Mr. Randazza actually took on as a client another website/company who repeatedly violating our copyrights without disclosing this to us. This rendered us entirely unable to pursue this company for their repeated violations of our copyrights, because Mr. Randazza clandestinely represented them.

Mr. Randazza's willingness to engage in conflicts like the above caused us considerable harm, as the attorney we'd hired to pursue protection of our intellectual property rights was either unwilling or enable to do precisely that, instead - as the arbitrator ruled - unjustly enriching themselves at our expense.

Further complications arose as a result of Mr. Randazza’s actions. Mr. Randazza wiped his company laptop of all our client files and data, did not release to us close to $600,000 in client files being held in his trust account, and refused for a considerable amount of time to hand over our client legal files following his resignation.

I would not recommend this attorney at all.

Best lawyer I've ever hired!


As an individual, I was on the receiving end of a UDRP (Domain Name Dispute) Complaint with a tight deadline, which to me was foreign, unnerving and worrisome. While seeking qualified and seasoned attorneys to defend my UDRP dispute case, I found and contacted attorney Marc Randazza. In the email, I included information about my situation for review, and unlike most, he immediately responded to my inquiry after carefully reviewing my case, with confidence. While he suggested that we opt for a three-memeber panel by presenting its benefits, he respected my decision in opting for a single-member panel, while being diligent and working even harder to cover all basis, in securing my defense.

Throughout the two-month long process, he was responsive and had my best interests at heart -- his focus and priority was to win the case without any compromises, and was not about collecting fees. Given my experience with him, unlike many lawyers, he's down-to-earth, not overbearing at all, funny, thoughtful, extremely knowledgeable, savvy, responsive, attentive to details, and conforms to tight deadlines under pressure. He always asked the right questions to gather the right information, and did diligent and amazing job with his research! As for his brief writings, to me they were simply impressive! From the start, he showed that he cared. I'm so grateful and appreciative of his and his associate's efforts and desire and dedication to secure and defend my case. I'm so proud and thankful to have such a lawyer on my side!

If you ever find yourself served with a UDRP complaint, don't panic, and immediately seek out the advice of attorney Marc Randazza!

Marc Randazza is a true expert and a lawyer that gets the job done right


Marc Randazza is an excellent lawyer. He addressed my case directly, was extremely successful, and accomplished it all in the right ethical way. He was very easy to work with, was immensely effective, and yet affordable.
Marc Randazza is everything legal counsel should be. He not only pleased me as a client, he has inspired me.

Want it done right the first time?


When it comes down to making the decision of who is the right lawyer for the job, some get confused. If you fall into that group, please let me reset you. Marc and his firm are like hiring The A-Team (yes 80’s TV reference). To be blunt, he knows his sh-t and when tossed at the other side and based on proven results, Marc nails his target and gets the job done. You want him representing YOU and definitely not the other side.

Sued for Defamation


You don't have to read too many reviews before you can feel safe about hiring this least I didn't have to. His internet presence is immense and that is quite reassuring as it is. I was sued for defamation (despite doing nothing wrong besides exercising my right to free speech) and it was quite a horrible feeling. I had never been sued before and did not know what to expect. A huge weight was lifted off my shoulders when I did my research and eventually hired Marc Randazza's firm. Granted, his prices are up there but I must say it was well worth the money to have this reassurance keep you sane during a lawsuit. In fact, retrospectively, I would probably have been much more worried with a "cheaper" attorney rather than be happy that I saved money. Also, Marc really does his best to help you with finances, which shows he actually does care. In this crazy world, that is damn hard to find.

As others have already mentioned, Marc, Jay and Beth were very responsive. I don't think I ever waited more than 24 hrs before receiving a response back via telephone, email, text, etc. When all you're thinking about is your case, this responsiveness is paramount as it helps reduce your anxiety...another great reason to choose this firm.

When I finally met Marc in person, I felt like he was one of my close friends. My closest friends aren't the superficially friendly kinds of people that are friends with everyone and constantly smiling...they are genuinely good like Marc. It was too bad I was stressed about my case rather than being able to have fun.

Bottom line is, if you are involved in some sort of litigation that revolves around defamation, the internet, free speech, etc, the choice is so easy. Trust me, I've done my research prior to hiring this firm, and now that my case is complete, I have even more confidence that this firm is a great choice that you will not go wrong with.

A lawyer's lawyer


I've long admired Marc's written work and litigation strategies. Marc’s work is significant and his public outreach is admirable.

But it's easy to be a reader of someone's blog posts and articles. Reading someone's work only costs us a few seconds of our time. The Internet is free.

I've often told Marc how significant and meaningful his work is. Compliments are a cheap currency. They are mere words.

The best compliment a man can pay another man is to hire him. When I was sued for defamation, there was only one person I wanted representing me – Marc Randazza.

Clients often complain that lawyers refuse to return calls. Marc's responses to my emails are scary-fast, making me wonder if he ever takes a day off.

I’ve never felt that Marc, unlike so many other lawyers, was paying lip service to my needs. Marc has never pressured me to take a litigation position that I wasn’t comfortable with. He has updated me on case developments and given me the pros and cons of every position. He has given me my options without insisting that I do what he suggested.

Being sued is never pleasant.

However, with Marc as my lawyer, I feel that I am in the best place a client can be.

I’m proud to call him my lawyer.

If you have to be sued for defamation


I'm a lawyer and a client. I was sued for defamation although I did not defame. I'd never met Marc Randazza, but I knew of him. When I determined to hire him to defend me, I was reasonably confident I'd made the right choice. Watching him in action makes it clear that I had. I've represented lawyers on occasion. Lawyers make terrible clients because we know better - or think we do. In fact, Marc knows better. Yet he treats his lawyer-clients with respect and dignity, keeps us informed, and does terrific work. I couldn't be happier (well, I suppose I'd be happier if I hadn't been sued in the first place) and couldn't recommend Marc more highly.

What a Lawyer Should Be


When faced with being a defendant in a SLAPP suit, there is no better attorney than Marc Randazza. He is smart, witty, and down-to-earth. For someone like me who has no experience in First Amendment or Civil Law, he explained everything perfectly and kept me informed at every step. I went from depression about being sued to feeling confident that everything would work in my favor.

I am thankful for his help and grateful to the experienced attorneys who referred Marc to me.

A Lawyer Committed to the First Amendment


I am an experienced attorney currently represented by Marc Randazza in an online defamation action. Marc knows the law of Internet defamation backwards and forward and he's a powerful and talented writer. But what sets Marc apart from the many other lawyers involved in this case and overall is Marc's unwavering commitment to the defense of First Amendment - and his ability to ensure that these principles aren't lost in the pages of legal filings and hours of argument that complex litigation entails.
Marc is a tenacious advocate for clients, but equally and perhaps more importantly, he knows how to take care of his clients. For all of his talent, Marc deserves to be arrogant, blunt and boastful - and yet he is the oppositie. His discretion in maintaining client confidentiality in high profile cases is impeccable, he readily explains (even when not asked) the strategy behind his proposed approach and he is cognizant of, and sensitive to the toll that litigation takes on a client financially and emotionally.

The Genghis Khan of First-Amendment Defense


When Genghis Khan besieged a city, he would first pitch a white tent. If the city surrendered before morning, all its occupants would be spared.

The next day he would pitch a red tent: if the city surrendered, the women and children would be spared.

On the third morning the Great Khan would pitch a black tent. Once the black tent had been raised, when (not "if") the city fell, all its inhabitants would die.

Lawsuits for hurt feelings are, sadly, common in America today. As a lawyer, a writer, and a fan of the First Amendment, I've followed Marc Randazza's work in such cases for years. Like Genghis Khan, Marc gives his adversary a chance to surrender, and then, if surrender doesn't come, he takes no prisoners.

So when I got sued a thousand miles from home for writing unkind things, my choice of counsel was obvious: Marc Randazza. With Marc Randazza defending, the results of such a lawsuit for the plaintiff will be either surrender or bloodbath.

Either way is fine with me.

Simply the best


I am an attorney based in Philadelphia. Marc represented me in a high profile defamation matter. Without a doubt, Marc is the best lawyer you can retain. He is knowledgeable, responsive, funny, and great on his feet. Marc's brief writing is also incredible. I would recommend Marc to anyone.

Smart, Savvy and Tough


Marc Randazza is one of the handful of First Amendment lawyers around who not only knows what he's doing, but has the guts to back it up. As an attorney with 30 years of experience, I'm a pretty tough client to satisfy. I know good work. I know cheap talk. I know the difference between good and bad, and great. Marc is a great First Amendment lawyer.

The last thing you ever want to happen is find out your adversary hired Randazza.

Best First Amendment Lawyer You'll Find


I'm an in-house lawyer, and I've worked with hundreds of lawyers over the last 20 years. Most of them have been smart, half of them have been responsive, some of them have been personable, and a handful of them have shown good business judgment.

Marc is the rare lawyer that has this complete package. He's forthright, candid and responsive. And he's never going to recommend that you pursue something that might be in his economic interest but questionable for you - he's very focused on getting the outcome that's best for the client. Because he knows his stuff cold, and is comfortable taking something other than a by-the-book, cautious approach to litigation, he is better than most in getting matters resolved short of going to court.

I couldn't recommend Marc more highly for any first amendment or internet-related case, in any jurisdiction.

I'm an attorney and he's the best attorney I've ever had represent me


I'm an Ivy League trained attorney. And of all the attorneys I've ever had work on my behalf, Marc is by far the best.

Though I originally hired him for a first amendment matter, I've found his law firm to be extremely knowledgable in other areas. And I'm hoping to be able to use him in the future for any business issue that may ever come up.

His response time is outstanding. His analysis is spot on. He has brilliant writing skills. And, he has a unique ability to see the big picture and come up with the best possible strategy for any problem that arises, including aspects beyond the legal issues before him.

Of the hundreds of lawyers I've come across in my career as an attorney, he is the one I trust the most.

Review of Attorney Marc Randazza


I have worked with Marc on dozens of legal matters related to my business since Spring of '04 and have had nothing but great experiences. He's adaptable to his clients' personal style and risk tolerance levels, and gives his full time and attention to every client concern.

Furthermore, his desire to protect clients from pursing matters that are probably not worth pursuing is commendable, whereas other, less ethical legal professionals may have the tendency to encourage clients to pursue legal action to increase their own earnings. I have never once sensed that tendency in Mr Randazza. He has talked me out of admittedly ego-driven legal pursuits quite a few times, when he has assessed that such pursuits would be unlikely to conclude in my favor (i.e., would be a waste of my money even though that money would be going directly to him). That's class.

His objectivity and selflessness in his legal practice, and his heartfelt dedication to defend the liberties and Constitutional rights of his clients and all citizens of this country (even the "asshats"!), shines through in all he does.

Your best choice for hardcore 1st Amendment attorney.


Delighted by my dealings with Mr. Randazza. I had one of those cases which is small potatoes to the attorney but a big deal to the client. The billing was very fair, I received timely attention, and the matter was resolved as I had hoped. Also I was pleased to find an attorney who is genuinely net-savvy, both in background knowledge and everyday habits. If my freedom of speech ever requires defense in the future, I know the man to call.



Mr. Randazza helped us out of a serious bind in 2008. We were referred through another local lawyer who spoke very highly of him saying, "he's a great guy, real down to Earth, and probably one of the best in his field."

Every word of that recommendation was proven true. Marc took an immediate personal interest in our case. Being that my company is small with a meager budget I expected to be moved to the back burner. However, this was not the case.

Mr. Randazza kept in contact with us constantly with personal phone calls (more than once late on Friday night), personal emails, and face to face meetings.

His keen intellect and knack for out of the box thinking are valuable assets in the legal biz. He attacked our company's case with creativity and vigor, not bureaucracy. Nothing was ever "rubber stamped" or just passed across the desk.

When all was said and done, with Mr. Randazza's help, we came out on top of a case where the odds were stacked against us.

You always hear the expression, "I'd trust the guy with my life" thrown around. People usually say it in regards to family and long time friends. Funny thing, I trusted Mr. Randazza with mine and walked away a better person.