Partner at Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Stephen R. Fogle represents media companies and individual journalists, editors, publishers, and content producers on First Amendment, privacy, and news gathering issues and has wide experience in representing business clients on a complete range of commercial, construction, and contractual matters. A veteran trial attorney, mediator, and arbitrator, Mr. Fogle has handled a wide range of claims based on allegations of defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, First Amendment, and trespass in addition to an extensive list of trademark, trade dress, copyright, patent infringement, software contract, construction, real estate, nuisance, consumer protection statute, collection, telecommunication, professional malpractice, labor and employment, and prisoner's rights issues. He has a wide and varied experience in the use and defense of Temporary Restraining Orders, Temporary and Permanent Injunctions in media, and commercial and intellectual property matters. Mr. Fogle is actively involved in the pre-publication review of articles, broadcasts, and investigative journalism pieces for his media clients as well as the development and implementation of litigation prevention strategies for all his clients. Mr. Fogle's recent experience includes defending a neighborhood association accused of tortious interference with a contract by a landowner whose property was annexed after an extensive public debate over the planned use for that property; the defense of a media company accused of defamation by a local charity following the broadcast of an investigative story; and, defeating injunctions aimed at preventing the construction of communications towers in restricted subdivisions. In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Fogle has been a state and federal court mediator since 1994, and in that time, he has assisted in the disposition of hundreds of cases through the mediation process. He has served as Master in Chancery to the 150th District Court of Bexar County, Texas, and as a discovery master in civil suits by request and agreement of the parties. In 1998, Mr. Fogle was selected and certified by the United States Postal Service to mediate employment issues at postal facilities throughout south Texas. In June 2000, he was appointed to the Blue Ribbon Panel of Mediators for the Rio Grande District of the Postal Service. In 2003, he began serving as an Arbitrator for parties upon request and became a certified Arbitrator in 2007 and is on several panels with Conflict Solutions of Texas, Inc.