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Mary Ellen Roy

Attorney at Phelps Dunbar LLP
New Orleans, Louisiana
Mary Ellen Roy is a Partner in the New Orleans office of Phelps Dunbar LLP. She represents newspapers, television stations, book and magazine publishers, television networks, and movie production companies throughout the Gulf South in First Amendment, public access, copyright and trademark litigation. She has been listed in Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America. On behalf of a national television network, she prevailed in an action to require the New Orleans coroner to produce the autopsy reports of those who died as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

About Me

What is your area of expertise?
I practice in the area of commercial litigation. I represent media and advertising companies in pre-publication and pre-broadcast review, defamation defense, privacy law, courtroom access, public records and open meetings, reporter’s privilege, negligent misrepresentation, and other First Amendment issues. I also handle intellectual property law matters, including copyright and trademark counseling, litigation, registration, prosecution and proceedings before the U.S. Copyright Office, the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). She has experience with various Internet and technology law issues, including domain name disputes in international arbitrations before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), privacy and terms of use policies for websites, and anonymous speech postings.
What honors or awards have you received?
I was named an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property. New Orleans Magazine also included me in the listing of Top Lawyers: Communications Law, First Amendment Law, Intellectual Property. I have also been listed as Louisiana Super Lawers and The Best Lawyers in Ameria - Litigation - First Amendment, Litigation - Intellectual Property.


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Association Position
Media Law Resource Center - Defense Counsel Section Member
Louisiana Bar Foundation Member
Louisiana State Bar Association Member
Louisiana Coalition for Open Government Member


School Degree Graduation Year
Harvard Law School J.D. 1984
University of Louisiana at Lafayette B.A. 1981

Contact Information

Phelps Dunbar LLP

365 Canal St Ste 2000
New Orleans, LA 70130