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"As a former newspaper and television photographer, it is an honor advocating for the First Amendment rights of all visual journalists."



An award-winning photojournalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, and USA Today as well as on ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, and ESPN, Mickey primarily concentrates his legal practice on contract, media, copyright, and First Amendment law. He serves as general counsel to the National Press Photographers Association.

Mickey has extensive experience handling matters involving cameras in the courtroom, the federal shield law, media access, public photography, orphan works, drones, and copyright infringement. He also handles legal and public-relations analysis, multimedia communications, risk assessment and planning, and policy development and implementation.

Mickey is well known by clients for identifying, assessing, and communicating under adverse circumstances with short deadlines, with decades of experience dealing in fast-breaking and complex issues.

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association, Communications Law Forum
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • New York State Bar Association, Media Law Committee

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Media Law Resource Center, Newsgathering Committee Member and Drone Journalism Subcommittee Co-Chair

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Of Counsel
  • Erie County Department of Social Services, Director of Legal Affairs
  • WKBW-TV (ABC Affiliate), Staff Photographer, Reporter, and Producer
  • ESPN, Contract Photographer
  • Buffalo Courier Express, Staff Photographer

Selected Community Activities

  • Erie County Sheriff’s Department Scientific Staff, Reserve Deputy
  • Montgomery County Community College Communications Program, Advisory Committee Member
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Ride for Roswell Planning Committee Media Relations Member
  • University at Buffalo School of Law, Former Media and the Law Adjunct
  • University at Buffalo, Former Photojournalism Adjunct

Selected Honors

  • Erie County Sheriff’s Department Badge & Shield Club, Reserve Deputy of the Year, 2017
  • Society of Professional Journalists, Fellow of the Society, 2015
  • National Press Photographers Association, Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award, 2013
  • Bar Association of Erie County, Liberty Bell Award for Outstanding Community Service, 2002
  • Buffalo Fire Department, Commissioner Citation for Exemplary Community Service

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), “Legal Officers Training Session”
  • Investigative Reporters and Editors, “Subpoena and Shield Law”
  • National Sheriffs Association, “Right to Photograph and Record”
  • National Press Club, “Right to Photograph & Record,” Moderator
  • National Press Club, “Ongoing Assault on Photography”

Selected Publications & Media

Featured Media


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Sweeping Amendments Impact Medicaid Fraud Control Units After 40 Years


NYS Appellate Court Holds That Whether Provision in Construction Contract Required Additional Insured Coverage Presented Question of Fact

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