Jeffrey J. Pyle
Jeffrey J. Pyle is a
trial lawyer who focuses his practice in commercial, media, and constitutional
litigation. He has represented clients in a wide variety of cases, including
multi-million dollar contract disputes, libel claims, criminal cases, and civil
As part of his practice,
Jeff represents newspapers, magazines, and investigative journalism
organizations in cases involving access to government documents, libel, subpoenas
to identify sources, and sealed court records.
He also provides prepublication review services to media companies,
advising them on how to avoid liability for such claims as defamation, invasion
of privacy, and copyright infringement.
In 2012, Jeff argued
successfully before the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts on behalf of a
business seeking access to sealed affidavits that had been filed in support of
a search warrant. New England Internet Cafe, LLC v. Clerk of Superior Court for Criminal
Bus. in Suffolk Cnty., 462 Mass. 76 (2012).
In 2007, he and Joseph D. Steinfield tried a lengthy case on behalf of a
businessman against officials of the Puerto Rico Department of Insurance. The
jury returned a $5 million verdict in favor of the firm’s client, which was
upheld by the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Guillemard-Ginorio v.
Contreras-Gomez, 585 F.3d 508 (1st Cir. 2009).
Jeff frequently teaches
and writes about issues involving First Amendment rights and media law. In 1994, the American Civil Liberties Union
of Massachusetts awarded Jeff the David Burres Civil Liberties Award, and he is
now a cooperating attorney with the organization. He serves as the treasurer of
the Petra Foundation, a charity that recognizes unsung heroes of community
service and social activism. Jeff is
also a member of the Council of the Boston Bar Association, and serves on its Amicus
Jeff graduated magna cum laude from Boston College Law
School, where he worked as solicitations editor for the Boston College Law
Review. He then served as a law clerk
for the Honorable Michael A. Ponsor in the United States District Court for the
District of Massachusetts. He joined
Hill & Barlow as an attorney in 2001, and in 2003 moved with several other
attorneys to Prince Lobel.
- United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
- United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- Boston College Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2000
- Trinity College, B.A., 1997
- 2006–2015...: Named a "Rising Star" by "Massachusetts Super Lawyers" in the area of First Amendment/Media/Advertising
- American Bar Association
- Boston Bar Association
- 2013: Council member, Boston Bar Association
- 2010-2013: Chair, Boston Bar Association Amicus Committee
- 2004-2006: Co-chair, Boston Bar Association Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Section