Leonard M. Niehoff, '84, is a nationally prominent practitioner and scholar in three fields: media law and First Amendment; higher education law; and trial and appellate litigation.
He has represented dozens of media entities, journalists, institutions of higher education, and corporations in numerous cases in the state and federal courts. At the Law School, he teaches courses in civil procedure, evidence, First Amendment, law and theology, and media law. He also has taught mini-seminars on a variety of subjects, including appellate advocacy, the history of banned books, the career and writings of John Voelker, superheroes and the law, and the Salem witch trials.
He is the author of numerous publications, including books on evidence law, media law, and the attorney-client privilege, and more than 100 articles in the fields of ethics, evidence, First Amendment, higher education law, litigation strategy, and media law. He is currently working on books on the First Amendment and the Salem witch trials.
Professor Niehoff has practiced law for more than 35 years and is currently of counsel to Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, where he chairs the firm's appellate practice group and helps lead the firm's media law practice group. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the Michigan Bar Foundation, the Litigation Counsel of America, and the Romney Institute for Law and Public Policy, and has served on the boards of several of the nation's leading media law and higher education law organizations. He has been recognized by a variety of publications, including The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA.