Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon

Mickey H. Osterreicher

Mickey H. Osterreicher

Of Counsel

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Buffalo Office

The Avant Building
200 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14202

Mickey is experienced in contract, media, copyright and First Amendment Law. He has been actively involved in matters such as cameras in the courtroom, the federal shield law, media access, public photography, orphan works and copyright infringement. He handles legal and public relations analysis, multi-media communications, risk assessment and planning as well as policy development and implementation. Mickey is known for identifying, assessing and communicating well under adverse circumstances with short deadlines, as he possess years of experience dealing with fast-breaking and complex issues.

Mickey was involved with the drafting of the Fair Trial/Free Press and Cameras in the Courtroom section of the New York State Bar Association Journalists’ Handbook. He writes regularly for the Media Law Resource Center and the National Press Photographers Association's magazine as well as other online publications and has been quoted in the news nationally on these issues. Additionally, Mickey has been an adjunct lecturer in Photojournalism at the State University of New York at Buffalo and an adjunct law professor in media and the law at the SUNY Buffalo Law School.

He serves as general counsel to the National Press Photographers Association and is an award-winning photojournalist with almost 40 years of experience. Mickey’s work has appeared in such publications as 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.

Practice Areas


  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.S., 1973
  • University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D., 1998

Admitted To Practice

  • New York, 1999
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Memberships & Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association, Media Law Committee
  • American Bar Association, Communications Law Forum
  • Media Law Resource Center, Newsgathering Committee
  • Erie County Bar Association
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, Adjunct Lecturer in photojournalism
  • University at Buffalo Law School, The State University of New York, Adjunct Professor in Media and the Law

Civic 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

Speaking & Publications

  • Media Law Resource Center’s MediaLawLetter, “10 Questions to a Media Lawyer: Mickey Osterreicher”
  • "Threats To The 1st Amendment Right To Record In Public," Law360, June 4, 2014
  • "Police need proper training on First Amendment rights," Buffalo News, May 18, 2014
  • Center for Sustainable Journalism, Media Law in the Digital Age, Panelist, 2011
  • "Photographers – Know Your Rights," Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, Speaker, 2011
  • American Bar Association Communications Law Forum Annual Meeting, Panelist, 2011
  • "Cameras in the Courts: The Long Road to the New Federal Experiment," Reynolds Courts & Media Law Journal, 2011
  • "Seventh Circuit Panel Hears Arguments in ACLU v. Alvarez," MLRC Media Law Letter, 2011
  • "FOIA Exemption 2 After Milner: A DOJ Roadmap," MLRC Media Law Letter, 2011
  • Syracuse University Tully Lecture Series, Panelist, 2010


  • National Press Photographers Association’s Kenneth P. McLaughlin Award of Merit & the Presidential Medal, 2006
  • Erie County Bar Association, Liberty Bell Award for outstanding community service, 2002
  • National Press Foundation America’s Legal System Fellowship, 2001
  • Erie County Bar Association, Media Award for Domestic Violence Awareness, 1998
  • Erie County Sheriff’s Department Badge & Shield Club, Reserve Deputy of the Year, 1994
  • Buffalo Fire Department, Commissioner Citation for exemplary community service, 1993
  • Numerous regional and national awards from the National Press Photographers Association and the Associated Press

Prior Experience

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