Kurt Wimmer is a partner at Covington & Burling LLP concentrating in media law and intellectual property. Prior to this, from 2006 to 2009, he was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Gannett Co., Inc., the largest newspaper publisher in the United States.
Mr. Wimmer's clients have included Microsoft, Yahoo!, The Washington Post Company, Newsweek, National Geographic, and Gannett Co., Inc. He has also advised journalists, associations, and legislators in more than two dozen countries across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East concerning new media laws, protection of journalists, and freedom of information.
Mr. Wimmer is listed in "Best Lawyers in America" in four areas: administrative law, communications law, First Amendment, and media law. In recognition of his service to the First Amendment, Mr. Wimmer was the first lawyer to receive the highest accolade of the National Press Photographers Association, the Joseph A. Sprague Award, in June 2002.
He also serves on the boards of the Media Law Resource Center, The Media Institute, the American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law, and the Citizens Media Law Project of the Berkman Center at Harvard University.