Douglas E. Lee
Douglas E. Lee is a partner in the Dixon, Ill., law firm of Ehrmann Gehlbach Badger & Lee, LLC. Lee, who represents clients in litigation, employment and other matters, has been a legal correspondent for the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center since 1995. In his First Amendment practice, he has served as Illinois counsel for “America’s Most Wanted” in a subpoena battle, represented author Suzy Spencer in a courtroom-access case in Texas and authored a U.S. Supreme Court amicus curiae brief in the Vanessa Leggett case for the Center for Individual Freedom. Lee also has represented Sauk Valley Media in subpoena and courtroom-access cases.
Lee’s articles concerning efforts to acquire documents from the Illinois Department of Corrections under the state Freedom of Information Act were part of a Sauk Valley Newspapers investigative report that won a second place award in the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association excellence in journalism contest in 2009.
Before joining Ehrmann Gehlbach Badger & Lee, Lee was an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Baker & Hostetler, where he represented news media clients such as the Delaware State News, the Chicago Sun-Times, many Scripps Howard newspapers and broadcast stations and the Society of Professional Journalists in a variety of libel, privacy, and freedom-of-information matters.
Lee received his undergraduate degrees in history and political science from the University of Illinois and his law degree from the Northwestern University School of Law. He currently is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, Illinois, Virginia, the District of Columbia, the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois and the District of Columbia and the United States Courts of Appeal for the 4th, 7th, 10th and District of Columbia Circuits.