Marvin S. Putnam

Marvin S. Putnam is a partner at Latham & Watkins, LLP, with a principal focus on the representation of the media in defense of First Amendment rights. He joined the PEN America Board of Trustees following the March 2018 unification with PEN Center USA, for which he served as President and Board Chair. As a lawyer, he provides prepublication review for national news, variety, and talk show programs, as well as publications and film and television studios. He has represented film and television concerns requiring a First Amendment defense, journalists in numerous reporters’ privilege subpoena actions, and media entities seeking both court and legislative access. He has been named a “Power Lawyer” by the Hollywood Reporter and a “Super Lawyer” in a survey conducted by Law & Politics Media, Inc., as published in Los Angeles magazine. Before joining Latham & Watkins, he was a partner at the international law firm of O’Melveny & Myers, where he chaired the firm’s First Amendment Group and was a member of the Entertainment Litigation and Trial Practice Groups. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Georgetown Law School.