First Amendment and Anti-SLAPP Law

A SLAPP ("Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation") is a lawsuit meant to intimidate and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense. Anti-SLAPP laws give defendants a relatively speedy way to combat this type of action, lessen the burden of litigation, and force the plaintiff to pay legal fees. Often, after a successful anti-SLAPP motion, a defendant will pursue an abuse of process or malicious prosecution claim against those who previously tried to silence her. This type of action - called a “SLAPPback” claim - also has its own law and unique procedure.

At Seals Phillips LLP, we take pride in our anti-SLAPP and SLAPPback successes. We have litigated in this complex area for more than a decade, representing both plaintiffs and defendants, with a greater than 90% success rate. Collin's articles on anti-SLAPP law have appeared in several publications, most recently in Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine (co-written with Gary Brophy).  Successes include Golden State Seafood, Inc. v. Schloss (2020) 53 Cal.App.5th 21, and West v. Arent Fox LLP(2015) 237 Cal. App. 4th 1065.


Your constitutional rights are our greatest concern. California's anti-SLAPP law protects individuals who are sued for exercising their constitutional rights, and the Law Offices of Collin Seals has nearly a decade of successes representing both individuals and corporations in this vibrant and constantly changing area of the law.


We know that litigation can be intimidating, even for those who have experienced it before. The Law Offices of Collin Seals provides personalized, hands-on representation to steer you through the process to a successful conclusion. With effective communication and expert advice, we lift the burdens and provide you with top quality legal advice throughout your case.