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New York City Defamation Attorney

Defamation Litigation Attorney in Manhattan, New York

Everyone works hard to make a good name for themselves over the course of their life. When your reputation is tarnished by the words of another person, you may feel frustrated and unsure of how to proceed. If someone has spoken poorly about you to the public in an effort to intentionally slander your name and it has had negative repercussions on your life, it may be a good idea to consider your legal options. The legal team at Swerling Law can help you take a stand against defamation and help you restore your reputation. Our firm is committed to helping you recover the damages you are entitled to as a result of the negative repercussions that defamation had on your life. To discuss your situation, contact Swerling Law today.

What is Defamation?

When a competitor, media organization, or another individual make negative statements about you in the press or online, it may be considered defamation. There are two primary categories of defamation: slander and libel. Slander occurs when an individual speaks negatively about you in an effort to cause harm, which will typically take place in a video interview, on the radio, or in some other way where they are physically speaking. Libel, on the other hand, occurs when another party writes negative things about you online, in the press, or in any other written capacity.

Proving Defamation

In order to have a successful defamation case, you must be able to prove that the other party published or broadcasted the statement in question without authorization, that the statement is false, that you were harmed as a result of the statement, and that the other party failed to verify these claims. When proving you were harmed, you may be able to show that your business took losses, you lost wages, and that you suffered emotional distress as a result of the statements. Be aware that you must file a defamation claim within one year of the incident in accordance with New York state law.

Contact a NYC Defamation Attorney

If you or your business has suffered as a result of another party’s defamatory statements, you may want to consider your legal options. Swerling Law understands that you may be experiencing both financial and emotional distress as a result of slander or libel and is ready to help. Our firm will help clear your name and restore your reputation. Contact Swerling Law today to discuss your situation.


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Settlement to a woman who was assaulted and sustained back/hip injuries in 2015.


Verdict to a high school student who was assaulted by a school dean during her lunch period dislocating her hip in 2014.


Settlement to a man who was run over by a dump truck on a Brooklyn street causing him to sustain multiple injuries, including but not limited to a broken leg and detached urethra in 2019.


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