David J. Bodney
Adjunct Professor of Law


David J. Bodney is the Managing Partner of the Phoenix office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP. His practice areas include media and constitutional law, commercial and intellectual property litigation, American Indian law, and government affairs. He is listed in the current editions of Who’s Who in American Law, The Best Lawyers in America, and Southwest Super Lawyers.

Over the years, Professor Bodney has successfully defended print, broadcast, and electronic media in defamation, privacy, and related First Amendment litigation. His practice covers a wide range of constitutional law issues, including prosecuting actions to secure open government, blocking prior restraints and subpoenas of reporters by government and third parties, handling advertising, commercial speech, and intellectual property law issues.

He also serves as adjunct faculty at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where he teaches media law. For more than 30 years, he has worked to secure open government legislation on behalf of the publishing industry. In 1999, together with The Arizona Republic, he earned the Arizona Newspapers Association’s Freedom of Information Award for his work in federal court on behalf of Phoenix Newspapers, Inc.

He has litigated numerous complex commercial disputes in the banking, education, publishing, retail, and high-technology industries. His practice of constitutional law extends to Indian and gaming law matters, and he advises clients on a wide range of such issues, including tribal governance, membership, sovereignty, taxation, voting, and water rights.


Assistant: Lorraine Protocollo

Curriculum Vitae

B.A., Yale University

J.D., University of Virginia