Writing

David Lat is one of the nation’s leading legal journalists. He is the founding editor of Above the Law (“ATL”), the largest legal news website in the United States, which receives approximately seven million pageviews a month from 1.3 million unique visitors. He served as managing editor of ATL from 2006 until 2017, during which time the site received multiple awards, including recognition by the Weblog Awards (Best Law Blog), the ABA Journal Blawg 100 (Best News Blog), and the Webby Awards (Official Honoree).

Today Above the Law, a multimillion-dollar business, employs five full-time writer-editors and roughly 50 outside columnists, including prominent lawyers, legal academics, legal technologists, and other thought leaders in the world of law. It is owned by Breaking Media, a network of websites, e-newsletters, and social-media channels for influential, affluent business communities.

Prior to starting ATL out of his D.C. apartment in the summer of 2006, David founded Underneath Their Robes (“UTR”), a prominent blog about federal judges that he wrote under a pseudonym while practicing as a federal prosecutor, until he revealed his identity as UTR’s author to the New Yorker magazine. He also served as co-editor of the political blog Wonkette.

David’s writing has appeared in newspapers, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and New York Observer (where he was a columnist from 2007 to 2008), and magazines, including Esquire, New York, and Washingtonian (for which he co-authored an award-winning cover story in December 2009). He has also written for academic publications such as the Yale Law Journal, Vanderbilt Law Review, and Tennessee Law Review.

If you would like to discuss a possible writing project with David, please contact him. Links to selected writings of his appear below.

Blogging Opinion/Op-Eds News Articles / Reported Essays Book Reviews Academic Writings

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