Reed Armstrong has successfully defended clients against claims of slander and libel and our attorneys understand the intricate nuances of the laws regarding defamation claims. Successful liability defenses have been achieved by focusing on the elements a plaintiff must plead and prove to establish defamation. Careful analysis must be undertaken to determine whether a qualified privilege or even an absolute privilege defense for the alleged defamation exists. A qualified privilege increases the plaintiff’s burden of proof by requiring proof it was published with knowledge or reckless disregard of its falsity. If the statement was the report of a crime to law enforcement, or the report of the content of public records or proceedings, an absolute privilege could exist.