Public Interest and Advocacy
- Public Interest and Advocacy
Leaders stake out a position. We defend and support our advocacy and non-profit clients as they champion Constitutional freedoms and argue for public policy reforms.
Our public interest clients are passionate about issues, not corporate filings. We make their jobs easier by taking care of their legal infrastructure while they purse their missions. We advise them on corporate formation, tax-exempt status and other regulatory issues that define their spheres of influence. Our service areas include employment laws, election regulations, Internal Revenue Service compliance and religious liberty issues, as well as state and federal registrations.
The strength of our practice lies in the scope and value of our, allowing our clients to rely on one law firm for the legal advice they need to grow their organization and champion their stakeholders. In recent years, we have been on the forefront of efforts to defend clients’ religious liberty and free speech rights. This has included cases where we defended organizations from government overreach in employment decisions and other workplace regulations, defamation claims from political opponents and threats to their tax-exempt and non-profit status.
Many clients only need a little assistance. When they want to take on big issues, we have the resources to represent them all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Our team has argued constitutional issues at the nation’s high court and dozens of successful jury trials.
- National grassroots advocacy organizations
- Georgia grassroots organization active in local issues
- PAC active in 2016 GOP primary election
- Laurelbrook Sanitarium and School, Inc.
Successfully defended non-profit advocacy group against claim that it did not own rights to its name and that it had defamed a former director. Jury found that "Tea Party Patriots" trademark did not belong to former board member and restored all rights to the mark. The defamation claims were dismissed upon motion for directed verdict.
Wrote amicus curiae brief in support of challenge to Minnesota statutes limiting free speech activities near voting areas.
Successfully challenged government regulations on equal protection grounds.
Co-counsel in federal lawsuit seeking redress against the IRS and individual defendants for unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination against non-profit educational and advocacy groups.
Representing a large, international aircraft parts manufacturer in complex property tax dispute.
Representing one of the world's largest religious organizations in an unprecedented sales and use tax case.
Represented the defendant, a Seventh Day Adventist school and sanitarium, against claims brought by the plaintiff under Tennessee’s workers’ compensation statutes. The defendant’s defense was based in part under the United States Constitution and the Tennessee Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
- July 22, 2014
- "Mandated Reporter Training: Overcoming Barriers and Protecting Children," American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children's Advanced Training SummitPortland, Maine, June 21-23, 2017
- "Internal Investigations," Association of Christian Schools International 2016 Professional Development ForumDaytona Beach, Fla., November 21, 2016
- "Dealing with Sexuality Issues in Christian Schools," Association of Christian Schools International 2016 Professional Development ForumDaytona Beach, Fla., November 21, 2016
- "Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse: Who, What, When, Where & Why," National Association for the Education of Young Children's 2016 Annual ConferenceLos Angeles, Calif., November 2-5, 2016
- "Dealing with Sexuality Issues in Christian Schools," Association of Christian Schools International 2016 Professional Development ForumBirmingham, Ala., October 14, 2016
- "Mandated Reporting: Who, What, Where, When, Why," American Camp Association 2016 Southeastern Fall Camp ConferenceGreenville, S.C., September 26-28, 2016
- "Managing Risks: Encouraging Children to Conquer Their Fears, Reassuring Parents, and Fending Off Lawyers," American Camp Association 2015 Southeastern ConferenceJacksonville, Fla., October 6, 2015
- Bogan Park Community Recreation Center, Buford, Ga., August 1, 2015
- Trigger Warnings are Anti-Science Deborah A. Ausburn
- Prosecuting Sheldon: Expanding Affirmative Consent Deborah A. Ausburn
- The 2016 PAC Problem: To go Super or Hybrid? Bryan F. Jacoutot
- Tomorrowland and the Causes of Poverty Jonathan B. Wilson
- Mind the Signs
- Thinking About Sending a FOIA Request? Get Ready for Delay, Frustration and Perhaps, a Fight Steven J. Whitehead
- Social Media Copyright Hoaxes, Warnings and Policies Amanda Groover Hyland
- Alice's Restaurant - Part Two Jonathan B. Wilson
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