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Alliance Defending Freedom

ADF advances the God-given right to live and speak the Truth.
We contend for the Truth in law, policy, and the public square, and equip the alliance to do the same.
ADF will walk boldly into the wind with resilience and with courage. We will do—as we have done—the hard things to which God has called us with the expectation that He will accomplish His purposes.
Kristen Waggoner, CEO, Alliance Defending Freedom
15
Supreme Court Victories
80
Win Rate
2,700
Allied Attorneys
4,500
Network Attorneys

Meet the Team

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Kristen Waggoner

CEO, President, and General Counsel
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Rebecca Eggleston

Executive Vice President
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Jim Campbell

Chief Legal Counsel
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Ryan Bangert

Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & Special Counsel to the President
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Paul Coleman

Executive Director, ADF International
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Jeremy Tedesco

Senior Counsel, Senior Vice President of Corporate Engagement
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Don Ziel

Vice President of Church & Ministry Alliance and Assistant General Counsel
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Lance Bauslaugh

Senior Vice President of Development

Alliance Defending Freedom Jobs

Are you looking for a job where you can glorify God while making a difference working for a leading Christian legal non-profit? View our open positions and see how you can use your skills to advance our God-given rights to live and speak the Truth.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Alliance Defending Freedom is one of the leading Christian law firms committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, marriage and family, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

    ADF is one of the nation’s most respected and successful United States Supreme Court advocates. We have played various roles in 74 Supreme Court victories. Since 2011, ADF has represented parties in 15 victories at the Supreme Court. These victories have been on behalf of pastors, churches, religious organizations, college students, family-owned businesses, pro-life pregnancy centers, and many others.

  • ADF was launched in 1994 by leaders in the Christian community like Alan Sears, Bill Bright, James Dobson, Larry Burkett, and Dr. D. James Kennedy. These leaders wanted to create an alliance-building legal organization with the goal of keeping the doors open for the Gospel.

  • ADF seeks to protect everyone’s First Amendment freedoms.

    While many of our clients are Christians, we've also defended the rights of Jews, Muslims, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, and people of no faith. Religious freedom is for everyone.

    In our campus free speech work, we've represented students of varied religious faiths and political beliefs. And outside the United States, ADF International has worked to stop persecution against Christians, Yazidis, Muslims, and other religious minorities.

    If you believe your First Amendment rights have been violated, contact us using this link.

  • Kristen Waggoner has served as the CEO, President & General Counsel of ADF since October 2022.

  • Yes. ADF is a nonprofit organization with a 501c3 tax designation.

  • ADF International is a highly respected organization that engages in legal advocacy alongside numerous partners all over the world, including ADF India.

    Its focus is to defend Christians and other religious minorities against persecution in court and to advocate for free speech and religious freedom.

    ADF International is accredited by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the European Parliament and Commission and the Organization of American States (OAS). Additionally, it enjoys participatory status with the EU’s Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and engages regularly with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). ADF International has played a leading role in 35 victories before the European Court of Human Rights.