Rory Gray serves as senior counsel on Alliance Defending Freedom’s Appellate Advocacy Team. In that role, he represents ADF clients primarily at the appellate level and specializes in litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Courts of Appeals.
Since 2011, Gray has served on the main litigation teams in five merits cases that ADF successfully litigated at the U.S. Supreme Court: Thomas More Law Center v. Bonta, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius, and Reed v. Town of Gilbert. He has litigated cases at all levels of federal and state courts, argued two cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals, and filed a wide array of amicus briefs on religious freedom, free speech, and life issues.
Before joining ADF, Gray clerked for the Hon G. Steven Agee on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit from 2009–2011 and for the Hon. Bobby R. Baldock on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit from 2007–2009. He also served in the Summer Law Intern Program at the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in 2006. Gray completed ADF’s Blackstone Legal Fellowship and was commissioned as a Blackstone Fellow in 2005 after an internship with the Christian Legal Society’s Center for Law and Religious Freedom. Gray earned his J.D. and B.A. degrees from Washington and Lee University, graduating magna cum laude in 2007 and summa cum laude in 2004, respectively.
A member of the state bars of Georgia, Arizona, and Virginia, Gray is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, 11 U.S. Courts of Appeals, and various other appellate and trial courts.