Roger G. Brooks serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where he is a key member of the Center for Conscience Initiatives.
Mr. Brooks focuses his efforts on protecting freedom of speech, free exercise of religion, and parental rights, and defending those who believe that the biological reality of male and female matters. He represents clients in lawsuits protecting the freedom of speech of counselors and clients as they discuss sensitive matters of personal identity and desires; defending the right of Christian adoption agencies to operate in accordance with the teachings of their faith; challenging school policies that usurp the right of parents to direct life-critical therapeutic choices for their own children; and working to ensure that girls and women have fair and safe athletic opportunities in colleges and schools.
Prior to joining ADF in 2018, Mr. Brooks worked with the New York law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore for 25 years, 19 of those as a partner in the litigation department. In 2017, he took early retirement from Cravath in order to devote his energies to advancing free speech and religious liberty.
Mr. Brooks’ years of commercial practice centered on representing technology companies in high-stakes intellectual property and antitrust litigations. While in private practice, Mr. Brooks also advocated pro bono for religious freedom. He successfully defended pregnancy centers against intrusive investigations by the attorney general of New York. When the ACLU sued to overturn New Hampshire’s tuition tax credit, Mr. Brooks represented Christian schools and a Catholic diocese as friends of the court, defending school choice. In addition, he filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission on behalf of several Christian medical associations.
Roger Brooks graduated from Princeton University in 1984, and received a Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in History from the University of Virginia in 1987. In 1995, he received his Master of Divinity from Regent College Seminary in Vancouver, British Columbia. He served on the board of ADF from 2012 through 2014 and on the board of the Christian Legal Society from 2002 through 2011.
Mr. Brooks is a member of the state bars of New York and North Carolina. He has been married since 1985, and has five children and one granddaughter.