Legal Counsel

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ADF Advocates for Your Right to Freely Live out Your Faith

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Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith. Please visit to view our Statement of Faith and Doctrinal Distinctives.

Legal Counsel

Alliance Defending Freedom is looking for a highly professional Legal Counsel to join us in our Lansdowne, VA or Washington, DC office. As Legal Counsel, you are a vital part of the US Legal Division Team. In this role, you will report to the Senior Counsel, Director of Regulatory Practice. Legal Counsel is an experienced attorney capable of undertaking complex litigation, particularly regulatory litigation including challenges to federal agency action under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), and appellate advocacy without substantial oversight by senior attorneys. Legal Counsel litigates civil actions with emphasis on federal administrative law, structural constitutional claims, Administrative Procedure Act claims, First Amendment law, and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 civil rights actions; also drafts public comments and engages in meetings on federal regulatory matters; trains junior attorneys in basic civil litigation and regulatory advocacy; drafts legal documents; tracks and reports on federal agency and executive branch actions; advises clients as to legal rights, and practices other phases of law by performing the following duties.  Legal Counsel also oversees administrative and paralegal support functions.

Your Essential Responsibilities:

In this position, you will:

  • Conduct research, interviews clients and witnesses.
  • Prepare and respond to written discovery; conduct and defend depositions.
  • Draft pleadings and briefs and represent clients in court and before quasi-judicial or administrative agencies of government.
  • Draft and file public comments, and engage in meetings and outreach, on government regulatory matters.
  • Track and report to the ADF team and to allies on federal agency and executive branch actions.
  • Interpret laws, rulings, and regulations for individuals and businesses.
  • Confer with colleagues to establish and verify basis for legal proceedings.
  • Cooperate with Development Team, including speaking engagements and other events.
  • Review in-house contracts and legal issues.
  • Interact with media regarding cases and issues.
  • Advise network attorneys and allies on legal issues within areas of competence.
  • Network and develop relationships with allies, network attorneys, and/or potential network attorneys.
  • Train junior attorneys; perform quality control via review and editing of junior attorneys’ drafts, in-house workshops, and one-on-one mentoring.

Other Responsibilities (Non-Essential):

You will be asked to perform related duties or special projects as assigned.

Skills you need to succeed:

Demonstrated proficiency in:

  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office and Westlaw
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and proven project management skills
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Proven customer service and excellent interpersonal skills.

Ability to:

  • Professionally handle confidential information.
  • Work, motivate, and initiate within a team.
  • Prioritize and achieve deadline goals.

Education and/or experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • J.D., licensed to practice law in relevant jurisdiction.
  • Experience litigating administrative law, structural constitutional claims, and Administrative Procedure Act challenges to regulations and administrative actions.


We have it! Alliance Defending Freedom offers team members a competitive compensation and benefits package that includes major medical insurance, dental care, medical and dependent care reimbursement, paid disability, long-term care insurance, and life insurance. We also offer a 401(k) plan with a generous company match. Work and life balance is important to the well-being of our team members. You will receive paid time off (PTO) that starts accruing from your hire date and 11 paid holidays per year.

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