Senior Counsel, Center for Life

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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.

Senior Counsel, Center for Life

Alliance Defending Freedom is looking for a highly skilled Senior Counsel, Center for Life to join us in our Scottsdale, AZ or Lansdowne, VA office. As Senior Counsel in the Center for Life, you are a vital part of the ADF Team. In this role, you are responsible for undertaking the most advanced and complex litigation handled by ADF on a wide range of pro-life issues, carrying the brunt of the day-to-day litigation, and training more junior attorneys to litigate within the areas of free speech, religious freedom, and constitutional law as they relate to protecting the sanctity of life from conception to natural death. You will also supervise midlevel and junior attorneys in complex civil litigation with emphasis on First Amendment law, 42 U.S.C. § 1983 civil-rights actions, and a variety of constitutional claims involving the protection of life.

Your Essential Responsibilities:

In this position, you will:

  • Litigate complex cases at appellate and trial levels.
  • Undertake immediate legal action in urgent circumstances.
  • Exercise initiative as a senior attorney to investigate potential cases.
  • Represent clients in court and before quasi-judicial or administrative agencies of government.
  • Supervise individual attorneys and team attorneys who are litigating federal and state civil rights cases.
  • Prepare, review, edit, and file substantive legal briefs.
  • Participate in moot courts for appellate and trial cases.
  • Train and mentor midlevel and junior attorneys in all phases of state and federal litigation.
  • Maintain superior quality of all legal papers via review and editing; conduct advanced legal research on novel issues of law.
  • Interview clients and witnesses .
  • Manage discovery, including conducting and defending depositions and producing and reviewing documents.
  • Develop strategy, arguments, and fact and expert testimony in preparation for the presentation of the case.
  • Provide legal advice regarding laws, rulings, and regulations for individuals and businesses.
  • Cooperate with the Development team by accepting various opportunities to communicate ADF’s legal operations to our ministry friends.
  • Network and develop relationships with Allied Attorneys and/or potential Allied Attorneys.

Other Responsibilities (Non-Essential):

  • You will be asked to perform related duties or special projects as assigned.
  • You may be asked to participate in media interviews on ADF Life cases and related issues.
  • You may be asked to give speaking presentations to university or law students, pregnancy centers, pro-life groups, professional organizations, faith-based ministries, or other audiences.

Skills you need to succeed:

Demonstrated proficiency in:

  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and proven project management skills.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.

Ability to:

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

Education and/or experience:

  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office, WordPerfect, and Westlaw software.
  • Bachelor’s degree; J.D., licensed to practice law in the relevant jurisdiction.
  • Trial experience preferred.
  • 10+ years of experience strongly preferred.

To complete your application, please attach a writing sample and copy of your transcripts to your application or if the files are too large, email to




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 dateand11paid holidays per year.

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