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David A. Cortman
David A. Cortman

David A. Cortman serves as senior counsel and vice president of U.S. litigation with Alliance Defending Freedom. He joined ADF in 2005 and currently supervises a team of nearly 40 attorneys and legal staff who specialize in constitutional law, focusing on religious freedom, sanctity of life, and marriage and family.

Cortman has successfully litigated over 200 constitutional law cases in both federal and state court at all levels. He has also litigated several U.S. Supreme Court cases, including arguing before the Court in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, which resulted in a 9-0 victory, with the Court holding that the government could not discriminate against religious speech while favoring political speech. In Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer, which Cortman argued before the Court in April, he defended the First Amendment principle that the government cannot exclude religious organizations from programs that provide purely nonreligious benefits. Cortman has also served as lead or co-counsel in victories at the high court including: Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell, successfully challenging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services abortion pill mandate that forces employers to provide healthcare coverage that includes abortion-inducing drugs in violation of their religious convictions; Town of Greece v. Galloway, successfully defending the freedom of Americans to pray at public meetings; and ACSTO v. Winn, successfully defending Arizona’s school choice tuition tax credit program.

Cortman earned his J.D. from Regent University School of Law in 1996, graduating magna cum laude. A member of the bar in Georgia, Florida, Arizona, and the District of Columbia, he is also admitted to practice in over two dozen federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Cortman also teaches legal courses on the First Amendment and civil rights litigation.

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