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Leadership & Legal Team

Kelly Shackelford

President and CEO

Kelly Shackelford, Esq., is president and CEO of First Liberty Institute, the largest legal firm in the nation dedicated exclusively to protecting religious freedom for all Americans.

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David Holmes

Chief Operating Officer

David Holmes is Chief Operating Officer for First Liberty Institute, where he oversees all program operations regarding finance, personnel, legal, and development.

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Hiram Sasser

Deputy Chief Counsel

Hiram Sasser, Esq., is Deputy Chief Counsel for First Liberty Institute, where he oversees Liberty Institute’s litigation efforts. Sasser’s practice focuses on First Amendment and other constitutional and civil rights issues.

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Matthew Kacsmaryk

Deputy General Counsel

Matthew Kacsmaryk, Esq., is Deputy General Counsel, where he oversees First Liberty Institute’s education initiatives and policy advisory team.

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Ken Klukowski

Senior Counsel and Director of Strategic Affairs

Kenneth A. (“Ken”) Klukowski, Esq., is Senior Counsel & Director of Strategic Affairs for First Liberty Institute, specializing in cases involving the First Amendment and freedom of belief and expression.

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Michael Berry

Deputy General Counsel and Director of Military Affairs

Michael Berry, Esq., is Deputy General Counsel & Director of Military Affairs for First Liberty Institute and is an expert on religious liberty within the military.

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Roger Byron

Senior Counsel

Roger Byron, Esq., is Senior Counsel for First Liberty Institute. His practice focuses on religious liberty matters and the First Amendment.

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Justin Butterfield

Senior Counsel and Director of Research and Education

Justin Butterfield, Esq., is Senior Counsel for First Liberty Institute, where he focuses on religious liberty matters and the First Amendment.

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Jeremy Dys

Deputy General Counsel

Jeremy Dys, Esq., is Senior Counsel for First Liberty Institute, where he focuses on religious liberty matters and the First Amendment.

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Chelsey Youman

Counsel

Chelsey Youman, Esq., is Chief of Staff & Counsel for First Liberty Institute, concentrating on religious liberty matters and First Amendment rights.

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Stephanie Taub

Counsel

Stephanie N. (Phillips) Taub, Esq., serves as Counsel with First Liberty Institute, focusing on litigation, appellate advocacy, and legal education.

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Kassie Dulin

Chief Communications Officer

Kassie Dulin is the Director of Legal Communications for First Liberty Institute, where she oversees First Liberty Institute’s legal communications and media relations efforts.

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Linda Thomas

Senior Director of Marketing

Linda Thomas is the Sr. Director of Marketing for First Liberty Institute, where she oversees strategic marketing, branding, market research, marketing communications, creative services, events, digital marketing, and social media programs.

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Lathan Watts

Director of Community Relations

Lathan Watts is Director of Community Relations for First Liberty Institute responsible for all efforts to increase First Liberty Institute’s profile in local and national markets. His focus is on expanding public awareness of the mission, legal matters, and educational projects of First Liberty Institute by coordinating communication with community

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