Press Releases

Memphis Attorney Nate Kellum Joins First Liberty Institute

July 10, 2024

News Release
 For Immediate Release: 7.10.24
 Contact: John Manning,
Direct: 972-941-4453


Memphis Attorney Nate Kellum Joins First Liberty Institute

Experienced litigator brings years of practice in defending religious liberty.

Memphis, TN—First Liberty Institute today announced that attorney Nate Kellum has joined the legal firm as senior counsel.  Kellum, founder, president, and chief counsel for the Center for Religious Expression, will manage First Liberty’s newly opened Memphis office.

“Nate’s wealth of experience and innovative legal ideas will greatly complement our incredible legal team,” said Kelly Shackleford, President, CEO, and Chief Counsel for First Liberty.  “As we work to defend religious liberty for all Americans it is vital that we have the best talent in all areas of our firm.  We are excited to add Nate to our team.”

Kellum said, “I am thrilled to join First Liberty in its fight to defend religious liberty for all Americans.  It is paramount that we protect our God-given inalienable right to practice and express our faith without government interference, and no law firm in America is more committed to that than First Liberty.”

Prior to founding CRE, Nate served as Senior Counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom and before that, he was Litigation Counsel for the American Family Association.  Nate has defended religious liberty in courtrooms in virtually every state in the country for over three decades, appearing before numerous federal appellate courts, and winning many landmark decisions. He is also a constitutional scholar, authoring two published law review articles.  Nate earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi, graduating with honors in 1988. He is admitted to the bar in Tennessee and Mississippi, and he resides in Memphis, Tennessee.


About First Liberty Institute
First Liberty Institute is a non-profit public interest law firm and the largest legal organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to defending religious freedom for all Americans.
To arrange an interview, contact John Manning at or by calling 972-941-4453.

Social Facebook Social Instagram Twitter X Icon | First Liberty Institute Social Youtube Social Linkedin

Terms of UsePrivacy PolicyState DisclosuresSitemap • © 2024 Liberty Institute® is a trademark of First Liberty Institute