David Hacker | First Liberty
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David Hacker is Director of Litigation at First Liberty where he oversees all of First Liberty’s litigation from state and federal trial courts to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Prior to joining First Liberty, David served in various appointed positions in the Executive Administration of the Office of the Texas Attorney General, including as Associate Deputy Attorney General for Civil Litigation, managing over 600 lawyers and staff in twelve practice groups working on more than 35,000 cases. He also served as Special Counsel to the Attorney General and First Assistant Attorney General. In those roles he advised the Executive Administration on a wide variety of legal and policy issues. As Special Counsel for Civil Litigation, he handled the State’s highest profile cases and multistate litigation on topics as diverse as federal administrative law, separation of powers, Indian law, immigration law, nuclear waste policy, property rights, collective bargaining, education law, corporate governance, and healthcare regulation.

Prior to joining the Office of the Texas Attorney General, David spent over a decade at a national nonprofit organization litigating civil rights cases across the country, including matters on First Amendment, due process, equal protection, and Title IX issues in higher education. He began his career in the litigation department of a major Chicago law firm.

Outside his litigation practice, David teaches continuing legal education courses and speaks on religious freedom and free speech topics at universities, law schools, and academic conferences. Numerous media outlets have featured his cases and clients, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, the Dallas Morning News, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the journal Science, and Drudge Report.

David graduated from Northwestern University and Washington University School of Law.

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