Attorney David Cortman, right, with Hobby Lobby attorney Paul Clement, center, speak to reporters in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, after the court heard oral arguments in the challenges of President Barack Obama's health care law requirement that businesses provide their female employees with health insurance that includes access to contraceptives. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, courtesy of The Associated Press)
David A. Cortman (1963- ) is a gifted appellate advocate who has argued several First Amendment cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He serves as senior counsel and vice president of U.S. litigation with the Alliance Defending Freedom.
Born in 1963, Cortman earned his law degree magna cum laude from Regent University School of Law.
In this role as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, Cortman had played a prominent role in First Amendment advocacy. Cortman argued Reed v. Town of Gilbert (2015), successfully challenging an Arizona town ordinance that discriminated against signs based on their content. He also argued Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer (2017), successfully challenging a Missouri church’s participation in a generally applicable state-wide playground resurfacing program.
Cortman also participated as co-counsel for town officials in Town of Greece v. Galloway (2014), in which a narrow majority of the Court upheld the town’s practice of staring town meetings with prayers. The Court majority found this practice did not violate the Establishment Clause.Send Feedback on this article