The Alliance Defending Freedom is a legal alliance defending the right to hear and speak the Truth through strategy, training, funding, and litigation. Alliance Defending Freedom strives to see an America whose laws affirm religious liberty, protect life from conception to natural death, defend the family, and preserve marriage as being between one man and one woman. Since its launch in 1994, Alliance Defending Freedom and its allies has attained a win ratio of over 75%...achieving victory in hundreds of critical, precedent-setting cases at both state and federal levels.
Alliance Defending Freedom created the Church Project to protect the constitutional rights of churches and other Christian ministries to freely speak, act, and minister in accordance with biblical principles without fearing government censorship, punishment, unlawful regulation, or loss of tax exemption.
Kevin Theriot serves as senior counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund at its Kansas City Regional Service Center in Kansas. He heads the Alliance Defending Freedom Church Project, which focuses on litigation pertaining to church free speech and religious autonomy matters.
Since joining Alliance Defending Freedom in 2003, Theriot has litigated and won numerous cases upholding the religious liberty and First Amendment rights of clients across the nation. His legal efforts currently focus on defending churches around the country in their efforts to spread the Gospel. Theriot’s article on protecting religious speech, “Prince or Pauper: Religious Proselytizing and the First Amendment,” was published in the University of St. Thomas Law Journal of Law and Public Policy in 2009.
Theriot earned his J.D. in 1991 from Vanderbilt University Law School. While attending, he clerked for the national staff counsel of The Rutherford Institute in Nashville, Tennessee. He also worked there part-time after graduating. Early in his law career, Theriot’s practice included the areas of estate planning and Title VII litigation. Prior to joining ADF, he served as staff counsel and regional director for the American Center for Law and Justice in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and has been litigating First Amendment issues since 1993. Theriot received a B.S. in Accounting from Oral Roberts University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1988.
Practicing law since 1991, Theriot is admitted to the bar in the states of Tennessee, Texas, Florida, Virginia, Georgia, Missouri, and Kansas, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous other federal appellate and district courts. He resides in Overland Park, Kansas, with his wife and their two children.