Gregory M. Lipper (@theglipper) is Senior Litigation Counsel at Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Greg joined Americans United in January 2011, and he litigates church/state cases at trial and on appeal. He is an experienced oral advocate, and was named a 2013 “Rising Star" by Super Lawyers.
Greg is currently lead counsel in University of Notre Dame v. Burwell, in which we represent a Notre Dame student who has intervened to protect her access to contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act. He is also lead counsel in our First Amendment challenge to the New Jersey's motor vehicle department's discrimination against atheist speech, and is co-counsel in a class action challenge to Alabama's ban on marriage by same-sex couples.
Greg was previously part of the team that represented the Respondents in Town of Greece v. Galloway, the first Supreme Court case in over a decade to consider the limits on government-sponsored prayer. He authored our Supreme Court amicus brief, on behalf of nearly thirty religious organizations, defending employees' access to affordable contraception in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores. And he served as lead counsel in our lawsuits challenging the promotion of Christianity at a veterans memorial in North Carolina, the promotion of religion at a high school in Texas, and a Tennessee county's censorship of speech supporting church/state separation.
Before joining Americans United, Greg spent six years at Covington & Burling, where his practice included trial and appellate litigation, white-collar criminal defense, and First Amendment advice. He also represented parties or amici in nearly twenty cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Greg is a regular contributor to the Petrie-Flom Center's Bill of Health blog and a Barrister in the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Washington Council of Lawyers, and he recently received the organization's Above & Beyond Award for his work in developing its communications program.
Greg received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was Notes Editor of the Harvard Law Review, an oralist on the winning team in the Ames Moot Court Competition, and a student attorney with the Criminal Justice Institute. After law school, Greg clerked for Judge R. Guy Cole, Jr., on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He received his B.A., with honors, from Northwestern University and was a National Intercollegiate Champion in Extemporaneous Speaking.