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 on the basis of their content.

He also argued Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer (2017), successfully challenging a Missouri church’s participation in a generally applicable statewide 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 starting town meetings with prayers. The Court majority found that this practice did not violate the establishment clause.

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