Gregory M. Lipper is Senior Litigation Counsel at Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Mr. Lipper 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.
Mr. Lipper currently represents 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 is lead counsel for the plaintiff in Hewett v. City of King, a federal constitutional challenge to a North Carolina town’s promotion of Christianity at its veterans’ memorial. And he has authored over a dozen amicus briefs in federal appellate courts defending employees’ access to contraception against religious exercise challenges by secular, for-profit corporations.
Before joining Americans United, Mr. Lipper spent six years at Covington & Burling LLP, where his practice included trial and appellate litigation, white-collar criminal defense, and First Amendment advice. Mr. Lipper also represented parties or amici in nearly twenty cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Lipper is a Barrister in the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court, and he sits on the Board of Directors of Washington Council of Lawyers. He speaks regularly, across the country, on a broad range of First Amendment issues.
Mr. Lipper received his J.D., magna cum laude, in 2003 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. Following law school, Mr. Lipper 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 in 2000 and was a National Intercollegiate Champion in Extemporaneous Speaking.
You can follow Mr. Lipper on Twitter at @theglipper.