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 was lead trial counsel for the plaintiffs in Hewett v. City of King, a challenge to a North Carolina town’s promotion of Christianity at its veterans’ memorial; Schultz v. Medina Valley Independent School District, a challenge to the promotion of religion in a public high school in Texas; and Stewart v. Johnson County, a challenge to a Tennessee county's censorship of those who support the separation of church and state. He was 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. And 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.
Before joining Americans United, Mr. Lipper spent six years at Covington & Burling, 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. He 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.
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.