Jeremy Tedesco serves as senior counsel and vice president of U.S. Advocacy and Administration for Alliance Defending Freedom, where he helps oversee the implementation of strategic initiatives and advocacy campaigns.
Since joining ADF in 2004, Tedesco has litigated cases protecting religious liberty, free speech, and the sanctity of human life. He was co-counsel in Reed v. Town of Gilbert at the U.S. Supreme Court, where he successfully defended the free speech rights of a small church against government discrimination. From 2015 to 2017, Tedesco directed the ADF Center for Conscience Initiatives, where he specialized in protecting the freedom of conscience of individuals being unjustly forced to compromise their beliefs or else face heavy fines and punishment. In Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which the Supreme Court will consider, he has argued that the government cannot coerce a Christian cake artist to design a wedding cake that communicates a message with which he fundamentally disagrees. Tedesco has also led pre-enforcement challenges to laws that would likewise compel creative professionals to promote messages contradicting their core beliefs. These include Telescope Media Group v. Lindsey, Amy Lynn Photography v. City of Madison, and Brush & Nib Studio v. City of Phoenix.
Numerous media outlets have interviewed Tedesco or published his comments. They include Fox News, CNN, The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Times, PBS, NPR, and National Review, among others.
Tedesco earned his Juris Doctor in 2004 from the Regent University School of Law, where he was a recipient of West’s Academic Achievement Award. He is a member of the state bar of Arizona, admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Arizona, as well as multiple federal district and appellate courts.
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