B.A., M.A., J.D. Founder and Chairman, Liberty Counsel Chairman, Liberty Counsel Action
Mathew D. Staver is the Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel; Chairman of Liberty Counsel Action; Chairman of Freedom Federation; Chairman of Salt & Light Council; President of Covenant Journey; President of Christians in Defense of Israel; and Chief Counsel & Vice President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference/CONEL, representing over 500,000 churches in America and Latin America. He has the highest AV rating given to attorneys by Martindale-Hubbell and is board certified in Appellate Practice.
Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics. With offices in Florida, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., Liberty Counsel has hundreds of affiliate attorneys around the country and has a presence in Israel. Mr. Staver holds Bachelor, Master, and Juris Doctorate degrees and an honorary Doctorate of Law and Doctorate of Divinity. He has argued two landmark cases before the United States Supreme Court as lead counsel and written numerous briefs to the High Court. Mat has argued in numerous state and federal courts across the country and has over 230 published legal opinions. He has authored hundreds of popular articles, eight scholarly law review publications, numerous brochures and booklets, and 11 books, most of which focus on constitutional law, including his two most recent books, Eternal Vigilance: Knowing and Protecting Your Religious Freedom, the most comprehensive book ever written on religious liberty, and Same-Sex Marriage: Putting Every Household at Risk.
Over the years, Mr. Staver has served on numerous boards, including, but not limited to, Campus Right to Life; Central Florida Right to Life; and Florida Right to Life, where he served as General Counsel. He currently serves on the boards of The Timothy Plan, a New York Stock Exchange-traded family of mutual funds; National Houses of Hope; Liberty Counsel; Liberty Counsel Action; Freedom Federation; Salt & Light Council; the Virginia State Bar Section of Education of Lawyers and Admissions to the Bar; the Supreme Court Historical Society; the Board of Reference of The Christian Film & Television Commission; and he is the first AngloSaxon to serve on the board of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the largest Latino Christian organization in America. Mr. Staver has testified before Congress in the U.S. House and Senate and served on the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations.
Mr. Staver produces and hosts Faith & Freedom, an 11-minute daily radio program, and Freedom’s Call, a 60-second daily radio program. As a former pastor and one of the nation’s preeminent constitutional attorneys, he frequently appears as a guest on national network and cable TV and radio programs and also appears in several hundred print articles each year.