Senior Counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom
Kevin Theriot, Esq. has 20 years experience championing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and marriage. He serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom at its Kansas Regional Service Center, where he plays a strategic role as director of the Education Project with the Center for Religious Liberty.
Since joining Alliance Defending Freedom in 1993, Theriot has been successful as lead counsel or co-counsel in numerous cases preserving religious freedom. In American Atheists v. City of Detroit Downtown Development, he defended the freedom of churches to participate in a city improvement program. In Children First Foundation v. Martinez, he received a favorable ruling eliminating unconstitutional discrimination against “Choose Life” auto license plates. He also successfully defended the First Amendment freedom of federal employees to express their faith at work in Lister v. Defense Logistics Agency.
Theriot has been invaluable in protecting constitutional freedoms in the higher education system. He skillfully litigated numerous cases to advance the First Amendment freedoms of university students, including Roberts v. Haragan, where a judge ruled that Texas Tech students are allowed to freely speak on campus, striking down illegal limits on what they say and where they say it.
With a background in accounting, Theriot felt called to pursue law and start defending religious freedom. He believes that religious liberty is vital to all societies and is the cornerstone of all freedom. It allows Americans to freely express their faith in accordance with the wishes of the nation’s Founding Fathers.
Prior to coming to Alliance Defending Freedom, Theriot was a senior associate at the American Center for Law and Justice in Virginia Beach, Va. from 1993-2001. He was staff counsel for The Rutherford Institute from 1992-1993, where he also clerked during law school from 1989-1991.
While in private practice from 2001-2003, Theriot specialized in restate planning, as well as litigating religious freedom and Title VII cases. He has also written “Religion in the Workplace,” and “Business with Conviction – Employer Religious Beliefs,” booklets on religious rights in employment and the law review article, “Prince or Pauper? Religious proselytizing and the First Amendment.”
Theriot received a B.S. in accounting from Oral Roberts University, graduating magna cum laude in 1988 and earned his J.D. in 1991 from Vanderbilt University Law School.
Theriot is admitted to the bar in the states of Tennessee, Texas, Florida, Virginia, Georgia, Missouri, and Kansas. He is also a member of the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, and 10th Circuits, and numerous other federal appellate and district courts. He currently resides in Overland Park, Kan., with his wife and two children.