AFPI Adds Leading Conservative Lawyer to Litigation team

March 1, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) announced the hiring of Mike Berry as Executive Director of AFPI’s Center for Litigation. The addition of Berry, the former Vice President of External Affairs and Senior Counsel at First Liberty, further cements AFPI’s commitment to protecting Americans’ constitutional rights and fighting the Left’s attempts to weaken the integrity of American elections. At First Liberty, Berry led the group’s strategic initiatives and partnerships, and he is a recognized expert on religious liberty who routinely testified before Congress and has made hundreds of media appearances.

The Center for Litigation, under Chair and former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, will continue leading the fight against the radical Left and its weaponization of government through the courts. In his new role, Berry will lead a team of legal experts and partners across the Nation. He will be joined in Washington, D.C., by Richard Lawson, Senior Litigator and former Deputy Attorney General in the State of Florida, and Jessica Hart Steinmann, AFPI General Counsel and Director of Litigation and former senior official in the Justice Department under President Donald J. Trump.

“APFI’s Center for Litigation will be on the frontlines to combat the Left’s lawfare against Americans’ free speech and election integrity, and it will protect the rule of law that is the foundation of our great Nation,” said Brooke Rollins, President and CEO of the America First Policy Institute. “When Leftists seek to advance their fanatical vision of America through the courts, they will be met head-on by AFPI.”

AFPI’s Center for Litigation has been fighting for the America First agenda for years, including a lawsuit to stop Big Tech censorship against former President Donald Trump and an amicus brief in the Big Tech case heard earlier this week by the United States Supreme Court. The Center is also in active litigation against Pennsylvania and Arizona (and now the DNC) for unlawfully weakening those states’ election security measures. We are also fighting against woke school boards and administrators who are trying to strip parents of their rights.

“It is an incredible honor to join the America First Policy Institute litigation team,” said Berry. “I want this announcement to serve notice to the Left, when you trample on the rights of Americans, when you try to rig election rules to your advantage, and when you collude with Big Tech to censor and silence our movement, America First will see you in court.”

Berry joined First Liberty in 2013 after serving for seven years on active duty as an attorney with the U.S. Marine Corps. He previously served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the United States Naval Academy. Berry earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and his law degree from The Ohio State University.


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