Kristen K. Waggoner, Esq., serves as senior counsel and senior vice president of legal advocacy with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), where she leads the organization’s legal and media efforts.
Waggoner joined ADF in 2013 to support thousands of allied attorneys in their efforts to preserve religious freedom. She has trained allied attorneys and organizations on religious liberty issues and rights of conscience. She has also provided allies with legal support on cases pertaining to life, marriage, and family.
Waggoner was previously an accomplished attorney at Ellis, Li & McKinstry, where she was promoted to partner. She participated as counsel and prevailed in several high-profile constitutional cases, including Andersen v. King County (same-sex marriage), Stormans v. Selecky (pharmacist conscience rights), and State v. Hamlin (clergy penitent privilege). Waggoner served as outside general counsel to private schools and universities, churches, and other non-profit organizations. She has also defended individuals in a variety of areas, including breach of contract, negligence, wrongful termination, statutory claims, and family disputes.
Waggoner is a Martindale-Hubbell AV© peer-review rated attorney. She earned her J.D. from Regent University School of Law, graduating cum laude. Waggoner is admitted to practice in Washington, Oregon, and Florida, the U.S. Supreme Court, and many federal courts.
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