Ian Speir is a cofounder and partner of Nussbaum Speir Gleason. His practice focuses on religious institutions and traditionally minded organizations, advocating for their First Amendment freedoms, defending them against unjust mandates, and counseling them in business and nonprofit matters. His clients include medium-sized businesses, healthcare organizations, media organizations, churches, and parachurch ministries.
Ian Speir is a co-founder and the managing partner of Nussbaum Speir Gleason. His practice focuses on religious institutions and traditionally minded organizations, advocating for their First Amendment freedoms, defending them against unjust mandates and counseling them in business and nonprofit matters.
Ian’s clients include medium-sized businesses, healthcare organizations, media organizations, churches and parachurch ministries. He has helped clients in these categories achieve significant religious freedom victories across the country, securing injunctions against ever-expanding healthcare mandates and successfully resisting the application of laws that burden religious faith.
Ian also counsels clients in various matters, including governance, employment, commercial contracts, intellectual property and internal investigations, helping clients maximize legal protections, minimize risks and avoid disputes wherever possible.
Ian regularly represents amici curiae (friends of the court) in briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court. His litigation experience includes bench and jury trials as well as briefing and oral advocacy in the federal courts of appeals, Colorado appellate courts and state and federal district courts. He has lectured in constitutional law and the First Amendment as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. After law school, he clerked for the Hon. Jerome A. Holmes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Court.
“‘A Beacon on our Coast’: The First Freedom at Home and Abroad,” Providence (Spring/Summer 2018).
“The State Department’s Ministerial on Religious Freedom: Reflections and the Path Ahead,” Providence (Aug. 1, 2018) .
“The 2018 International Religious Freedom Reports: 5 Things to Know,” Providence (June 5, 2018).
“The Calvinist Roots of American Social Order: Calvin, Witherspoon, and Madison,” Public Discourse (Apr. 13, 2017).
“We Must Prioritize the Persecuted,” Providence (Feb. 1, 2017).
“How the Trump Administration Can Support Christians in the Middle East,” Providence (Jan. 6, 2017).
“Remembering Those Who Suffer,” Ethika Politika (June 1, 2016).
Preservation Rules in the Federal Courts of Appeals, 16 J. App. Prac. & Process 281 (2015) (with N. Mohebbi).
Corporations, the Original Understanding, and the Problem of Power, 10 Geo. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 115 (2012).
Pulling Back the Covers: Saleh v. Titan Corporation and (Near-) Blanket Immunity for Military Contractors in War Zones, 1 U. Miami Nat’l Sec. & Armed Conflict L. Rev. 100 (2011).
List Interactive v. Knights of Columbus (D. Colo. 2019): Successful defense of Knights of Columbus in three week jury trial in which plaintiff sought $108 million in damages and received less than 0.5% of this amount. Successes include: dismissal of claim challenging federal tax exempt status; dismissal of RICO claims; jury verdict against claims of promissory estoppel, misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference, and fraud; court’s rejection of plaintiff’s effort to discover names of 1.9 million members; court’s rejection of proposed jury instruction seeking to identify Catholic members of the panel along with information related to the intensity of their faith.
Archdiocese of Kansas City v. City of Mission Woods (D. Kan. 2018): Successful RLUIPA claim securing church’s right to expand to accommodate growing congregation.
Catholic Benefits Ass’n v. Sebelius (W.D. Okla. 2018): Permanent injunction against federal contraceptive mandate for 1,000 Catholic employers and their affiliates, eliminating $5.9 billion in accumulated excise taxes, and awarding $720,000 in attorney’s fees and costs.
Consistent, successful results for churches, child care centers, youth camp organizations, and other ministries in administrative proceedings before EEOC, Colorado Civil Rights Division, and Colorado Department of Human Services.
“Genocide Against Christians in the Middle East”: Comprehensive report and atrocities database submitted on behalf of the Knights of Columbus and In Defense of Christians to Secretary of State John Kerry in advance of historic declaration of genocide.
Zubik v. Burwell, 136 S. Ct. 1557 (2016): Amicus advocacy in support of petitioners seeking religious exemption under RFRA to contraceptive mandate.
David v. Sirius Computer Solutions, 779 F.3d 1209 (10th Cir. 2015) (Gorsuch, J.): Appellate briefing and oral argument in commercial tort/employment dispute.
Nickerson v. Network Solutions, LLC, 339 P.3d 526 (Colo. 2014): Venue selection clauses are not jurisdictional, and damages hearing is required after default judgment.
Aspen Mortgage Corp. v. Fountain Village Townhomes Lender, LLC (Colo. App. 2014): Appellate briefing and oral argument in real estate/spurious lien dispute.
Chabad-Lubavitch of Michigan v. Schuchman, 853 N.W.2d 390 (Mich. App. 2014): First Amendment required tolling statute of limitations pending ecclesiastical dispute resolution before rabbinic tribunals, summarily rev’d, 862 N.W.2d 648 (Mich. 2015), cert. denied (U.S. 2016).
Dobson v. Sebelius, 38 F. Supp. 3d 1245 (D. Colo. 2014): Preliminary injunction against federal abortifacient mandate for Dr. James Dobson and his ministry, Family Talk.
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