Paul Schmitt serves as legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where he is a member of the Center for Christian Ministries. Since joining ADF in 2019, Schmitt has advanced litigation efforts to maintain and defend the constitutionally protected freedom of churches, religious ministries, and schools. Paul has served as lead counsel in school choice cases and has secured equal access to public benefits for students who choose to attend religious schools.
Prior to joining ADF, Paul clerked for the Honorable Michael S. Kanne on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and litigated as an associate attorney at Ice Miller LLP in Indianapolis. He also served as an officer in the United States Air Force for more than four years, leading teams of military satellite communications professionals. Paul received his law degree magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2017 and he received his Bachelor of the Arts from the same university in 2009.