Photo 1: Mission San Diego de Alcala, San Diego, CA; Henry F. Withey; Library of Congress, HABS CAL,37-SANDI,1--6; 1936.

Photo 2: Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove, California; Carol M. Highsmith, Library of Congress, LLC-DIG-highsm-12775, between 1980 and 2006.

Service Details

Religious Institution Defense

Religious organizations require creativity, sensitivity, and respect to meet special legal needs and reach goals consistent with their mission. The Manning & Kass Religious Institution Defense Team provides institutions such as churches, synagogues, and education, youth, and service-oriented faith-based nonprofits an unparalleled level of legal service, from pre-litigation counseling, through trial, to appeal. We strive to clearly define and consistently honor the unique expectations of these specially regulated groups and their insurers, throughout our representation. Our team aggressively defends claims in court when necessary, and, if possible, provides conciliatory services and counseling. In appellate matters, we rely on our firm’s certified specialists to take full advantage of the many constitutional rights and protections afforded religious institutions. The team is led by Eugene Egan, an Manning & Kass partner with 25 years of practice, who has celebrated numerous trial victories in a wide variety of cases, including religious institution defense.

The Religious Institution Defense Team provides investigation and defense of matters such as:  allegations of sexual misconduct made against employees, volunteers, and clergy; as well as employment discrimination, property damage,  personal injury, and wrongful termination claims. We also offer client counsel in all facets of human resources, including employee benefits. Risk management services also include education regarding the most common prospective claims and preventative measures to deter litigation.