Brian Kelsey - Liberty Justice Center

Brian Kelsey

Brian Kelsey is a Managing Attorney at the Liberty Justice Center. He litigates constitutional law cases in federal court, advocating for the rights of economic liberty and free speech throughout the country. Brian has led almost fifteen cases filed by LJC to defend the rights created by LJC’s seminal case, Janus v. AFSCME. He was also a lead attorney on Illinois Opportunity Project v. Holden, which successfully struck down New Jersey’s law requiring disclosure of donations to public interest nonprofits. Brian partnered with Daniel Suhr to spearhead LJC’s school choice practice, starting with two cases in Brian’s home state of Tennessee that defend a 2019 school choice law for which Brian was a critical advocate in the State Senate and drafted the final language of the bill. 

Brian has served as Tennessee State Senator for the Memphis area since December 2009. He is the only legislator in Tennessee history to sponsor two successful amendments to the state constitution: one to forever prohibit a state income tax and another to establish a Founding Father’s model for selecting appellate judges. In addition, Brian sponsored and passed Governor Bill Haslam’s 2011 tort reform bill as well as 2014 legislation that banned Medicaid expansion under Obamacare in Tennessee. In 2020, he sponsored a third constitutional amendment to put Tennesseeans’ “right to work” in the state constitution. Prior to serving in the State Senate, Brian served in the Tennessee House of Representatives from 2004 to 2009. 

Prior to working for Liberty Justice Center, Brian started and led his own law firm, where he focused on commercial litigation defense. He began his career as a civil litigator at a medium-sized law firm in Memphis.

Brian has taught constitutional law and government relations at the University of Memphis and its law school, the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. He is an avid college basketball fan, having received his B.A. with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University, where he was president of the Federalist Society and interned in the White House Counsel’s Office under President George W. Bush. He was hired for the job by now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh. More recently, he has served on the board of the Memphis Lawyers’ Chapter of the Federalist Society. 

Brian is a member of the Tennessee Bar and is admitted to practice law in several federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Contact Brian at [email protected].


Fox Business: Brian Kelsey on illegal federal vaccine mandate for private businesses

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Ask questions or post content about COVID-19 that runs counter to the Biden administration’s narrative and find yourself censored on social media. That’s precisely what data analyst and digital strategist Justin Hart says happened to him. Last week the Liberty Justice Center, filed a suit on his behalf against Facebook, Twitter, President Joe Biden and United States Surgeon General Vivek Murthy for violating his First Amendment right to free speech.


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To schedule an interview, contact Kristen Williamson at [email protected] or 773-809-4403. JACKSON, Tenn. (June 15, 2021) — A Tennessee farmer has sued the United States Department of Agriculture over a loan forgiveness program made available exclusively to minority farmers. Farmers and ranchers with loans from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) who do not meet the racial requirements


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