Storzer & Greene is “a high-profile, Washington law firm that specializes in religious land-use cases throughout the United States”
The Star-Ledger (May 3, 2009)
BIOS

ROBERT L. GREENE

EXPERIENCE

1987 - 2006
• PRIVATE LAW PRACTICE, New York.

Religious Liberty Law. Actively engaged in representing Churches and Religious Organizations of many different faiths in a variety of different matters since 1987. He is also engaged in defending the right to practice one's religious faith without government interference and church land use issues. Some of this work has been as counsel to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a public interest law firm which is a leading defender of religious rights.

• Several cases involving governmental interference in religious land use, representing a variety of different faiths.
• A case in which a Church had been deprived of it's tax-exemption due to an anonymous letter writing campaign.
• Several cases involving court interference with Church governance.
• A case of a Native American high school student who had been locked in school detention for three months because he was wearing a headband symbolizing a particular religious training process he was undergoing.
• An Amicus Curiae brief to the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in a Native American Religious Rights case. The brief was written on behalf of the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions, the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Clifton Kirkpatrick, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs and the Council on American Islamic Relations.
• Internal disputes involving church governance.
• Church disputes with clergy.
• Church owned and operated businesses, including bakeries, publishing, retail sales, construction and operation of real estate, homeless housing and job training.

Other matters of concern to religious organizations such as
• Tax Exemptions
• Non-Profit Incorporation
• Bylaws and governance disputes
• Employment Contracts.
• Real Estate
• Wage and Hour Law for Religious Employees
• General Non-profit corporate matters.


Other Recent Cases of Note:
Alexander v. Rendell; Litigation in the Western District of Pennsylvania successfully protecting mentally retarded persons from involuntary transfers bythe state of Pennsylvanina.

Tomas v. Gillespie; Successful important copyright litigation on behalf of the estate of Dizzy Gillespie.

Teaching: Adjunct Professor, Seton Hall Law School 2000-2001.

Negotiations, Counseling, General Representation: Hospitals, Medical Groups, Entertainment, Internet, Corporate, Governmental entities, Non-profit corporations, Private and Public Corporate Finance, Directors and officers Liability, Corporate Governance, Individuals, Non Profit Corporations, Physicians, Medical Societies, Health Maintenance Organizations, Health Care Finance, Hospital Construction Corporations, International Trade, Government finance.

1985-1987
Litigation: Trial, Appellate and Administrative work, Federal and State Courts, freedom of religion, employment and labor law, general liability, municipal liability, civil rights, Indian law, ERISA, corporate, medical licensure, securities, constitutional issues, Medicare payments, real estate, copyright.

1983-1985
Governmental Affairs:
National Health Leadership Council, Participated in drafting various legislation on such matters as Indian Health Care issues, municipal regulation. Testified before U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

1978-1983
• VLADECK, WALDMAN, ELIAS & ENGELHARD, New York.
Employment and labor law litigation, negotiations, arbitrations. Also served as Chairman of the Board of a hospital in bankruptcy reorganization.

1975-77
• COMMITTEE OF INTERNS AND RESIDIENTS, New York. Deputy General Counsel.
Employment and labor law litigation, negotiations and counseling of largest union of Physicians and Dentists in the U.S. Wide variety of health care and hospital issues, including physician liability, government relations and labor law issues. Supervised a legal services program.

• CITY OF MADISON EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES COMMISSION, Madison Wisconsin. General Counsel and Hearing Examiner.
Employment discrimination litigation. Presided over Administrative Hearings on employment discrimination charges, advises Commission, trained staff.

• CITY OF MADISON EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES COMMISSION, Madison Wisconsin. Project Director.
Researched and wrote The Potential Impact of Seniority Based Layoffs on Affirmative Action in Public Employment for the Midwest Intergovernmental Equal Opportunities Council on a grant from the U.S. Civil Service Commission.


BAR ADMISSIONS

United States Supreme Court,
U.S. Courts of Appeals, Second Circuit, Third Circuit, Seventh Circuit, District of Columbia Circuit.
U.S. District Courts: Western District of Pennsylvania, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of New York, Western District of Wisconsin.
New York State Supreme Court.


EDUCATION

• 1976 University of Wisconsin Law School, J. D.
• 1973 University of Redlands, Redlands, California, B. A.
• 1972 University of Chile, Institute of Economics Santiago, Chile.


LANGUAGES

English and Spanish fluently.


PUBLIC SERVICE

• Various Non-Profit Boards including corporation to develop homeless housing.
• Federal Bar Council Public Service Committee (1994-97)
• Judicial Conference of the US Courts for the Second Circuit Native American Advisory Task Force Committee on Race Ethnicity and Gender, 1995-1996
• National Health Leadership Council- Secretary Treasurer, 1992.


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

• American Bar Association
• Federal Bar Council (1994-1997)




ROMAN P. STORZER

"Roman P. Storzer is a Washington lawyer who has represented dozens of religious groups on land use cases and is one of the country's most experienced litigators in this field."
Religion Newswriters Association

Mr. Storzer is one "of the country's leading RLUIPA advocates."
Center for State and Local Government Law,
Hastings College of Law


"They are the best at what they do, which is win religious land-use cases."
Gary Stern, Religion Writer, Journal News


2004 - 2006
Law Office of Roman P. Storzer

After leaving The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Mr. Storzer practiced independently, representing religious institutions nationwide in a variety of religious freedom matters. Some notable victories include:

• A decision by a federal district court supporting The Church of the Hills in a lawsuit against the Township of Bedminster, N.J. in an attempt to expand its church.

Preventing the County of San Diego from shutting down the Vietnamese Buddhist Meditation Congregation.

Thwarting the Camden County Improvement Authority's attempt to seize Living Faith Ministries' church and allowing it to continue to exist in an area of economic redevelopment.

Settling a lawsuit between the City of Chesapeake, Virginia and First Pentecostal United Holy Church in another eminent domain action for $1.1 million.

These efforts have been widely reported in the press. Media inquiries can be directed to (202) 857-9766 or by email.


• March 26, 2006, Rochester, NY:
"Growing churches spreading their wings," Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

• March 2, 2006, Bedminster, NJ:
"Court rules in favor of church," The Reporter.

• March 2, 2006, Bedminster, NJ:
" Federal judge won't dismiss Church of the Hills Lawsuit," Recorder Newspapers.

• February 2, 2006, Rockland County, NY:
"Suffern Seeks To Close Bikur Cholim Shabbos House," The Jewish Press

• October 28, 2005, Chesapeake, VA: "Chesapeake settles property dispute with church for $1.1 million," Virginian-Pilot.

• August 19, 2005, New York, NY:
"Flushing temple society trustees get a boost; New York Attorney General files supportive brief," India Abroad.

• August 3, 2005
San Diego, CA: "Buddhists Reach Accord With County, Can Resume Worship," L.A. Daily Journal.

• July 28, 2005, Queens, NY:
"Spitzer reverses decision on Hindu Temple Society," Times Ledger.

• July 24, 2005, Bedminster, NJ:
"'Mega-churches' evoking hostility," Courier News at A1 (July 24, 2005).

• July 14, 2005)
"Attorney General Sides With Flushing Temple's Board," Queens Chronicle.

• July 14, 2005
"Church files suit over vote," Somerset Reporter


Debates and conferences on church-state issues:
• October 5, 2005, San Francisco, CA:
Roman Storzer will debate Professor Marci Hamilton at UC Hastings' Center for State and Local Government Law's conference on "Cities in the Middle: The Emerging Debate over Religion in Public Life."

• May 12, 2006, Columbia, MD:
Land Use Institute, hosted by the Maryland State Bar Association in cooperation with the University of Baltimore School of Law and the University of Maryland School of Law


1995 - 2004
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
Executive Vice President and Director of Litigation

In his decade-long tenure at The Becket Fund, Mr. Storzer represented and assisted numerous religious institutions, individuals, schools and other entities in First Amendment cases. He has defended:

• The rights of churches, synagogues, temples and schools to be free from unduly burdensome land use regulation
• The ability of religious institutions to be free from judicial interference in their internal affairs
• The right of religious employees not to be discriminated against.
• Students who have been discriminated against in the public schools.
• Municipalities who have recognized the traditional role of religion in our culture.
• Religious property from being taken by overzealous governmental authorities.
• The right not to be excluded from public fora simply because one's message may be religious.

Mr. Storzer initiated the Becket Fund's RLUIPA project, becoming the preeminent authority on the rights of religious institutions and incarcerated persons to be free from discrimination and burdensome regulation. In that capacity and elsewhere, he has authored several papers on that subject and others:

• "The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000: A Constitutional Response to Unconstitutional Zoning Practices," 9 Geo. Mason L.Rev. 929, 945 (2001), co-written by Roman Storzer and Anthony R. Picarello, Jr.

• "Effect of O Centro Supreme Court Decision on RLUIPA Cases," The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty's www.RLUIPA.org.

• "When Land Use Issues Are Also Religious Freedom Issues: The Religious Land Use And Institutionalized Persons Act Of 2000 And The Four Constitutional Commandments Of Zoning Practices." FindLaw Legal Commentary (2002), co-written by Roman Storzer and Anthony R. Picarello, Jr.

• "Struggling As Churches With Neighbors," originally published by The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

• "The Souter Dissent: A Failed Argument," in Church-State Relations In Crisis; Debating Neutrality (S. Monsma, ed., 2002), co-written by Roman Storzer and Kevin J. Hasson, discussing Justice Souter's dissenting opinion in Mitchell v. Helms, 530 U.S. 793 (2000).

• "No Muzzles On the Pulpit," National Law Journal (Oct. 18, 2004).

• "Catholic Utopia?," AFF Brainwash: A column on the legal and other issues surrounding Domino Pizza founder Thomas Monaghan's plans to build the Town of Ave Maria in southwestern Florida.

• October 23, 2005, Rockaway Township, NJ: "Religion, Land Zoning." The Ledger (Oct. 15, 2005)


BAR ADMISSIONS

United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, Third Circuit, Sixth Circuit, Seventh Circuit, Ninth Circuit, Tenth Circuit
United States District Court, District of Columbia, Western District of Michigan, Northern District of Illinois
Maryland Court of Appeals
District of Columbia Court of Appeals

EDUCATION

B. Comm. (Hon), Queens University, Kingston
J.D. (with Honors), George Washington
University Law School, Washington, D.C.