Alan Sears is founder of ADF International, after serving as the first president, CEO, and general counsel from 1993-2017. During his 23 years at the helm, he built a global team of more than 3,100 allied attorneys in 41 nations.
His commitment to a comprehensive strategy comprised of training, funding, and legal advocacy has resulted in important roles in 49 victories at the U.S. Supreme Court, 17 at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, and wins in more than three out of four cases litigated to conclusion around the world.
Mr. Sears earned his Juris Doctor from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. He served in numerous positions within the Reagan and Bush I administrations, including in the Department of Justice under Attorneys General William French Smith and Edwin Meese III, and as associate solicitor with the Department of the Interior under Secretary Donald Hodel. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Mr. Sears has continued his education with professional instruction at Stanford University, Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, Pepperdine University, and The Catholic University of America.
Practicing law for four decades, Mr. Sears is a member in good standing with the American, Arizona, California, District of Columbia (inactive), and Kentucky bar associations. He has helped fashion the language for numerous local, state, and federal laws and has testified before committees of the U.S. House and Senate, state legislatures, and many local governments and commissions. Legislators in 20 states have adopted his policy recommendations.
Mr. Sears has lectured on legal and related historical topics in the United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada, Spain, France, Italy, Turkey, and Greece, among other nations. Legislators and law enforcement officials from many countries—from Australia to the European Union—have engaged his guidance. In addition, Mr. Sears has spoken before committees of the British Parliament and at the Vatican.