Legal Counsel, Global Religious Freedom
Sean Nelson serves as Legal Counsel for Global Religious Freedom with ADF International, where he advocates on behalf of Christians and other religious minorities being persecuted for their faith around the world. In this role, he supports ADF International’s Allied Lawyer Network, who represent clients whose freedom of religion is suppressed. Based in Washington, D.C., he engages with the U.S. State Department, U.S. Congress, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, and various other institutions and organizations to coordinate efforts to promote religious freedom worldwide.
Prior to joining ADF International, Nelson was an associate attorney at Jenner & Block LLP in Los Angeles, CA, where he focused on complex commercial litigation and government investigations. He earned his J.D. at Harvard Law School, where he worked as a research assistant helping to develop arguments for robust religious freedom protections in pluralistic societies. He also received an M.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine, and a B.A. in English and Art History from the University of Southern California. Nelson is admitted to the state bar of California.