Civil Litigation

The First Amendment mandates that religious organizations possess the exclusive authority to govern matters of ecclesiastical administration, faith, and doctrine, free from state intervention. Consequently, defamation claims arising in a faith-based setting are often dismissed at the outset for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction. Under the “ecclesiastical abstention” doctrine, courts are generally precluded from adjudicating disputes

Randal J. Brotherhood is an attorney in Meissner Tierney’s transactional group. He devotes a substantial part of his practice to representing tax-exempt organizations, foundations and trade associations.
Where are you from?
I was born in Tampa, Florida on the McDill Air Force Base, where my Dad was serving as an Air Force radar technician. However,