H.R. 1 (2021) Policy Breakdown

J. Christian Adams, President & General Counsel

J. Christian Adams serves as President and General Counsel of the Public Interest Legal Foundation. He is also the founder of the Election Law Center, PLLC. He served from 2005 to 2010 in the Voting Section at the United States Department of Justice. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department which examines the Department’s election and voting rights record.  He litigates election law cases throughout the United States and brought the first private party litigation resulting in the cleanup of corrupted voter rolls under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. He represented multiple presidential campaigns in election litigation. He successfully litigated the landmark case of United States v. Ike Brown in the Southern District of Mississippi, the first case brought under the Voting Rights Act on behalf of a discriminated-against white minority in Noxubee County. He has handled election cases in twenty states and the territory of Guam. He received the Department of Justice award for outstanding service and numerous other Justice Department performance awards. Prior to his time at the Justice Department, he served as General Counsel to the South Carolina Secretary of State. He also serves as legal editor at PJMedia.com, an internet news publication and appears frequently on Fox News and has appeared at National Review, Breitbart, the Washington Examiner, American Spectator, Washington Times and other publications. He has a law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is a member of the South Carolina and Virginia Bars.     


Kaylan L. Phillips, Litigation Counsel

Kaylan L. Phillips joined Public Interest Legal Foundation in 2012. She has litigated election law and constitutional law cases across the nation, from Washington state to Maine.  Kaylan has extensive experience at every level of litigation in state and federal court, including the Supreme Court.  She also has experience representing clients before federal and state administrative agencies.  Before joining Public Interest Legal Foundation, Kaylan was an associate at The Bopp Law Firm where her federal practice focused on election law.  Kaylan co-authored a law review article entitled “The Limits of Citizens United” (2012) with James Bopp, Jr. Kaylan has also authored numerous amicus curiae briefs on key election law issues such as “one-person, one-vote” and alien voting.  Kaylan received her B.A. (with honors, 2005) from the University of Oklahoma and J.D. (2008) from the University of Tulsa. She is admitted to practice law in the State of Oklahoma, State of Indiana, the District of Columbia, and in several federal district and appellate courts.

Noel H. Johnson, Litigation Counsel

Noel Johnson joined Public Interest Legal Foundation in 2012 and specializes in litigation related to election and voting law, including issues such as voter ID and legislative redistricting. He has previously worked to protect the Constitutional rights of individuals, associations, corporations and political groups in federal and state courts throughout the country, as well as before state administrative bodies. Prior to joining Public Interest Legal Foundation, Noel practiced campaign finance and election law at The Bopp Law Firm in Terre Haute, Indiana. Noel graduated cum laude from Marquette University Law School in 2010, where he was a two-year member of the Sports Law Review and an active member of the law school’s chapter of the Federalist Society. Noel received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in 2006. Noel is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, and also licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits.

Maureen Riordan, Litigation Counsel

Maureen Riordan joined the Public Interest Legal Foundation in 2021. Maureen spent 20 years as a Justice Department senior attorney in the Voting Section, working on hundreds of election, voting, and redistricting submissions over that time. She has litigated NVRA and other Voting Rights matters.

At the beginning of the Trump administration, she served on a detail to front office serving as Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, where she helped supervise the Voting Section as well as served as liaison to the Section Chiefs to help the transition team and acting AAG get established. She returned to the career ranks in the Civil Rights Division after her detail ended in 2017. In 2020, she was promoted out of the Voting Section and named as a political appointee, serving as the Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General.

During her time at the Department of Justice, she also did a year long detail as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of Virginia doing criminal prosecutions. From 1985 to 2000 she served as a prosecutor in the Nassau County (NY) District Attorney’s office handling a wide range of issues and trials such as major felonies, homicide, sex offenses, and served as the supervisor of grand jury procedures and indictments.  She has a JD from St. Mary’s Law School in San Antonio and a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Seton Hall. 

Shawna Powell, Secretary Board of Directors

Lauren Bowman, Director of Media Affairs

Logan Churchwell, Director of Communications