We provide legal services to those suffering religious discrimination, regardless of your religious belief or affiliation. We especially seek those willing to advance the law by making a long term commitment to engaging in trials and appeals. This is known as “impact litigation” because it helps to change, and hopefully strengthen the law.

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Of Counsel

In addition to those listed below, the Church State Council maintains relationships with employment and civil rights attorneys throughout its five state region, and can provide legal assistance or referrals, as needed, in Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Hawaii, as well as serving a California constituency. The Council offers legal counsel to persons of all faiths who suffer discrimination on account of their religion.

Alan Reinach
Alan J. Reinach, Esq.

Alan J. Reinach, Esq. serves as the Director of the Church State Council and President of the North American Religious Liberty Association - West. He is an attorney and a Seventh-day Adventist minister. A graduate of the State University of New York, in New Paltz, with special honors in history, in 1984, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Law, in 1987. Reinach represents employees who have suffered religious discrimination, and has filed briefs in religious liberty cases in state and Federal courts, and in the California and United States Supreme Court.


Steve Allred
Stephen Allred, Esq.

Stephen Allred is a Seventh-day Adventist pastor and also an attorney who serves as Of Counsel to the Church State Council.  He received a bachelor's degree from Hartland College in 1998, a Master of Divinity from Andrews University in 2005, and a Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 2012.



Jonathon Cherne
Jonathan Cherne, Esq.

Jonathon Cherne, Esq. is an attorney in Westlake Village, CA. He is of counsel to the Church State Council, representing employees who have suffered from religious discrimination. He also has an Estate Planning practice. Mr. Cherne is a graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law and received his B.A. from Southern Adventist University. While attending Pepperdine, he participated in the planting of the Malibu Seventh-day Adventist Church. Mr. Cherne preaches often, and conducts seminars on Religious Discrimination, Religious Freedom and Estate and Tax Planning.