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Storzer & Greene, P.L.L.C. was formed in 2006 to join our talents and experience in representing religious organizations. We have a principled commitment to defending the right to practice one's faith without undue governmental interference. These matters of concern include:

  • Zoning and land use
  • Eminent domain
  • Tax exemptions
  • Non-profit incorporation
  • Bylaws and governance disputes
  • Employment Issues
  • General non-profit corporate matters

We often work in conjunction with a religious organization's local or general counsel. For information on select matters handled by the firm, see the "Cases" page. More information about Mr. Storzer and Mr. Greene can be found in the "Firm Profile" section of this website.

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News

Bensalem Masjid v. Bensalem Township, PA
12/08/2014: Bensalem Masjid challenges Township's zoning scheme regulating religious institutions

On December 8, 2014, the Bensalem Masjid (represented by S&G & Philadelphia attorney Ryan Tack-Hooper) filed suit against Bensalem Township and the Bensalem Township Zoning Hearing Board, asserting its rights under RLUIPA, the First Amendment, and Pennsylvania's Religious Freedom Protection Act for the Township's failure to permit it to use its property as a house of worship.  This action challenges "Bensalem Township’s scheme for regulating religious land uses—by banning places of worship throughout the Township except for scant individual parcels located throughout its jurisdiction and already occupied—[which] effectively grants the Township and Board unbridled discretion to permit favored religious land uses and prohibit disfavored religious land uses," and the denial of a variance to use its 4+ acre property.   read more »

Spirit of Aloha Temple v. County of Maui
11/26/2014: S&G client files suit against County of Maui & Maui Planning Commission

The Spirit of Aloha Temple, located in the Paia-Haiku area on Maui, has filed a RLUIPA suit against the Maui Planning Commission and Maui County, Hawaii challenging the denial of their special use permit to hold small religious gatherings of 24 to 40 people on its 11-acre property.  The property, which is currently being used to provide botanical tours for greater numbers of people, was determined by the Planning Commission to not meet Maui's special use permit criteria based on "traffic" impacts.   read more »

Greenwich Reform Synagogue v. Town of Greenwich, Conn.
11/24/2014: Federal court confirms settlement between Greenwich Reform Synagogue and Town of Greenwich, Connecticut

The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut today confirmed the Settlement Agreement between the Greenwich Reform Synagogue, the Town of Greenwich and its Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals. The settlement commits the Board of Appeals to issue a Special Exception for the construction of the planned Synagogue within ten days, and other Town land use agencies to promptly act on the other permits required.    read more »

Greenwich Reform Synagogue v. Town of Greenwich, Conn.
10/02/2014: Media coverage of the Greenwich Reformed Synagogue settlement

For media coverage of the Greenwich Reform Synagogue settlement:   read more »

Greenwich Reform Synagogue v. Town of Greenwich, Conn.
10/02/2014: S&G client Greenwich Reform Synagogue settles RLUIPA lawsuit against Town of Greenwich, Connecticut

In two separate votes today, the Greenwich Zoning Board of Appeals and Board of Selectmen voted to approve a settlement agreement allowing the Greenwich Reform Synagogue to move forward with development of its property as a house of worship, concluding a lawsuit filed on behalf of the Synagogue by S&G and the Greenwich law firm of Heagney, Lennon, Slane LLP on July 7, 2014.  “We are pleased that this matter was quickly resolved by negotiation with the Town and the ZBA, especially as this comes on the eve of Yom Kippur. This agreement will remove the obstacles to building a new home for this congregation that has been without a place of worship for years,” said Robert L. Greene, attorney for the Synagogue.  “The hard work and cooperation of all parties made this possible.”  The Greenwich Zoning Board of Appeals had previously denied a Special Exception on June 11, 2014.  This is the second major RLUIPA settlement in Connecticut in recent weeks, after the $2 million Al Madany settlement in Norwalk.   read more »

Publications & Events

08/16/2014: RLUIPA law review article by S&G attorneys selected for inclusion in Thomson Reuters' Zoning and Planning Law Handbook, 2014 edition

“Christian Parking, Hindu Parking: Applying Established Civil Rights Principles to RLUIPA’s Nondiscrimination Provision,” published at 16 Rich. J. L. & Pub. Int. 295 (2013), has been selected to be reprinted in the Zoning and Planning Law Handbook.  The Handbook "opens with a survey of recent developments in zoning and land use law, including Supreme Court and lower court decisions and legislative and administrative activity. The handbook offers a cutting-edge perspective on the most critical land use, zoning law, and conservation issues of our time."   read more »

09/30/2014: S&G submits opinion letter to ANC regarding historic landmark regulation of St. Thomas church

In a letter to the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B of the District of Columbia, S&G attorneys write: "[L]ocal opponents’ desire to have church ruins 'preserved in their original state, context and place' cannot outweigh the fundamental free exercise rights of a house of worship.  Forcing a church to maintain, at its own expense and its own detriment, the remnants of a religious structure based on the desires of a few who wish only to benefit from—but not support the costs of—such structure, irrespective of the church’s needs, is neither reasonable nor permitted under the law."   read more »

03/12/2014: S&G becomes a Cooperating Organization with the PBS "God In America" series Defending Religious Liberty in the 21st Century

    Storzer & Greene, P.L.L.C. welcomes God in America viewers to our website at www.storzerandgreene.com, which contains information about our work in the modern day defense of religious liberty. The pages located here describe various kinds of government actions that inhibit the rights of people to freely practice their religious faith. Our cases involve the Amish, Native Americans, Buddhists, various Christian denominations, Hindus, Jews, Muslims and others. We believe that religious liberty for all is a critical part of our American experience.   read more »

03/12/2014: Storzer & Greene attorneys co-author article on RLUIPA's "Nondiscrimination" provision

Examining 42 U.S.C. 2000cc(b)(2)--which prohibits "government [from] impos[ing] or implement[ing] a land use regulation that discriminates against any assembly or institution on the basis of religion or religious denomination"--the authors argue that the law's protections are needed now more than ever.   read more »

02/07/2014: 2014 GW National Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition

Roman Storzer served as a judge for George Washington University Law School's annual competition.  This year's problem involved a challenge to a federal program that provides financial assistance for rebuilding after natural disasters.    read more »