DETROIT, Mich. – Attorney Daniel Dalton, a founding partner of Dalton & Tomich, PLC, today announced the release of his new book published by the American Bar Association. “Litigating Religious Land Use Cases” examines and discusses the continually evolving area of religious land use and zoning within the context of a 2000 federal law called, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (“RLUIPA”). Dalton is among the country’s most knowledgeable and experienced experts in religious land use and zoning law. He has served as both lead counsel, and co-counsel, in more than 40 cases on behalf of religious organizations across the nation.
“Litigating Religious Land Use Cases” provides unique perspectives and case studies on landmark RLUIPA cases whereby cities and municipalities sought to deny religious entities such as churches, mosques, temples and synagogues rights to land use in order to maintain areas for tax generating retail, residential, entertainment and industrial uses. Such discrimination has become increasingly prominent in recent years – and defense strategies are becoming more and more sophisticated in practice.
“We are seeing communities argue these cases with more intense vigor, nuance and creativity than ever before,” Dalton said. “New defense tactics are necessitating new approaches on behalf of religious organizations seeking to use land for religious assemblies.”
Dalton & Tomich, PLC has won landmark RLUIPA cases for clients across the country, including several precedent-setting decisionsin California, Mississippi, Illinois, Michigan, Texas and Pennsylvania. In 2012, the firm secured a $1.1 million verdict on behalf of the Academy of Our Lady of Peace, a Catholic high school in San Diego, California. This decision is the largest religious land use trial verdict in the history of the Act.
“This book was written with the ultimate goal of serving as a true resource for schools and universities in the religious and legal realms,” added Dalton. “I hope it sheds a brighter light on how ‘the little guys’ can stand up for themselves – with some help and guidance.”
Dalton & Tomich, PLC is a law firm specializing in providing guidance to leading religious organizations, businesses and financial institutions across the nation. For more information, the firm’s experience as a national leaders in representing churches, temples, mosques, synagogues and other religious organizations in RLUIPA cases, visit https://www.attorneysforlanduse.com or https://www.daltontomich.com.
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In my role as Administrative Bishop for the Church of God, quite often we are faced with issues that involve local governments and municipalities. Many of these issues that arise in dealing with entities are land use related. I have found Dalton & Tomich’s experience and expertise in this area to be a valuable resource and asset in every situation.
Never one time during a year-long litigation process did Dalton & Tomich demonstrate anything other than Christ-like professionalism. They managed the legal details, while we continued to do church. How they managed themselves, managed our case, and represented our church set the table for me and our church to be where we are today.
Dalton & Tomich’s expertise and experience helped us through a very difficult legal journey, ultimately achieving a favorable outcome. Their personal interest in helping us went “above and beyond” just the call of duty.