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Forrest A. Norman
600 Superior Avenue East, Suite 2330
Cleveland, OH 44114-2614
T: 855-867-0312
D: 216-685-1827
F: 888-811-7144

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Churches, non-profit ministries, and other religious and faith-based organizations are confronted with a wide array of legal issues and challenges — some common to the business community and others specific to the ministry. Since these organizations are structured based on their individual canons, seeking external legal help to settle grievances is an option that is not characteristically considered; however, in today’s litigious climate, churches need help in managing the legal side of the business. Providing for proper legal planning, protection, and preservation of the ministry is not only good stewardship for those entrusted with the ministry, it is also a sensible best business practice.

Legal advice which is mindful of the mission of the church or ministry organization’s primary goals, and sensitive to the manner in which it is conducted, can help the organization achieve its goals efficiently and effectively.

Some of the areas where we serve churches and ministries include:

  • Property concerns when churches change denominations
  • Personnel and Employment Matters
  • Incorporation
  • Zoning Ordinances 
  • Denominational Affiliations
  • Ecclesiastical Litigation  
  • Contract Issues 
  • Corporate Governance
  • 501(c)(3) Certification
  • Risk Management
  • Estate Planning and Gifting
  • Tort lawsuits, from auto and premises accidents, to allegations of improprieties
  • Church School, Pre-School Compliance
  • State and Federal Tax Regulations

Dickie McCamey’s attorneys have a background representing religious organizations and through that experience have developed the keen sensitivity to their unique needs and legal challenges exceptional to the church. We believe that churches, pastors, trustees, and congregation members alike are entitled to the highly competent representation reflective of the ministry goals, morals, and ethics of the church itself.

Churches have been changing denominational affiliations for years, and when this occurs, legal disputes often arise as to which party is entitled to the property. In the United States, the answers to the legal issues have state specific and denomination specific nuances which require careful and thorough analysis.

Our experience covers a broad spectrum of litigation such as accidents involving church-owned vehicles, employment issues, negligent supervision, church property disputes, denominational affiliation issues, and premises liability. Our lawyers have represented church organizations and their insurers in mediations, at the trial court level, and in filing amicus briefs on church-related legal issues in multiple state supreme courts and with the Supreme Court of the United States.

Aside from our litigation experience, we are often called upon to advise church-based entities on regulatory issues, to appear before zoning boards and denominational judicatories, and to offer education in risk management with respect to the liabilities that churches face. We also offer pre-claim assistance to try and mitigate a problem before it turns into a full-blown lawsuit.

Dickie McCamey partners with the ministry to ensure that we not only address the law but also respect the doctrine of the organization and the foundation of its existence.

Our goal is to serve the church community with solutions and in a manner consistent with the broader mission of the church.

For further information on the capabilities and services of our Church Law Group, please contact Forrest A. Norman at 216-685-1827 or via e-mail at