Religious Land Use and Zoning Leaders

National RLUIPA Experience to Help You Grow

Katharine Brink Harrison

Katharine Brink Harrison has been with Dalton & Tomich, PLC since 2011. Kate focuses her practice on land use and zoning litigation, and has successfully represented a wide variety of religious institutions in federal litigation involving the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). These client wins include Academy of Our Lady of Peace Catholic High School v. City of San Diego, California; Lighthouse Rescue Mission v. Hattiesburg, Mississippi; and Church of Our Savior v. Jacksonville Beach, Florida. In addition to her RLUIPA practice, Kate also has experience counseling religious organizations and nonprofit organizations in a range of legal matters, including incorporation, organizational structuring and obtaining federal tax-exempt status.

In 2015, Kate was named a Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star in the area of Land Use and Zoning law. She is a member of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association’s Barristers Board, the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan—Wayne Region and the Federal Bar Association. She has also participated in the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association’s Inn of Court program since 2013. Kate is admitted to practice in the state of Michigan, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Kate is a 2012 graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (J.D., cum laude), where she was a title editor on the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review. Kate received her B.A., cum laude, in Psychology and Spanish from Albion College in 2008.

Professional Activity:

  • Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2015
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Member, Barristers Board (2014-present)
    • Participant, Inn of Court program (2013-present)
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Young Lawyers Section
    • Real Property Law Section
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan—Wayne Region
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Author, “Ten Tips for a Successful Deposition,” Detroit Lawyer Magazine, February 2017
  • Panelist, “Religious Land Use and Zoning: Preparing, Defending and Litigating a Case,” American Bar Association, November 2016
  • Speaker, “Combating Religious Discrimination Today,” D.O.J. and U.S. Attorney’s Office, May 2016
  • Author, “Denying Due Process Rights in the Southwest: A Critique of Operation Streamline,” University of Detroit Mercy Law Review Volume 89-3