Religious Land Use and Zoning Leaders

National RLUIPA Experience to Help You Grow

Daniel P. Dalton

Daniel P. Dalton is the nation's preeminent authority in the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Person Act, also known as RLUIPA. He is one of the country's most experienced attorneys in representing churches and other religious institutions in land use and zoning cases and is the author of the only book dedicated to the topic – "Litigating Religious Land Use Cases", published by the American Bar Association. The book is a useful guide for religious entities and the lawyers who represent them, explaining how to navigate the challenges and uncertainties that inevitably surround a religious land use claim.

Zana Tomich

Zana Tomich supports religious and nonprofit organizations facing governance issues and other significant legal matters, frequently incorporating relevant experience in business law and banking law. Her expertise has been invaluable in several cases involving religious land use and zoning issues, including Lighthouse Community Church vs. City of Southfield, Michigan; the House Where Jesus Shines v. City of Bellemead, Texas; and Carlinville Southern Baptist Church v. City of Carlinville, Illinois.

Noel W. Sterett

Attorney Noel W. Sterett describes the core of his practice as a devotion to “ensuring people are free to serve God and their neighbors in their communities and in the marketplace.” This passion for securing religious liberty has led Sterett to successful collaborations with pastors and other religious leaders of all faiths across the country. He has helped win dozens of land use cases enabling congregations to use newly-purchased buildings and land to accomplish their noble missions. The Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) is an area of particular focus for Noel.

Christopher C. Lund

A celebrated legal scholar, author and professor, Christopher C. Lund is adept at helping churches and other religious entities navigate various complex legal issues, particularly religious land use and zoning cases involving violations of the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). One of the nation’s premier thought leaders and writers on law and religion, Chris has special expertise in the procedures and practices of various religious denominations, and his work in that regard has been cited several times by the Supreme Court of the United States.

Lawrence Opalewski

Lawrence Opalewski focuses his practice on land use and zoning litigation, as well as constitutional and civil rights litigation. He has significant experience in all aspects of litigation and has represented individuals, religious institutions, small to mid-size businesses, large businesses and municipalities. The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) is an area of particular interest.

Emily Traister

Emily Traister ensures every Dalton & Tomich client receives the unique and timely attention they deserve. As Executive Assistant, she quickly proves herself to be an invaluable and reliable resource to every client. An adept problem solver, project manager and communicator, Emily drives the efficiency and efficacy that enable Dalton & Tomich attorneys to provide a superior client experience.

We are a team of

The knowledge of the Dalton & Tomich, PLC team extends beyond religious land use. Our clients also benefit from the experience of professionals whose business and practical legal experience has proven exceedingly valuable. We have the utmost respect for each client’s theological doctrine and we are well versed in all aspects of operating a religious institution. This gives us a profound appreciation for the legal problems that confront today’s churches, mosques and other houses of worship.