Matthew Richards is part of the firm's First Amendment and Religious Organizations section. In addition to litigating cases, he provides general counsel services to clients, advising them on such diverse matters as regulatory compliance, contract management, records management, procurement and distribution, physical and information security, historical preservation, educational institutions, and media. He works collaboratively with business leaders and faith communities to solve problems and achieve goals, informed by his an extensive background in appeals and complex litigation in both federal and state courts. He has particular expertise in domestic and international religious liberty issues and has published articles and presented at international conferences on those topics.

Mr. Richards has been recognized as one of Utah's Legal Elite and as a Super Lawyer in multiple practice areas.


  • Consults with clients concerning constitutional, civil rights, regulatory compliance, records management, contract management, religious land use, and governmental affairs issues.
  • Significant litigation and appellate experience pursuing and defending complex commercial and First Amendment litigation in both federal and state courts.

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Speaking Engagements

  • Oxford Conference on Law and Religion
    Oxford University, Balliol College, 06.08.2010
  • Proselytism and Religious Freedom in the 21st Century
    Georgetown University, 03.03.2010


  • Technology: 20 critical information security controls
    Inside Counsel, 04.26.2013
  • Technology: Transitioning from the firm to the corporation
    Inside Counsel, 04.12.2013
  • Technology: Corporate counsel’s role in governing privacy and security risk
    Inside Counsel, 03.29.2013
  • Technology: Is there any real incentive for safeguarding data in the information age?
    Inside Counsel, 03.15.2013
  • Technology: 4 practical tips for improving critical infrastructure cybersecurity
    Inside Counsel, 03.01.2013
  • Technology: GCs must strengthen their relationships with chief information security officers
    Inside Counsel, 02.15.2013
  • Religious-Based Employment Practices of Churches: An International Comparison in the Wake of Hosanna-Tabor
    26 Temp. Int'l & Comp. L.J. 263, 2012
  • The Status and Threats to International Law on Freedom of Religion or Belief
    The Future of Religious Freedom: Global Challenges, 2012
  • Religion and Human Rights 6, 2011
  • International Journal of Religious Freedom 3:2, pages 65-104, 2010
  • The Need for Legislation to Enshrine Free Exercise in the Land Use Context
    32 U.C. Davis Law Review 725, 04.1999
  • The Utah Medical No-Fault Proposal: A Problem-Fraught Rejection of the Current Tort System
    Brigham Young University Law Review, 103-139, 1996
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