Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer

Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer

 Amicus Brief (U.S. Supreme Court), 137 S.Ct. 2012 (2017)  We served as counsel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and in the U.S. Supreme Court for the National Association of Evangelicals as an amicus party in this First Amendment religious freedom case.  The case challenged the Missouri state constitution’s “Blaine Amendment,”...

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West Chelsea Buildings, LLC v. United States

West Chelsea Buildings, LLC v. United States

(U.S. Supreme Court) We represented property owners in New York City in takings litigation regarding the High Line, a popular elevated recreational park on the West Side of Manhattan.  Those landowners sought to appeal their claims for compensation under the Fifth Amendment for the taking of their property to the U.S. Supreme Court.  

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Bay Point Properties, Inc. v. Mississippi Transportation Comm’n

Bay Point Properties, Inc. v. Mississippi Transportation Comm’n

Amicus Brief (U.S. Supreme Court)We represented amici curiae Cato Institute, NFIB Small Business Legal Center, Southeastern Legal Foundation, National Association of Reversionary Property Owners, Property Rights Foundation of America, and Law Professors James W. Ely, Jr., Shelley Ross Saxer, and Ilya Somin.  This case challenged a Mississippi...

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Shoemaker v. Kander

Shoemaker v. Kander

(Missouri Supreme Court), 464 S.W.3d 171 (Mo. 2015). Thor successfully represented Missouri Farmers Care, a coalition of agricultural groups, in defense of Missouri Constitutional Amendment 1, the “Right to Farm Amendment” in a statewide recount and state supreme court election contest.

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Palmer Ranch v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue

Palmer Ranch v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue

(U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit), T.C. Memo 2014-79 (US Tax Court 2013), affirmed, 812 F.3d 982 (11th Cir. 2016)US Tax Court trial involving an $83 million dollar dispute with the IRS.  A wealthy family donated property for a conservation easement and public park.  The IRS disallowed the donation.  After a two-week trial the IRS...

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Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission

Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission

Thor represented Arizona citizens and voters in a U.S. Supreme Court challenge of the 2012 redistricting plan for Arizona state legislative districts, where the redistricting commission produced a redistricting map with a nearly 9% population deviation, diluting the votes of thousands of Arizona voters.   Thor argued this case before the Supreme...

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