Contact Us

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 9520
Rancho Santa Fe, California  92067

Physical Address:  (UPS & FedEx Only)
16236 San Dieguito Road, Suite 3-15
Rancho Santa Fe, California  92067
Please note that we cannot receive regular mail at our physical address.

Phone: (858) 759-9948

Stay Connected with us:
Support The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund
Your donation can help us defend our Religious Freedom

About Charles LiMandri



Charles LiMandri, President and Chief Counsel

Mr. LiMandri is double Board Certified in Pre-Trial Litigation and Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and is admitted to practice law in California, New York, Washington, D.C., and before the United States Supreme Court. As an accomplished trial advocate with a national reputation, leading a team of FCDF attorneys, Mr. LiMandri is well qualified to handle cases involving religious-liberty issues.



Attorney Profile

Charles LiMandri received his law degree from Georgetown University Law School and has been practicing law for over 30 years. He is an experienced Civil Litigator who enjoys defending his clients with passion. He and his wife Barbara have been married 22 years and have five children. They reside in north San Diego County.

Charles LiMandri studied the life and works of Saint Thomas More for a year as a graduate student on the USD-Oxford Program in England.  This larger than life size bronze bust of Saint Thomas More was donated by Charles LiMandri to the USD Law School and is located in the center of the main floor.  Mr. LiMandri has given presentations on Saint Thomas More and legal ethics at USD Law School, the Catholic Medical Association Annual Conference and numerous other venues.

Juris Doctor Degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1983
Diploma in International Law and Relations from the University College of Wales at Aberystwyth as a Rotary International Graduate Fellow in 1980
Member of the Congress of Fellows of the Center for International Legal Studies based in Salzburg, Austria
Listed in Martindale-Hubbell Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers with Highest A.V. Rating
"Super Lawyers for Southern California"
San Diego Magazine's Top Lawyers in San Diego for possessing the "Highest in Ethical Standards and Professional Excellence"
Has Tried Numerous Cases to Verdict and Judgment in State and Federal Courts
Has Argued Numerous Cases Before State and Federal Appellate Courts
Has conducted numerous seminars on Trial Advocacy, Evidence, Legal Ethics and Religious Liberty Issues for Attorneys and Judges and church and civic organizations
Has authored numerous published articles on Legal and Religious Liberty Issues
Has appeared on numerous local, regional, and national television and radio news programs as a legal commentator
Received Service Award from the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association (2016)
Received Service Award from the Thomas More Society of San Diego (2016)
Received Service Award from the Knights of Columbus (2017)

Pro Bono Board of Directors/Committee Memberships for Charles LiMandri:

Legatus International Board of Governors
San Diego Chapter of Legatus Board of Directors and Past President
Thomas More Society of San Diego Board of Directors and Past President
Founding Member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Thomas More Studies (Univ. of Dallas)
Founding Member of the Board of Directors and current member of the Advisory Board of the Culture of Life Family Services
Former Member of the Religious Liberty Committee of the California Conference of Catholic Bishops
Former Member of the Rotary Club of Rancho Santa Fe Board of Directors and Past President

Welcome to The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund

The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund’s mission is to defend religious freedom by providing protective legal services at the trial level to persons whose religious liberty and free-speech rights have been attacked. FCDF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit public-interest law firm which defends the conscience rights and religious freedom of those of all faiths and no faith.