Practicing law for the Seventh-day Adventist Church affords our legal team the unique opportunity to enjoy the full gamut of legal practice within a climate of ministry for the Church. Our lawyers and staff members are committed to the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and attempt to accomplish the mission we have been challenged with as lawyers within the Office of General Counsel.
Note: All lawyers in the Office of General Counsel limit their practices to Seventh-day Adventist® Church clients.
Karnik Doukmetzian, General Counsel
Practice areas: General corporate matters, commercial transactions and non-profit law. Areas of emphasis include corporate governance, General Conference institutions, legal reviews, litigation management, counsel to General Conference and Division officers and institutions.
Jennifer Gray Woods, Associate General Counsel
Practice areas: Trademark, Copyright, and Intellectual Property.
Todd R. McFarland, Associate General Counsel
Practice areas: Church-state relations (first amendment), religious discrimination (employment, zoning, land use and other religious rights issues). Areas of emphasis include religious liberty, litigation, and departmental activities.
Josue Pierre, Associate General Counsel
Practice areas: Contracts, Transactions, Real Estate, Parliamentary Procedure, Purchasing and Procurement.
Thomas E. Wetmore, Associate General Counsel
Practice areas: Pension/employee benefits, tax, employment, corporate and general nonprofit law. Areas of emphasis include Treasury, pensions, taxes, tax exempt organizations, human resources/employee benefits, litigation management, GC and NAD institutions and departmental activities.