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The Institute for Justice is the National Law Firm for Liberty.

IJ litigates to limit the size and scope of government power and to ensure that all Americans have the right to control their own destinies as free and responsible members of society.

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Since 1991, IJ has come to the aid of individuals who want to do the simple things every American has the right to do—including own property, start and grow a business, speak freely about commerce or politics, and provide their children with a good education—but can’t because they find the government in their way.

The Institute for Justice combines cutting-edge litigation, sophisticated media relations, strategic research, boots-on-the-ground advocacy, legislative outreach and much more to fight on behalf of those individuals who are denied their constitutional rights. Despite the challenge of taking on powerful government officials and entrenched precedents, IJ is successful in winning over 70 percent of its cases in the court of law, in the court of public opinion or through legislative reforms.

IJ has litigated over 300 cases, including nine before the U.S. Supreme Court. We have lost only one case in the Supreme Court, Kelo v. New London, which we went on to win in the court of public opinion.

Additionally, since its founding, the Institute for Justice has been an excellent steward of the resources entrusted to it by donors across the nation. That is why IJ has earned Charity Navigator’s top 4-star rating every year since 2001, which puts the Institute for Justice in the highest one percentile of the more than 9,000 nonprofits ranked each year by Charity Navigator.

IJ’s headquarters are in Arlington, Va., and its five state offices are located strategically across the nation in Florida, Minnesota, Texas, Arizona and Washington state. Along with these offices, IJ’s Clinic on Entrepreneurship is located at the University of Chicago Law School. With these locations, IJ mobilizes quickly to advance its mission throughout America.

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IJ By the Numbers

4 Litigation Pillars

  • Economic Liberty
  • Property Rights
  • Educational Choice
  • Free Speech


  • 84% from individuals
  • 16% from foundations

IJ litigated 9 U.S. Supreme Court cases since 2002, including 7 victories

IJ is currently litigating 90 cases in 32 states and Washington, D.C.

7 offices

145 employees, including 61 attorneys



1,861 Partners giving $1,000 or more each year

Over 9,810 individual donors

= 25 donors

$30 million budget in FY21

FY20 Budget Breakdown

80%: Programs
13%: Administration
7%: Development

201 legislative reforms secured

58 national awards for communications


Success Rate

Through litigation and legislation

IJ strategic research cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and in 371 articles in scholarly, law, and policy publications.

75 eminent domain projects and blight designations defeated by IJ activism.

Behind the Scenes at IJ

  • Forfeiture Victory in Wyoming

    IJ attorneys Anya Bidwell and Dan Alban with IJ client Phil Parhamovich outside the Wyoming courtroom where they successfully argued (on Dec. 1) that Phil’s $91,800 in life savings should be returned to him. It was seized in March by Wyoming law enforcement during a traffic stop on I-80 near Cheyenne.

  • New Case in Nashville

    IJ attorney Keith Diggs stands next to IJ client Lij Shaw (microphone) at today’s press conference.  Lij operates a successful recording studio in his home, but Nashville wants to shut him down.

  • Holiday Card Preview!

    Kids of IJ Production Director Don Wilson check out this year’s holiday card on press.

  • Defending the Brewers

    Today, IJ appeared before the Texas Third Court of Appeals to protect our 2016 victory over a law that forced craft brewers to give away a valuable piece of their business to politically connected distributors. PICTURED: IJ attorneys and clients.

  • Arguing before the 8th Circuit

    Today we argued before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of Missouri’s hairbraiders. The government forces them to take 1,500 hours of irrelevant cosmetology training just to braid hair. That’s unconstitutional. PICTURED: IJ staff and braiders after today’s argument.

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