Craig Parshall is the Sr. Vice President and General Counsel for National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), a national association representing the interests of over 1,200 Christian broadcasters and media ministries. NRB has the primary mission of advancing biblical truth, promoting media excellence, and defending free speech. As Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Mr. Parshall heads the Office of General Counsel, and handles both the internal legal issues for NRB, as well as external legal, regulatory and constitutional issues that implicate NRB’s mission to maximize freedoms for Christian broadcasters and communicators. Mr. Parshall is also the Director of NRB’s John Milton Project for Free Speech, which monitors the threat of anti-Christian censorship on new media platforms like Apple’s iTunes App Store, Facebook, and Google.
Prior to coming to NRB, as a civil liberties attorney, Mr. Parshall represented clients before the U.S. Supreme Court, and the federal District Courts and Courts of Appeal in Washington, DC, Chicago, New York, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Denver, Dallas, and Richmond, and has argued religious liberty cases before the state supreme courts of Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Maryland. Mr. Parshall has appeared on numerous media outlets, including NBC’s Today Show, CNN, CBS radio, C-Span, PBS, NPR and Court TV. His cases have been profiled in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Boston Globe, The National Law Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Milwaukee Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and The Des Moines Register, among others.
While working with NRB, Mr. Parshall has testified numerous times in both the House and the Senate on religious freedom issues, and he presented NRB’s position on media freedom and FCC rule changes for non-commercial broadcasters before the Federal Communications Commission. Mr. Parshall worked with Senate leaders, and in particular Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), in drafting a religious freedom amendment designed to protect faith-based communicators from being wrongly prosecuted under the new federal hate crimes law. That amendment was part of legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama.
Mr. Parshall’s work as a New York Times best-selling novelist has received critical acclaim from Publishers Weekly, numerous fiction reviews, and film insiders like Hollywood producer/director Ken Wales. He has published nine suspense novels, his most recent, Edge of Apocalypse and Thunder of Heaven, and the upcoming Brink of Chaos as a co-author with Left Behind author Tim LaHaye. Mr. Parshall is a frequent speaker on issues of faith, public policy and biblical worldview, and has debated organizations like the ACLU, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and the Southern Poverty Law Center as well as atheist groups. He has addressed a wide divergence of audiences, from legal and public policy events in the Washington, DC area, to debating movie directors in Hollywood on the role of violence in cinema. Mr. Parshall is a member of Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Emerging Leaders in America. He is married to nationally-syndicated Christian radio broadcaster Janet Parshall.