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James S. Burling

Director of Litigation, Pacific Legal Foundation

Mr. Burling is Pacific Legal Foundation's Director of Litigation and principal attorney in PLF’s Property Rights practice group. He received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College in New York majoring in Geology and English, and received a Masters of Science from Brown University in Geological Sciences. After working as an exploration geologist in Tucson, Mr. Burling returned to school and graduated from the University of Arizona College of Law where he served as an articles editor for the Arizona Law Review.

Mr. Burling and has been with PLF since 1983 and his cases involve regulatory takings, environmental and land use regulations, eminent domain, and Indian law. In 2001 he successfully argued a leading property rights case, Palazzolo v. Rhode Island, before the United States Supreme Court. He is a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education courses on topics such as the regulation of wetlands, eminent domain and the "taking" of private property and serves as co-chair of the American Law Institute–American Bar Association Course of Study on Inverse Condemnation. Mr. Burling is also a member of the Federalist Society’s Environmental Law and Property Rights Practice Group and a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

 

Publications and Multimedia
Unresolved Takings Questions Following the October 2012 Supreme Court Term - Podcast
Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Group Podcast
September 18, 2013
Limits on Government Regulation of Real Property: Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District - Podcast
Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Group Podcast
March 22, 2013
Coeur Alaska v. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council – Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 10-7-09 featuring James S. Burling and Brandon M. Middleton
October 07, 2009
SCOTUScast 3-3-09 featuring James Burling and Brandon Middleton
Coeur Alaska v. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council
March 03, 2009
Property Rights in the United States - Event Audio/Video
2007 National Lawyers Convention
November 16, 2007
James Burling reviews Property Matters by James Delong
Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 1, Issue 3, Fall 1997
December 01, 1997
Widow Suitum Fights a "Strange Doctrine"
Environmental Law & Property Rights Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 1, Issue 2, Spring 1997
May 01, 1997