Timothy Sandefur

Senior Staff Attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation

Timothy Sandefur is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation. As the lead attorney in the Economic Liberty Project, he works to protect businesses against abusive government regulation. He also works to prevent the abuse of eminent domain, having litigated important eminent domain cases in California, Missouri, and elsewhere, and having filed briefs in many significant eminent domain cases, including Kelo v. New London. A prolific writer, his book Cornerstone of Liberty: Property Rights in 21st Century America was published by the Cato Institute in 2006, and he has published many scholarly articles on subjects ranging from eminent domain and economic liberty to copyright, evolution and creationism, and the legal issues of slavery and the Civil War. He is also a contributing editor of Liberty magazine, and has written for many magazines and newspapers, including National Review Online, The Humanist, The San Francisco Chronicle, Regulation, and The Washington Times. In February, 2006, he became one of the youngest attorneys ever featured on the cover of California Lawyer magazine. He is a frequent guest on radio and television programs, including the Jim Lehrer News Hour, CNBC's Street Signs, Now with David Brancaccio and CPSAN's Book TV, and elsewhere.


B.A., Hillsdale College
J.D., Chapman University

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Publications and Multimedia
The Conscience of the Constitution - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
February 07, 2014
Stolt-Nielsen S. A. v. AnimalFeeds Int’l Corp. – Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 05-06-10 featuring Timothy Sandefur
May 06, 2010
SCOTUScast 4-9-09 featuring Timothy Sandefur
Ysursa v. Pocatello Education Association
April 09, 2009
SCOTUScast 1-13-09 featuring Timothy Sandefur
Ysursa v. Pocatello Education Association
January 13, 2009
Rule of Law or Rule of Judges (or Both)? - Event Audio
San Francisco Lawyers Chapter
October 08, 2008
SCOTUScast 7-2-07 featuring Timothy Sandefur
Wilkie v. Robbins
July 02, 2007