James S. Burling
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 the Chairman of the Federalist Society’s Environmental Law and Property Rights Practice Group and a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.