Meriem L. Hubbard
Principal Attorney, National Litigation Center
Meriem L. Hubbard is a principal attorney in Pacific Legal Foundation’s Property Rights Practice group, where she litigates a variety of issues, including the constitutionality of rent control laws, the right of property owners to sue government for due process violations, Fifth Amendment Takings claims against extortionate development conditions, and the right to litigate property rights cases in the federal courts.
As the lead attorney in PLF’s Unconstitutional Exactions Project, Ms. Hubbard works to protect against attempts by state and local governments to extort property owners seeking to use their land. Exactions are conditions imposed on new development. For example, government may require that a property owner dedicate land or pay fees in exchange for approval of a building permit. Unconstitutional exactions are conditions that are not closely related to the impact of the new development on public facilities or programs. Ms. Hubbard litigates direct representation and friend-of-the-court briefs relating to exactions and other property rights issues in state and federal courts across the county.
In 2010, Ms. Hubbard became the Director of PLF’s Northwest Center Project. The Northwest Center is located in Bellevue, Washington, where the attorney staff focuses on property rights and environmental issues and cases arising in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, and Montana.
Ms. Hubbard joined Pacific Legal Foundation in 2000, after practicing law for almost eight years at a Sacramento law firm specializing in property rights and other individual rights issues.
Ms. Hubbard received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington, in Seattle, and a J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1991. She is licensed to practice before the California state courts, numerous federal trial and appellate courts, and the United States Supreme Court.