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J. David Breemer

Principal Attorney
PLF National Headquarters

(209) 966-6802

Practice areas

Property Rights
Coastal Land Rights

Mr. Breemer joined Pacific Legal Foundation in 2001 and serves the public interest as a Principal Attorney in PLF’s Property Rights Practice Group. As a general matter, Mr. Breemer is heavily involved in litigation in state and federal courts concerning the right of property owners to obtain compensation when their property is excessively regulated for a public good. Specific focuses include securing federal court jurisdiction over federal property rights claims and defending private property rights in coastal areas.

Mr. Breemer has been a member of the State Bar of California since 2001. In 2013, he was admitted to the State Bar of Texas. He is also admitted to many federal courts, including most federal appellate courts and the United States Supreme Court.

Cases representative of Mr. Breemer’s work include: Levin v. City and County of San Francisco, 2014 WL 5355088, -- F.Supp.3d ---- (N.D. Ca. 2014); Sansotta v. Town of Nags Head, --- F.3d --- (4th Cir. 2013), 2013 WL 3827471; Severance v. Patterson, 390 S.W.3d 705 (Tex. 2012); Severance v. Patterson, 566 F.3d 490 (5th Cir. 2009); Crown Point Dev., Inc. v. City of Sun Valley, 506 F.3d 851 (9th Cir. 2007); Mikeska v. City of Galveston, 451 F.3d 376 (5th Cir. 2006); Burke v. California Coastal Commission, 85 Cal. Rptr. 3d 909 (Cal. Ct. App. 2008).

Publications / Achievements

Mr. Breemer has published numerous law review articles related to property rights and federal takings law. These include: Ripeness Madness: The Expansion of Williamson County's Baseless "State Procedures" Takings Ripeness Requirement to Non-Takings Claims, 41 URB. LAW. 615 (2009); You Can Check Out But You Can Never Leave: The Story of the San Remo Hotel- The Supreme Court Relegates Federal Takings Claims to State Courts Under a Rule Intended to Ripen the Claims for Federal Review, 33 B.C. ENVTL. AFF. L. REV 247 (2006); What Property Rights?: The California Coastal Commission’s History of Abusing Coastal Land Rights and Some Thoughts on the Underlying Causes, 22 UCLA J. ENVTL. L. & POLY 247 (2004); Overcoming Williamson County’s State Procedures Rule: How to Use the England Reservation, Issue Preclusion Exceptions and the Inadequacy Exception to Open the Federal Courthouse Door to Ripe Takings Claims, 18 J. LAND USE & ENVTL. L. 209 (2003); Selected Legal Policy Trends in Takings Law: Background Principles, Custom and Public Trust “Exceptions” and the (Mis)Use of Investment Backed Expectations, 36 VAL. U. L. REV. 339 (2002) (co authored with David L. Callies); Temporary Insanity: The Long Tale of Tahoe Sierra Preservation Council and Its Quiet Ending in the United States Supreme Court, 71 FORDHAM L. REV. 1 (2002); The Evolution of the Essential Nexus: How State and Federal Courts Have Interpreted Nollan and Dolan and Where They Should Go From Here, 59 WASH. & LEE L. REV. 373 (2002).

Mr. Breemer received his J.D. at the University of Hawaii, graduating summa cum laude in 2001 and obtaining an Environmental Law Certificate. While at the University of Hawaii, Mr. Breemer worked closely with Professor David L. Callies, a respected land use law authority. Mr. Breemer received an M.A. in Political Science at the University of California, Davis, in 1994. Prior to that, he received a B.A. in English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

Beyond the law, Mr. Breemer’s personal interests include surfing, guitar, coaching youth basketball and soccer, and church activities.


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