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CareersPacific Legal Foundation is only as good as the talent we employ. Knowing this, our hiring philosophy is simple: we seek to hire the best talent available.

We’re constantly and aggressively on the lookout for employees who live and breathe our core values:

  • Positive and Optimistic: We seek positive change, confident that the principles of individualism and liberty will prevail over time. We work in a spirit of goodwill.
  • Strategic: We create opportunities and plan each new case and initiative with our objectives in mind.
  • Collaborative: We work together within the organization and seek cooperation with others who share our goals.
  • Principled: We act consistently with our belief that individual liberty is the key to the pursuit of happiness and a thriving society.
  • Determined: We forge ahead knowing that energy and persistence are necessary to succeed.
  • Committed to Excellence: We strive to produce the highest caliber work in all we do.
  • Just: We treat everyone with respect and fairness.

If you’re passionate about one or more of our job opportunities, and you’re enthusiastic about working alongside colleagues who share these values, then we encourage you to apply to be a part of the PLF team.

Administrative Law Litigation Attorney

Pacific Legal Foundation—the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty—is hiring an experienced administrative law litigator to join our national legal team. PLF encourages applicants with a demonstrated interest in strategic, constitutional litigation with a specialty in administrative law.

Our attorneys identify and litigate important legal issues to set landmark precedents that will benefit Americans nationwide. Using strategic and principled litigation, communications, and research, we battle for freedom in the nation’s courts and the court of public opinion. Our attorneys have won 11 cases out of 13 heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, with one more case pending a decision this term of Court—a record unmatched by anyone in the liberty movement.

PLF attorneys are expected to litigate cases in all levels of federal and state courts, from client and case development through final appellate review, and engage in outreach and communication to the public by writing op-eds, giving speeches, and more.

PLF litigates cases in five areas of expertise. Among them, PLF is the nation’s leader in strategic litigation to end the unconstitutional administrative state, with several Supreme Court victories toward that end. PLF recently expanded its capacity and commitment to bring innovative lawsuits to restore the constitutional Separation of Powers, the structural protections that safeguard all our individual rights.

PLF is seeking to add a mid- or senior-level litigator to help develop new administrative law litigation theories and cases and to take a leadership role in PLF’s practice group dedicated to ending the unconstitutional administrative state. The ideal candidate:

  • Has a total of at least 6 years of litigation and judicial clerking experience
  • Has an extensive record in administrative law litigation or scholarship
  • Has a record of innovative and strategic thinking in constitutional and administrative litigation
  • Is a collaborative lawyer who works well with a litigation team in various roles and with others in a nonprofit, public interest foundation

PLF’s other principal practice areas frequently present administrative law issues and provide additional opportunities to collaborate on cutting-edge litigation:

  • Property Rights | The right to acquire and use property without undue government interference.
  • Economic Liberty | The right to earn an honest living and make free economic choices.
  • Equality Under the Law | Equal protection, regardless of sex, race, creed, color, or other differences.
  • Free Speech and Association | The right to freely associate and express yourself in speech and thought.

A national nonprofit organization, PLF has offices in Sacramento, California; Arlington, Virginia; Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; and Seattle, Washington. We prefer the Administrative Law Litigation Attorney to work primarily from one of these offices, but outstanding candidates may also work in other offices or virtually from home.

This is a full-time, permanent position. PLF is committed to recruiting and retaining the highest quality talent available nationwide, and we offer a total compensation package that includes a competitive salary, medical and dental insurance, and employer-paid retirement savings. We take work-life balance seriously through our generous paid leave and flextime policies. We have a flexible, collaborative, positive, and collegial work environment. We take pride in investing in your future and encourage internal advancement.

PLF attorneys are inspired by the opportunity to craft and file petitions for review in the nation’s highest courts and to achieve landmark victories for liberty that other attorneys can only dream about. PLF is a place for someone principled, tenacious, and determined to succeed in positively shaping the future of our country and restoring real limits on government power.

To Apply

Applicants must submit a resume and personal statement. The resume should include bar memberships, a complete work history after law school, a list of publications and participation in any other legally-related organizations. The personal statement should explain why PLF is the place for you, why you want to fight for liberty, your interest in ending the unconstitutional administrative state and other PLF issues, and what distinguishes you from typical applicants. Please also include your salary requirements with your submission.

Applications are reviewed as they are received. Please send to Ms. Tawnda Elling, Hiring Secretary, at

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.