Caleb Trotter is an attorney at Pacific Legal Foundation, where he litigates on behalf of individuals and small businesses fighting for their constitutional rights to free speech, economic liberty, and equal protection under the law.
Caleb’s practice at PLF is primarily focused on free speech rights that allow people to pursue the profession of their choice in the manner they see fit. He successfully represented Peggy Fontenot in a challenge to an Oklahoma law that prevented her from truthfully marketing her art as American Indian-made.
Caleb also has taken the lead in fighting for students to participate in school athletics free from oppressive sex-based quotas. He has successfully represented Dmitri Moua, Zachary Greenwald, and Freddie Linden in challenging rules in Minnesota and South Dakota that prohibited them from participating on high school competitive dance teams.
Prior to PLF, Caleb clerked for the Institute for Justice and externed for the public defender’s office in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. Before starting his legal career, he worked in real estate, banking, and investments.
Upon witnessing government screw-ups at every level following Hurricane Katrina, and due to absorbing the laissez-faire culture of New Orleans over many years, Caleb came to see the importance of individualism to human flourishing. He was inspired to dedicate his career to advancing liberty through the law after reading story after story in Reason magazine of organizations like PLF fighting to protect individual rights.
Caleb attended law school at Loyola University New Orleans, where he graduated cum laude and served as a member of the Loyola Law Review and moot court program. He also earned a BSM in finance and legal studies in business at Tulane University. He lives in Sacramento with his wife, Ashlee, and cat, Frank. Caleb loves traveling—he’s been to all 50 states—following his beloved Texas Rangers, photography, and Mardi Gras. If you’re ever in PLF’s Sacramento office, be sure to check out his bobblehead collection.
Caleb is a member of the bar only in the state of California.