David J. Deerson

Attorney Sacramento

David Deerson joined Pacific Legal Foundation in the fall of 2018, focusing on property rights, economic liberty, and the First Amendment. During his time at Vanderbilt University Law School, David served on the Moot Court Board and as an authorities editor for the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law. He also co-founded the Vanderbilt Immigration Law Group, interned at the Beacon Center of Tennessee and the Institute for Justice, and worked at Vanderbilt’s Intellectual Property and the Arts Clinic.

Raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, David followed in the tar-heeled footsteps of his grandfather by earning his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduating with honors in History and Philosophy, David went to Washington, DC, to help grow the burgeoning movement of millennial libertarians. He also had the tremendous opportunity to work supporting litigation efforts at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, vindicating the First Amendment rights of university students and professors. That experience convinced him that it was time to go to law school.

In between briefs, David enjoys playing guitar, watching classic cinema, and rooting for the Carolina Panthers. He really shines on karaoke night.

David had a feeling that law was his vocation since first studying Talmud in the fifth grade, and has known that classical liberal values were his passion since first studying Locke in high school. He’s thrilled at the opportunity to continue his pursuit of law and liberty at PLF.

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April 11, 2019

PLF Challenges Marin County’s Forced-Farming Mandate

Last Friday, Pacific Legal Foundation helped Arron and Arthur Benedetti to challenge Marin County's new forced-farming mandate that requires landowners to remain personally engaged in commercial agriculture in perpetuity as a condition of granting a building permit. Arron and Arthur are the sons of the late Willie Benedetti, who worked with PLF to ...

February 08, 2019

PLF and Friends Ask SCOTUS to Review Extraterritorial Fuel Regulations

Back in 2014, PLF urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Ninth Circuit's decision upholding California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) against constitutional challenge. The LCFS regulates transportation fuels using a "life-cycle" analysis, meaning that it fictionally assigns a "carbon intensity score" based on estimated carbon emissions resul ...

February 07, 2019

California Coastal Commission Certifies Marin County’s Unconstitutional Local Coastal Program

Marin County's Local Coastal Program (LCP) is currently the subject of ongoing litigation between the estate of Willie Benedetti, represented by PLF, and the County. Yesterday, the California Coastal Commission voted to certify amendments to Marin County's LCP over PLF's objections, which we made in a public comment letter and re-iterated at yester ...

January 18, 2019

Environmental protection is vital—but so is government accountability

With today's overgrown regulatory state, Congressional review of executive branch agency rules is more important than ever. A recent court case centered on hunting restrictions in Alaska, Center for Biological Diversity v. Zinke, illustrates why. During the Obama Administration, the Department of the Interior enacted a rule that prohibits hunting o ...

December 20, 2018

Let’s make Tennessee’s protectionist alcohol policies a thing of the past

You've just moved to Tennessee, hoping to realize your entrepreneurial dream of opening your own liquor store. Sorry, but you're out of luck: the Volunteer State refuses to issue a retail liquor permit to anyone who hasn't resided in the state for at least two years. That flies in the face of Constitutional requirement that ...

December 13, 2018

Property is property. End of story.

Today we filed an amicus brief in the Minnesota Supreme Court to make sure they apply the correct analysis when considering a Takings Clause challenge. Winona County, Minnesota recently banned the mining of silica sand, a material often used in fracking operations outside the state. Before the ban, Minnesota Sands, LLC, a mining company, entered ...

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