Jeffrey W. McCoy

Attorney

Sacramento

Jeff McCoy is an attorney at PLF’s office in Sacramento, where he works on cases involving environmental regulations and private property rights. Prior to joining PLF, Jeff was a staff attorney at Mountain States Legal Foundation in Lakewood, Colorado for five years. During his time at Mountain States he litigated cases protecting individual liberty, the right to own and use property, limited and ethical government, and the free enterprise system. His work included helping secure victory for a Wyoming private property owner in United States Supreme Court case Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States.

Throughout his career, Jeff has worked for various organizations that promote individual liberty and limited government. Besides Mountain States, Jeff worked as an intern for the Cato Institute during the spring of 2008 and, after his first year of law school, Jeff worked as a Charles G. Koch fellow at the Institute for Justice’s Seattle office. In 2017, Jeff returned to his state of birth to join PLF and continue his work helping people fight against government overreach.

Jeff received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Colorado in 2007 and his law degree, also from the University of Colorado, in 2011. During his time at law school, Jeff had the honor of working as a judicial extern for then-Judge Neil Gorsuch at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Jeff is licensed to practice in California, Colorado, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, and at the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Tenth Circuits.

Jeff McCoy is an attorney at PLF’s office in Sacramento, where he works on cases involving environmental regulations and private property rights. Prior to joining PLF, Jeff was a staff attorney at Mountain States Legal Foundation in Lakewood, Colorado for five years. During his time at Mountain States he litigated cases protecting individual liberty, the right to own and use property, limited and ethical government, and the free enterprise system. His work included helping secure victory for a Wyoming private property owner in United States Supreme Court case Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States.

Throughout his career, Jeff has worked for various organizations that promote individual liberty and limited government. Besides Mountain States, Jeff worked as an intern for the Cato Institute during the spring of 2008 and, after his first year of law school, Jeff worked as a Charles G. Koch fellow at the Institute for Justice’s Seattle office. In 2017, Jeff returned to his state of birth to join PLF and continue his work helping people fight against government overreach.

Jeff received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Colorado in 2007 and his law degree, also from the University of Colorado, in 2011. During his time at law school, Jeff had the honor of working as a judicial extern for then-Judge Neil Gorsuch at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Jeff is licensed to practice in California, Colorado, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, and at the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Tenth Circuits.

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Property Rights

United States v. LaPant

The government must abide by the Clean Water Act too

Jack LaPant is a northern California farmer who followed the rules, and consulted multiple federal agencies before he began plowing his land in 2011. During his inquiries, he was told that the property was an active farm according to Department of Agriculture records, and that he could grow wheat on the farm despite the presence of previously farmed wetlands.

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Property Rights

Pakdel v. City and County of San Francisco

Government can’t force tenants for life

Mr. Pakdel is a small business owner in Ohio. In 2009 he bought what’s known as a “tenancy in common” (TIC) apartment in San Francisco and leased it to a residential tenant. As part of the purchase, Pakdel signed an agreement with the other owners to convert the building’s six units into condominiums. But the City of San Francisco requires that property owners doing this conversion must offer lifetime leases to any tenants. Rather than allow the city to trample his property rights by dictating the use of his own property, Pakdel is fighting the unconstitutional mandate in federal court.

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Property Rights

Kansas Natural Resource Coalition v. Department of Interior

Bad rulemaking process threatens good conservation

In 2003, the Fish and Wildlife Service created the Policy for Evaluating Conservation Efforts When Making Listing Decisions (PECE Rule). This very helpful rule encourages states, local governments, property owners, and environmentalists to collaborate on innovative conservation programs. The resulting management plans have proven successful. The Kansas Natural Resource Coalition (KNRC), for example, has developed a conservation plan to keep the lesser prairie chicken off the endangered species list. Although the content of the rule enjoys rare bipartisan support, the Service never submitted the PECE Rule to Congress as required by the Congressional Review Act (CRA). On behalf of KNRC, PLF has filed a lawsuit demanding that the Service submit its rule to Congress so it can legally take effect and allow good conservation work to continue.

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By Jeffrey W. McCoy

The Constitution protects property rights from unelected government agencies

In 1996, Dr. Mark and Bella Greene, a couple from Pennsylvania, bought an older beach house in Playa Del Rey, Los Angeles. Their plan is to remodel this home and … ›

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By Jeffrey W. McCoy

One unelected bureaucrat should not have unilateral authority over the use of 640 million acres of public land

Today, PLF filed a brief on behalf of Gregory Yount, a self-employed prospector and miner, that asks the Supreme Court to hear two cases involving the use of federal public … ›

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By Jeffrey W. McCoy

Corps cannot treat permafrost as navigable waters

Today, PLF filed an opening brief in the Ninth Circuit in Tin Cup, LLC v. Army Corps of Engineers. The case is brought by a small, family-owned pipe fabrication company … ›

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By Jeffrey W. McCoy

Coastal property owners do not need to jump through meaningless hoops to get to the courthouse

The California Coastal Act was designed to preserve coastal resources and public beach access while also protecting private property rights.  In furtherance of the last goal, the Coastal Act protects … ›

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By Jeffrey W. McCoy

Utahns should not have to rely on the federal government to defend their access to public lands

PLF filed a reply brief in support of our clients’ motion to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the reduction of the Bears Ears National Monument.

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By Jeffrey W. McCoy

The costs (and lack of benefits) of designating a national monument

PLF has joined with Utahns to defend the reduction in the Bears Ears Monument.

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