Larry G. Salzman

Vice President for Litigation, Policy & Research |

Larry Salzman leads PLF’s legal department. He is responsible for shaping the organization’s overall legal strategy and integrating its litigation, legal policy, strategic research, and constitutional scholarship programs in the service of individual rights and limited government. He oversees PLF’s U.S. Supreme Court docket and helps PLF’s nearly 60 litigating attorneys and support staff bring effective cases to secure enduring legal change for liberty.

Larry has been a public interest litigator for nearly two decades, focusing on property rights and economic freedom. Recent highlights include Sheetz v. County of El Dorado and Tyler v. Hennepin County at the Supreme Court. He has been with PLF for more than a decade. Previously, he was a judicial clerk at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and a litigator at the Institute for Justice.

Between 2007 and 2011, Larry took a hiatus from litigation to work as CEO of an e-commerce company he had co-founded and built while attending law school at night. He loves his current role at PLF because it provides the rare opportunity to continue expressing dual passions for litigation and entrepreneurial management.

Larry’s commitment to liberty crystallized during college by studying philosophy and free-market economics. He experienced the importance of property rights in a very personal way in the 1990s when his family’s auto-repair business was taken by eminent domain and turned over by the city to a private developer on the promise that a big-box store would generate more tax revenue.

He graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law (J.D. 2002), where he was assistant editor of the San Diego Law Review. Larry was inspired in law school to pursue a career in public interest litigation while working as a research assistant to the late Bernard Siegan, a pioneer in the movement to revive constitutional protection for property rights and economic liberty. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Ayn Rand Institute. When not working, he enjoys travel, an annual pass to Disneyland with family, and learning and growing alongside his toddler daughter.

Larry is a member of the bar only in the state of California.