Larry Salzman is Pacific Legal Foundation’s Vice President for Litigation, Policy & Research. His practice has focused on property rights and economic liberty, including cases involving eminent domain, civil forfeiture, regulatory takings and exactions, the Commerce Clause, and challenges to occupational licensing and “certificate of need” laws that infringe on the constitutional right to earn a living.
Larry joined PLF as an attorney from 2004-2007, after a clerkship at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. He returned to PLF in 2015. In between, he was an attorney with the Institute for Justice and served for four years as CEO of an e-commerce business he had co-founded during law school as part of its sale to a private equity group.
While studying at the University of San Diego School of Law (J.D. 2002), Larry was Assistant Editor of the San Diego Law Review and a research assistant to the late Bernard Siegan, a pioneer in the growing movement to revive constitutional protection for property rights and economic liberty. He was a night student, attending part-time while building his business during the day.
His commitment to liberty crystallized during college (Arizona State University, B.S. Finance, 1993) 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.
Between 2015-2020, Larry was an adjunct professor at Chapman University, where PLF sponsors a clinic for students interested in constitutional law. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Ayn Rand Institute. In his spare time, he rides a dual-sport motorcycle and enjoys travel and an annual pass to Disneyland with his wife.
Larry is a member of the bar only in the state of California.