Michael Poon

Attorney Sacramento

Michael Poon joined Pacific Legal Foundation as an attorney in 2019. His practice focuses on restoring and strengthening the separation of powers, a distinctively American innovation that protects individual liberty and the rule of law. Within the area of separation of powers, Michael is particularly interested in enforcing constitutional mechanisms that ensure regulators and bureaucrats are accountable to the American people. His commitment to liberty began with an interest in philosophy in high school and college and is particularly informed by the works of Ayn Rand.

In 2020, Michael left PLF for a year to clerk for the Honorable Patrick J. Bumatay of the Ninth Circuit. There, he assisted Judge Bumatay on a wide variety of cases, including notable cases regarding the separation of powers and religious liberty. Prior to joining PLF, Michael clerked for the Honorable Edward M. Chen in the Northern District of California.

Michael attended Stanford Law School, where he was a senior editor on the Stanford Law Review. He also holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from UC Berkeley, where he graduated with honors. When not reading administrative law, Michael enjoys the outdoors, weightlifting, and spending time with his partner and his golden retriever.

Christensen v. California Judicial Council

Fighting for property rights against California Judicial Council’s eviction ban

Eviction is a critical tool for landlords to manage their property by removing tenants who refuse to pay rent or create nuisances and safety hazards. The process allows landlords to remove tenants who deliberately withhold rent or damage property, so that they can aid tenants experiencing hardship and offer housing to good renters—a particularl ...

Burke v. Raimondo, et al.

Governments’ misguided battle threatens California fishermen and their way of life.

Swordfish is a very popular seafood and one of the most abundant types of fish on the West Coast. It is also a significant source of income and way of life for many California families. But federal legal changes threatened to wipe out longtime family-owned businesses, as well as the entire domestic swordfish supply. The new rule supposedly aimed to ...

Woman vaping Vaping Litigation

The Constitution going up in vapor

Electronic nicotine delivery systems—vaping devices and e-cigarettes—first hit U.S. stores in 2007. It didn’t take long for vaping to jump from zero to a $5 billion domestic industry, as entrepreneurs quickly recognized a market hungry for an alternative to traditional cigarettes. In 2016, just as the burgeoning vaping industry was gettin ...