Timothy Sandefur is a principal attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation, and heads the Foundation’s Economic Liberty Project, which protects entrepreneurs against intrusive government regulation. He has won important legal victories for economic freedom in California, Oregon, Missouri, Kentucky, and other states, and represented the plaintiffs in Merrifield v. Lockyer, a major economic liberty decision in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In late 2011, he was named “Appellate Lawyer of The Week” for his work challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act. He is the author of three books, Cornerstone of Liberty: Property Rights in 21st Century America (2006), The Right to Earn A Living: Economic Freedom And The Law (2010), and The Conscience of The Constitution (2014), as well as some 50 scholarly articles on subjects ranging from eminent domain and economic liberty to copyright, evolution and creationism, slavery and the Civil War, and legal issues in Shakespeare and ancient Greek drama. His articles have appeared in The Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, The NYU Journal of Law & Liberty, National Review, The Claremont Review of Books, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Times, and other places. He is an adjunct scholar with the Cato Institute and a frequent guest on radio and television programs, including John Stossel, The Armstrong and Getty Show, and the Jim Lehrer News Hour. He is a graduate of Chapman University School of Law and Hillsdale College.

More from Timothy Sandefur


In Defense of Substantive Due Process, or the Promise of Lawful Rule

Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. Vol. 35. No. 1. Winter 2012.

Public Filings

Sensational Smiles, LLC v. Mullen

Legal Briefs. November 17, 2015.

Rosebrock v. Hoffman

Legal Briefs. February 23, 2015.

North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission

Legal Briefs. August 7, 2014.