Timothy Kassouni, Attorney & Legal Director at Kassouni Law
Known for having set legal precedents throughout the state of California, Timothy Kassouni believes property rights and personal freedom are intertwined. He owns and manages the statewide practice of Kassouni Law with a focus on complex property, business, and appellate matters. Kassouni Law serves clients from two California locations: Sacramento’s Capitol Mall, and downtown Los Angeles. From these two offices, Timothy Kassouni has represented clients from almost every reach of California, spanning from Del Norte County to San Diego County.
The results Tim has obtained for clients sets his practice apart from others. He has been involved with precedent-setting cases, litigation, and legal advocacy serving clients from all walks of life, including farmers from Central California, commercial real estate developers, and corporations.
Mr. Kassouni has litigated at all levels of the judiciary including, but not limited to the United States Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court, the California Court of Appeal, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Litigation has focused on property rights, land use, appeals, business, development, real estate, and construction law.
Precedent Setting Cases:
Lockaway Storage, et al v. County of Alameda
Client awarded over $2 million in damages for construction delays and increased costs caused by the County of Alameda.
Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council
Amicus curiae briefs in the South Carolina Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court in support of writ of certiorari. Certiorari was granted, leading to a decision in favor of the property owner which established new 5th Amendment case law.
City of West Hollywood v. Beverly Towers
This case established the legal precedent that local government does not have the complete authority to restrict condominium conversions. Timothy provided oral argument and amicus curiae briefing before the California Supreme Court.
Additional Legal Advocacy and Litigation
Prior to opening his own practice Timothy Kassouni worked at:
- Supreme Court of California
- Judicial Extern for Supreme Court Justice David N. Eagleson
- Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office
- Assistant Deputy for the District Attorney
- Pacific Legal Foundation
- Attorney with a focus on Constitutional property rights and land use
- Hamilton & Samuels Law Firm in Newport Beach
- Attorney with a focus on business and land use litigation
- Zumbrun Law Firm
- Legal Director, practice focus on Constitutional property rights
- J.D., Loyola Law School, 1989
- A.B., Philosophy, University of California at Berkeley, 1985
“The Ripeness Doctrine and the Judicial Relegation of Constitutionally Protected Property Rights” – Timothy V. Kassouni California Western Law Review – Vol. 29 No. 1 – Fall, 1992
The article has been cited over sixty times by scholars as a leading authority on the issue of ripeness, and has also been cited in congressional hearings related to property rights.
Abstract: This article describes the traditional role and definition of the ripeness doctrine, and how courts have modified that traditional role and definition to create unusually harsh and burdensome procedural barriers for private property owners when they seek compensation for a taking under the Fifth Amendment.
The following articles have been published in California’s leading legal newspapers -San Francisco’s The Daily Journal and Sacramento’s Daily Reporter:
- The Uses and Abuses of Conservation Easements– Timothy Kassouni & Ronald Zumbrun, Published by Sacramento’s Daily Recorder June 11, 2007, Published by The San Francisco Daily Journal as Conservation Easements – July 20, 2007
- After Decades of Abuse -The Challenge to Restore Property Rights in California; Published by Sacramento’s Daily Recorder September 10, 2007, Published by the San Francisco Daily Journal as Combating TakingsOctober 10, 2007
- Ninth Circuit Resurrects Due Process Protections For Property Owners– Timothy Kassouni and Ronald Zumbrun, Published by The Daily Recorder November 12, 2007, Published by the San Francisco Daily Journal as Protecting Private Property – December 3, 2007
- The Cost of Wetlands in Half Moon Bay– Timothy Kassouni & Ronald Zumbrun, The Daily Recorder – January 14, 2008
- The Unrepentant Sins of the California Coastal Commission– Timothy Kassouni & Ronald Zumbrun, The Daily Recorder – February 9, 2009
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1990
- Federal District Court, Eastern District of California, 1994
- Federal District Court, Northern District of California, 2006
- Federal District Court, Southern District of California, 2005
- Federal District Court, Central District of California, 1992
- United States Court of Claims, 2006
- United States Supreme Court, 2011