Elected Member

Robert H. Thomas

Sacramento, CA
Pacific Legal Foundation
University of Santa Clara, BSC
Columbia Law School, LLM
University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law, JD

Robert H. Thomas is the Director of Property Rights Litigation at Pacific Legal Foundation. He is a land use and appellate lawyer, and focuses on regulatory takings, property, and eminent domain cases. Robert received his LLM, with honors, from Columbia Law School where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and his JD from the University of Hawaii School of Law where he served as editor of the Law Review. Robert is the inaugural Joseph T. Waldo Visiting Chair in Property Rights Law at the William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia. He teaches upper-division courses in eminent domain and property rights. Robert also served as the Editor-in-chief of The Urban Lawyer, the law journal devoted to issues of state and local government law. He recently completed a year as the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section on State & Local Government Law, and was the long-time Chair of the Section’s Eminent Domain Law Committee.

He also is the Co-Planning Chair of the American Law Institute-CLE’s annual three-day conference on condemnation law, Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation.

He is a frequent speaker on land use and eminent domain issues in Hawaii and nationwide. Robert regularly publishes scholarly and practical articles in his area of practice. His blog on land use, property, and takings law, inversecondemnation.com, is one of the most widely-read blogs on those subjects.

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Areas of Expertise
Voting Rights (Political Law)
Land Use (Real Property)
Zoning (Real Property)
Election (Political Law)
Eminent Domain (Real Property)
Property Law (Real Property)