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Timothy V. Kassouni
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Timothy V. Kassouni

also known as Tim Kassouni

Practice areas:

Land Use & Zoning, Appeals, Business, Construction & Development

About Me

Timothy Kassouni is  the founder  of Kassouni Law.  He has over  20 years civil litigation and appellate experience, with an emphasis on land use, property rights, real estate, and construction litigation.


 


While as a Loyola Law School student, Mr. Kassouni completed a judicial externship with Justice David N. Eagleson of the California Supreme Court, was President of the Loyola Law School Federalist Society, and studied eminent domain and inverse condemnation law under professor Gideon Kanner.  Mr. Kassouni later received the first Fritz B. Burns Foundation public interest fellowship with the Pacific Legal Foundation, where he served from 1989-1991.  While at the Pacific Legal Foundation, he argued before the California Supreme Court on vested rights issues and also submitted briefs before the United States Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on various constitutional property rights issues.


 


Mr. Kassouni served as a temporary  Deputy District Attorney with the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office in 1991, and subsequently practiced complex land use, real estate, and construction litigation with firms in Orange and Sacramento Counties.  His law review article, "The Ripeness Doctrine and the Judicial Relegation of Constitutionally Protected Property Rights," was published by the California Western Law Review in 1992 and has been cited numerous times by scholars in the land use field.


 


From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Kassouni worked with Ronald A. Zumbrun as Senior Attorney with the Zumbrun Law Firm.  From 2008 to 2009 Mr. Kassouni was Legal Director with the Zumbrun Law Firm.


 


Mr. Kassouni specializes in land use law, including inverse condemnation, eminent domain, government abuse, permitting issues, California Coastal Commission issues, and building and planning department abuses.  Mr. Kassouni also has extensive experience in real estate and construction defect litigation.  His litigation expertise in land use law has led to legal victories and the setting of legal precedents throughout the state of California.


 


Mr. Kassouni graduated from Loyola Law School in 1989 and the University of California at Berkeley in 1985 with an A.B. in philosophy. 


 


 


Highlights


Oral argument and amicus curiae briefing before the California Supreme Court in


Beverly Towers Inc. v. City of West Hollywood (1991) 52 Cal.3d 1184 (local


governments precluded from enforcing condominium conversion regulations after the property owner obtains all discretionary approvals).


 


As lead trial counsel representing a self storage company, Mr. Kassouni obtained an inverse condemnation liability ruling against the County of Alamenda after a six day trial.  The Court concluded that the County of Alameda acted arbitrarily in denying building permits, and ordered a second trial for damages in March, 2010.


As lead trial counsel representing a self storage


 


Representation of over 75 individual property owners in construction defect


litigation in Orange County, California, generating multi-million dollar settlements.


Lead counsel in land use litigation, including inverse condemnation, civil rights,


exactions, vested rights, and estoppel challenges to governmental regulation.


 


Lead counsel in real property actions including quiet title, prescriptive easements, mining issues (including Surface Mining and Reclamation Act), breach of contract, specific performance, subsurface oil and gas rights, conservation easements, and foreclosures.


 


Invalidation of non-competition covenant in complex litigation action against a


publicly traded company on behalf of large group of orthodontists, which triggered


a multi-million dollar nationwide settlement.


 


Successful representation of developers  in land use and construction defect


litigation in Orange County, California.


 


Successfully opposed anti-slapp motion brought by Topanga Canyon resident, on the ground that trespass on private property for the purpose of obtaining evidence of an alleged Coastal Act violation is not protected speech.


 


 


Publications


The Ripeness Doctrine and the Judicial Relegation of Constitutionally


Protected Property Rights. California Western Law Review, Volume 29, Number 1


(Fall 1992)


 


 The Daily Journal California's leading legal newspaper.  The following articles  


were drafted by Mr. Kassouni and Ronald A. Zumbrun: The Uses and Abuses of


Conservation Easements; The Task of Restoring Private Property Rights


after Decades of Abuse; Ninth Circuit Resurrects Due Process Protections


for Property Owners; The Cost of Wetlands in /Half Moon Bay; The Unrepentant


Sins of the California Coastal Commisison 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1989

  1. Land Use & Zoning: 35%
    25 years, 52 cases
  2. Business: 30%
    25 years, 31 cases
  3. Appeals: 30%
    25 years, 36 cases
  4. Construction & Development: 5%
    25 years, 15 cases

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Angela C. Thompson

    Tim Kassouni is a skilled attorney who maintains integrity in his practice and demonstrates the highest level of dedication to his clients. His legal work product is thorough, well-reasoned, and professional and he is an impressive verbal advocate as well.

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    Angela Thompson Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Luke Anthony Wake

    Tim Kassouni is highly professional and very good at what he does. He cares about his clients and is an excellent appellate attorney.

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    Luke Wake
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Kassouni Law

621 Capitol Mall, Suite 2025
Sacramento, CA, 95814-4504

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive198908/19/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Post Graduate Fellowship at Pacific Legal FoundationFritz B. Burns Foundation1989

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Owner and Managing PartnerKassouni Law2009 - Present
Legal Director and Senior AttorneyZumbrun Law Firm2005 - 2009
Deputy District AttorneyCounty of Sacramento1991 - 1991
Post Graduate FellowPacific Legal Foundation1989 - 1991
Judicial ExternCalifornia Supreme Court1988 - 1988

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
United States Supreme CourtAdmitted to Practice2011 - Present
Sacramento County Bar AssociationEnvironmental Section Member2010 - Present
Sacramento County Bar AssociationProperty Section Member2010 - Present
Sacramento County Bar AssociationBusiness Section Member2010 - Present
Sacramento Couty Bar AssociationReal Estate Section Member2010 - Present
Federalist SocietyNorthern California Chapter2009 - Present
Federal District Court, Northern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice2006 - Present
United States Court of ClaimsAdmitted to Practice2006 - Present
Federal District Court, Southern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice2005 - Present
Federal District Court, Eastern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice1994 - Present
Federal District Court, Central District of CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice1992 - Present
Ninth Circuit Court of AppealsAdmitted to Practice1990 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1989 - Present
Federalist Societymember, Previously Loyola Law School President1988 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Lockaway Storage v. County of AlamedaPrevailed (obtained $1.725 million) in inverse condemnation liability ruling
Beverly Towers Inc. v. City of West HollywoodPrevailed, retained private property rights of Beverly Towers Inc.
Lockaway v. County of Alameda AppealPrevailed

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Sacramento Daily Recorder Co-Authored with Ronald ZumbrunThe Cost of Wetlands in Half Moon Bay2009
Sacramento Daily Recorder & Capitol Weekly Co-Authored with Ronald ZumbrunThe Unrepentant Sins of the California Coastal Commission2009
Sacramento Daily Recorder and San Francisco Daily Journal Co-authored with Ronald ZumbrunNinth Circuit Resurrects Due Process Protection for Property Owners2007
Sacramento Daily Recorder and San Francisco Daily Journal Co-Authored with Ronald ZumbrunThe Uses and Abuses of Conservation Easements2007
Sacramento Daily Recorder and San Francisco Daily Journal Co-Authored with Ronald ZumbrunThe Task of Restoring Private Property Rights after Decades of Abuse2007
California Western Law Review"The Ripeness Doctrine and the Judicial Relegation of Constitutionally Protected Property Rights,"1992

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University School of LawLawJuris Doctor1989
University of California - BerkeleyPhilosophyA.B.1985