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Timothy V. Kassouni

Land use and zoning Attorney at Sacramento, CA

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also known as Tim Kassouni

  • Licensed for 34 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1989
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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. 




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

Beverly Towers Inc. v. City of West Hollywood (1991) 52 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.




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 

Photos and videos

Kassouni Law is currently working 
on a case involving alleged civil rights 
violations by Coastal Commission 
staff members, which has been made 
the subject of a Richard Oshen film 
documentary, Sins of Commission.  
You can view the film's traile


Kassouni Law
455 Capitol Mall, Suite 604
Sacramento, CA, 95814-4504
Kassouni Law
445 South Figueroa Street
31st Floor
Los Angeles, CA, 90071
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Posted by Rose | May 11, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Success After Years of Delay
Mr. Kassouni was extremely attentive to the legal issues involved in my case, and always provided a very honest and realistic assessment of the merits of my case. He was able to obtain crucial documents from the government that were instrumental in convincing the city council to grant me development rights after years of delay.
Posted by Michael | March 23, 2011
Homeowners Association Legal Advice
Mr. Kassouni reviewed our documents and provided accurate and practical advice in a timely, thoughtful and cost-effictive manner. We would certainly use him again for any applicable issues. It was a pleasure.
Posted by Anthony | January 31, 2011
Professional Attorney and Excellent to Deal with.
Mr. Kassouni has been an excellent attorney for my firm TNT Enterprises, Inc for many years. In addition, he has been our family counsel and has helped with many issues in the past. He is very thoughtful and sincere. Although very professional, Mr. Kassouni brings a humanside to his clients. He interacts very well and is very accessible throughout the stages of any case.
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Work Experience

  • Owner and Managing Partner
  • Kassouni Law
  • 2009 - Present
  • Legal Director and Senior Attorney
  • Zumbrun Law Firm
  • 2005 - 2009
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • County of Sacramento
  • 1991 - 1991
  • Post Graduate Fellow
  • Pacific Legal Foundation
  • 1989 - 1991
  • California Supreme Court
  • California Supreme Court
  • 1988 - 1988
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  • Loyola University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • A.B.
  • 1985

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Lockaway v. County of Alameda Appeal
  • Prevailed
  • 2N Design v. Shoe Palace
  • Prevailed
  • Tascon v. Rivero
  • Prevailed
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  • United States Supreme Court
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2011 - Present
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Property Section Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Sacramento Couty Bar Association
  • Real Estate Section Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Business Section Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Environmental Section Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Federalist Society
  • Northern California Chapter
  • 2009 - Present
  • Federal District Court, Northern District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2006 - Present
  • United States Court of Claims
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2006 - Present
  • Federal District Court, Southern District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2005 - Present
  • Federal District Court, Eastern District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1994 - Present
  • Federal District Court, Central District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1992 - Present
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1990 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Federalist Society
  • member, Previously Loyola Law School President
  • 1988 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Top Attorneys in Sacramento
  • Sacramento Magazine
  • 2019
  • Post Graduate Fellowship at Pacific Legal Foundation
  • Fritz B. Burns Foundation
  • 1989


  • California Western Law Review
  • "The Ripeness Doctrine and the Judicial Relegation of Constitutionally Protected Property Rights,"
  • 1992
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Land use and zoning Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Land use and zoning Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tim Kassouni is highly professional and very good at what he does. He cares about his clients and is an excellent appellate attorney."
Constitutional Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. In practicing law, you run across attorneys of varying talent levels. In my experience, Tim Kassouni ranks near the top. He is knowledgeable, frugal, and understands the way the law works. Most importantly, however, he legitimately cares about his client's cause. The civil issues that face Tim's clients also happen to be issues that Tim truly cares about. His passion for civil liberties and property rights comes through in his diligent defense of his client's interest. To see that kind of passion in private practice is refreshing. I couldn't recommend his services more highly."
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