James Burling is the Director of Litigation for Pacific Legal Foundation, a nonprofit, tax-exempt public interest legal foundation. The Foundation was formed in 1973 to litigate nationwide in defense of individual and economic freedoms and to represent responsible citizens supporting sound environmental and land use litigation.
Before becoming an attorney with Pacific Legal Foundation, Mr. Burling was employed as an exploration geologist for AMAX Exploration in Tucson from 1977 to 1980. Mr. Burling later attended the University of Arizona College of Law in Tucson, where he served as an editor for the Law Review and received a J.D. degree in 1983. He had previously received a Masters degree in geological sciences from Brown University and an undergraduate degree from Hamilton College in New York. Mr. Burling has worked with Pacific Legal Foundation since 1983, litigating cases from Alaska to Florida.
In 2001, Mr. Burling successfully argued a major property rights case, Palazzolo v. Rhode Island, before the United States Supreme Court.