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SACRAMENTO — The Pacific Legal Foundation on Wednesday named Michael Grob, a partner at Sacramento’s Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard, as the conservative nonprofit’s new president and CEO. Grob has been managing partner with KMTG since 1990, directing major litigation related to construction, environmental regulation, antitrust law and unfair business practices. He succeeds Robert Best, who has served as PLF’s president and CEO for nine years. Best will stay on as the foundation’s legal adviser. The 31-year-old foundation bills itself as the nation’s oldest and largest public interest legal organization dedicated to defending “individual liberties, private property rights and limited government.” “Michael Grob has wide-ranging legal and leadership experience that gives him great insight into the many challenges facing landowners, business owners, ranchers and farmers who are faced with increasingly complex and hostile regulatory environment at all levels of government,” said the foundation’s chairman, Charles Trainor, in a statement released Wednesday. “We are confident that Mike has the experience and vision to take PLF to new levels of achievement in the coming years.” Grob “is known as an excellent litigation lawyer,” said John Diepenbrock of Sacramento’s Diepenbrock & Cotter. “What he brings to the Pacific Legal Foundation is for the first time, they have a CEO who has extensive experience –some 30 years of experience — in the private world representing private clients.” In recent years, the foundation has taken on the federal Clean Water Act, the California Coastal Commission and commercial rent control in Hawaii. PLF won a victory at the state Supreme Court in 2000, when it represented a contractor who claimed a San Jose ordinance ran afoul of Proposition 209, which sought to eliminate affirmative action preferences in state hiring. “They have done an outstanding job,” said former California Attorney General Dan Lungren. “They have performed very well coming in on important cases, as recognized by the courts.” Grob could not be reached for comment Wednesday. He’s a 1973 graduate of UC-Davis’ King Hall School of Law. Prior to joining the Kronick firm, Grob was a staff attorney in the California Department of Transportation.

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