Kady Valois

Attorney Florida

Kady Valois joined Pacific Legal Foundation in the summer of 2020 after finishing a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Jonathan D. Gerber on Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal. Kady practices primarily in PLF’s property rights group, where she defends individuals’ rights to use their private property free from burdensome regulations.

Kady obtained her undergraduate degree, in social work, from Baylor University. At Baylor she developed a strong love for college football, Texas barbeque, and, of course, the rule of law. After graduation, Kady returned to her native Florida to attend the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

In law school, Kady participated in environmental moot court, served as the executive symposium editor for UF’s Journal of International Law, and worked in the conservation clinic. Kady was also a teaching assistant for classes such as property law, legal writing, and appellate advocacy. Ultimately, however, her favorite parts of law school included discussing obscure historical events and their effect on American jurisprudence, as well as helping her favorite professor teach an undergraduate class on Henry VIII and the development of the modern common law.

Kady credits her love of legal history to her family members and the generations of personal artifacts they have retained. Reviewing her ancestors’ documents and possessions inspired her to learn more about history and to study the lives of King Henry VIII, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and anyone else with an interesting life story. These great thinkers shaped her personal philosophy. She is beyond thrilled to now put that philosophy into practice working for PLF and advancing private property interests.

When she is not fighting to protect property rights or discussing legal history, you can find Kady volunteering at her local animal shelter, reading science fiction novels, or, during football season, rooting for the Baylor Bears. Sic’em!

Iten v. County of Los Angeles

Small commercial landlord fights Los Angeles County eviction ban

Howard Iten is a retired auto mechanic who greatly depends on rental income from his one commercial property in Lawndale, California. His current tenant, however, is an auto repair franchisee who has refused to pay much of his rent during the COVID-19 pandemic, even though his business has been fully open the entire time. He owes Howard thousands o ...

Key in Lock El Papel v. City of Seattle

Fighting unlawful eviction bans masked as a pandemic response

In the wake of COVID-19, Washington State and Seattle joined a number of cities and states to enact emergency eviction bans that eliminated landlords’ ability to evict tenants who violate lease terms, such as by neglecting to pay their rent. Seattle added an ordinance that prohibits landlords from seeking full repayment for up to a year from ...

Shands v. City of Marathon

Government takes family’s land and uses gimmicks to avoid paying for it

The Shands family has owned Shands Key, a small Florida island, since the 1950s. Purchased by World War II surgeon and Mississippi hospital owner Dr. R.E. Shands, the island was originally zoned for residential use and could have been developed with at least seven homes. Today, however, government regulations designed to protect the environment pro ...

Pavlock v. Indiana

Family sues to stop Indiana’s beachfront land grab

The Pavlock family has owned property along Indiana’s Lake Michigan shoreline for generations. Last year, a ruling by the Indiana Supreme Court redefined state law to move lakefront owners’ property lines from the water’s edge or below to the lake’s ordinary high-water mark, turning large swaths of private beach into public ...

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