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Robert J. Ernst III

Sole Practitioner


Monterey, California






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Robert Ernst is a California native.  He has practiced, primarily in real estate law, but also in civil litigation in Monterey County since 1982.   Ernst is a past recipient of the Barrister public service award given by the State Bar of California.  He has served the community in the Sunrise Rotary Club of Monterey, and has been involved with several educational institutions.  Ernst is the past chairman of the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District. A writer, Ernst has authored several articles on law and public policy and a novel, The Inside War.

Areas of Practice

  • 50% Real Estate/Civil Litigation
  • 10% Water Law
  • 20% Eminent Domain
  • 20 General Civil

Litigation Percentage

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1980


  • University of LaVerne College of Law, La Verne, California
  • Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, California


  • Introduction to the Constitution, Chapman College, 2005 - 2008

Honors and Awards

  • Adjunct Fellow, Claremont Institute, Golden State Center for Policy Studies, 1995
  • State Bar of California, Barrister Award for Public Service, 1986 - 1987

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of California, Member, 1980 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Board Member, Monterey Peninsula Water Management District, 1996 - 1999
  • Constitutional Challenge; High School Contest on U.S. Constitution, 1985 - 1989


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