Anthony Samson

Anthony J. Samson

Senior Attorney and Policy Advisor

Anthony Samson manages Arnold & Porter's California Government Affairs practice in Sacramento. In this capacity, he advocates for Fortune 100 companies and national and statewide trade associations before the California Legislature, the Governor's Office, and regulatory agencies on a broad range of policy issues, with an emphasis on legislation and regulations pertaining to consumer products, privacy and data security, energy, life sciences, environmental quality, transportation, Proposition 65, Green Chemistry, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Mr. Samson—a licensed California attorney and former litigator—is recognized as one of the most substantive and hard-working lobbyists in the Capitol community, having been at the forefront of some of the most high-stakes legislative and regulatory negotiations in California. According to Allan Zaremberg, President and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce, "Anthony's sharp political mind combined with his deep knowledge of California's complex laws make him an expertly qualified lobbyist in both the legislative and regulatory arenas."

Before joining the firm, Mr. Samson was a Policy Advocate at the California Chamber of Commerce, the largest business advocacy organization in the state, with more than 14,000 member companies. While at CalChamber, Mr. Samson became known for his ability to assemble large industry-wide coalitions to achieve positive outcomes on dozens of legislative and regulatory proposals.

Mr. Samson's advocacy capabilities are coupled with a legal background. Prior to working at CalChamber, he was a land use and environmental litigator, defending a variety of land use projects from legal challenges brought under CEQA, the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA), and local planning and zoning laws. Mr. Samson also served as a Deputy Attorney at the California Department of Transportation and worked directly under the Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Mr. Samson received his JD from Michigan State University College of Law, where he served as Articles Editor to the Michigan State Law Review. He received a BA in Law and Society from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Experience

  • Procter & Gamble, a Fortune 100 consumer goods corporation, in advancing the company's legislative agenda before the California State Legislature, including consumer product, environmental, privacy and other policy issues.
  • Vulcan Materials Company, the nation's largest producer of construction aggregates, in advancing the company's legislative agenda before the California State Legislature and various regulatory agencies regarding environmental, water, and transportation issues.
  • A.O. Smith Corporation, one of the world's leading manufacturers of residential and commercial water heaters and boilers, in advancing the company's policy agenda before the California Legislature, the California Energy Commission, and the California State Water Resources Control Board, regarding building electrification and water quality issues.
  • Southern California Public Power Authority, a joint powers agency providing electricity to over two million customers in Southern California, in advancing its legislative agenda on energy issues before the California Legislature.
  • Large multifamily real estate development company to help expedite the approval of various plans and permits before the California Department of Toxic Substances Control to ensure the timely construction of a 500 apartment unit infill development project in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • BP in advocating before the California Legislature regarding consumer product liability issues.
  • Daikin Americas, Inc. in providing counsel before the California Legislature regarding legislation that would require the regulation of perfluorinated chemicals in food packaging, and before the California Department of Toxic Substances Control on green chemistry issues.
  • National Coffee Association in providing counsel before the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment on California Proposition 65 issues.
  • California Chamber of Commerce in advancing the organization's legislative and regulatory agendas on environmental and consumer product issues before the California State Legislature, the California Air Resources Board, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.
  • Enterprise Holdings, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Grocery Manufacturers Association, Council for Responsible Nutrition, American Herbal Products Association, the American Lighting Association in providing regulatory advocacy before the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment on various Proposition 65 matters.
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights regarding legislation that would make conversion therapy a deceptive practice under the Consumers Legal Remedy Act.
  • Barr Brands International in providing counsel before the California Department of Toxic Substances Control regarding a proposed regulation that would list paint strippers and varnishes containing methylene chloride as a Priority Product under California's Green Chemistry program.
  • Coalition of more than 250 trade associations and companies in substantially revising proposed overhaul of Proposition 65 warning regulations (through CalChamber).
  • Coalition of real estate developers, renewable energy companies, and public agencies in successfully securing amendments to CEQA legislation regarding Native American sacred sites (through CalChamber).
  • Coalition of hazardous waste operators in opposing and ultimately defeating legislation that would have shut down certain hazardous waste facilities (through CalChamber).
  • Coalition of consumer product manufacturers and retailers in stopping an unworkable and costly ingredient disclosure bill (through CalChamber).
  • Coalition of dozens of trade associations in securing key concessions in negotiations regarding legislation that would have prevented the use of release clauses in settlement agreements pertaining to instances of undefined environmental disasters (through CalChamber).
  • Coalition of approximately 100 industrial operators and manufacturers before the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to ensure that its forthcoming Risk Communication document under the AB 2588 Air Toxic Hot Spots Program accurately characterizes facility risk.

Perspectives

California Legislature Narrows Legislation to Now Regulate Single-Use Packaging and "Most Littered" Single-Use Plastic Products
Advisory
Calif. Bills Would See Huge Changes For Single-Use Products
California Law360, Environmental Law360, Food & Beverage Law360, Hospitality Law360, New York Law360, Public Policy Law360, Retail & E-Commerce Law360
California Legislature Proposes Expansive and Unprecedented Regulation of Single-Use Products and Packaging
Advisory
Calif. Chemical Reg Changes Could Affect Many Products
California Law360, Consumer Protection Law360, Environmental Law360, Product Liability Law360, Public Policy Law360, Retail & E-Commerce Law360
The California Legislature: Recently Proposed Consumer Products Legislation
Arnold & Porter Webinar
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Credentials

Education
  • JD, Michigan State University College of Law, 2009
  • BA, Law and Society, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2005
Admissions
  • California
Government & Military Service
  • Deputy Environmental Attorney, California Department of Transportation

  • Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Overview

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