California Government Affairs

Our Sacramento-based California Government Affairs team has a well-earned reputation for delivering successful outcomes for our clients on some of California's most high-profile and complex policy issues. We do so by taking an on-the-ground, "shoe leather" approach to lobbying and utilizing our deep understanding of California's intricate laws and regulations, multilayered political landscape, and byzantine procedural requirements. Our team makes it a priority to fully understand the intricacies of our clients' business models and policy objectives so that we can develop and implement an impactful government affairs strategy that is based on fact and sound policy arguments. As part of a multinational law firm with 1,000+ attorneys worldwide, we are also uniquely positioned to help clients understand the legal implications of pending legislation and regulations.

Experience Highlights

  • Represented a Fortune 100 consumer goods corporation, in advancing the company's legislative agenda before the California State Legislature, including ingredient disclosure, recycling, and privacy issues.
  • Assisted the nation’s largest state automobile dealer association regarding a broad range of legislative proposals impacting the retail sale and lease of new vehicles.
  • Counseled a publicly traded cannabinoid company regarding a legislative proposal to legalize the sale of industrial hemp products and to establish a regulatory framework for adult -use cannabis.
  • Aided 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 and transportation funding and infrastructure.
  • Assisted a national beverage association in providing lobbying counsel before the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment in connection with a proposal to exempt coffee from California Proposition 65.
  • Assisted a national beverage association in providing lobbying counsel before the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment in connection with a proposal to exempt coffee from California Proposition 65.
  • Represented a joint powers agency of publicly-owned electric utilities that provide electricity to over two million customers in Southern California in advancing its legislative agenda on energy issues, including legislation that will require utilities to procure 100 percent of their energy from zero carbon resources by 2045.
  • Helped 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.
  • Advised a student-driven gun violence prevention group created in the aftermath of the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in advancing the organization's "Peace Plan for a Safer America" before the California State Legislature.
  • Aided a 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.
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