California Government Affairs

Our California Government Affairs team in Sacramento is on the forefront of trendsetting policy negotiations. We have a hard-earned reputation for delivering successful results on some of the most high-profile and complex state policy issues. We do so by taking an on-the-ground, "shoe leather" approach to lobbying and utilizing our deep understanding of California's multilayered political landscape. We are also uniquely positioned to help clients understand the legal implications of pending legislation and regulations by leveraging the support of the firm’s more than 1,000 attorneys worldwide.

The California State Legislature routinely passes trendsetting laws that influence policymaking in other states and at the federal level. A successful advocacy program in California can therefore often help lay the groundwork for successful advocacy efforts in other jurisdictions.

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.
  • 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.
  • Worked with a leading energy production company in successfully advocating before the California Legislature regarding legislation that would have established an unprecedented form of absolute liability on product manufacturers.
  • 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.
  • Counseled a large dietary supplement company in advancing the company's legislative agenda before the California State Legislature on issues related industrial hemp products, consumer product packaging, and privacy.
  • 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.
  • Helped a major packaging company 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.
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