Legislative and Public Policy

California Government Affairs

With the largest economy in the country and one of the largest in the world, California is home to an extraordinarily active state legislature that routinely passes laws with significant and far-reaching impact in California and beyond. These laws are implemented by the state's vast array of regulatory agencies, many of which are trendsetters that impact the national policy agenda.

Our California Government Affairs team in Sacramento is on the forefront of these legislative and regulatory developments. We combine our substantive knowledge of complicated policy areas with our deep understanding of California's political landscape to provide strategic lobbying services to companies and organizations before the California Legislature, the Governor's Office, and regulatory agencies. We are also uniquely positioned to provide clients with advice regarding the legal implications of legislative and regulatory proposals, with the support of more than 1,000 attorneys specializing in dozens of practice areas across the globe.

Our California Government Affairs team advances its clients policy interests before the California Legislature by utilizing its close working relationships with members of the California Legislature and their staff, testifying regularly before legislative policy and fiscal committees, drafting legislation and legislative amendments, preparing position letters, working with other companies and organizations to build coalitions around key policy issues, and navigating clients through California's complex legislative process on a broad range of policy areas, including but not limited to the following:

  • Environment and Energy
  • Privacy and Data Security
  • Consumer Products
  • Chemicals
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Health Care and Life Sciences
  • Water
  • Labor and Employment
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Litigation
  • Housing and Land Use
  • Transportation

In an environment in which clients face multiple challenges on various fronts, it is critical to have an experienced team equipped to handle all of the issues in an integrated and sophisticated fashion. Our California Government Affairs team in Sacramento is committed to an innovative, proactive, and multidisciplinary approach to solving whatever problems, in whatever forum, a client faces in the State of California.

Representative Matters

  • March For Our Lives Action Fund, a student-driven gun violence prevention group created in the aftermath of the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, in advancing the organization's "Peace Plan for a Safer America" before the California State Legislature.
  • Pharmavite, 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. 
  • 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.


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