The attorneys and other professionals in our firm have been carefully chosen for their academic achievement and practical work experience in government, politics, associations, and business. Working as a team, we draw on a wide range of specialized experience, allowing us to provide our clients with comprehensive problem solving capabilities, guidance and representation seldom offered by a single firm.

We are always interested in hearing from stellar candidates with an interest in our practice areas.  If you’d like to be considered for future associate positions, please submit your resume, as well as a brief statement regarding your background and interest in the firm, to

Current Opportunities


Political Law Litigation Attorney

Job Description

Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni LLP has an opening for a political and government law litigation attorney with approximately 2 years of experience to work in its San Francisco Bay Area office (San Rafael). Nielsen Merksamer is one of the preeminent political law, government law, and lobbying firms in the country, serving a national clientele that includes leading businesses, non-profits, trade associations, individuals, unions, and public agencies. The firm’s litigators work on political, governmental, and constitutional issues, including but not limited to those relating to state and local ballot measures, governmental ethics, and state and federal voting rights.

Candidates must possess strong academic credentials (top 20%) and excellent research and writing skills. Experience with government, political, regulatory, or similar work experience is a plus, although not mandatory. The firm has a team-oriented culture, and there may be opportunities for a flexible, hybrid work schedule.

Salary & Benefits

Nielsen Merksamer offers competitive salary and great benefits (see below).   The base annual salary range for this position is $160,000 to $200,000, depending on experience, hours, local market data, and other factors.

In addition, Nielsen Merksamer offers the following benefits:

  • 100% employer paid health care premiums for employee and qualified dependents including:
    • Medical (with HRA for some plans)
    • Dental/Vision
    • Life/AD&D/LTD
    • EAP with Mental Health resources
  • FSA/Dependent Care
  • 401(k)
  • Discretionary Bonus
  • On-site exercise equipment, outdoor walking path
  • Office on the Bay with access to major thoroughfares
  • Generously stocked kitchen with beverages/snacks
  • Weekly breakfast and other meals

Additional Documents Required

Cover Letter, Unofficial Transcript, Writing Sample

Additional Information:

Nielsen Merksamer is committed to protecting the health and well-being of all staff, their families, and the community against COVID-19.  Accordingly, we require all partners and employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have a documented underlying medical condition or sincerely held religious belief that prevents such vaccination.  Offers of employment will be conditioned upon applicants presenting proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or obtaining an exemption on medical or religious grounds.

Nielsen Merksamer is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, creed, ethnic or national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran or military status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, domestic partner status, and other categories protected by applicable laws, or in retaliation for opposition to any practices forbidden under this policy.

Please submit resume to:
Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni LLP
2350 Kerner Blvd., Suite 250
San Rafael, CA 94901

Please, no telephone calls.