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.

Current Opportunities


Research Attorney

Nielsen Merksamer, a nationally recognized political, election, and government law firm, is seeking a Research Attorney to support compliance attorneys in its San Francisco Bay Area office.  Remote location and flexible hours available.


  • Monitor changes in federal, state, and local political laws, including campaign finance, lobby disclosure, and government ethics laws
  • Maintain legal summaries and other resources for attorneys
  • Draft explanations of legal changes and statuses of bills for clients
  • Research laws, regulations, and advisory opinions
  • Assist on certain disclosure reports, including tax, nonprofit, and corporate filings
  • Assist on weekly blog and other resource materials for clients


  • Must be a licensed attorney with at least 2 years of prior legal research experience
  • Must have exceptional legal research and writing skills, with a strong ability to summarize complex laws and regulations into language accessible to laypersons
  • Prefer experience with legislative tracking or legislative analysis

Experience or interest in some or all of the following will be helpful:  the legislative process, bill tracking and analysis, tax filings, corporate filings, non-profit governance, campaign finance, lobby disclosure, and government ethics.

This is a non-associate, non-partnership track position.  Research Attorneys primarily report to and support the firm’s political law attorneys and work collaboratively with other paralegal and non-attorney staff.

Part-time or full-time arrangements will be considered, with flexibility about in-office and at-home work.  We will consider fully remote positions and/or non-working hour schedules depending on candidate qualifications.

Nielsen Merksamer offers competitive salary and great benefits (see below).   The base annual salary range for this position is $100,000 to $150,000; the hourly range for this position will vary, depending on experience, hours billed, and other factors.


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

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.

Interested applicants should email their resume and writing sample to:  Please, no phone calls.

Thank you for your interest!