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Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) Elects Steve Merksamer Chair of Its Board of Directors

Nielsen Merksamer is pleased to announce that the board of directors of the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) elected Steve Merksamer to serve as its chair.

 

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California Supreme Court Expands Zoning Referendum Power

On August 23, the California Supreme Court held that “the people of a county or city can challenge . . . a zoning ordinance by referendum, at least where the local government has other means available to make the zoning ordinance and general plan consistent.”

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Steve Merksamer Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

Nielsen Merksamer is pleased to announce that the publication The Best Lawyers in America© selected Steve Merksamer for inclusion in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, an honor he has received every year since 2008. Merksamer was chosen through an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluated their professional peers.

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Nielsen Merksamer Attorneys Recognized As 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers/Rising Stars

Nielsen Merksamer is pleased to announce that Steve Merksamer has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer and Elli Abdoli was named a Northern California Rising Star for 2018.

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2018 California Primary Election Summary

While there were no big surprises from Tuesday’s election, there were a number of key races, at the state and federal level, which will impact California’s political landscape and possibly the balance of power in Washington D.C.

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Initiative to Repeal Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act Is Headed for November 2018 Ballot

On April 23, proponents of repeal of the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act filed more than 588,000 petition signatures to place the initiative on the November 2018 statewide ballot.

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Recent Publications on Donor Disclosure Litigation and Sexual Abuse Legislation Involving Lobbyists

A Nielsen Merksamer attorney and senior researcher recently published articles addressing the possibility of retroactive disclosure of contributors to political nonprofits and additional disclosure, training and certification by lobbyists to address recent sexual abuse scandals.

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Nielsen Merksamer Presents Compendium of National Campaign Finance Litigation at Ethics Conference

Nielsen Merksamer participated in the 39th annual Council on Government Ethics Laws (“COGEL”) Conference held in Toronto, Canada from December 3 – 6, 2017.

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Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross and Leoni Law Firm Announces Hiring Michelle Rubalcava, Esq.

Sacramento, CA, December 5, 2017 – Michelle Rubalcava, Esq. has joined Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross and Leoni as senior counsel, working out of the firm’s Sacramento office effective December 1, it was announced today.

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Essential Ethics: Nielsen Merksamer to Provide Political and Election Law Briefing

On Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, Nielsen Merksamer will host another “Essential Ethics” briefing for government affairs reps, GCs, and compliance officers in Sacramento.

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