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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.

Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross and Leoni with offices in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area, is one of the preeminent political law, government law, and legislative advocacy firms in the country.

Ms. Rubalcava has 20 years of experience in and around state politics, and as a health care attorney and legislative advocate.  She has worked for distinguished California legislators, including Sen. Denise Moreno Ducheny and Sen. Bryon D. Sher, as well as serving as a healthcare attorney during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, one of the most dynamic times in the history of healthcare in this country. Most recently, Ms. Rubalcava served as a legislative advocate for the County of Los Angeles, specializing in health, mental health, public health, pension reform and workers’ compensation issues.

“Especially given Michelle’s expertise background, we are very pleased that she agreed to join our firm,” said partner, James Gross. “We spent considerable time assessing both our immediate needs and what we wanted the composition of the firm to be for the future and Michelle is an ideal fit.”

Ms. Rubalcava was an appointee to the City of Sacramento’s Redistricting Citizens Advisory Committee, where she served as vice-chair, and was also appointed as a delegate to the California Democratic Party.

“Diversity of opinion and experience is critical to an organization’s ability to meet its clients’ needs and respond to California’s ever-changing political landscape,” said Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina). “Nielsen Merksamer’s announcement today shows that the firm is dedicated to those goals by moving forward with a proven leader and skilled practitioner, who will serve well its clients and the political process.”

“Ms. Rubalcava’s unique blend of legal expertise and political acumen will serve the firm’s clients well,” said senior partner Steve Merksamer. “She will work on a variety of issues, including health care, environmental regulation, financial services, local government administration and services and the initiative and referendum process.”

For nearly 40 years, Nielsen Merksamer has specialized in government, political and initiative law, trial and appellate litigation, taxation and tax policy, civil and constitutional rights, voting rights and redistricting, and regulatory agency law. Nielsen Merksamer’s national clientele includes businesses, associations, individuals, and public agencies. One-third of Fortune’s Top 20 largest U.S. companies turn to Nielsen Merksamer for legal counsel in political matters, including compliance with campaign, lobby disclosures, and government ethics laws. Nielsen Merksamer is also widely regarded as one of the top lobby firms in the State of California. For more information, visit

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