Evann Whitelam is an associate in the firm’s political law section.
Ms. Whitelam advises corporations, non-profits and trade associations on a wide range of federal, state and local campaign finance, lobby disclosure, government ethics, “pay-to-play” and conflict of interest issues, including developing and administering comprehensive, multi-jurisdictional political compliance systems. Ms. Whitelam also provides strategic advice to political action committees and initiative campaigns.
Since 2017, Ms. Whitelam has been a co-author of the Practising Law Institute’s “Corporate Political Activities” Course Book, “State Campaign Finance Laws” Chapter and a co-editor of the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL) Blue Book: Campaign Finance Litigation Update.
Prior to joining Nielsen Merksamer, Ms. Whitelam worked as a compliance associate for a medical food company, where she collaborated with cross-functional lines of business to ensure the company’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) compliance.
While pursuing her law degree, Ms. Whitelam worked as a legal extern for the Austin Law Group. Ms. Whitelam also worked as a law clerk for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and as a law clerk for Williams-Sonoma, Inc., where she assisted in a complete revision of the intellectual property training procedure for each of the eight Williams-Sonoma brands.
Ms. Whitelam earned her Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law, with an honors certificate in Intellectual Property and Technology Law. Ms. Whitelam earned her bachelor’s degree in art history from San Francisco State University, where she graduated cum laude.