Hilary J. Gibson

Office: San Francisco Bay Area
2350 Kerner Boulevard
Suite 250
San Rafael, CA 94901

Hilary Gibson is an associate with the firm’s political law and litigation sections, where she specializes in election law, ethics agency enforcements, voting rights matters, school district reorganizations and related education law issues, and California campaign, gift, and lobby compliance.

Ms. Gibson advises clients on ballot measure legal compliance, including ballot measure committee formation and associated non-profit and tax considerations, campaign finance filings, compliance with advertising disclaimer requirements, and the unique compliance requirements associated with proposals submitted to Local Area Formation Commissions (LAFCOs). She has extensive experience drafting initiatives, ensuring that ballot measure petitions comply with applicable legal requirements, and litigating ballot measure, voting rights, and other election law cases.

Ms. Gibson also represents clients with ethics and political law enforcement matters before the Fair Political Practices Commission and local ethics agencies. This includes assisting clients with making complaints to the FPPC, and responding to and resolving complaints, investigations, and enforcement actions. This practice includes working with clients on strategic decision making surrounding violations of campaign finance and other political laws to avoid potential enforcements.

Ms. Gibson assists both for-profit and non-profit corporate clients develop and administer campaign and government ethics compliance programs, and provides counsel on a wide range of gift, lobby, campaign finance, and conflict of interest issues.

While pursuing her law degree, Ms. Gibson worked for the Sierra Club’s Environmental Law Program, and was also an articles editor for the University of San Francisco Law Review and managing editor of the University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal. Prior to joining Nielsen Merksamer, Ms. Gibson was the outreach coordinator for a National Science Foundation Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology, where she managed the Center’s grant writing and public relations efforts.

  • Ms. Gibson has been a co-editor of the Practising Law Institute’s “Corporate Political Activities” publication regarding federal campaign finance limitations.