James W. Carson

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

Jay Carson is an associate in the firm’s litigation and political law sections. He advises corporations, non-profit organizations, trade associations, political committees, and individuals on elections, campaign finance, and ethics laws. Mr. Carson also practices civil litigation relating to voting rights, elections, constitutional law, and government regulations.

Mr. Carson serves as legal counsel and treasurer to political committees in a variety of federal, state, and local jurisdictions, advising on campaign compliance and reporting matters. He also provides guidance on lobbying rules, conflicts of interest, and gift restrictions. Mr. Carson has experience on a variety of issues related to ballot measures, providing strategic advice and counsel to initiative and referenda campaigns.

As a member of the firm’s litigation team, Mr. Carson also works on matters related to ballot challenges, election contests, property rights, and highly regulated industries.

Prior to joining Nielsen Merksamer, Mr. Carson was a legislative analyst in Governor Schwarzenegger’s Office of Planning and Research. Mr. Carson provided policy analysis and recommendations to the Governor on pending elections, political reform, and horse racing legislation.

While pursuing his law degree, Mr. Carson served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Marvin R. Baxter, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court (Retired). Mr. Carson also worked as an articles editor for the Hastings Law Journal and competed in national tournaments for the top-ranked Hastings Moot Court Team.