Jason Kaune is a partner who specializes in political law and oversees the firm’s national compliance practice in government ethics, election, lobby disclosure and campaign finance laws of the federal, state and local governments.
He advises Fortune 500 corporations, advocacy groups, individuals, non-profit organizations and governments, with a focus on establishing and maintaining comprehensive political compliance programs. He serves as counsel and professional treasurer for ballot measures and for leading political action committees and social welfare organizations.
Mr. Kaune has been associated with Nielsen Merksamer since 1996 as partner, associate, attorney and summer associate. He has additionally worked in the private and non-profit sectors, including on the boards of directors for a manufacturing business start-up and religious organization; as a speech writer for a national political party in Washington, D.C.; in higher education development; and for the presidential exploratory committee of a former state governor. He served as an extern for a U.S. Federal District Court Judge and for the California Law Revision Commission.
Mr. Kaune has been a co-author and faculty for the Practising Law Institute's course on "Corporate Political Activities" since 2000. He also co-authors an annual national compendium of campaign finance law and litigation developments for the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL). He has provided television commentary on election law issues and has published articles and written studies on international lobbying regulation, state public contracting reform, local campaign finance laws, and the administration of government ethics laws by the White House Counsel's office.
Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Master in Public Policy.
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Juris Doctor.
Yale College, cum laude and with distinction in his major.