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Chip Nielsen

Chip Nielsen

Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni LLP

San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA


Chip Nielsen is the senior political law partner in campaign finance, pay-to-play, initiative, lobbying, conflict of interest and non-profit laws and a member of the firm's Management Committee. He also plays a very important role as one of the firm's top government law strategists.

He has been on the Faculty for 38 years and a Co-Chair for 35 years of this PLI seminar.

His Chambers USA ranking is top tier in political law nationwide

Professional Experience

Mr. Nielsen has been actively involved in California state politics and government for over four and one half decades, having been a campaign manager and a political law advisor to numerous politicians and government leaders as well as having served in senior government positions himself, such as Chief Administrative Officer for the California Assembly, Assistant Deputy State Controller and Chief of Staff to the Lieutenant Governor.

Publications and Boards

He is widely published in the area of political law and has been or is a member of the Board of Directors of the California Journal, the Bay Area Council, the North Bay Leadership Council, the American Bar Association Committee on Election Law, the University of California at Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies National Advisory Board, the American Association of Political Consultants, and the Citizens Research Foundation.  He was on the President’s Panel on Federal Judges, Central District of California, in the 2000s.

Education

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Coro Fellow, Los Angeles

Yale University, cum laude

Chip Nielsen is associated with the following items:
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Corporate Political Activities 2017: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Preface - Corporate Political Activities 2017: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws , Monday, September 11, 2017
Overview of Federal Campaign Finance: Contribution and Expenditure Limitations - Corporate Political Activities 2017: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws , Monday, September 11, 2017
Political Tax Considerations - Corporate Political Activities 2017: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws , Monday, September 11, 2017
State Lobby and Gift Laws - Corporate Political Activities 2017: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws , Monday, September 11, 2017
State Campaign Finance Laws - Corporate Political Activities 2017: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws , Monday, September 11, 2017
Political Tax Considerations - Corporate Political Activities 2018: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, Thursday, September 06, 2018
State Campaign Finance Laws - Corporate Political Activities 2018: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, Thursday, September 06, 2018
State Lobby and Gift Laws - Corporate Political Activities 2018: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, Thursday, September 06, 2018
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