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Attorneys & Staff


RUSSELL H. MILLER,

a California attorney, specializes in political, campaign, election and non-profit law. He provides legal advice to corporations and trade associations and serves as general counsel and treasurer to a large number of campaign committees for local, state, and federal candidates, ballot measures, and corporate and trade association Political Action Committees (PACs). Many of these committees and PACs were initially created by him and his firm. He also handles matters relating to compliance with campaign, lobby, and election laws, and represents clients on matters before the Fair Political Practices Commission and the Federal Election Commission. Additionally, he specializes in the formation and operation of nonprofit organizations, including compliance with Internal Revenue Code, California Franchise Tax Board and California Attorney General requirements. He is a member of the California Political Attorneys Association. Russ also has an extensive background in legal research, writing, and publishing. Prior to establishing his own law firm in 1995, he was a Managing Editor at legal publisher Matthew Bender & Company.

Russ is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. He simultaneously participated in a doctoral program at Stanford University (in the area of Sociology of Law) and a law degree program at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, earning a J.D. from Hastings in 1983, and a Ph.D. from Stanford in 1984. At Stanford, he also assisted with teaching numerous classes on theoretical and applied research, and worked on many major research projects; at Hastings, he was a writer on the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly.

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REBECCA J. OLSON,

a California attorney, specializes in political, campaign, election and non-profit law. She provides legal advice to corporations and trade associations and serves as general counsel and treasurer to a large number of campaign committees for local, state, and federal candidates, ballot measures, and corporate and trade association Political Action Committees (PACs). She also handles matters relating to compliance with campaign, lobby, and election laws, and represents clients on enforcement matters before the Fair Political Practices Commission. Additionally, she specializes in the formation and operation of nonprofit organizations, including compliance with Internal Revenue Code, California Franchise Tax Board and California Attorney General requirements. She is a member of the California Political Attorneys Association.

Rebecca earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and a law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. While at McGeorge, she received a certificate in International Legal Studies from Salzburg University in Austria where she studied under Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.  She was recently honored for the second year in a row as a Northern California Rising Star by SuperLawyers Magazine (2015/2016).

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KIRK ALAN PESSNER,

Chief Operating Officer and Senior Paralegal, is an expert in compliance with the California Political Reform Act, various California local campaign and lobby laws, the California Elections Code, the Federal Election Campaign Act, the Federal Lobby Disclosure Act of 1995, and the United States Senate and House of Representatives rules relating to gifts, travel, and income. He has specialized expertise in campaign committee compliance, lobbyist registration and disclosure provisions, and conflict of interest disclosure for California and federal public officials. He also is an expert in the formation, operation and informational returns compliance of nonprofit organizations.

Kirk attended Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, in Washington DC, and received his B.A. in Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served on the Marin County California Civil and Criminal Grand Jury. He is active in his church and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Burlingame Neighborhood Network, a volunteer civic organization for disaster preparedness. He has also served on numerous nonprofit and community boards.

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