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Jennie Skelton is a partner in Nielsen Merksamer, a law firm with 40 years of expertise in political law issues. 


Ms. Skelton specializes in federal, state and local lobby, campaign, "pay-to-play," gift, "revolving door" and ethics laws and compliance, as well as enforcement actions before federal, state and local ethics agencies.


As outside counsel, Ms. Skelton assists business entities and individuals on contribution, lobby and ethics legal and compliance issues nationwide. Specifically, she assists entities and individuals with the development and administration of comprehensive lobby and "pay-to-play" compliance programs, as well as corporate and PAC campaign contribution compliance at the federal, state and local level.


Ms. Skelton provides counsel regarding federal, state and local gift activity, conflicts of interests and "revolving door" issues.  Ms. Skelton also assists entities with the filing of federal lobby reports under the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA), as well as compliance with the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act (HLOGA).


Since 2004, Ms. Skelton has been a co-editor of the Practising Law Institute’s “Corporate Political Activities” publication regarding state lobby and gift laws.  Ms. Skelton frequently speaks on governmental compliance and ethics issues, including at the Council of Governmental Ethics Law's (COGEL) annual conference.


Ms. Skelton  previously served as Enforcement Division counsel with the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). As former Commission Counsel, Ms. Skelton has expertise in FPPC matters, including pending enforcement matters and complaints. Ms. Skelton has represented clients with enforcement matters before the FPPC, the Federal Elections Commission, and numerous other state and local agencies across the country.


Practice Areas


  1. Election Campaigns & Political Law: 95%
  2. State, Local And Municipal Law: 5%


Payment Types:

Cash, Check

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Contact Info

Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni, LLP

2350 Kerner Blvd Ste 250
San Rafael, CA, 94901-5596


NYCurrently registered 201203/13/2015

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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerNielsen, Merksamer, Parrinello, Gross & Leoni, LLP2004 - Present
Commission Counsel, Enforcement DivisionFair Political Practices Commission (Fppc)2002 - 2004
Senior Tax AssociateDeloitte & Touche1999 - 2001
Association NamePosition NameDuration
New York State Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Marin County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
San Francisco Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
California Political Attorneys AssociationMember2002 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2000 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Publication NameTitleDate
Practising Law Institute’s "Corporate Political Activities” Course BookState Lobby and Gift Laws2015
Practising Law Institute’s “Corporate Political Activities” Course BookState Lobby and Gift Laws2014
Practising Law Institute’s “Corporate Political Activities” Course BookState Lobby and Gift Laws2013
Practising Law Institute’s “Corporate Political Activities” Course BookState Lobby and Gift Laws2012
Practising Law Institute’s “Corporate Political Activities” Course BookState Lobb and Gift Laws2011
Practising Law Institute’s “Corporate Political Activities” Course BookState Lobby and Gift Laws2010
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificGovernment and Public PolicyLL.M - Master of Laws2002
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
ABA Business Law Section 2015 Annual MeetingPolitical Law Update 20152015
COGEL 2014 Annual ConferenceWhat Can I Say? Disclosure Rules in Investigations and Enforcement Actions2014
COGEL 2014 Annual ConferenceLobbying in a Digital Age: Regulating Viral Advocacy2014
ABA Business Law Section 2014 Spring MeetingScandal Scarred: Interacting with Government Officials and Employees? 10 Best Political Law Practices to Avoid an Ethics Scandal2014
ABA Business Law Section 2014 Annual MeetingCampaign Finance Update for the Business Lawyer: 10 Avoidable Pitfalls to Ensure Political Contribution Compliance2014
COGEL 2013 Annual ConferenceTen Things You Wish You’d Known Before Starting an Investigation: Red Flags for Potential Campaign Finance, Lobby and Ethics Violations2013
COGEL 2012 Annual ConferenceRouge Treasurers: Case Studies of the Embezzlement of Campaign Funds2012