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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.
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|Partner||Nielsen, Merksamer, Parrinello, Gross & Leoni, LLP||2004 - Present|
|Commission Counsel, Enforcement Division||Fair Political Practices Commission (Fppc)||2002 - 2004|
|Senior Tax Associate||Deloitte & Touche||1999 - 2001|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|New York State Bar Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|Marin County Bar Association||Member||2004 - Present|
|San Francisco Bar Association||Member||2004 - Present|
|California Political Attorneys Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||2000 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|Practising Law Institute’s "Corporate Political Activities” Course Book||State Lobby and Gift Laws||2015|
|Practising Law Institute’s “Corporate Political Activities” Course Book||State Lobby and Gift Laws||2014|
|Practising Law Institute’s “Corporate Political Activities” Course Book||State Lobby and Gift Laws||2013|
|Practising Law Institute’s “Corporate Political Activities” Course Book||State Lobby and Gift Laws||2012|
|Practising Law Institute’s “Corporate Political Activities” Course Book||State Lobb and Gift Laws||2011|
|Practising Law Institute’s “Corporate Political Activities” Course Book||State Lobby and Gift Laws||2010|
|McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific||Government and Public Policy||LL.M - Master of Laws||2002|
|McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1999|
|ABA Business Law Section 2015 Annual Meeting||Political Law Update 2015||2015|
|COGEL 2014 Annual Conference||What Can I Say? Disclosure Rules in Investigations and Enforcement Actions||2014|
|COGEL 2014 Annual Conference||Lobbying in a Digital Age: Regulating Viral Advocacy||2014|
|ABA Business Law Section 2014 Spring Meeting||Scandal Scarred: Interacting with Government Officials and Employees? 10 Best Political Law Practices to Avoid an Ethics Scandal||2014|
|ABA Business Law Section 2014 Annual Meeting||Campaign Finance Update for the Business Lawyer: 10 Avoidable Pitfalls to Ensure Political Contribution Compliance||2014|
|COGEL 2013 Annual Conference||Ten Things You Wish You’d Known Before Starting an Investigation: Red Flags for Potential Campaign Finance, Lobby and Ethics Violations||2013|
|COGEL 2012 Annual Conference||Rouge Treasurers: Case Studies of the Embezzlement of Campaign Funds||2012|