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"A lot of the growth in our practice," said Steve Merksamer, former Chief of Staff to Governor George Deukmejian, "is the function of politics being increasingly regulated and complex and the penalties for violations being severe. And there is continuing growth in administrative regulations and agencies at all levels."

- San Francisco Recorder

Steven A. Merksamer | Sacramento office

Contact Information


Mailing Address:

1415 L Street
Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA 95814

Email: smerksamer@nmgovlaw.com
Phone: 916.446.6752
Fax: 916.446.6106

Steven Merksamer is the senior government law partner and a member of the firm's Management Committee in the Northern California law firm of Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni LLP.

A recognized expert in government and administrative law and the initiative and referendum process, he has also had a most distinguished career in public service. Mr. Merksamer served as the Chief of Staff to Governor George Deukmejian, a position which he held from 1982 to 1987. As Chief of Staff, Mr. Merksamer served as a member of the Governor's cabinet, chaired the cabinet in the Governor's absence, oversaw the Governor's staff, and directed day-to-day operations of the state government. Prior to that, he was the Special Assistant Attorney General of the State of California, serving as the Attorney General's senior counselor and policy advisor. In that capacity, Mr. Merksamer monitored and advised the Attorney General on the principal litigation conducted by the Civil, Public Rights and Criminal Law Divisions. He has also served as a California Deputy Attorney General, Assistant to the Lt. Governor of California and Assistant to the Speaker of the California State Assembly. He chaired and directed the transition between the Brown and Deukmejian administrations.

Widely quoted in state and national publications, he has served as a key policy and political advisor to many state and national political leaders. He was appointed by President Reagan to serve on the President's Administration of Justice Task Force, the President's Export Council, and the National Commission on Presidential Scholars.

He is an honors graduate of Claremont McKenna College, and received his law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He has served as a member of the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University, the Board of Governors of the Rose Institute of State and Local Government, and the Board of Directors of the Governor's Residence Foundation, the California Museum, and the California Musical Theatre. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), the California Chamber of Commerce and the Stevenson School and is a past Chairman of State Law Resources, Inc., an international network of independent law firms.

Mr. Merksamer is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was selected by his peers to be included in Best Lawyers in America for the past six years.  Additionally, Mr. Merksamer has been selected as a “super lawyer” by Super Lawyer’s Magazine every year since 2009. 

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