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Kevin ShelleyOf Counsel

San Francisco Office

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OVERVIEW

Kevin Shelley is a former California Secretary of State and State Assembly leader recognized as an advocate for working people, consumers and investors. Mr. Shelley's political involvement began in 1978 as a staff member to U.S. Representatives Phil and Sala Burton. He then played a key role in electing their successor, current Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, in 1987. His own political career began in 1990, when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. During his tenure on that body he served for three years as a trustee on the San Francisco Retirement Board.


Elected to the California State Assembly in 1996, Mr. Shelley championed the rights of workers and fought to protect civil rights. His accomplishments included improving conditions at nursing homes, drafting new corporate accountability requirements and creating a restitution fund for victims of corporate fraud. He also spent several years on the Assembly's Public Employee and Retirement Security Committee, which made and oversaw laws related to public pension funds in California.

Mr. Shelley, who spent five of his six years in the State Assembly as Majority Leader, won election for Secretary of State in November 2002. As the state's Chief Election Officer, he was credited with improving voter participation, calmly overseeing the historic recall election, and decertifying problematic electronic voting machines.

Since 2005, Mr. Shelley has been representing consumers and plaintiffs in civil litigation. He began working with the firm in 2006. He is the son of Jack Shelley, a former San Francisco mayor, U.S. congressman and California state senator.


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