Berman Tabacco

Kevin Shelley

Of Counsel

Kevin Shelley

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.

Experience

  • Authored California’s Corporate Accountability Act, which mandated new corporate accountability requirements on behalf of consumers and investors.
  • Created the Defrauded Investor Fund in California to provide additional monetary recovery mechanisms for victims of corporate fraud.
  • During legislative career, maintained a 100 percent AFL-CIO voting record.
  • Helped a firm public pension fund client prepare testimony to Congress regarding the 2008 financial collapse.
  • Advised a firm public pension fund client on draft legislation addressing specific problems that contributed to the recent market meltdowns.
  • Provides ongoing pro bono counsel to labor unions on a variety of political and policy matters.
  • Drawing from his government experience, advises firm attorneys on issues of corporate governance.
  • Represents the firm at investor groups, such as the California State Association of County Retirement Systems, the Council of Institutional Investors, the National Association of State Treasurers and the Democratic Attorneys General Association.
Kevin Shelley Of Counsel
San Francisco
44 Montgomery Street
Suite 650
San Francisco, CA 94104

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.

Education
  • University of California Hastings College of the Law (J.D., 1983)
  • University of California -Davis. (B.A., Political Science, 1978)
Experience
  • Authored California’s Corporate Accountability Act, which mandated new corporate accountability requirements on behalf of consumers and investors.
  • Created the Defrauded Investor Fund in California to provide additional monetary recovery mechanisms for victims of corporate fraud.
  • During legislative career, maintained a 100 percent AFL-CIO voting record.
  • Helped a firm public pension fund client prepare testimony to Congress regarding the 2008 financial collapse.
  • Advised a firm public pension fund client on draft legislation addressing specific problems that contributed to the recent market meltdowns.
  • Provides ongoing pro bono counsel to labor unions on a variety of political and policy matters.
  • Drawing from his government experience, advises firm attorneys on issues of corporate governance.
  • Represents the firm at investor groups, such as the California State Association of County Retirement Systems, the Council of Institutional Investors, the National Association of State Treasurers and the Democratic Attorneys General Association.
Honors & Distinctions
  • California AFL-CIO Legislator of the Year
  • California School Employees Association Legislator of the Year
  • Consumer Action Legislator of the Year
  • Consumer Federation of California Most Valuable Player Award
  • Consumer Attorneys of California Legislator of the Year
  • James Madison Open Government Award
  • Harry Truman Integrity in Government Award
  • Election Verification Network Award
Admissions
  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. Supreme Court