Steve Churchwell is a partner in DLA Piper’s State Government Affairs group. Since 1982, he has assisted clients in charting a successful course through the challenging waters of California government and politics. He represents corporations, associations, Indian tribes and governmental agencies in the areas of state regulatory matters, political law, ethics and conflicts of interest and related litigation.
Mr. Churchwell defends clients against government enforcement actions, assists clients with legislative strategy, helps them obtain government contracts and grants, develops compliance programs for regulated clients and devises sound political strategies.
October 3, 2005 – DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary US LLP today announced that Steven G. Churchwell will join the firm’s Government Affairs practice group as a partner in the Sacramento office. Churchwell previously was a partner at Livingston & Mattesich.
“Steve is a leading political law and state regulatory lawyer and an expert in government conflicts of interest and ethics matters,” said Thomas O’Neil III, chair of the firm’s Government Affairs practice group. “Both his colleagues and clients will benefit from his extensive experience and he will play an important role in the further development of our Government Affairs practice in Sacramento .”
Churchwell started his career in 1982 as a public interest litigation fellow. Following his two-year fellowship, he served as a staff counsel in the California Office of Administrative Law. He joined Nielsen, Merksamer, a leading government affairs firm in Sacramento in 1986 where he focused on ballot propositions and campaign finance compliance matters.
In 1989, Steve was appointed Chief Counsel for the Cal/OSHA Appeals Board where he drafted appellate decisions for the Board and defended the agency in court, achieving a 12-0 litigation record. In 1993, Steve was appointed General Counsel of the California Fair Political Practices Commission where he acted as the senior legal advisor to California’s political watchdog and handled important constitutional litigation matters in state and federal courts, achieving two 7-0 decisions in the California Supreme Court. Steve joined Livingston & Mattesich in 2000, and he has grown a state-wide practice assisting associations of businesses, large corporations, Indian tribes and public agencies with ballot measures, state and federal campaign finance law compliance, ethics issues and state regulatory issues that affect businesses.
A frequent author and lecturer, Churchwell was recognized as one of the four “government law” Northern California Super Lawyers in 2004. He received a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and a J.D. from the University of Tennessee Law School where he was Articles Editor of the Tennessee Law Review.
The Government Affairs group of DLA Piper has been called “one of the most high-powered and high-profile lobbying shops in the nation’s capital,” by the National Law Journal. Many of the attorneys and other professionals in this group have held senior elected, appointed, and staff positions in all branches of the federal government and in numerous state governments. This distinguished group includes former Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell, former House Majority Leaders Richard Armey and Richard Gephardt, and former Michigan governor and U.S. ambassador to Canada, Jim Blanchard.