PEOPLE

POLITICOM LEADERSHIP


JENNIE UNGER SKELTON

jskelton@politicomlaw.com

Jennie Skelton is a partner and co-founder of Politicom Law LLP. 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 counsel, Jennie Skelton advises business entities and individuals on how to comply with contribution, lobby and ethics legal and compliance issues nationwide. Specifically, she assists entities and individuals with multistate needs regarding the development and administration of comprehensive lobby compliance programs, “pay-to-play” compliance programs, and corporate and PAC campaign contribution compliance at the federal, state and local level. Ms. Skelton provides counsel regarding state and local gift activity, conflicts of interests and “revolving door” issues. Ms. Skelton also assists companies with the filing of federal lobbying reports under the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA), as well as compliance with the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act.

Prior to co-founding Politicom Law, Jennie Skelton was a partner in the political law practice of Nielsen Merksamer, a preeminent political law firm. Ms. Skelton also served as Enforcement Division counsel with the California Fair Political Practices Commission (“FPPC”). As former FPPC Counsel, Ms. Skelton has expertise in FPPC enforcement matters and complaints. Ms. Skelton has represented clients with enforcement matters before the FPPC, the Federal Election Commission, and numerous other state and local agencies across the country.

Ms. Skelton is a double graduate of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, with a Juris Doctor/Certificate in Governmental Affairs and a Master of Laws (LLM) in Government and Public Policy. She received her BA in Political Science and Pre-Law from the University of the Pacific.

Ms. Skelton is a member of the bar in California, New York and Washington State.

Representative Experience
  • Expertise in political law and ethics issues, including federal, state and local lobby, campaign finance, “pay-to-play,” gift, “revolving door” and ethics laws and compliance.

  • Represents public officials and entities with pending enforcement matters before federal, state and local ethics agencies.

  • Assists entities and individuals with the development and administration of comprehensive lobby compliance programs, “pay-to-play” compliance programs, and campaign contribution compliance (both corporate and PAC) at the federal, state and local level.

  • Counsels Fortune 500 business entities, non-profit organizations and individuals on contribution, lobby and ethics legal and compliance issues nationwide, including the preparation and filing of disclosure filings.

  • Provides counsel regarding state and local gift activity, conflicts of interests and “revolving door” issues.

  • Serves as counsel and professional treasurer for federal and state PACs, as well as ballot measure committees.

  • Assists companies and non-profit entities with legal counsel regarding the filing of federal lobbying reports under the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA), as well as compliance with the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act.

Publications and Presentations
  •  American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section 2017 Annual Meeting, Moderator and Panelist, “Lobbying Rules, Advice and Tips for the New Administration”
  • American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section 2016 Annual Meeting, Panelist, “Elections Have Consequences: An Examination of the 2016 Elections, The Respective Candidates’ Post-Election Legislative Agendas and the Impact on You and Your Clients”

  • Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL) 2015 Annual Conference, Moderator, “Enforcement Update 2015”

  • American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section 2015 Annual Meeting, Panelist, “Political Law Update 2015”

  • Co-Editor, Practising Law Institute’s “Corporate Political Activities” Course Book, “State Lobby and Gift Laws” Chapter: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

  • Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL) 2014 Annual Conference, Moderator, “Lobbying in a Digital Age: Regulating Viral Advocacy”

  • Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL) 2014 Annual Conference, Panelist, “What Can I Say? Disclosure Rules in Investigations and Enforcement Actions”

  • American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section 2014 Annual Meeting, Panelist, “Campaign Finance Update for the Business Lawyer: 10 Avoidable Pitfalls to Ensure Political Contribution Compliance”

  • American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section 2014 Spring Meeting, Panelist, “Scandal Scarred: Interacting with Government Officials and Employees? 10 Best Political Law Practices to Avoid an Ethics Scandal”

  • Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL) 2013 Annual Conference , Moderator, “Ten Things You Wish You’d Known Before Starting an Investigation: Red Flags for Potential Campaign Finance, Lobby and Ethics Violations”

  • Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL) 2012 Annual Conference, Moderator, “Rouge Treasurers: Case Studies of the Embezzlement of Campaign Funds”


DARRIN LIM

dlim@politicomlaw.com

Darrin Lim is a partner and co-founder of Politicom Law LLP. His practice exclusively focuses on political law, a niche area dedicated to complying with the patchwork of ethics, campaign finance and lobbying laws that exist throughout the United States.

Large corporations must comply with federal, state and local political laws. Based in California, Darrin Lim advises clients on how best to comply with these laws, working primarily with Fortune 500 companies and government contractors to develop comprehensive and efficient compliance programs to address their political and governmental interactions.

Darrin Lim has developed a reputation for his thorough, solution-focused style of practicing law. His approachable personality has also enabled him to foster close professional relationships with regulators throughout the country, which makes him acutely aware of nuances in the law and traps for the unwary.

Mr. Lim serves on the Steering Committee of the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (“COGEL”), a trade association for ethics agencies and regulators throughout North America. He previously served as COGEL’s Conference Co-Chair for several years. Lim also served on the Editorial Board of “Public Integrity,” an academic journal of the American Society for Public Administration, which focuses on ethics and leadership. Mr. Lim is an engaging public speaker and regularly presents at conferences and events throughout the country.

Prior to co-founding Politicom Law, Darrin Lim was a partner at Nielsen Merksamer. He began his career in politics as the Communications Director for a state legislator in both the California State Assembly and State Senate. Before that, he was in television news as the main anchor and reporter for a station in Southern California.

Mr. Lim graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science. He graduated with distinction from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Mr. Lim is a member of the California State Bar.

Representative Experience

Ethics Strategist. Darrin Lim works with companies to craft governmental ethics policies that reflect their risk exposure and level of governmental engagement. He manages a large volume of requests concerning gifts to government officials and employees at all levels of government and delivers clear and actionable advice. As a former press secretary for a state legislator, Darrin Lim understands the damage of negative press and an ethics scandal. He works closely with clients to develop preemptive measures to avoid or mitigate enforcement action.

Campaign Finance Counsel. Darrin Lim has been working in campaign finance long before the major U.S. Supreme Court decisions of “Citizens United” and “McCutcheon” brought national attention to the area. As the longtime co-editor of the COGEL Blue Book: Campaign Finance Update, Darrin Lim presents an annual update on trends and developments in federal and state campaign finance issues for the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws. He works behind the scenes to develop multistate campaign finance compliance programs for clients with corporate and PAC contribution giving programs throughout the country. He also steers his clients from pitfalls by closely analyzing all contribution requests to ensure that his clients are not brought into a scandal and that all reporting obligations are satisfied.

Lobby Disclosure Advisor. Darrin Lim has a deep understanding and recall of federal and state mandates for public transparency and lobbyists. He balances this expertise with his appreciation for practical solutions to develop easy-to-follow lobby disclosure programs for clients to comply with lobbyist and lobbyist employer registration and reporting obligations. To track reportable activity, Politicom Law has developed a mobile-friendly, streamlined electronic questionnaire, which enables busy government affairs professionals to easily report governmental interactions throughout the U.S.

Publications and Presentations
  • Co-Editor, COGEL Blue Book: Campaign Finance Update | Council on Governmental Ethics Laws
  • Editorial Board of “Public Integrity,” an academic journal of the American Society for Public Administration
  • Interacting with Government? Best Practices to Avoid an Ethics Scandal | Clear Law Institute
  • Donors Beware: Four Red Flags for Political Activity Disguised as Charitable Donations | Conference Board Committee on Corporate Political Spending
  • Show Me the Money: State Campaign Finance Laws | The Council of State Governments
  • Super PAC: Expert Analysis | Council on Governmental Ethics Laws
  • Technology and Digital Media: Impacting Today’s Political Landscape | Heartland Governmental Ethics Conference

POLITICOM TEAM


ERIN CHRISTINE LAMA

elama@politicomlaw.com

Erin Lama is an associate attorney with Politicom Law LLP. Ms. Lama guides clients through federal, state and local lobby reporting, campaign finance, “pay-to-play,” governmental ethics and conflict of interest concerns.

Ms. Lama plays a key role on the Politicom Law team with the development and administration of comprehensive, multi-jurisdictional political compliance programs. In addition, Ms. Lama provides counsel and solutions with federal, state and local gift activity, conflicts of interest and “revolving door” issues.

Ms. Lama also supports the Politicom Law team with the preparation and filing of federal lobbying reports under the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) as well as with the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 (HLOGA).

Ms. Lama was the Co-Editor of the Practising Law Institute’s “Corporate Political Activities” Course Book, “Tax Considerations” Chapter from 2011 through 2016 and a contributor to the COGEL Blue Book: Campaign Finance Update, Council on Governmental Ethics Laws from 2010 through 2016.

Prior to joining Politicom Law LLP, Ms. Lama was an associate with Nielsen Merksamer. While pursuing her Juris Doctorate, she served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Justice Peter Siggins of the California Court of Appeals. Ms. Lama also worked for the Pacific Research Institute on policy issues and interned for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Ms. Lama is a member of the California State Bar.


LEILA MARIE SEED

Leila Seed is an associate attorney with Politicom Law LLP. Ms. Seed counsels clients through federal, state and local lobby reporting, campaign finance, “pay-to-play,” governmental ethics and conflict of interest concerns.

Ms. Seed is an effective communicator and a strong writer. Prior to joining Politicom Law LLP, Ms. Seed was a Prosecutor with the San Mateo County District Attorney’s office.

She graduated with distinction from San Diego State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Political Science. She received her Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University School of Law where she achieved two awards for her written work.

Ms. Seed is a member of the California State Bar.


SEAN CREADICK

Sean Creadick is an associate attorney with Politicom Law LLP. As counsel, Mr. Creadick assists clients with federal, state and local lobby reporting, campaign finance, “pay-to-play,” governmental ethics and conflict of interest concerns.

Prior to joining Politicom Law LLP, Mr. Creadick was a contract specialist with the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office. While pursuing his law degree, he served as a law clerk in the Enforcement Division of the Fair Political Practices Commission and was inducted into the National Order of the Barristers for his accomplishments as a member of the Moot Court Competition Team.

Mr. Creadick was awarded a full academic-athletic scholarship to play football for the University of California, Davis where he was the Team Captain.

Mr. Creadick holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from University of California, Davis and a Juris Doctorate with distinction from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Mr. Creadick is a member of the California State Bar.


SHEILA SCALLY*

sscally@politicomlaw.com
With 25 years as a manager of the compliance sections for two major California law firms that specialize in election law and campaign finance disclosure, Ms. Scally developed expertise in federal and state PAC administration and state and local lobby reporting. Ms. Scally has handled numerous multi-million dollar independent expenditure committees and state and local ballot measure campaigns. In addition, Ms. Scally’s experience includes preparing and filing IRS tax returns and filings for non-profit and political organizations.

Ms. Scally is a founding member and former officer of the California Political Treasurers Association and served as a Technology Partner with the California Secretary of State during the design and implementation of California’s electronic campaign filing system.

Sheila Scally has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Government from California State University Sacramento.


BENJAMIN KEO*

bkeo@politicomlaw.com

Benjamin Keo is a Political Reporting Analyst with Politicom Law LLP. Mr. Keo manages a variety of state and local regulatory filings to ensure compliance with lobby and campaign finance obligations throughout the country. He also provides support with PAC management services.

Mr. Keo handles day-to-day responsibilities for clients to ease the encumbrance of multiple political reporting systems and deadlines. He strives to combine his expertise and friendly personality to provide clients with a dependable point of contact.

Mr. Keo was first exposed to public policy and grassroots advocacy as a Digital Communications Intern with AARP California. He helped the organization spread their vision to the public by embracing social media and technology. Additionally, as an Assembly Floor Analysis Intern with the California State Assembly Chief Clerk’s Office, he was able to gain hands-on experience working with the legislative process and public officials within the State Capitol. Prior to Politicom Law, Mr. Keo was a political reporting specialist at Nielsen Merksamer.

Mr. Keo has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of California, Davis.


JASON PRASAD*

Jason Prasad is a Political Reporting Analyst with Politicom Law LLP. Mr. Prasad manages a regulatory portfolio, which includes federal, state and local filings in the areas of lobbying, governmental ethics and campaign finance.

With nearly a decade of experience in California, Mr. Prasad has worked with numerous campaigns, legislative professionals, and investment advisors on meeting their reporting obligations with the Political Reform Act of 1974 and local political reporting obligations with cities and counties throughout California.

Prior to joining Politicom Law LLP, Mr. Prasad was the Political Compliance Manager with the Sutton Law Firm in San Francisco. He is a member of the California Political Treasurers Association.

Mr. Prasad has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from the University of California, Davis.


JAMES MCVEY*

James McVey is a Political Reporting Analyst with Politicom Law LLP.

After spending 15 years in the photography industry and owning his own photography business, Mr. McVey decided to take a leap and go back to school to follow his passion and study political science.

This leap led to him to the University of California, Berkeley where he graduated with distinction. Among his honors, Mr. McVey was awarded the Charles H. Percy grant for research.


TOM HOWARD*

Tom Howard is a Political Reporting Analyst with Politicom Law LLP.

Mr. Howard has nearly a decade of experience in California and Federal campaign compliance, which includes work for Political Action Committees and Ballot Measure Committees, as well as experience in lobby filings in California and other jurisdictions, nationwide.

Prior to joining Politicom Law, Mr. Howard was the Business Operations Manager at Olson Hagel and Fishburn in Sacramento, where he was responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Political Reporting Unit. Additionally, Mr. Howard was a National Compliance Coordinator at Nielsen Merksamer, where he was responsible for preparing and reviewing lobby report filings for jurisdictions across the nation.

Mr. Howard has a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Philosophy from the University of East Anglia (UK) and a Certificate in Advanced Accounting Proficiency from Santa Clara University. He is a member of California Political Treasurers Association.

* Not a Member of the California State Bar.

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