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McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission: The Supreme Court Dramatically Changes the Political Landscape Once Again 2014


Speaker(s): Elli Abdoli, Steven S. Lucas
Recorded on: Apr. 22, 2014
PLI Program #: 56963

Steven Lucas is a partner specializing in political law, including campaign, election, lobby and ethics laws in various federal, state and local jurisdictions.  He specializes in state and local ballot measures, and maintains a 50 state practice in the area of campaign and lobby law compliance.  As a lecturer in law at Stanford Law School, he teaches "Election Law" and "Law and Politics in California."

He previously served at the appointment of the Governor of California as Chairman of the Bipartisan Commission on the Political Reform Act. He is a past president of the California Political Attorneys Association. He has also served on the California Secretary of State's Task Force on Online Disclosure as well as the FPPC Chairman's Advisory Task Force.

Before joining the firm and following his clerkship with Chief Justice Malcolm Lucas of the California Supreme Court, he practiced corporate litigation in the Los Angeles office of Sullivan & Cromwell. During that time he served as Counsel to the Webster Commission, appointed by the Los Angeles Police Commission to investigate the LAPD's preparedness for and response to the Los Angeles riots.

Mr. Lucas has published numerous opinion-editorial columns relating to constitutional and other legal issues in the Los Angeles Times as well as other California newspapers, and has experience working for federal and state public officials and political campaigns.

Mr. Lucas received his law degree from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, where he was cross-enrolled at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Institute of Press, Politics and Public Policy. He received a B.A. in Economics/Business and graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.


Elli Abdoli is a partner with the firm’s political law section. She advises Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, trade associations and other organizations on complying with federal, state and local lobby, campaign finance and ethics laws, including developing and implementing comprehensive nationwide compliance systems.

Ms. Abdoli specializes in “pay-to-play” laws, including SEC Rule 206(4)-5, MSRB Rule G-37, and state and local laws impacting the political activity of current and prospective government contractors. She has developed compliance processes and policies to assist companies in complying with these complex laws and regulations, including a mobile application to assist executives and employees with their reporting obligations.

Ms. Abdoli also advises corporations, nonprofit organizations, committees, and individuals on federal, state and local campaign finance and election law issues, including the initiative and referendum process. She is counsel and treasurer for a number of political action committees and ballot measure committees.

In 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, Ms. Abdoli was selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, which recognizes no more than the top 2.5 percent of lawyers. The Rising Star category recognizes attorneys who are age 40 or less, or in the practice of law 10 years or less.