Anthony Samson

Anthony J. Samson

Senior Attorney and Policy Advisor

Anthony Samson is a registered lobbyist located in Sacramento, where he advocates for clients before the California Legislature, the Governor's Office, and regulatory agencies on a broad range of issues, including environmental, health care, chemical, life sciences, energy, privacy, housing and land use, transportation, consumer products, hazardous waste, tax, education, water, labor and employment, litigation, and food and agricultural policy. Mr. Samson's legislative and regulatory advocacy capabilities have been recognized by some of California's most well-respected policy experts. According to Allan Zaremberg, President and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce, "Anthony's sharp political mind combined with his deep knowledge of California's complex laws make him an expertly qualified lobbyist in both the legislative and regulatory arenas."

Before joining the firm, Mr. Samson was a Policy Advocate at the California Chamber of Commerce, the largest business advocacy organization in the state, with more than 14,000 member companies. While at CalChamber, Mr. Samson became known for his ability to assemble large industry-wide coalitions to achieve positive outcomes on dozens of legislative and regulatory proposals. For example, Mr. Samson led a broad-based coalition to secure amendments and ultimately remove opposition to an extraordinarily complicated environmental bill related to the protection of Native American sacred sites under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). He also spearheaded and managed one of the largest business coalitions ever assembled in California, consisting of over 250 companies and organizations, to substantially improve a regulatory proposal by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) regarding warning requirements under Proposition 65.

Mr. Samson's advocacy capabilities are coupled with a legal background. Prior to working at CalChamber, he was a land use and environmental litigator, defending a variety of land use projects from legal challenges brought under CEQA, the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA), and local planning and zoning laws. Mr. Samson also served as a Deputy Attorney at the California Department of Transportation and worked directly under the Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Mr. Samson received his JD from Michigan State University College of Law, where he served as Articles Editor to the Michigan State Law Review. He received a BA in Law and Society from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Experience

  • Procter & Gamble in advancing the company's legislative agenda before the California State Legislature.
  • Southern California Public Power Authority, a joint powers agency providing electricity to over two million customers in Southern California, in advancing its legislative agenda before the California Legislature.
  • Coalition of more than 250 trade associations and companies in substantially revising proposed overhaul of Proposition 65 warning regulations (through CalChamber).
  • Coalition of real estate developers, renewable energy companies, and public agencies in successfully securing amendments to CEQA legislation regarding Native American sacred sites (through CalChamber).
  • Coalition of hazardous waste operators in opposing and ultimately defeating legislation that would have shut down certain hazardous waste facilities (through CalChamber).
  • Coalition of consumer product manufacturers and retailers in stopping an unworkable and costly ingredient disclosure bill (through CalChamber).
  • Coalition of dozens of trade associations in securing key concessions in negotiations regarding legislation that would have prevented the use of release clauses in settlement agreements pretaining to instances of undefined environmental disaters (through CalChamber).
  • Coalition of approximately 100 industrial operators and manufacturers before the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to ensure that its forthcoming Risk Communication document under the AB 2588 Air Toxic Hot Spots Program accurately characterizes facility risk.

Perspectives

The Present and Future of Prop 65: 360 Degree Review
GMA 2017 Legal Conference, Coronado, CA
Good-Governance Measures Would Improve
Oversight, Efficiency
The Sacramento Bee
California Lawmakers Propose Legislation Requiring State to Consider Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Awarding Public Works Contracts
Advisory. Published in Law360 on February 15, 2017.
Proposition 65: Recent Chemical Listings, Significant Regulatory Developments Increase Risk of Litigation, Create New Compliance Challenges (pdf)
Originally published in the California Chamber of Commerce’s publication “Expanding Opportunity: An Agenda for All Californians"
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA): What Do California’s Climate Change Policies Mean for Environmental Quality Act Review Process? (pdf)
Originally published in the California Chamber of Commerce’s publication “Expanding Opportunity: An Agenda for All Californians"
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Credentials

Education
  • JD, Michigan State University College of Law, 2009
  • BA, Law and Society, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2005
Admissions
  • California
Government and Military Service
  • Deputy Environmental Attorney, California Department of Transportation

  • Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

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