Colleen C. McAndrews
Over 20 Years of Leadership (h2)
Ms. McAndrews is a partner with Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP. She has practiced political and election law in Southern California since 1989, initially with Simmons & McAndrews, which merged with Bell & Hiltachk in 1993. She served as a Commissioner on the Fair Political Practices Commission for six years following her appointment to the position by Governor Brown in 1977.
Ms. McAndrews has served as legal counsel and/or treasurer to state and local political action committees, ballot measure committees, and candidates/officeholders across the political spectrum including former Los Angeles Mayors Richard Riordan and James Hahn, Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger, District Attorney Gil Garcetti, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. She advises corporate clients regarding local campaign, lobbying, and conflict of interested ordinances prevalent in Southern California, including the complex Los Angeles City Ethics Ordinance.
Ms. McAndrews served as a member of the National Commission on Federal Election Reform, co-chaired by former Presidents Carter and Ford, which reported to the Congress and President Bush on election reform following the 2000 election and resulted in the Help America Vote Act of 2002. She also served as a member of California Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg’s 2001 Commission on initiative Reform and was Co-Chair of Secretary of State Bruce McPherson’s 2006 Task Force on Online Disclosure of Campaign Finance Statements. She currently serves on the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Elections and the Campaign Disclosure Project Advisory Board.
Ms. McAndrews served as an official U.S. observer of the Russian constitutional and parliamentary elections in Moscow and Archangel in 1993. She also trained emerging political parties in the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan after independence.
She has served on many non-profit boards including the UC Berkeley Foundation, the Governor and First Lady’s Conference for Women, the YMCA Youth in Government Model Legislature, Harvard Westlake School, St. Matthews Parish School, the Republican Majority for Choice, and the National Women’s Education Fund.
Ms. McAndrews is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and received her law degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. She served as President of the California Political Attorneys Association, 1995-1996.