Attorneys & Counselors at law

Practice Areas

Specializing in Campaign, Election and Administrative Law

Bell, McAndrews  & Hiltachk LLP Our experienced attorneys provide legal services to several Fortune 500 companies and national  and state trade associations representing a broad cross-section of businesses and professions.  In addition to our work on over 100 state and local initiative campaigns over the last two decades, Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP has also represented three California Governors, several Constitutional officers, and Members of Congress.  Our litigation practice is highlighted by an extensive appellate practice, including cases argued before the California Supreme Court by two of our partners.   

Initiatives and Referenda

Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP specializes in providing legal
counsel to proponents and opponents of state and local initiatives
and referenda, including drafting and analysis, advice regarding qualification, campaign related legal issues and post-election
matters.

 

 

 

 

Campaign Law

Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP advises campaign contributors and recipients of campaign contributions concerning limits, prohibitions or other restrictions that relate to money in politics. The firm also advises campaign committees on legal issues that arise during a campaign including restrictions on certain forms of mass media, contracting with vendors and similar legal matters.

Election Law

Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP advises clients on issues surrounding the conduct of elections, including ballot security, election recounts and contests, and recall efforts. The firm also advises clients on voter registration matters, candidate qualification and nomination processes and ballot pamphlet issues.

Conflicts of Interest

Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP advises officeholders, public entities and private sector parties on the rules that relate to conflicts of interest and the governmental decision-making process.


Nonprofit Tax

Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP assists clients in obtaining
and maintaining desired nonprofit tax status. The firm helps our
clients incorporate or otherwise organize, creates operational
bylaws and obtains recognition of tax exemption from federal
and state authorities.

Political Broadcast Advertising

Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP specializes in communications
law and the rules of the Federal Communications Commission
as they relate to political campaigns, including advertising
disclaimer requirements, broadcast advertising rate issues and
media access requirements.

Campaign Reporting

Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP also prepares required campaign reports for local, state and federal campaign committees and, in some cases, serves as treasurer of campaign committees. Our highly trained staff maintains detailed financial reports for candidates, ballot measure committees and PACs.

Lobbying Reporting

Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP advises lobbyists and lobbying firms on the rules, restrictions and reporting of their activity. The firm also advises employers of lobbyists on similar legal questions. Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP both assists and prepares lobbying reports for our clients.






Enforcement Defense

Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP assists clients with the defense of administrative enforcement actions brought by federal, state and local governmental agencies for violations of laws involving campaigns, elections, lobbying and conflicts-of-interest. The firm also represents clients in audits of federal, state and local campaign and lobbying reports. more>>>

 

 

Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP also associates with
experienced criminal law counsel in cases which raise potential
issues of criminal exposure in the campaign, lobbying and conflict-of-interest areas.

 

 

Election Related Litigation

Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP prosecutes, defends and assists in election related litigation, including writ proceedings relating to ballot pamphlet arguments and summaries, qualification of candidates and measures for the ballot, candidate ballot designations and statements and election contests. more>>>

 

See list of significant appellate decisions in which the firm’s attorneys have been involved.







Placement Agents

Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP advises firms and individual placement agents regarding new registration and reporting requirements (enacted by AB 1743, Stats. 2010) governing the marketing/sales of securities and other investments to the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS). more >>>


Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP provides counsel regarding the new rules and prepares placement agent disclosure reports for our clients.