Elections & Redistricting
From qualifying for the ballot, to post-election disputes such as recounts and election contests, we advise candidates, nonprofits, ballot measure committees, citizens groups, government agencies, political action committees, and individuals on all of the issues that may arise in the course of an election.
We also represent our clients in election-related litigation, such as ballot pamphlet litigation (including candidate ballot designation challenges), election contests, recounts, and challenges to voting systems. Our cases range from small local races to high-profile election contests. The firm was counsel for then-Governor Gray Davis in the unprecedented state recall election in 2003, and represented write-in candidate Donna Frye in litigation over the counting of write-in ballots in the 2004 San Diego mayoral race.
In addition, we provide advice to governmental agencies, including the California State Assembly, nonprofits, and other interested parties about redistricting criteria and how to reduce the risks that a plan may be successfully challenged. Our attorneys have successfully defended challenges to completed redistricting plans, and have advised numerous local governmental bodies on compliance with the federal and state Voting Rights Act.
Over the last thirty years, we have been involved in virtually every case involving California's statewide redistricting process.
Representative Highlights+Results described below were dependent on the facts of that particular case. Prior results do not guarantee or predict similar outcomes.
88 F. Supp. 3d 1140 (C.D. Cal. 2015) (on appeal)
Successfully defended the City of Los Angeles's 2012 Redistricting Ordinance against a lawsuit alleging that district boundaries violated the Federal and State Constitutions, and the Los Angeles City Charter.
137 Cal. App. 4th 1327 (2006)
Successfully defended the State’s 2001 redistricting plan against a lawsuit challenging the state legislative plans on the grounds that they violated the California Constitution.
Alameda County Superior Court, No. RG14720117 (2014)
Successfully represented the City in effort to use Council-approved redistricting map until a referendum election took place.
212 Cal. App. 4th 1298 (2013)
Represented Legislature in challenge to ballot measure title and summary.
204 Cal. App. 4th 1169 (2012)
Represented opponents of the City of San Jose’s Measure B in successful ballot pamphlet litigation striking partisan and prejudicial portions of the City’s ballot title and question.
Sacramento County Superior Court, No. 34-2012-80001093 (2012)
Successfully defended Congressional candidate José Hernandez’s ballot designation for the 2012 election.
Alameda County Superior Court, No. RG12622649 (2012)
Won a court order upholding the ballot pamphlet title, summary, and statement in favor of the City of Alameda’s Measure C for the June 2012 election.
Riverside County Superior Court, No. RIC 10012986 (2010)
Won a court order requiring the Registrar of Riverside County to count 12,500 ballots that the Post Office had failed to deliver on Election Day.
189 Cal. App. 4th 1445 (2010)
Represented the ballot measure committee in defense of title and summary for majority vote budget measure.
Sacramento County Superior Court, No. 06AS04494 (2007)
Represented State Attorney General Jerry Brown in post-election litigation that unsuccessfully attempted to challenge his qualifications for office.
Orange County Superior Court, No. 03CC11220 (2004)
Successful anti-SLAAP motion brought against candidate's opponent's attempt to stop him from transferring campaign funds from a prior campaign committee.
191 F. Supp. 2d 1135 (C.D. Cal. 2001); 211 F. Supp. 2d 1208 (C.D. Cal. 2002), aff'd, 537 U.S. 1100 (2003)
Represented the California Assembly in a successful defense of the State's 2001 redistricting plan against a federal lawsuit challenging the congressional and state legislative plans on the grounds that they violated the Constitution and the federal Voting Rights Act.
525 U.S. 316 (1999)
Represented the California Assembly before the United States Supreme Court in a case challenging the way in which the decennial census is conducted.
1 Cal. 4th 707 (1992)
Represented the California Assembly in proceedings before the California Supreme Court regarding the submission and enactment of a statewide redistricting plan by court-appointed special masters.