Nossaman LLP

Amber R. Maltbie


T 916.930.7751
F 916.442.0382
621 Capitol Mall, 25th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Amber Maltbie is a member of Nossaman's Public Policy Practice Group assisting clients with a wide range of concerns related to California election law, campaign finance requirements, and ethics rules. She also teaches Election Law at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law as an adjunct professor.

Ms. Maltbie provides strategic counsel to help clients navigate the complex and ever changing regulations promulgated by California's ethics watchdog, the Fair Political Practices Commission.  She constantly monitors state and local level ethics agencies to ensure clients are aware of the regulatory changes affecting them.  Upon request, she can provide clients with dynamic trainings tailored to their particular needs.  Ms. Maltbie's clients include public officials, candidates, political treasurers, lobbyists, fundraisers, and consultants with political law needs. 

She has experience in many substantive areas including:

  • Campaign Finance Compliance
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Statements of Economic Interests
  • Lobbying Compliance
  • Compliance With New Electronic Communication Rules
  • Disclosure Rules
  • Ballot Measures

Prior to joining Nossaman in 2011, Ms. Maltbie was with a political law firm in California, where she advised corporations on state lobbying, gift, and ethics compliance.  During and after law school, Ms. Maltbie clerked in the Fair Political Practices Commission Legal Division, where she provided advice on compliance with the California Political Reform Act.  She also coordinated two statewide hearings on the regulation of internet political activity.

Ms. Maltbie served as a political advisor to U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, and Communications Director to California Assembly member Sandré Swanson.  During the 2004 and 2006 election cycles, Ms. Maltbie worked on nationwide grassroots organizing efforts with progressive non-profits, developing and implementing campaigns in Kentucky, South Dakota, Louisiana, Georgia, and New Mexico.

Ms. Maltbie has been widely recognized as a leading expert in gender and elections, and her work on women's voting rights in emerging democracies has been cited in United Nations Development Programme reports and published by international NGOs.  In addition to her scholarly work on women's voting rights, Amber has worked with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems in North Mitrovica, Kosovo during Kosovo's first Parliamentary elections in 2010.

Ms. Maltbie was recently featured on Access Sacramento discussing the Impact of Super PACs in California on State and Local Elections.

Ms. Maltbie is a member of the California Political Attorneys Association's Regulatory Committee which comments on and assists in drafting proposed statutory and regulatory changes to the California Political Reform Act.

Awards & Honors

Four Witkin Awards for academic excellence, including California Initiative Seminar
Traynor Honor Society
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J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 2009, with distinction

B.A., Mills College, 2002, with honors

Election Observation Certificate, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights



Professional Affiliations

Member, American Bar Association's International Law Section
Vice Chair, International Models Project for Women's Rights Task Force
Member, California Bar Association
Member, California Political Attorneys Association
Founder, Former President, General Counsel, Fem Dems of Sacramento
Member, California Political Attorneys Association's Regulatory Committee
McGeorge Capital Center Advisory Board
Member at Large, Board of Capitol Network 

Awards & Honors

Four Witkin Awards for academic excellence, including California Initiative Seminar
Traynor Honor Society
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