Amber Maltbie is a campaign finance and election law attorney, providing strategic counsel to individuals, agencies and organizations engaged in political activity. Ms. Maltbie has advised clients at the federal, state, and local levels and across all 50 states, and has 7 years of experience in California campaign finance law. Ms. Maltbie also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where she teaches Election Law.
Prior to her legal career, Ms. Maltbie spent over a decade working in politics. Ms. Maltbie served as Communications Director to a member of the California State Legislature and Campaign Manager and Political Director for a Member of Congress. Ms. Maltbie brings this strategic experience as a political and communications professional to the table when helping clients navigate their political law needs.
Ms. Maltbie also specializes in the intersection between U.S. and international election law, gender issues, and women's political participation. 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, Ms. Maltbie has worked with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems in North Mitrovica, Kosovo during Kosovo's first Parliamentary elections in 2010.
Candidates & Campaign General Counsel – Worked with dozens of Federal and state candidates from the inception of their campaigns. Ms. Maltbie has advised candidate clients through contentious political battles, including fending off recall efforts and successfully pursuing enforcement actions against political opponents that were violating ethics laws.
Anti-SLAPP litigation – Successfully defended defamation claims against clients for allegedly libelous campaign mail.
State and Federal "Super PACS" – Advise PACS from formation, including creation of PAC bylaws, ethics and compliance training of principal officers and PAC board members, review political advertisements, and fundraising solicitations.
Ballot measures – Advise on all aspects of state and local ballot measures, including drafting language, qualification and petition gathering, campaign finance obligations, and pre-election litigation challenges.
Post-government employment - Advise former government employees on "revolving door" restrictions when leaving state service for private employment.
"Placement Agents" - Advise investment fund managers with regard to their registration and reporting requirements triggered by soliciting public pension funds.
Nonprofits – Advise 501c.3 and 501c.4 nonprofit entities on lobbying and political activities, including reporting and disclosure.
Enforcement and Audits – Represent clients undergoing audit or investigations by the California Fair Political Practices Commission, Los Angeles Ethics Commission, San Francisco Ethics Commission and other local agencies.