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Amber R. Maltbie


T 213.612.7803
F 213.612.7801
777 South Figueroa Street, 34th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Amber Maltbie is a Partner in Nossaman’s Public Policy practice group.  She is a campaign finance and election law attorney, providing strategic counsel to individuals, agencies and organizations engaged in political and lobbying activity.  Ms. Maltbie has advised clients at the federal, state, and local levels and across all 50 states.  

In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Maltbie serves the community in a variety of capacities.  She is an elected member of the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, chairs the Emerge California Board of Directors, and 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.  For two election cycles, Ms. Maltbie worked in targeted congressional districts developing and implementing voter engagement programs around the country.  Ms. Maltbie brings this strategic experience as a seasoned political and communications professional to the table when helping clients develop and navigate their advocacy efforts. 

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.

Representative Work

Corporate Political Giving – Provide strategic counsel and legal advice to nonprofit and for profit companies seeking to support candidates and ballot measures in all 50 states, including any related registration and reporting compliance.

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.

Awards & Honors

Selected to the Rising Stars list for 2014-2015 and 2017.

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

Amber R. Maltbie
Amber R. Maltbie



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

Board of Directors, Emerge CA
Recently Elected, Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council
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

Awards & Honors

Selected to the Rising Stars list for 2014-2015 and 2017.

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

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