Anita D. Stearns MayoRetired Special Counsel, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

    For 28 years, Anita has provided political law advice to corporate, political committee, high net worth individual, and trade association clients. She advises clients regarding campaign contribution limits, prohibitions and reporting obligations. Clients also seek advice from Anita regarding various lobbying laws, including registration and reporting requirements. She also provides advice regarding gift restrictions and other ethics issues.

    Anita routinely testifies before, and submits written comments to, the San Francisco Ethics Commission regarding proposed amendments to various political laws. Many of her recommendations have become law. She has successfully represented clients in reaching settlement agreements with state and local agencies for alleged violations of lobbying and campaign contribution laws. Anita has also represented corporate clients involved in highly visible ballot measure campaigns in local California jurisdictions, serving as lead counsel advising the clients about the campaign reporting and advertising disclaimer requirements.

    Anita is an active member of her community. She is a member of the San Francisco graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the San Francisco Chapter of Links, a social service organization, and a member of the Howard University Alumni Club of the San Francisco Bay Area. She is also a former member of the Howard University Board of Trustees, as well as a former Executive Committee Member and National President of the Howard University Alumni Association. Anita is President Emeritus of the Ivy AKAdemy Foundation of San Francisco, a San Francisco nonprofit organization, former Vice President and Management Committee Chair of the Family Service Agency of San Francisco, a former board member of the San Francisco branch of the NAACP, and a former co-host and co-producer of ”The Mayo Chronicle,” a cable television program in San Francisco. In recognition of her talents and community service, June 12, 1999, was proclaimed “Anita D. Stearns Mayo Day” in California and in the City and County of San Francisco.

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