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Bell, McAndrews  & Hiltachk LLPFounded in 1991 by Charles H. Bell, Jr. and Thomas W. Hiltachk, Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk has established itself as a leader in campaign finance and election law. Colleen McAndrews, a former Commissioner of the Fair Political Practices Commission, merged her prior practice with Bell & Hiltachk in 1993. Identified as one to the Top 100 “California Influencers” by Campaigns & Elections magazine, the firm is staffed by experienced specialists in their field.   

 

Charles H. Bell, Jr.

Mr. Bell is senior partner of Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP. He has practiced political and election law exclusively since 1980. He is one of the leading experts on the California Political Reform Act and federal and state election laws. Mr. Bell was the founding Chairman of the California Political Attorneys Association. more>>>

Mr. Bell is General Counsel to the California Republican Party, serving in that position from 1982 to 1993 and 1999 to the present. He has provided legal advice and representation to candidates and officeholders including Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Governor Pete Wilson, former Attorney General Dan Lungren, former Secretary of State Bill Jones, former Governor George Deukmejian, former U.S. Senator John Seymour, numerous Congressional, State Senate and Assembly leaders, state and national political party and legislative caucus organizations. He also has served as counsel to political action committees, lobbyists, corporations, trade associations and state and local ballot measure committees.

Mr. Bell is the immediate past President of the Republican National Lawyers Association and currently serves as Vice Chairman of The Federalist Society's free speech and election law practice group. He served as an advisor to the California Election Law Recodification Project, as a member of the transition team of Secretary of State Bill Jones, as an advisor to political parties in the 1994 South African election, and as a consultant to the American Bar Association's committee on election laws.

Mr. Bell is a graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Law School.

Colleen C. McAndrews - Retired

Ms. McAndrews was a founding partner of Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP. She has retired after practicing political and election law in Southern California since 1989, initially with Simmons & McAndrews, which merged with Bell & Hiltachk in 1993. She served as a Commissioner on the Fair Political Practices Commission for six years following her appointment to the position by Governor Brown in 1977. more>>>

Ms. McAndrews served as a member of the National Commission on Federal Election Reform, co-chaired by former Presidents Carter and Ford, which reported to the Congress and President Bush on election reform following the 2000 election and resulted in the Help America Vote Act of 2002. She also served as a member of California Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg’s 2001 Commission on initiative Reform and was Co-Chair of Secretary of State Bruce McPherson’s 2006 Task Force on Online Disclosure of Campaign Finance Statements. She currently serves on the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Elections and the Campaign Disclosure Project Advisory Board.

Ms. McAndrews is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and received her law degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. She served as President of the California Political Attorneys Association, 1995-1996.

Thomas W. Hiltachk

Mr. Hiltachk is managing partner at Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP. He has practiced political and election law exclusively since 1988. Prior to that, he was an attorney with a general civil litigation firm in Sacramento. He has served as legal counsel and treasurer to statewide and local ballot measure committees, political action committees, trade associations and candidates. He has represented state ballot measure committees on a variety of issues, including tax policy, the environment, education, civil and criminal justice reform and gaming. He has served as legal counsel to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. more >>>

Mr. Hiltachk specializes in drafting complex tax and constitutional measures and counsels on qualification efforts for ballot measure campaigns as well as all aspects of election campaigning related to such measures. He litigates ballot and ballot pamphlet language issues and advises nonprofit corporations and associations on formation and tax exemption issues.

Mr. Hiltachk served as an official U.S. election observer for the 1996 Russian Presidential election.

Mr. Hiltachk is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. His academic achievements include membership in The Order of the Coif and Law Review editor and author. He served as President of the California Political Attorneys Association, 2004-2005, and serves on the Board of the American Association of Political Consultants.

Paul T. Gough

Mr. Gough has been Of Counsel to Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP since 2002 and is based in Los Angeles. Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner in the Los Angeles law firm of Straw & Gough where he had a litigation and appellate practice representing clients in business, environmental, political and entertainment matters. From 1978 to 1987, Mr. Gough was the Litigation Manager for the Western Region of Mobil Oil Corporation which included California and 6 other western states. In that position he was responsible for overseeing the defense and prosecution of all Mobil Oil Corporation litigation and appeals in the entire region. more >>>

Mr. Gough has over 30 years of litigation experience including cases involving the Political Reform Act, initiative and referendum, voter registration, ballot arguments, and Propositions 13, 218 and 62. Mr. Gough is currently representing the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association in a case pending in the Second District Court of Appeal challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 13. Mr. Gough has represented clients in numerous state and federal appeals including reported decisions involving the Political Reform Act, FOIA, CEQA and Proposition 62.

Mr. Gough is admitted to practice in California, all United States District Courts in the State of California and the Ninth Circuit. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and received his Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University Law School where he was a member of the Law Review.

Brian T. Hildreth

Mr. Hildreth is a partner with Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP. He maintains a nationwide practice advising corporations, candidates, political action committees (PACs), major campaign donors, trade associations, and state and local ballot measure committees in the areas of political and election law. He specializes in campaign, initiative and constitutional law and related litigation in federal, state and local jurisdictions. more >>>

Mr. Hildreth previously served in the administration of Governor Pete Wilson as a Special Assistant in the Governor's State Capitol office in Sacramento. He also formerly worked as government relations counsel for the Northrop Grumman Corporation at its headquarters in Los Angeles. More recently, Mr. Hildreth was an associate with Jackson Lewis LLP, a national law firm representing management in employment and labor litigation matters. He was previously associated with Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk from 2002 to 2004.

Mr. Hildreth received his law degree from The Tulane University School of Law where he served as the editor-in-chief of the Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law, and as a senior teaching fellow for the law school's legal writing and research program. He also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

Sarah Lang

Ms. Lang maintains a nationwide practice focused on advising candidates, political parties, political action committees (PACs), corporations, major campaign donors, and state and local ballot measure committees in the areas of political and election law. Ms. Lang also counsels lobbyists, lobbyist employers, lobbying firms, and public officials regarding compliance with disclosure and gift laws. more >>>

Ms. Lang previously served as a Political Reform Consultant with the California Fair Political Practices Commission, specializing in conflict of interest regulations, statements of economic interests, and campaign reporting requirements. Her duties included providing statewide compliance training to candidates, local elections officials, lobbyists, governmental agencies, and foreign delegations. She also directed all social media outreach for the FPPC.

Ms. Lang earned her Juris Doctor degree with distinction from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, completing concentrations in both business law and tax law. She was selected by McGeorge’s Faculty Committee on Honors and Awards for the “Outstanding Student Service Award” for her involvement in various organizations including serving as the Vice President of the Black Law Students Association; the Vice President of the Government Affairs Student Association; the Secretary of the Estate and Gift Tax Planning Society; the treasurer of Phi Delta Phi; and as a member of the McGeorge Capitol Center Advisory Board. Ms. Lang is a member of the Traynor Honor Society, and graduated Summa cum Laude from William Jessup University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy, completing a concentration in economics and management.

Audrey Perry Martin

Audrey Perry Martin is Of Counsel to Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP. Her practice is focused on advising corporations, candidates, political action committees (PACs), political parties, major campaign donors and state and local ballot measure committees in the areas of political and election law. more >>>

Ms. Martin most recently worked as Deputy Campaign Manger and General Counsel for Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner’s 2010 California Gubernatorial race. She previously worked as FEC Counsel for McCain-Palin 2008 and was Deputy General Counsel for Romney for President in 2008.

Ms. Martin also worked as Legal Counsel to the Committee on House Administration of the U.S. House of Representatives where she focused on issues such as HAVA implementation, election integrity, congressional ethics, and campaign finance. Ms. Perry previously worked at the Federal Election Commission as a law clerk to the Commissioner, Michael E. Toner, and at the DC law firm, Caplin & Drysdale, where she focused exclusively on campaign finance, election law and lobbying issues. She received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism from Brigham Young University.

Robert W. Naylor

Mr. Naylor is Of Counsel to Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP. Mr. Naylor has been active in politics and government since the time he was editor of the Stanford Daily in 1964. A native of Nevada, Mr. Naylor graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 1966 and later from Yale Law School. He served as Lieutenant in the United States Army, including service in Vietnam. more >>>

Mr. Naylor was elected to the California State Legislature in 1978 and for eight years represented the state’s 20th Assembly District, which included the Southern half of San Mateo County. In 1982, Mr. Naylor was elected Assembly Republican Leader, a post he retained for three years.

Prior to his election to the California Legislature, Mr. Naylor was an attorney, specializing in tax and political reform law, at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in San Francisco. After leaving the California State Assembly, Mr. Naylor became Chairman of the California Republican Party in 1987, serving for two years through the election and inauguration of George H.W. Bush as President. Mr. Naylor was appointed by President Bush to the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation, Chaired by Senator Ted Kennedy, serving from 1991 to 1995. He also served as Chairman of the Association for California Tort Reform, is Vice Chair of the Stanford Mansion Foundation, is a member of the National Advisory Board for the Institute for Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley, and was a founding director of Calnet Business Bank in Sacramento. Mr. Naylor has been delegate to ten Republican National Conventions.

For 24 years, Mr. Naylor was a partner at the law firm of Nielsen, Merksamer, Parrinello, Mueller & Naylor, specializing in government law. Recently, Mr. Naylor launched his own firm, Robert W. Naylor Advocacy, and became Of Counsel to Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP.

Ashlee N. Titus

Ms. Titus, an associate with Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP, maintains a nationwide practice advising corporations, candidates, political action committees (PACs), major campaign donors, lobbyists, trade associations, and state and local ballot measure committees in the areas of political and election law. more >>>

Ms. Titus previously served as Legislative Director of former State Senator Thomas “Rico” Oller.

Ms. Titus received her Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and her undergraduate degree with honors in Political Science from Chatham College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2003.