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Steven A. Merksamer

Steven A. Merksamer
Year Graduated: 1975
Title: Sr. Government Law Partner, Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni LLP
Area of Practice: Capital Lawyering

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Gregory Aghazarian



Gregory Aghazarian

Partner, Beattie & Aghazarian, LLP
Year Graduated: 1993

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Gregory G. Aghazarian, J.D. is a Partner in the law firm of Beattie & Aghazarian, LLP.  He leads the Governmental Advocacy practice for the firm.  Mr. Aghazarian works with clients to successfully traverse the challenging landscape of California government at all levels.  As a former California State Assemblyman and California Department of Food & Agriculture Deputy Secretary, Mr. Aghazarian maintains a vast experience and knowledge of the inner workings of government.  Whether a client is seeking to affect public policy or interact with governmental regulators, Mr. Aghazarian is dedicated to bringing his expertise to bear in achieving a successful result.  Specifically, Mr. Aghazarian can ensure that clients are effectively represented in the areas of strategic planning, policy development and analysis, legislative and administrative advocacy, messaging and coalition building at all levels of government.
From 2002 to 2008, Mr. Aghazarian was a member of the California State Assembly, representing the 26th Assembly District, including San Joaquin and Stanislaus County.  He was named Assembly Republican Caucus Chairman in 2006.  During his tenure in the legislature, he served as Co-Chairman of the Committee on Ethics (2007-2008).  While a member of the Assembly, Mr. Aghazarian honed his policy expertise as Vice Chairman for the Committees on Public Safety (2007-2008), Health (2005-2006), and Environmental Safety & Toxic Materials (2003-2004).  He was the author of several bills seeking to streamline government, reduce regulatory red-tape and stimulate job growth.  Because of his strong inter-personal skills, leadership qualities and policy understanding, Mr. Aghazarian enjoys a universal reputation for getting things done in a bipartisan manner.     

Upon leaving the legislature, Mr. Aghazarian joined the Administration of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.  He was appointed Commissioner on the California Workers' Compensation Appeals Board.  Because of his strong and intricate ties to agriculture industry, Mr. Aghazarian was named Deputy Secretary for Legislation and Special Assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture at the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Mr. Aghazarian is a graduate of the University of Southern California and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.   

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