82. Nancy Drabble
The trial bar is a powerful force in Sacramento, and one of the reasons why is Nancy Drabble, the CEO and chief lobbyist for the Consumer Attorneys of California, which seems to always be involved in the big issue of the year. This time around, it was privacy, and Drabble played an important role in guiding and shaping the policy discussion in the run-up to the passage of Senate Bill 375, the landmark data privacy bill that drew national attention. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill immediately, thus forestalling a similar measure from appearing on the November ballot. During an earlier session in 2015-16, Drabble’s group had 10 sponsored bills signed into law, including major legislation to bar consideration of immigration status in civil cases. That was important then, but it is even more important now, with the ascension of Donald Trump to the presidency and the federal government’s opposition to California’s immigration laws.
Updated Aug. 15, 2018