Capitol Weekly’s Top 100: Kurt Oneto

64. Kurt Oneto

Kurt Oneto heads the government law section at Nielsen Merksamer, a venerable and prestigious political law firm that has had an impact in California for decades, which means Oneto writes ballot initiatives, mostly measures backed by Republicans and business interests. And not only in California: Oneto has written some 60 ballot measures in California and a half dozen other states. One of those truly stands out, California’s Proposition 22 of 2020, in which Uber, Lyft and their allies spent some $200 million to successfully beat back an effort to assure app-based employees certain job benefits. He’s also handled clients with business before state agencies involved in licensure disputes, administrative enforcement actions, procurements, tax issues and regulatory hearings. Before joining Nielsen Merksamer, Oneto worked for the California District Attorneys Association and interned for the California Senate and United States House of Representatives. He attended the University of California, Berkeley where he was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate with a degree in Political Science. He received his law degree from the UCLA

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