49. Mike Belote
A scrappy litigator of our acquaintance once described California Advocates as a “most established” firm, a term of respect signifying respectability and integrity. The president of that firm is Mike Belote, who has been with California Advocates for decades. Belote is a lawyer – via McGeorge School of Law and UC Berkeley – and has long represented the California Judges Association and the Hastings College of Law. With a raft of clients in and around the legal system and judicial branch, Belote has been intimately involved with issues arising from the pandemic. Judges, defense lawyers and many others rely on his contacts. But his client roster includes such companies as Bayer, Apple, Equifax, See’s Candies and Delta Air Lines, to name a few. He’s heavily involved in philanthropic activities, and recipients include such groups as the Volunteers of America, the Public Legal Services Society at McGeorge, and My Sister’s House, an organization focused on domestic violence and trafficking in the Asian Pacific Islander community. Full disclosure: Belote serves on the board of Open California, publisher of Capitol Weekly.
Updated Aug. 25, 2o21