63. Tom Hiltachk
Attorney Tom Hiltachk started out handling civil litigation, but for the past three decades he’s focused on political and election law. He’s the managing partner at Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk in Sacramento, a major Republican political law firm (Chuck Bell and Colleen McAndrews also have been on the Top 100, FYI). Hiltachk has been involved in representing Republicans in many of the key Republican-driven ballot initiatives for many years. He’s crafted the GOP’s legal perspective on such things as taxes, education, the environment, union prerogatives, justice and tribal gaming. Among the most visible was his drafting of Proposition 32 in 2012, which would have banned payroll deductions by unions and corporations for political purposes. It was defeated. Hiltachk’s firm said he specializes in “drafting complex tax and constitutional measures and counsels on qualification efforts for ballot measure campaigns.” Indeed, and each election we see more evidence of it.
(Updated Aug. 27, 2021)