Chris Micheli

Chris Micheli

Adjunct Professor of Law-MSL

Chris Micheli is a founding partner of the governmental relations and advocacy firm of Snodgrass & Micheli, LLC located in Sacramento, California. He has been a lawyer-lobbyist for the past 30 years.

During the last 25 years, he has published hundreds of articles and editorials in professional journals, newspapers and trade magazines, whose diverse subjects range from tax incentives to transportation funding. He wrote a bi-monthly column on civil justice reform for five years for The Daily Recorder, Sacramento's daily legal newspaper, authoring over 100 columns. He has served on the editorial advisory boards for CCH's State Income Tax Alert, a nationwide publication, as well as State Income Tax Monitor, another national newsletter, and Sacramento Lawyer, a monthly legal journal.

In addition, he has been the Editor-in-Chief of CCH’s Property Tax Alert Practitioners' Perspectives, and has published practitioner comments in the CCH 4-volume treatise California State Tax Reporter. He serves as a Contributing Editor to the CEB California Business Law Reporter in the area of California taxation, and has been a California Correspondent for State Tax Notes, the premier national weekly state tax journal.

Micheli has been an attorney of record in several key cases, having argued before the Supreme Court of California (just two years out of law school), as well as the Court of Appeal several times. He has filed more than fifteen amicus curiae briefs in California courts. He is admitted to practice law before all of the state and federal courts in California.

Additionally, Micheli has been qualified as an expert witness on California's knife laws in superior court, and has appeared as an expert witness before the State Board of Equalization in several key tax cases. His writings and work have been cited in amicus curiae legal briefs, books, and law review articles, as well as by the Congressional Research Service.

He has published six law review articles and is the co-editor and co-author of the book “A Practitioner’s Guide to Lobbying and Advocacy in California,” as well as the author of “Understanding the California Legislative Process,” “An Introduction to Legislative Drafting in California,” and “Introduction to California Government.” Most recently, he has published two casebooks: “The California Legislature and Its Legislative Process: Cases and Materials” and “Cases and Materials on Direct Democracy in California.”

Micheli has over 900 explanatory videos on his YouTube channel dealing with the California Legislature, its legislative process, bill drafting, statutory construction, political and election laws, the rulemaking process and lobbying at the State Capitol. His blog contains more than 450 posts on similar topics.


BA, Political Science — Public Service, University of California, Davis

JD, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law