Stephen J. Kaufman is the founder of Kaufman Legal Group, a leading political law firm with offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento. Mr. Kaufman started the firm in 1996, after serving as a partner in the Los Angeles office of Long & Levit. His firm represents elected officials, candidates, PACs, unions, trade associations, corporations, non-profits, ballot measure committees, political parties, major donors, government agencies, lobbying firms and political consultants on a wide variety of campaign finance, election and governmental ethics matters, including:
compliance with federal, state and local campaign finance and disclosure laws;
drafting and qualification of ballot measures;
formation and governance of PACs and non-profit organizations;
compliance with conflict of interest and gift laws;
representation in election-related litigation, recounts and recall elections; and
defense of administrative enforcement proceedings, audits and investigations.
Mr. Kaufman is an expert on voting systems and election procedures. He was a recount attorney for the Gore-Lieberman campaign in Florida following the 2000 Presidential election, and in 2001, he was appointed Chief Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Caucus Special Committee on Election Reform. He currently serves as Chair of the State Voting Modernization Board and recently served on the City of Los Angeles Municipal Elections Reform Commission.
Mr. Kaufman is a former President of the California Political Attorneys Association, and has served on a number of non-profit Boards, including the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles Education Fund, the Southern California Leadership Network and the UCLA Alumni Governmental Relations Advocacy Committee.
Mr. Kaufman obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UCLA in 1984, and received his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco in 1987. Prior to entering private practice, he worked as a judicial extern for the Honorable Terry J. Hatter of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
A frequent author and speaker on campaign reform and election issues, Mr. Kaufman appears regularly in the local media and serves as a lecturer and panelist before numerous organizations. He was selected by California Law Business magazine in 2001 as one of California's top 20 attorneys under age 40, and he is a past recipient of the California State Bar's Wiley W. Manuel Award for his commitment to pro bono legal services.