Steven A. Merksamer is the senior partner in the Northern California law firm of Nielsen, Merksamer, Parrinello, Gross & Leoni, LLP. He was elected to PPICís Board of Directors
in 2009. He served as the chief of staff to Governor George Deukmejian, a position he held from 1982 to 1987. Before that, he was the special assistant attorney general of the State of California, serving as the attorney generalís senior counselor and policy advisor. He has also served as a California deputy attorney general, assistant to the lieutenant governor of California, and assistant to the Speaker of the California State Assembly. He chaired and directed the transition between the Brown and Deukmejian administrations. He was appointed by President Reagan to serve on the Presidentís Administration of Justice Task Force, the Presidentís Export Council, and the National Commission on Presidential Scholars. He is an honors graduate of Claremont McKenna College, and received his law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the California Chamber of Commerce and the Stevenson School and is a past chairman of State Law Resources, Inc., a national network of independent law firms.