A legislative advocate with the firm since 2009, and a partner since 2016, Jason Schmelzer is a leading advocate in the areas of workers’ compensation insurance, environmental regulation, solid waste management, and arts funding, among his many areas of interest and expertise.
Prior to joining the firm, Jason served as a lobbyist for four years, most recently for the California Chamber of Commerce. His primary responsibilities at the California Chamber of Commerce included directing legislative advocacy for their more than 15,000 member companies on issues such as transportation, air quality, chemicals policy, workers’ compensation, and other lines of insurance.
Previously, Jason was the Legislative Director for the California Manufacturers and Technology Association. He served as the association’s voice in the legislature, governor’s office, and administrative agencies on issues including labor law, workers’ compensation insurance, and health care.
Jason spent five years working in the insurance industry prior to beginning his career as an advocate. In this role, he attained valuable hands-on experience working with private and public sector entities attempting to navigate California’s workers’ compensation system.
Jason holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from California State University, Sacramento. He resides in Sacramento with his wife and two sons.