betty ann downing

Senior Attorney

Betty Ann Downing joined Olson, Hagel & Fishburn, LLP as a Senior Attorney on October 1, 2015. Most recently, Betty Ann was the President of California Political Law, Inc. from 2009 to 2015.

Betty Ann has extensive expertise in politics, legislative process, elections, campaign finance and governmental ethics matters. Her clients include elected and appointed government officials, candidates, PACs, ballot measure and recall campaigns, and government agencies.

Betty Ann's law firm, government agency, and non-profit organization professional background include positions in Sacramento and Southern California. She has served as the Ethics Program Consultant for the Metropolitan Water District, as a Senior Policy Analyst with the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, as the Field & Legislative Director for the ACLU of Southern California, and as the Legislative Assistant for the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges. Prior to founding California Political Law, Inc., Betty Ann was a partner in another political law firm based in Los Angeles and specialized in all aspects of political law.

Betty Ann received her law degree from the University of Southern California and her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Davis. In 2005, her Guide to California State Lobbying Laws was published by CEB in its California Business Law Practitioner. Betty Ann is a frequent guest speaker for State Bar, political clubs and other organizations on a wide range of campaign finance, governmental ethics, lobbying and election laws topics.

Betty Ann is a past President of the California Political Attorneys Association and is a member of the California Political Treasurers Association. She is a past Chair of the State Bar Public Law Section Executive Committee and served as the Public Law Section representative to the Council of State Bar Sections. In 2001 and 2002, as an appointee of the Mayor and City Council, Betty Ann served on the City of Long Beach Ethics Review Task Force which was charged with developing an ethics code and program for the City of Long Beach.

Betty Ann has been a volunteer with the California YMCA Model Legislature & Court for more than 35 years and received the organization's Outstanding Service to Youth award in 1985. She also serves on the Board of her family's synagogue, Temple Beth Shalom of Long Beach. She lives in Long Beach with husband Larry Fell, and daughter Shoshana.