diane m. fishburn (ret.)

Of Counsel

Diane M. Fishburn was a partner at Olson Hagel & Fishburn LLP until April 2014, when she became “of counsel.” Ms. Fishburn practiced law for over 35 years in the areas of political, administrative, and election law. Ms. Fishburn retired from the Firm and from the practice of law on October 31, 2017.

Ms. Fishburn advises private, public and nonprofit clients on federal and state campaign reporting obligations as well as financial disclosure, ethics, lobbying and conflicts-of-interest requirements. She has expertise and experience in state and local ballot measure campaigns, and she also defends enforcement cases before the California Fair Political Practices Commission.

Ms. Fishburn advises and assists major donor contributors with compliance with federal and state contribution limitations and reporting requirements. She also has an extensive practice in advising clients on state and local lobby disclosure requirements in California and assisting with their registration and reporting obligations.

She regularly presents seminars on various aspects of political and ethics laws before unions, trade associations and other tax exempt organizations as well as associations of public officials and candidates. She is co-author of two publications addressing the involvement of public charities and private foundations in the California ballot initiative process.

Ms. Fishburn is past President of the California Political Attorneys Association.

Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Fishburn was an attorney with the Fair Political Practices Commission, and also served as staff counsel in the California Air Resources Board.

She received both her B.A. and law degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles. She clerked with the New Mexico State Supreme Court.