Principal, Aprea & Micheli, Inc.
Adjunct Professor of Law
B.A., University of California, Davis
J.D., McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
Area of Practice: Capital Lawyering
Year Graduated: 1992
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Chris Micheli is a founding partner in the governmental relations and advocacy firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc. Prior to forming the firm, he was a partner in California Strategies, a prestigious statewide public affairs firm. Previous to that, he was an owner of the Sacramento lobbying firm of Snodgrass & Micheli, LLC, where he worked for nine years.
As a legislative advocate, Micheli regularly testifies before policy and fiscal committees of the California Legislature, as well as a number of administrative agencies, departments and boards. He drafts legislative and regulatory language, and is considered a leading authority on state tax law developments and California's knife laws.
The Wall Street Journal (July 1998) called him "one of the top three business tax lobbyists in the state." The Los Angeles Times (May 2005) described him as an "elite lobbyist," and Capitol Weekly (August 2006) called him a "prominent lobbyist."
Micheli became a contract lobbyist after serving as General Counsel to the California Manufacturers Association, an 800-member trade group. In addition to advising CMA and its Board of Directors on legal matters, he was a registered lobbyist representing CMA in the areas of taxation and civil liability. While at CMA, he was the chief lobbyist for SB 671, which was called "the most significant tax relief since Prop. 13.” He often served as a principal spokesperson for the California business community on important matters of tax policy.
Micheli has published over one hundred twenty articles in professional journals, as well as more than 60 editorials in newspapers and trade magazines, whose diverse subjects range from tax incentives to transportation. He wrote a bi-monthly column on civil justice reform for five years for The Daily Recorder, Sacramento's daily legal newspaper, authoring over 100 columns. He has served on the editorial advisory boards for CCH's State Income Tax Alert, a nationwide publication, as well as State Income Tax Monitor, another national newsletter, and Sacramento Lawyer, a monthly bar journal.
In addition, he has been the Editor-in-Chief of CCH’s Property Tax Alert Practitioners' Perspectives, and has published practitioner comments in the CCH 4-volume treatise California State Tax Reporter. He serves as a Contributing Editor to the CEB California Business Law Reporter in the area of California taxation, and has been a California Correspondent for State Tax Notes, the premier national weekly state tax journal.
Micheli has been an attorney of record in several key cases, having argued before the Supreme Court of California (just two years out of law school), as well as the Court of Appeal. He has filed more than fifteen amicus curiae briefs in California courts. Additionally, he has been qualified as an expert witness on California's knife laws in superior court, and has appeared as an expert witness before the State Board of Equalization in several tax cases. His work has been cited in amicus curiae briefs, books, law review articles, and by the Congressional Research Service.
He resides in Carmichael, California with his wife, Liza, two daughters, Morgan and Francesca, and son, Vincent. A certified soccer coach and referee, he works with a women’s semi-professional soccer team and enjoys reading, writing, soccer, martial arts, and travel in his spare time.
Courses: Introduction to Capital Lawyering, Lawmaking in California