Fredericka L. McGee
Vice President of California Government Affairs & Operations, American Beverage Association
Area of Practice: Capital Lawyering
Year Graduated: 1991
Ms. McGee was recently named the Vice President of California Government Affairs & Operations for the American Beverage Association. In that capacity, she oversees state, local and regulatory activities, coordinates strategy for statewide operations and community outreach on behalf of non-alcoholic beverage companies.
Ms. McGee formerly served as deputy chief of staff and general counsel to California State Assembly Speakers Toni G. Atkins and John A. Pérez and general counsel to Speakers Karen Bass, Fabian Núñez and Antonio Villaraigosa. Her portfolio included coordinating Assembly litigation, developing staff training and retention programs, managing the Speaker's constituent affairs unit, and overseeing the state court budget and judiciary policy. She shepherded significant public policy related to judicial diversity, mortgage foreclosure safety measures, legal representation for unaccompanied undocumented minors, 1st Amendment protections for on line reviews, and safeguards for victims of domestic violence.
She has received several awards including being named California Lawyer's Attorney of the Year and one of the Daily Journal's Top 100 Lawyers of 2007. In 2008, she received the Wiley Manuel Law Foundation's Diversity on the Bench award and the Lawyer of the Year award from California Association of Black Lawyers. In 2011, the California Legislative Black Caucus awarded her the Martin Luther King, Jr. Civil Rights Leadership Award and she was identified as one of the Top 100 Political Warriors by the Capitol Weekly. More recently, The Recorder named her one of 40 Women Leaders in the Law for 2012 for her networking skills and was named 2013 Attorney of the Year by the Wiley Manuel Bar Association. In 2015 she was recognized by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Sacramento and received the Yvonne Brathwaite Burke Award from the California Legislative Black Caucus and the Sacramento Business Journal's Women Who Mean Business Award. Over the past eight years, she has been an appointee to Senator Dianne Feinstein's Federal Judicial Nomination Evaluation Advisory Committee for the Eastern District of California and recommends applicants for U.S. District Court Judge, U.S. Attorney, and U.S. Marshal who are ultimately forwarded to President Barack Obama.
Ms. McGee has a vast background in state politics and has served in various legislative positions. Prior to her career as a public servant, Ms. McGee practiced as a defense litigation attorney with Murtaugh, Miller, Meyer & Nelson where she handled personal injury, bankruptcy and employment cases. Before attending law school, she served as Sr. District Assistant to the late Congressman Glenn M. Anderson of Long Beach.
She earned a Bachelors of Arts in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Marketing from California State University, Long Beach. She later received her Juris Doctorate degree and was voted the Faculty's Most Outstanding Student from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
Ms. McGee is a member of the California State Bar where she previously served on the Council on Access & Fairness, the 2015 Mentoring Task Force, and as a probation monitor and mentor for the Bar's Volunteers on Parole program. She has worked with several youth programs, acted as a mock trial judge and taught paralegal courses. She is also the founding president of the Black Youth Leadership Project, Inc., a non-profit organization which offers interactive legislative and debate programs to African American high school students throughout California. She was in the 2005 class of Leadership California and is currently a part of the 2015 class of American Leadership Forum. She has served on the board of the Wiley Manuel Bar Association of Sacramento for several years in many capacities, including president.