Cary Davidson has specialized in political and nonprofit organization law since 1980. He has extensive experience in political campaigns and has served as treasurer and/or legal counsel for hundreds of local, state and federal campaign committees. He represents corporations, trade associations, labor unions, lobbyists, candidates and ballot measure committees. Typically, he assists clients in complying with the various laws regulating political committees (including independent expenditure committees and Super PACs), lobbying and conflict of interest laws in California and throughout the United States. He also represents clients in matters before the various agencies charged with enforcing the numerous laws. Cary regularly speaks to client groups, academic audiences and organizations about all these topics.
In the nonprofit arena, Cary has established, maintained and participated in a large number of nonprofit organizations of varying sizes and purposes. Often, he serves as legal counsel, secretary or treasurer of the organizations. Cary is frequently asked to speak about the types of nonprofit organizations and the connection between nonprofit organizations and the political world. Cary provides guidance to nonprofits on refreshing governing documents and governance structures.
Currently, Cary is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism North American Board of Trustees and serves as a Co-Treasurer. He is Chair of the Board of Advisors for the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and a member of the HUC-JIR Board of Governors. Additionally, Cary is a member of the Board of Trustees of Claremont McKenna College.
Mr. Davidson is a past president of the California Political Attorneys Association, past president of Equality California, past president of Equality California Institute, past president of Congregation Kol Ami and past president of the Claremont McKenna College Alumni Association. He is a former member of the Board of Governors of the Rose Institute of State and Local Government. In addition, Cary served on the California Complete Count Committee – Census 2010, and as chair of the editorial board of Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, the Los Angeles County Bar Association monthly magazine.
Cary received a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College (summa cum laude, 1975) and a J.D. from University of Chicago Law School (1978).