Chairman of the Board, Legislative Advocate
Carlyle R. "Carl" Brakensiek holds a degree in Business Administration from Occidental College, a Master of Business Administration degree in Corporate Finance from the UCLA Graduate School of Management and a Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California. He has been a member of the State Bar of California since January 1970.
After graduation from law school, he served with the Federal Trade Commission, then joined the California Department of Corporations (the state version of the Securities and Exchange Commission), where he practiced corporate securities and franchising law. For nearly five years, he also served as the department's Legislative Coordinator, gaining valuable experience with both lobbying and the legislative process.
From 1974 to 1981, Mr. Brakensiek was General Counsel and Chief of Staff for the California Assembly Committee on Finance, Insurance and Commerce. During this time, he became the Assembly's specialist on legislation affecting insurance, consumer finance, financial institutions, real property finance, franchising, professional malpractice, unemployment insurance, state funds investment, local government monetary policies and public utilities.
In addition, for over seven years, he was the Chief Consultant to the Legislature's Workers' Compensation Subcommittee and served for nearly two years as the Special Consultant to the Workers' Compensation Task Force of the National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver, Colorado, and testified in that capacity before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Labor in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Brakensiek became a registered legislative advocate in 1981 and a founding partner of AdvoCal in 1983.
During his lobbying career, he has represented a wide range of business clients and currently serves as Executive Vice President of the California Society of Industrial Medicine and Surgery. In 1983, 1985 and 1989, he received awards for top membership development by the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association.
He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and a Charter Member of the 501(c) Network, a Sacramento consortium of senior association executives. Mr. Brakensiek is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Governmental Advocates, the professional association for lobbyists in California. He was 1991-92 Chairman of the State Executives Council of the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association. For seven years, Brakensiek was a guest lecturer on private sector legislative advocacy at the Graduate School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, and regularly lectures on lobbying for the California Journal Legislative Seminars. Mr. Brakensiek is a Life Member of the National Eagle Scout Association. In law school, he received the American Jurisprudence Award in Professional Responsibility.