Dunlap Joins Collier Shannon Scott as Gov’t Relations Advisor

Washington, D.C.-based law firm Collier Shannon Scott announced that John Dunlap joined the firm as a Government Relations Advisor. Based in Sacramento, Dunlap will help clients navigate California’s political and regulatory climate by working with the Governor’s Office, California’s state agencies and boards, and the state legislature. Dunlap will advise and represent clients on matters involving the environment, insurance, restaurant and tourism industry, agriculture, and workers’ compensation.

“John’s experience as the Chairman of the California Air Resources Board, leader of one of the state’s most influential trade associations, and his on-going role working with and advising the Schwarzenegger administration make him an effective advocate for Collier Shannon’s clients,” said William Guerry, partner in Collier Shannon Scott’s Environmental practice.

Dunlap has been a political appointee of the past three California Governors and served on several of the top boards, commissions, and regulatory agencies in the state. He continues to serve the Schwarzenegger administration by playing a key role in worker’s compensation reform, qualifying a statewide ballot referendum on health care reform, and serving as a frequent sounding board for the administration on a host of government streamlining and economic issues.

In the environmental area, Dunlap was the Chairman of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the Chief Deputy Director of the California Department of Toxics Substances Control (CDTSC).

For five years, Dunlap served as the president and CEO of the California Restaurant Association (CRA). Charged with restructuring a small, business-focused trade association, Dunlap built one of the most effective and highly regarded industry associations in California.

As Chairman for the California State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF), he oversaw the largest worker’s compensation insurance carrier in the country and was at the forefront of worker’s compensation reforms and regulations.

He also served on the boards of the California Travel Industry Association (CALTIA) and the California Travel and Tourism Commission (CTTC). Throughout his career, he has been active in tourism and food safety issues and served as an advisor to state officials on such subjects as state budgetary matters, trend monitoring, and industry development.