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Thomas J. Kerbs

925 L Street

Sacramento, California 95814

Office: (916) 341-8096

thomas.kerbs@legislativecounsel.ca.gov

Thomas Kerbs, who joined the office in 2001, manages a branch of the office that handles laws relating to air resources, elementary and secondary education, fish and wildlife, food and agriculture, harbors and navigation, hazardous materials, postsecondary education, public resources, public safety, public utilities, solid waste, streets and highways, transportation, and water.

Mr. Kerbs represented the office and lectured in Donetsk, Ukraine, in 2013 as part of the Professional Fellows Program administered by the nonprofit American Councils for International Education organization, which is funded by the U.S. Department of State.

He previously was supervisor of the Legislative Services Branch, which is responsible for conducting and overseeing litigation for the Legislature, providing legal advice on personnel issues, preparing contracts and leases, and providing legislative drafts, opinions, and other legal services relating to legislative procedure, appropriations and the state budget, government ethics, campaign finance, elections law, and private employment.

Prior to working at the office, Mr. Kerbs was an assistant public defender for the County of Sacramento. For most of his tenure as a public defender, Mr. Kerbs worked in the felony trials section. Mr. Kerbs was also a Senate Fellow and legislative aide to Senator Herschel Rosenthal.

Mr. Kerbs received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall. During law school, Mr. Kerbs was also an International Fellow of the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, doing research on organizational development at the Henri Dunant Institute in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Kerbs received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Mr. Kerbs is a member of the California State Bar.