Shane LaVigne, partner with Capitol Advocacy, joined the lobbying team in 2013, bringing over a decade of legal, political and public policy experience that has proven invaluable to the firm’s clients. His extensive experience in every facet of California’s political process – as a former political and fundraising consultant, Capitol staff member and as a legislative advocate – provides clients with an insightful and tailored communications strategy to frame issues effectively.
Shane regularly defends a variety of interests in the Legislature and state agencies. His portfolio of clients includes industries ranging from local government and insurance to alcohol and gaming. No matter the issue, his background in law helps him to easily articulate complex legal and statutory issues. Whether it be shielding business interests against costly new avenues of litigation, reforming California’s workers’ compensation system, crafting horseracing and internet poker legislation or navigating California’s complex alcohol laws, Shane has a proven record of success because of his ability to craft individualized strategies and articulate his message for each issue.
Recognized on both sides of the aisle as one of Sacramento’s rising lobbyists, Shane’s ability to build connections with members of both caucuses and predominantly the Moderate Democrats, provides clients with an unabashed, relational advocacy approach, proven by his legislative accomplishments. His diverse background also extends to law enforcement and labor issues. Shane has played a significant role in crafting body worn camera legislation, stalling policies that put public safety officers at risk, and negotiating on behalf of one of the state’s largest law enforcement collective bargaining units. He is also a regularly featured speaker on law enforcement issues throughout the state.
Prior to joining Capitol Advocacy, Shane worked for former State Senator and Insurance Committee Chairman, current Congressman Juan Vargas (D-San Diego), where he gained a deep understanding of insurance-related issues from all sides of the industry. After his tenure in Legislature, Shane became a legislative advocate for a boutique lobbying firm in Sacramento. There, he represented blue chip clients in the insurance, health care and financial services sectors.
Along with his expansive policy background, Shane previously owned a consulting business providing fundraising and campaign services to a number of Democratic candidates spanning every level of government, from City Council to President of the United States, including current elected officials in the California State Assembly and Senate.
Shane graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Philosophy, where he was also a member of the 1998 Big East Championship football team. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, in Lansing, Michigan. He resides in Sacramento with his wife Sarah and their two children, Beau and Ava.