Shane LaVigne


Shane, a partner, co-leads the firm’s Financial Services and Insurance and Business and Employer Representation practices. Shane brings over two decades of legal, political, and public policy experience that has proven invaluable to the firm’s clients. Known as a strategic and trusted advisor to clients and legislators alike, Shane’s ability to merge his relational advocacy approach with Sacramento’s complex political landscape is a winning combination.

Shane regularly partners with and defends some of the nation’s biggest associations and companies before the California State Legislature and state agencies. His broad portfolio also includes work in the firm’s Technology, Privacy and Artificial Intelligence and the Climate Change and Energy practice areas. Shane leverages his experience and expertise counseling clients to provide a wide range of services in government relations and public affairs that deliver results.

He works with clients to create and execute legislative and media strategies, strengthens their political affairs operations, and enhance their profile. Shane has worked on several of California’s largest policy matters including representing gig economy companies and shaping policy conversations around the future of work, insurance reform, reforming California’s workers’ compensation system, and crafting legislation to diversify the state’s clean energy portfolio and advocating for climate change policies to protect the state from wildfires. Shane also represents one of the largest law enforcement practices in California. He has successfully advocated for the profession and has been at the forefront of all of California’s police reform legislation.

His extensive experience in every facet of California’s political process – as a former political and fundraising consultant, Capitol staff member, and legislative advocate – provides clients with an insightful and tailored communications strategy to frame issues effectively and to help them succeed.

Prior to joining Capitol Advocacy, Shane worked for former State Senator and Insurance Committee Chairman, and current Congressman, Juan Vargas (D-San Diego), where he gained a deep understanding of critical issues important to some of California’s biggest interests. After his tenure in the 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 extensive 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. Shane is also an active volunteer in his community. He resides in Sacramento with his wife Sarah, their sons Beau and Troy, and daughter Ava.