George H. Soares

AREAS OF PRACTICE
Administrative Law Agricultural Law Environmental Law Legislative & Regulatory Advocacy Natural Resources & Land Use Law
EDUCATION
J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
B.A., California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

GEORGE H. SOARES is a founding member and managing partner of Kahn, Soares & Conway, LLP, who regularly appears before the California State Legislature and various state and federal administrative agencies. During his career, George and his firm have been responsible for drafting and influencing thousands of legislative and regulatory proposals affecting a broad spectrum of interests. Of particular note was passage of the largest tax relief package ever for California agriculture, and creation of a landmark body of law that authorizes formation of state entities referred to as commissions that allow growers and handlers of agricultural commodities to expand markets, engage in public education, conduct production and marketing research, and numerous other activities.

Before entering private practice, he served as principal consultant to the California State Assembly Committee on Agriculture. George earned his Juris Doctor Degree at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and is admitted to the California Bar, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California where he served as student body president and was named to "Who's Who Among American Universities and Colleges".

George is also a partner in Environmental Solutions Group, LLC, an environmental consulting firm established by Kahn, Soares & Conway, LLP, and Jim Wells, former state director of the Department of Pesticide Regulation, to provide a full spectrum of technical and regulatory services relating to pesticides, air and water quality.

In addition, George and his wife Gloria own a dairy and farming operation in Hanford, California.

Awards
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws presented by the California State University Board of Trustees
Honorary Lifetime Member, California Agricultural Aircraft Association
Honorary Lifetime Member, Western Crop Protection Association
Honorary State Degree, FFA
Alumnus of the Year, California Polytechnic State University College of Agriculture
Golden Bear Award for service to youth, California State Fair
Profile in Leaders, California Agricultural Leadership Program
Outstanding Service Award, American Crop Protection Association
Pioneer Award, California Association of Grower Gins
Hall of Fame, Hanford Joint Union High School
Distinguished Service Award, California Cotton Ginning Industry

Appointments
California State University Agricultural Advisory Committee, Chair
Cal Poly Foundation Board of Directors, Member
Cal Poly Presidents' Council, Member
San Joaquin College of Law Agricultural Advisory Board, Member
Western Fairs Association Blue Ribbon Foundation, Member
California Agricultural Leadership Program, Graduate

Recognition

Politics Magazine, November/December 2010, Top 100 Players in California politics today
"... Americans from coast to coast eat the California produce grown across the state by farmers that he represents in Sacramento."


Capitol Weekly, April 2010 Top 100 List (No. 9) "Soares is the premier agricultural lobbyist in California, and in a state with the nation's highest farm receipts, that's saying something. Soares is at or near the center of every substantive water discussion in the state."

Capitol Weekly, April 2009 Top 100 List (No. 18) of the most influential political players in California ("...political skill and influence transcend the position they hold...")

Los Angeles Times: Bumper Crop of Clout ("...relies on his credibility and the relationships he cultivates to sell solutions that work for his clients as well as state officials...")

Presentations
Commencement address, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California (1992) (2008)

CONTACT:
Sacramento Office
Telephone: (916) 448-3826 • Fax: (916) 448-3850
gsoares@kscsacramento.com