"Whatever my role, I have always been committed to make California a better place for everyone," said Senator Darrell Steinberg.

SAN FRANCISCO — Former California State Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg will join the law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP as chair of its California Government Law & Policy Practice.

Steinberg, who has served in the state legislature for 14 of the past 16 years, will join the firm's Sacramento office after his final Senate term ends in December.

"Our clients want the deep understanding of state and local governance that Senator Steinberg will bring after decades of public service, including the last several years at the focal point of California government," said Richard Rosenbaum, Greenberg Traurig's chief executive officer.

Steinberg said he plans to combine his knowledge and experience with the Greenberg Traurig platform to find solutions for the challenges and opportunities facing the firm's clients throughout the state.

"Whatever my role, I have always been committed to make California a better place for everyone," Steinberg said. "Our state is unique, there is so much opportunity and yet we face complex challenges to meet our water, transportation, housing, energy, education and healthcare needs."

As a legislator, Steinberg has been known for his mental health work, authoring legislation that provided greater funding for mental health care. He has also worked to make changes to the California Environmental Quality Act, and authored bills on redevelopment, insurance, medical practice, and flood protection.

Steinberg plans to further his efforts to build a network of community services and support for people living with illness by establishing "The Steinberg Institute for Advancing Mental Health Policy."

"I am grateful to the firm for its support of the institute and excited to continue my work in this important area," Steinberg said.

He received his law degree from the University of California Davis School of Law and his bachelor's degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Steinberg is the most recent hire in the trend of Greenberg Traurig's strategic expansion of its government practice.

In July, the firm added 13 government professionals to its Washington D.C. office, including three former Congressmen. The firm has also made major additions in Washington, Florida, Texas, New York, and California.

"While the Government Law & Policy Practice has long been a core practice at the federal, state and local levels, we have strategically focused on raising our game in recent times," said Rosenbaum. "There is no firm providing this kind of top tier coverage in all these key governmental centers and we are proud to welcome the Senator as a member of that high level team across the firm."

Rosenbaum said the firm would have "further significant enhancements" to announce soon.

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