Analea Patterson

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Chief Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary, California Governor Gavin Newsom 

Analea has more than 20 years’ experience in the public and private sectors in California and nationally.As Chief Deputy, Analea provides legal to the Governor’s Office on a broad range of issues and oversee litigation to which the Governor or the State of California is a party.  In January 2019, Governor Newsom also appointed Analea as counsel to the Governor’s Energy Strike Team which is overseeing the state’s response to the bankruptcy of Pacific Gas & Electric Company.


Prior to joining the Newsom Administration, Analea was a partner in the law firm of Orrick, Herrington, and Sutcliffe until 2018. Her national practice focused on advising emerging technology clients in finance, insurance, and other highly regulated industries to anticipate and solve complex legal and operational challenges. At Orrick, Analea also led the firm’s national pro bono legal and legislative collaborative project with Legal Momentum to close legal loopholes that prevented full prosecution and denied justice to victims of sexual extortion. Analea also received Orrick’s firm-wide Pro Bono Award for her work on a multi-year collaborative project with Intel Corporation to provide legal representation families with at-risk children navigating the California’s legal guardianship process. That project was recognized by Public Counsel and received the 2009 California State Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award. 


Analea previously served as Special Assistant for Policy and Planning for California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, where she managed numerous policy initiatives including obtaining a $50 million state appropriation to implement a statewide project to identify and perform DNA testing on warehoused evidence from unsolved sexual assault cases.  The project ultimately identified 30,000 untested rape kits in evidence lockers throughout the state, led to hundreds or cold hits linking perpetrators to unsolved cases, and developed the state’s crime lab infrastructure to support widespread use of DNA testing in sexual assault and other crimes. Analea’s public service career also includes serving as Policy and Legislative Director for Lieutenant Governor Gray Davis and law clerk for the Honorable Frank C. Damrell (ret.) on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.