- We strive to provide the most in depth and thoughtful research commercially available.
- We research from a lawyer’s perspective, focusing on substantively useful documents.
- We compile reports in a manner that minimizes the time you must spend understanding the substantive history.
- We pre-screen the documents to eliminate those clearly not substantively useful and eliminate duplicate documents.
- We provide a brief abstract to orient you with the collection of documents we forward but our philosophy is to organize the documents in a manner that allows the documents to speak for themselves.
- We present the documents in a manner that leads you quickly and logically to a full understanding of how the legislative history interacts with your circumstances.
Our goal is to provide the best possible research in the most cost-effective manner.
Cal. State Bar #88703
Began professional work in legislative history and legislative intent analysis in 1982. Clients have included the Administrative Office of the Courts/Judicial Council, California Courts of Appeal, the Department of Justice, other California State agencies, and firms and attorneys from throughout the country. Amicus Counsel, Van DeKamp v. Gumbiner, (1990) 221 Cal. App. 3rd, 1260. Van Kamp holds in part that fees paid to obtain a commercial legislative history report can be claimed as costs under CCP 1033.5. – Have qualified and testified as an expert witness in legislative intent in both civil and administrative proceedings.
“Bad Faith Storm Rising” concerning the prognosis for legislative action regarding insurance bad faith litigation, published in “Insurance Litigation” March/April 1999, San Francisco Daily Recorder.
“Legislative Intent – When and how to use it“, Advocate, December 2009, p.32. For copies of these publications visit our Free Library.
– JD, King Hall School Of Law, U.C. Davis, 1979.
– Admitted to practice, United States District Court, Eastern District of California.
Legislative History & Intent provides research on the history and intent of California and Federal law, in addition to special projects involving local ordinances and other laws and regulations. Prices below are per California Statute enactment. A small discount is applied for projects with multiple enactments. Pricing schema for Federal and other projects available upon request. Please be advised the fees below are only an estimate; please request a quote if you’re interested in research.
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Approximate Fee Per Enactment
California Code of Regulations
California Regulations are often researched in a two-step process, due to the lack of control we have over access to documents within agency rulemaking files.
We gather all readily available materials. This process typically takes 2-4 business days, and costs $75 to $300, depending on the topic and scope. As our report on Step one typically will arrive in your office before we have invested much time in Step two, you may terminate the project after step one is completed if you already have sufficient information for your purposes.
We obtain access to the agency rulemaking file, which in some cases may only take a couple days, but in other cases may take weeks. We bill between $200 and $400 per rulemaking file for step two, again depending on the topic and scope. You also should keep in mind that agency rulemaking files are often very voluminous, so photocopy expense can be a significant additional expense.
California Rules of Court
California Rules of Professional Conduct
Nature of the Research Relationship
Scope of the research
In general the search will focus on documentary sources of information. To the extent recordings are available we can arrange for copies to be forwarded, or to have transcripts created, but those services are not ordinarily anticipated or included in our fee quotes.
Recordings of Proceedings
for California Legislation
Prior to the mid 1960’s the California legislature regularly conducted hearings on particular subject matters in the interim period between sessions. These hearings generally addressed broader policy areas rather than the subject matter of specific bills. We always endeavor to identify and include provisions of any interim hearing transcript that is pertinent to the subject matter of our research.
In the vast majority of cases the comments on a particular bill at these proceedings are simplistic and general broad policy statements rather than the more detailed discussion found in the documentary history of the bill. Therefore our reports are generally compiled using documentary sources only. However if you would like to supplement the documentary history with a search for recorded proceedings applicable to the bill, please call.
Delivery and Binding Options
For our initial report, the default option is PDF delivered electronically. Other options could include fax or express delivery of hard copy upon request. We recommend you review our initial report before making a decision on what to authenticate and the format for authentication. For authenticated reports, the default option is a declaration with documents you seek to authenticate attached in pdf format delivered electronically. We can also forward this declaration in hard copy by Fed-Ex.
Please let us know if you would prefer to use your firm’s Fed-Ex account number for any Fed-Ex delivery. We can also do a declaration that simply authenticates the link we forwarded. Our default binding format for hard copy of paper documents is plastic binding, as it is compact and easy to work with, yet is still permanent, which simplifies authentication for judicial notice purposes. However, if you would prefer an unbound report, we will be happy to accommodate your preference.
Sacramento, CA 95814