Barry Fadem profile

Barry Fadem

Founder of Fadem & Associates, a law firm that works on ballot measures

Active in:
California

Fadem has spent his entire legal career, since 1980, working exclusively on drafting ballot measures and defending them in court, if necessary. He also helps clients understand the entire initiative process.

Fadem mainly works on the beginning stages of an initiative, before it’s even filed with government officials. Of the hundreds of ballot measures he’s worked on, he estimated about half have passed. Some don’t even make it to the ballot.

Fadem said he was a “public policy wonk” in college, which got him into initiative work. He doesn’t brand himself as left-leaning or right-leaning. “I’m an issue guy,” he said. “I don’t pre-judge anything until someone’s told me about it.”