Anita D. Stearns MayoSpecial Counsel, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

    Anita Mayo is an attorney with the international law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. She is a special counsel in the law firm’s Political Law practice and is located in the San Francisco office. Ms. Mayo focuses on the laws of campaign finance, lobbying, ethics, and conflicts of interest. She provides compliance advice to corporate, political committee, high net worth individual, trade association, and candidate clients regarding federal, state and local political laws. She also routinely testifies before local governmental agencies.

    Ms. Mayo authored “In Practice: Political Law” in the Fall 2000 edition of Careers and the Minority Lawyer and “Why is Doing Business in San Francisco so Difficult?,” which appeared in the May 8, 2015 edition of the San Francisco Business Times. She also coauthored “No Room for Novices: Campaign Regulation in the ‘90s” in the San Francisco Barrister Law Journal, appearing in the August/September 1997 edition of San Francisco Attorney.

    Ms. Mayo is an active member of her community. She is a member of the San Francisco graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Parliamentarian of the San Francisco Chapter of Links, a social service organization, and a member of the Howard University Alumni Club of the San Francisco Bay Area. She is also a former member of the Howard University Board of Trustees, as well as a former Executive Committee Member and National President of the Howard University Alumni Association. Ms. Mayo is President Emeritus of the Ivy AKAdemy Foundation of San Francisco, a San Francisco nonprofit organization, former Vice President and Management Committee Chair of the Family Service Agency of San Francisco, a former board member of the San Francisco branch of the NAACP, and a former co-host and co-producer of ”The Mayo Chronicle,” a cable television program in San Francisco.


    • Golden Bison Award, Howard University Alumni Association, October 16, 2014
    • “Woman of Excellence” Award, Ivy AKAdemy Foundation of San Francisco, June 12, 1999
    • June 12, 1999 was proclaimed “Anita D. Stearns Mayo Day” in California by former Governor Gray Davis and in San Francisco by former Mayor Willie Brown
    • Alumni Service Award, Howard University Alumni Association, 1996-1998


    • Bar Association of San Francisco
    • Charles Houston Bar Association
    • California Political Attorneys Association


    • State of California
    • District of Columbia


    • J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 1989
    • M.A., Howard University, 1976
    • B.S., Howard University, 1975; Summa Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Psi Chi Honor Society
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