Steve Nissen is senior vice president of legal & government affairs at NBC Universal. In that capacity, he is primarily responsible for developing and coordinating a comprehensive nationwide state and local government agenda, including anti-piracy, intellectual property protection, tax, land use, digital, broadcast, film production and government compliance. In addition to his responsibilities at NBC Universal, Steve is chair of the board of the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, executive vice chair of the Central City Association, an executive committee member of the Los Angeles Police Foundation, and a member of the board of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA). Prior to joining NBC Universal, Steve was a partner in the national law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips from 2002 to 2008, representing a wide range of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to nonprofit entities. Steve was also a senior official in the administration of California Governor Gray Davis from 1999-2002. Previous to that, he served as executive director of Public Counsel Law Center and later as CEO of the State Bar of California. Steve has continued his commitment to the underprivileged by serving as 2009-2010 co-chair of the California Legal Services Trust Fund Commission, as a member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, and as a board member of Public Counsel Law Center. Steve gained his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his law degree from U.C Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law.