Robert Moutrie

Robert Moutrie
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Robert Moutrie joined the CalChamber in March 2019 as a policy advocate. He leads CalChamber advocacy on occupational safety, tourism, unemployment insurance and immigration. Moutrie has represented clients on matters such as consumer fraud litigation, civil rights, employment law claims, tort claims, and other business-related issues in federal and state courts. He previously served as an associate attorney at the Oakland-based firm of Meyers, Nave, Riback, Silver & Wilson. Moutrie earned a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. with honors from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. See full bio.

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How to Stay Sane While Stuck Inside During an Insane Time

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Big Picture Changes to Unemployment Insurance, Related Benefits under CARES Act

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Capitol Insider

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Job Creators

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Smoke, Fire, and New Legislation Approaching

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