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Leslie R. Katz

San Francisco
(628) 777.5004
C: (415) 722.6547


State Bar of California
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States District Court for the Northern District of California


General Corporate & Commercial
Emerging Growth
Government and Regulatory
Blockchain Technology & Digital Currency
Cannabis and Hemp



J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law

B.A., University of California, Berkeley



Leslie R. Katz is a partner in the San Francisco office. Ms. Katz focuses on government law and policy, including blockchain, energy, telecommunications, healthcare, clean technology, land use, construction, information technology, infrastructure, development and public-private partnerships. She helps optimize the political, legal, community and business contexts in which her clients operate. Ms. Katz's ability to provide strategic counsel, for startups to Fortune 500 companies and public entities, comes from her diverse experiences in the public and private sectors.

Ms. Katz is a former member of the Board of Supervisors for the City and County of San Francisco, serving as chair and/or vice-chair of numerous committees. As a board member, Ms. Katz drafted and helped pass significant legislation related to technology, the environment, economic development, labor and human rights, including the Equal Benefits Ordinance. She was also elected to the San Francisco Community College Board of Trustees and has served on the Port Commission of San Francisco.

Ms. Katz has also served as the regional vice president of regulatory affairs for a Fortune 250 energy-services company and held executive roles with technology companies. She also was involved in the Pacific Carbon Exchange's inception and regularly speaks on blockchain, regulatory matters, public policy topics and on infrastructure, economic development, community relations, leadership development and technology-related issues.