Leslie R. Katz

Leslie R. Katz

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Leslie R. Katz focuses on government law and policy, including energy, telecommunications, blockchain, and other emerging technologies. She helps optimize the political, legal, community and business contexts in which her clients operate. Her 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. Recent work has included representing consumer distribution and technology operations in blockchain and cryptocurrency, a hedge fund for cryptocurrencies and multiple constituents, including start-ups, industry leaders, and technology arms in various emerging technologies, including Smart Cities.

She 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, Leslie drafted and helped pass significant legislation related to technology, the environment, economic development, labor and human rights. She was also elected to the San Francisco Community College Board of Trustees and has served on the Port Commission of San Francisco. Leslie also served as the regional vice president of regulatory affairs for a Fortune 250 energy-services company and held executive roles with several technology companies.

She regularly speaks on public policy topics as well as on infrastructure, economic development, community relations, leadership development and technology-related issues. She was the recipient of the Digital Leaders Award, Community Technology Network, 2016 and Selected “Most Influential Women In Bay Area Business 2017,” San Francisco Business Times. She is also a Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, Best Law Firms Edition, "Law Firm of the Year," Environmental Law, 2016.

Concentrations

  • Government law and policy
  • Water and environment
  • Public infrastructure
  • Green building and sustainability
  • Startups
  • Land use
  • Energy
  • Blockchain/cryptocurrency
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Capabilities

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, Best Lawyers in America®, "Top Listed – Government Relations," 2018
  • Selected, The Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business, S.F. Business Times, 2017
  • Selected, Digital Leaders Award, Community Technology Network, 2016
  • Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, Best Law Firms Edition, "Law Firm of the Year," Environmental Law, 2016
  • Advisory Board member, Sparrow Mobile
  • Board member, Hillel San Francisco
  • Commissioner, Port of San Francisco
  • Executive Board member, California State Democratic Party
    • Member, Resolutions Committee
  • Graduate, Leadership California and Leadership America
  • Member, Victory Campaign Board
  • Member, U.S. State Department Speaker’s Bureau
  • Mentor, Runway Incubator
  • Former member and chair, San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee
  • Former board member, Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (CalTrain)
  • Former board member and co-chair, Equality California
  • Former member, Jewish Community Relations Council
  • Former chair, San Francisco Transportation Authority, Finance Committee
  • Former member and president, San Francisco Community College Board of Trustees
  • Former member, Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • B.A., Psychology, University of California at Berkeley
Admissions
  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California