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Leslie R. Katz


San Francisco

505 Montgomery Street
13th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
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B.A., University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, California
J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
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Court Admissions
U.S. District Ct., N.D. of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

Leslie R. Katz


Leslie Katz works with clients to navigate through local and state agencies on government law and policy issues to optimize the political, legal, and business environments in which her clients operate.

Leslie has an in-depth understanding of state regulations and strong relationships with state and local legislators and state constitutional officers. She focuses on government law and policy and regularly interacts with state agencies. Leslie 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.

Leslie 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. She was previously elected citywide to the San Francisco Community College Board of Trustees, and served as president. As a Board of Supervisors member, Leslie drafted and helped pass significant legislation related to technology, the environment, economic development, labor and human rights, including the Equal Benefits Ordinance. After leaving the Board, she was appointed to the Port Commission by Governor Gavin Newson when he was serving as Mayor of San Francisco.

Leslie has a long history of working relationships with California’s constitutional officers as well as with numerous other state and federal legislators. Leslie has served as the regional vice president of regulatory affairs for a Fortune 250 energy-services company and held executive roles with technology companies. She was involved in the Pacific Carbon Exchange's inception and held the role of executive vice president of policy. She regularly speaks on blockchain, regulatory matters, public policy topics, and on infrastructure, economic development, community relations, leadership development, and technology-related issues.

Author, “How Politics, Regulations Affect Startups,“ Young Upstarts, October 25, 2016
Presenter, "The Biden/Harris Administration and Your Workplace," Clark Hill California Labor & Employment Law Update 2021, February 25, 2021Guest Speaker, “Common Mistakes Startups Make When Hiring Lawyers,” Silicon Valley Successes, January 30, 2020Presenter, “The Future in Frontier Technologies: Bright or Bleak” and “Regulatory Reactions to Frontier Tech: Domestic & Foreign,” Get Global 2019, November 6-7, 2019Panelist, “Impact of Blockchain on Finance Services & Regulations,” Global Finblock Forum, January 12, 2019Panelist, “The Blockchain Revolution: Banking, Privacy, Cybersecurity, and Data Integrity Into Government and Company Systems Using Distributed Ledger Technologies,” Master’s Conference, 2019Panelist and Speaker, “Law is the Key: How Proper Regulatory Development Can Lead us to the Blockchain Future“ and “Crypto Regulations in the U.S.,” BlockShow Americas 2018, August 20-21, 2018Speaker, “Blockchain Technology and Token Offerings: Back to the Future,” The Seminar Group, May 31-June 1, 2018 Guest Speaker, “Networking Effectively,” New Leaders Council Fellows Program and Emerge CaliforniaModerator, “The Role of New Technologies in Shaping California’s Future,” Leadership California Issues ProgramFacilitator, ATT LEAGUE Leadership ConferenceModerator, Netherlands Consulate Roundtable on Energy Labeling and PracticesSpeaker, US State Department Speakers Bureau, Guinea and Ivory Coast (presented in French)Keynote Speaker, Regional EPA Office, Federal Women’s ProgramPresenter, Science and Technology Summit, Stanford University, sponsored by the Internet and Technology Caucus of the California Democratic Party