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Leslie R. Katz


San Francisco

One Embarcadero Center
Suite 400
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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U.S. District Ct., N.D. of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

Leslie R. Katz


Leslie R. Katz is a Member in Clark Hill's Government & Regulatory Affairs practice and has both an in-depth understanding of state regulations as well as 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.


  • Guest Speaker, “Common Mistakes Startups Make When Hiring Lawyers,” Silicon Valley Successes, January 30, 2020
  • Presenter, “The Future in Frontier Technologies: Bright or Bleak” and “Regulatory Reactions to Frontier Tech: Domestic & Foreign,” Get Global 2019, November 6-7, 2019
  • Panelist, “The Blockchain Revolution: Banking, Privacy, Cybersecurity, and Data Integrity Into Government and Company Systems Using Distributed Ledger Technologies,” Master’s Conference, 2019
  • Panelist, “Impact of Blockchain on Finance Services & Regulations,” Global Finblock Forum, January 12, 2019
  • Panelist 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, 2018
  • Speaker, “Blockchain Technology and Token Offerings: Back to the Future,” The Seminar Group, May 31-June 1, 2018 
  • Presenter, Science and Technology Summit, Stanford University, sponsored by the Internet and Technology Caucus of the California Democratic Party
  • Moderator, Netherlands Consulate Roundtable on Energy Labeling and Practices
  • Keynote Speaker, Regional EPA Office, Federal Women’s Program
  • Speaker, US State Department Speakers Bureau, Guinea and Ivory Coast (presented in French)
  • Guest Speaker, “Networking Effectively,” New Leaders Council Fellows Program and Emerge California
  • Moderator, “The Role of New Technologies in Shaping California’s Future,” Leadership California Issues Program
  • Facilitator, ATT LEAGUE Leadership Conference