• Lenard G. Weiss

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    San Francisco
    Direct: 415.291.7460
    General: 415.291.7400
    Fax: 415.291.7474


    University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law, LL.B., 1962.


    University of Colorado, B.A., 1959.

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    Lenard Weiss is a partner in the San Francisco office with over 50 years of experience in complex business and commercial litigation. He has actively represented securities houses, money center banks and developers in major litigation, including a defense verdict in a lender liability case several years ago that the National Law Journal labeled one of the "top 10" civil defense verdicts of the year. Mr. Weiss is well versed in California utility regulatory matters and California water law and has represented investor-owned utilities, including major water companies and a number of smaller water, telephone and transportation utilities before the California Public Utilities Commission and in the courts. In recent years he has been actively engaged by his utility clients in the accelerating number of mergers and acquisitions taking place in the utility industry in California.

    Mr. Weiss has served as a mediator for the San Francisco Superior Court Early Settlement Program and as a Special Master for that court. He has served as a faculty member on trial practice programs and panels for the Rutter Group, the California Continuing Education of the Bar, the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and the Hastings Trial Practice Clinic. Prior to joining Manatt, Mr. Weiss was a founding partner of a San Francisco-based law firm and served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Raymond E. Peters of the California Supreme Court.


    Representative Matters

    Successfully argued and won a case before the United States Supreme Court, Behrens v. Pelletier, 116 S. Ct. 834, which involved the qualified immunity of an FHLBB supervisor.

    Successfully defended foreclosing purchaser of a $100 million loan involving multiple counts of lender liability claims and an effort to set aside the foreclosure.

    Honors & Awards

    The Best Lawyers in America, 2016.

    Trustees’ Citation, University of California, Berkeley Foundation, 2015.


    Co-author, “Can Use of Administrative Procedures Expedite Complex State Court Civil Litigation?” California Litigation, March 2014.

    Memberships & Activities

    Chair, Advisory Board, Berkeley Law’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment

    Board Member and Past President, Legal Aid Society of San Francisco.

    Member, American Bar Association.

    Member, State Bar of California.

    Member, San Francisco Bar Association.

    Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers.

    Past President & Trustee, Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court.

    Former Trustee, American Inns of Court Foundation, and cochair, the 1995 Annual Meeting of the American Inns of Court in San Francisco.

    Past Chairman & Member, Board of Trustees, College Preparatory School in Oakland.

    Member, California Supreme Court Historical Society.

    Member, Board of the Historical Society of the U.S. District Court, N.D. CA.

    Member, Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) Alumni Association Board.

    Member, Advisory Committee, Berkeley Law Center for Law, Energy & Environment (CLEE) and its Wheeler Water Institute.

    Speaking Engagements