Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
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. Lenard 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.
Lenard 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, Lenard 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.