Greenberg Traurig Hires Former San Francisco Board of Supervisors Member Leslie R. Katz, Expands Government Law & Policy

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Leslie R. Katz has joined the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s San Francisco office as shareholder in the Government Law & Policy Practice, adding to the practice’s string of recent hires in California.

Leslie R. Katz has joined the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s San Francisco office as shareholder in the Government Law & Policy Practice, adding to the practice’s string of recent hires in California including Darrell Steinberg and Roger Dickinson in Sacramento and Jean-Paul Buchanan in Los Angeles. Katz is a former member of the board of supervisors for the city and county of San Francisco.

Katz focuses her practice on a variety of areas involving government law and policy, including energy, telecommunications, health care, clean technology, land use, construction, information technology, infrastructure, development, and Public-Private partnerships. She helps her clients reach their goals by providing linkages that optimize the political, legal, community, and business context in which they 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.

“The San Francisco office has grown tremendously this year. We are excited to add Leslie’s political acumen and experience to our firm,” said Michelle Ferreira, managing shareholder of the San Francisco office. “With Leslie’s addition to our already strong Government Law & Policy Practice, we have considerably expanded the scope of services we can offer our clients in the Bay Area and in California.”

“Leslie’s experience will add to the strength to our Government Law & Policy practice here in California,” said Darrell Steinberg, chair of the California Government Law & Policy Practice. “Through Leslie’s active political career, she has built many relationships and valuable skills that will be a major contribution to the practice.”

Katz has had a long career in public service. She is a former member of the board of supervisors for the city and county of San Francisco where she represented the citizens of San Francisco in the legislative branch of the City’s government, serving as Chair and/or Vice Chair of numerous committees. As a board member, she drafted and passed significant legislation related to technology, environment, economic development, human rights, and labor, including the groundbreaking Equal Benefits Ordinance. She was also an elected member of the San Francisco Community College board of trustees and has served on the Port Commission of San Francisco.

Katz added, “I am thrilled to join Greenberg Traurig’s team of excellent attorneys and government affairs professionals. The mix of practices and experience across the firm’s platform will be of great benefit to my clients, and is one of the main reasons why I decided to join this talented team.”

Katz earned her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Government Law & Policy Practice

Greenberg Traurig’s Government Law & Policy Practice combines the capabilities of its Federal Practice in Washington D.C. with its state and local practices across the country. The firm’s national team of governmental affairs professionals and attorneys spans major political and commercial capitals throughout the United States, including: Albany, Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Sacramento, San Francisco, Tallahassee, Washington, D.C. Most recently, Greenberg Traurig was named “Law Firm of the Year” for Government Relations by the U.S. News-Best Lawyers 2014 edition of Best Law Firms. The practice also received the most first-tier Government Relations rankings in the U.S.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, multi-practice law firm with approximately 1800 attorneys serving clients from 37 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm is among the 2015 BTI Brand Elite and among the most “Tech Savvy.” It was on the 2013-2015 BTI Client Service 30 listings of firms “most recognized by clients for providing excellent client service,” and one of the 2014 BTI Client Relationship Scorecard “Power Elite,” based on the nature and strength of its client relationships. More information at: http://www.gtlaw.com.

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