Leslie R. Katz

Leslie R. Katz

San Francisco, CA


Leslie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her practice, both from the public and private sectors. As an energy company executive, she handled the regulatory issues of a Fortune 200 energy company, initiating a corporate venture fund focused on grid connectivity and renewable energy. She later served as Vice President of Public Policy for an environmental commodities exchange focused on cap and trade. She has represented a renewable energy finance company as well as has been the U.S. smart grid head of the Joint U.S. China Clean Energy NGO.


Additionally, she has served as a public official in both an elected and appointed capacity, including two terms on the San Francisco Port Commission, and serving as Commission President. She was a citywide elected member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, serving on and chairing various committees. As a Board Member, Leslie drafted and helped pass significant legislation related to technology, the environment, economic development, labor and human rights, including the landmark Equal Benefits Ordinance.

Her public service has enabled her to develop a keen understanding of the relationships between the public and private sectors, the ability to create and build strategic alliances across a range of groups and the capacity to navigate the complexities inherent in the relationships between communities and the corporate and political arenas. She has successfully served as a bridge in building relationships amongst varied stakeholders. Leslie leverages her relationships and understanding of the regulatory, legal and political landscapes to maximize successful outcomes for all stakeholders.

Prior to joining Practus, Leslie was a Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, a global law firm, and thereafter a member of Clark Hill focusing on legislative and regulatory advocacy and government and regulatory affairs. She was founder and chair of the firm’s Blockchain and Digital Currency Task Force. She continues to be a frequent speaker on various topics related to leadership, emerging technology, and the law.


  • 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. 
  • Leslie has represented Fortune 250 companies, communications companies, emerging technology firms, governmental entities, and small businesses.


Leslie regularly speaks on blockchain, regulatory matters, public policy topics, and on infrastructure, economic development, community relations, leadership development, and technology-related issues.

  • Middle Keynote Presentation at Privacy session of EthDenver
  • Presenter, “The Biden/Harris Administration and Your Workplace,” Clark Hill California Labor & Employment Law Update 2021, February 25, 2021
  • Blockchain 101
  • Speaker, Get Global 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
  • 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
  • Moderator, Netherlands Consulate Roundtable on Energy Labeling and Practices
  • Speaker, US State Department Speakers Bureau, Guinea and Ivory Coast (presented in French)
  • Keynote Speaker, Regional EPA Office, Federal Women’s Program
  • Presenter, Science and Technology Summit, Stanford University, sponsored by the Internet and Technology Caucus of the California Democratic Party


  • Co-Chair of Blockchain and Digital Currency Taskforce
  • Board Member, Bay Area Council
  • Board Member, The Victory Campaign
  • Board Member, Equality California


At Practus, we handle complex and challenging legal matters. I look forward to talking to you about how we can best meet your goals.

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