With a legal career spanning more than four decades, Barry Leigh Weissman brings significant experience in the insurance and reinsurance industries. He represents insurance and reinsurance companies in regulatory and transactional matters as well as in all forms of dispute resolution including arbitration, litigation, and mediation in state and federal courts on bad faith, complex litigation, and multidistrict matters. He also represents state departments of insurance in various matters including defending them in litigation and various regulatory matters such as Form A’s.
Mr. Weissman's practice also has an international component. He represents clients in Europe and Asia in a variety of complex reinsurance and commercial matters, many of which have involved cross border issues such as mergers and acquisitions, dispute resolution, and insurance regulatory matters.
He has served as outside general counsel to several insurance companies. For example, the California Department of Insurance asked Mr. Weissman to serve as general counsel to one of its companies that was placed in receivership. He works closely with the senior management of various reinsurance and insurance companies advising on techniques concerning avoiding and handling dispute resolution, contract drafting, and regulatory issues.
Appellate work has been a distinctive part of his practice. In addition to having a dozen published cases in both California state courts and the Ninth Circuit, Mr. Weissman has been part of numerous teams that planned and strategized appeals. He works with clients before and during trial to help trial counsel protect the record for appeal, and handles appeals post-verdict.
Mr. Weissman's appellate work has included representing insurance entities and insurance trade associations. He filed amicus briefs on behalf of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners in Hill v. State Farm Mutual, a landmark California decision that addressed the business rule. He represented the California Department of Insurance at both the trial and appellate levels in one of the largest insolvencies in California at the time (Superior National Insurance Company in liquidation) and in an action against Centre Insurance Company on the invalidation of a reinsurance contract. He also represented insurance companies contesting bad faith awards and appealing regulatory decisions of various departments of insurance including those of California, Missouri, and Nevada.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Weissman was a partner at Edwards Wildman Palmer, LLP (now Locke Lord Edwards, LLP). He was also managing partner and general counsel of an international law firm.
Mr. Weissman is a member of the State Bar of California, New York State Bar Association, American Bar Association, International Association of Insurance Receivers and ARIAS. He served as Chair of the Standing Committee on Insurance Law of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California and has held active roles in several working groups of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. His past professional activities include serving on the California State Senate Advisory Commission on Malpractice Insurance and as a member of the Council of the ABA’s General Practice Section.