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Barry Leigh Weissman

Barry Leigh Weissman



With a legal career spanning more than four decades, Barry Leigh Weissman offers significant insurance and reinsurance industry experience. He represents various forms of insurance and reinsurance entities in regulatory proceedings, transactional matters, and dispute resolution including arbitrations, mediations, and litigation in state and federal courts. His clients have included national and international corporations, banking and financial institutions, insurers, reinsurers, captives (on and offshore), insurance and reinsurance intermediaries, risk purchasing and retention groups, and departments of insurance. On behalf of departments of insurance, his work has included representing insurance companies in regulatory matters such as Form A's, acting as liquidator and rehabilitator of troubled insurance companies, and representing commissioners in various legal actions.

In the 45-plus years Barry has been practicing law, he has worked on various complex and diverse matters, including formations, capitalizations, mergers, acquisitions, portfolio transfers, insurance-linked securities, commutations, restructurings, and receiverships. He has also been instrumental in working with clients on their operational and regulatory needs, including global licensing issues and policy drafting as well as participating in legislative activities in order to achieve the results desired by clients. His legislative activities include working as part of the team that drafted the California Risk Retention Act, and the Cumis legislation (regarding insurance companies’ use of separate counsel when their interests potentially conflict with those of their insureds), and serving on the California State Senate Advisory Commission on Malpractice Insurance.

Featured Insights


  • Chambers USA, Band 1 for Insurance: Reinsurance (2007–2019)
  • Listed in Leading Lawyers for Business (2007–2015)
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, Law & Politics  (2005, 2007, 2010)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • International Association of Insurance Receivers
  • ARIAS-U.S. (1995–present)
  • American Bar Association
    • General Practice, International Law, Litigation Sections
    • Council of the General Practice Section
  • State Bar of California
    • Council on Access and Fairness (2016–2019)
    • Chair, Standing Committee on Insurance Law, Business Law Section (2014)
  • California State Senate Advisory Commission on Malpractice Insurance

Speaking Engagements

  • "Plenary Session No. 10: Brexit! What Happens Next?," ABA 43rd Annual TIPS Midwinter Symposium on Insurance and Employee Benefits, Coral Gables, FL (January 14, 2017)
  • "Insurance in the Age of a Shared Economy: A Primer and a View of the Future Impact," Association of Professional Insurance Women, New York, NY (September 21, 2016)
  • "Member Company General Counsel Panel," Northeast General Counsel Seminar, American Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, Philadelphia, PA (September 19, 2016)
  • "California Fair Claims Settlement Regulations," International Underwriting Association of London, London (May 10, 2016)
  • “New and Emerging Risks and Regions: Top Ten Global Risks, New and Emerging Regions, and Types of Coverages for Which Captives Are Being Used,” ACI's Fourth Annual Forum on Captive Insurance, New York, NY (May 2–3, 2016)
  • “Collection Issues for Alternative Capital Funding,” Re Claims Bermuda 2016: Navigating the World of Reinsurance Protection When Loss Strikes, Reinsurance Association of America, Hamilton, Bermuda (March 16–17, 2016)
  • "Collection Issues for Alternative Capital Funding," Re Claims 2015: Navigating the World of Reinsurance Protection When Loss Strikes, Reinsurance Association of America, New York, NY (October 16, 2015)
  • "Governance of Captives, Complying With Regulatory Demands, and Regulatory Issues with NAIC, FIO, and the IAIS," ACI's Third Annual Forum on Captive Insurance, New York, NY (April 24, 2015)


  • Santa Clara University School of Law (J.D.)
  • University of California, Davis (B.A.)
Bar Admissions
  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York


  • Partner, Edwards Wildman, Los Angeles, CA


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