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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 insurance and reinsurance companies 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, and departments of insurance. On behalf of departments of insurance, his work has included regulatory matters such as Form A's, acting as liquidator and rehabilitator of troubled insurance companies, and representing commissioners who have been sued.

Barry’s practice encompasses transactional matters such as regulations, licensing, and mergers of insurance and reinsurance companies, as well as certain legislative activities. 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


  • Listed in Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers, band one for Insurance: Reinsurance (2007-2019)
  • Listed in Leading Lawyers for Business (2007-2015)
  • Named as a Southern California Super Lawyer by Law & Politics  (2005, 2007, 2010)

Professional & Community Involvement

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

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's September 2016 Luncheon, New York (September 21, 2016).
  • "Member Company General Counsel Panel," Northeast General Counsel Seminar, American Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, Philadelphia (September 19, 2016).
  • "California Fair Claims Settlement Regulations," International Underwriting Association of London (IUA), London (May 10, 2016).
  • “New & Emerging Risks & Regions: Ten Global Risks and What Are Some of the New & Emerging Regions as Well as Typed of Coverages for Which Captives are Being Used,” American Conference Institute's National Captive Insurance Summit, New York (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, New York (October 16, 2015).
  • "Governance of Captives, Complying With Regulatory Demands, and Regulatory Issues with NAIC, FIO, and the IAIS," American Conference Institute's Third Advanced Forum on Captive Insurance, New York (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
  • United States 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


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