Leslie P. ("Lee") Jay is currently a senior counsel based in San Francisco. From 2006 to 2012 he was a senior partner based in the Paris office and served in a variety of management and practice development roles helping to integrate and expand the firm's European platform. From 2000 to 2005, he served as a member of Orrick's Executive Committee; from 2000 to 2003, he served as chair of the firm's Corporate Department; from 1998 to 2000, he served as managing partner for the firm's nine transactional practice groups; and from 1987 to 1998, he served as chair of the firm's Corporate Department.

His principal areas of practice have been securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate representation, with a particular emphasis on financings, restructurings, acquisitions, dispositions, strategic alliances, and a variety of investment-related transactions.

In addition to transactional work, a significant portion of Mr. Jay’s practice has involved the counseling of corporations and their boards of directors regarding a wide range of corporate issues, including disclosure issues, fiduciary duties, officer and director liability, compliance programs, internal corporate investigations, stockholder litigation, corporate restructuring, and takeover defense.

He has been a speaker or panelist at various seminars and professional programs in the corporate and securities law practice areas.

Lee Jay
Admitted In
  • California

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1966
  • A.B., Princeton University, 1963
  • Selected by peers to be included for more than 25 years in the publication "The Best Lawyers in America" for his work in the area of corporate law.
  • State Bar of California
  • American Bar Association

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