Insurance Recovery Partner Becomes Reed Smith’s New San Francisco Managing Partner

Insurance Recovery Partner Becomes Reed Smith's New San Francisco Managing Partner – Law news daily – David E. Weiss has been named the Managing Partner of Reed Smith’s San Francisco office effective immediately.


“David, whose busy practice connects him to our global network, has a strong rapport with the partners, associates, and staff in San Francisco,” said Reed Smith’s Global Managing Partner, Sandy Thomas.  “Furthermore, he holds a clear vision for the firm’s continued growth in Northern California, especially in synergy with our office in Palo Alto.”


Mr. Weiss takes the reigns from Raymond A. Cardozo, who was recently named Chair of the firm’s global Litigation Department, which includes more than 900 litigation attorneys in the U.S., Europe, Middle East, and Asia.  During Mr. Cardozo’s tenure, Reed Smith’s San Francisco office expanded in such key areas as Finance, Labor and Employment, Intellectual Property, and Appellate, to become the third largest law firm office in the city.


“Ray is an exemplary partner who puts the firm first and manifests our core values,” said Weiss.  “I look forward to building on his example through further high-profile, successful engagements, high-profile lateral recruitment and community involvement.”


“I also look forward to working together with our new Silicon Valley Managing Partner, Don Reinke, in growing our business in Northern California,” added Weiss.  “We have great attorneys, excellent practices, and a strong history in California and the Bay Area that goes back more than century.  Moreover, Reed Smith is a great place to work, and we’ll continue our focus on attracting top talent at all levels.”


In nearly 25 years in practice, Weiss has earned a go-to reputation for helping clients in a wide variety of insurance matters, from high stakes litigation to providing advice to policyholders with respect to the presentation of claims, and the successful negotiation of settlements.  As a San Francisco-based partner in Reed Smith’s Global Insurance Recovery Group, Weiss has led corporate policyholders through complex insurance coverage disputes at the firm since joining in 2007.


Weiss is recognized among the Best Lawyers for the last three years and Super Lawyers each year since 2010.  Moreover, he has played a key role in U.S. News – Best Lawyers naming Reed Smith “U.S. Law Firm of the Year in Insurance Law” for the second consecutive year.


While his work is international in scope, Weiss has called San Francisco home since his college days where he attended UC Berkeley before receiving his JD, cum laude, in 1990 from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he was a member of the McAuliffe Honor Society and a member of the Law Review.


Weiss is a frequent author and speaker on many issues of immediate concern to his clients, such as cyber-security in the insurance and healthcare industries, disaster coverage in regards to the recent Napa Earthquake, and continuing questions over the financial costs of the Ebola crisis.  As a member of Reed Smith’s recently formed Global Ebola Task Force, Weiss is helping address numerous client issues facing businesses related to the spread of the virus in West Africa and around the world.


About Reed Smith


Reed Smith is a global relationship law firm with more than 1,800 lawyers in 25 offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Founded in 1877, the firm represents leading international businesses, from Fortune 100 corporations to mid-market and emerging enterprises. Its lawyers provide litigation and other dispute resolution services in multi-jurisdictional and other high-stakes matters; deliver regulatory counsel; and execute the full range of strategic domestic and cross-border transactions. Reed Smith is a preeminent advisor to industries including financial services, life sciences, health care, advertising, technology and media, shipping, energy and natural resources, real estate, manufacturing, and education. For more information, visit


Scroll to Top