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Richard A. Weintraub J.D. Founder and Managing Partner

Richard A. Weintraub is the Founder and Managing Partner of Weintraub Law Group PC. Practicing law for 35 years, Rick is an ’AV’-rated attorney by Martindale Hubble. He has been Lead Counsel in more than 400 public and private offerings and more than 200 mergers and acquisitions. Rick has extensive experience in the negotiation and structuring of hundreds of business transactions. He specializes in the formation of business entities; venture capital transactions; mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures; public and private offerings, and debt financing.

Rick represents clients in a wide range of industries, including but not limited to, computer technology, biotechnology, medical services, finance and investment, communications, marketing, transportation, and real estate development. These transactions have been accomplished through such entities as corporations, limited liability companies, REITS, REMICS, business trusts, and limited partnerships.

Rick is an expert in the CrowdFunding. Spurred on by the enactment of the JOBS Act of 2012, Rick co-founded CommunityLeader, Inc., a firm specializing in creating portal platforms for the offer and sale of securities in a cloud-based eco-system. CommunityLeader has created or is in the process of creating upwards of 35 portals for clients since it was permitted in September 2013. Rick has presented at several conferences, seminars, and meetings addressing issues in the CrowdFunding area. Weintraub Law Group PC has prepared a significant number of private placement memoranda for the offering of securities using CrowdFunding.

With significant hands-on working knowledge of the relevant issues in his specific practice areas, Rick is often called upon to provide expert testimony in some of the most complex and challenging cases. He is uniquely qualified in the San Diego area to assess hypothetical fact patterns that may be analogous to actual areas of testimony and provide keen insight of how the application of the law applies to those fact patterns. Rick prides himself on providing superior services in an expeditious manner for a reasonable price. He has recently supplied testimony about (i) Rule 144 issues, (ii) Regulation D preemption over state law under Section 18 of the Securities Act of 1933, (iii) the demand futility in shareholder derivative actions and (iv) unregistered broker-dealer determination. provides expert witness services in the areas of corporate and securities law.

He also has considerable experience in the representation of hedge funds and private equity funds. Currently, he represents hedge fund offerings exceeding $200 million.

Rick earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from University California Los Angeles in 1975 and Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, in 1978. He was admitted into the U.S. Claims Court in 1984; the U.S. Tax Court in 1985; the U.S. District Court, Central District of California in 1993; and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California in 1994. Rick has also been an instructor of tax and securities law courses at UCLA, University California San Diego, and the University of San Diego. He has instructed a course entitled “Securities Law Implications for the Emerging Growth Business” at UCSD.

Practice Areas

  • Civil and Business Litigation
  • Securities Law
  • Public and Private Offerings
  • Mergers, Acquisitions, Reorganizations, and Divestitures
  • Corporate and Business Law
  • Formation of Business Entities
  • Venture Capital Transactions
  • Expert Witness Testimony
  • Mediation of Transactions in the Corporate and Securities Law


  • 1978: Juris Doctorate, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
  • 1975, Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Los Angeles

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Noteworthy Experiences

  1. Developed the structure for a national real estate syndicator for the marketing of low-income tax credits that is the used as the predominant model in the industry today
  2. Negotiated and closed a complex corporate financing transaction and acquisition of a government telecommunications firm to form a publicly traded company
  3. Lead attorney on a public offering of common stock for a mortgage finance company
  4. Represented a business consulting firm in connection with the financing of several emerging growth companies
  5. Negotiated and closed the acquisition of a health care company
  6. Represented a registered investment advisory firm in connection with the formation and operation of a private equity firm
  7. Developed the structure of a blank check company and the registration of common stock on form S-1
  8. Co-founded CommunityLeader, Inc., a company formed to develop software and services for the offer and sale of securities under the JOBS Act of 2012
  9. Co-founded ValueScape Analytics, Inc., a company offering appraisal solutions in a cloud-based environment
  10. Drafted hundreds of PPMs for the syndication of residential, commercial and industrial real estate and mortgage-backed securities

jenJennifer R. Trowbridge Counsel

Jennifer Trowbridge is a counsel associate at the firm’s San Diego office. She practices corporate securities, corporate finance, corporate transactions as well as business litigation and employment law. Ms. Trowbridge works with both private and publicly traded companies, assisting them with private and public offerings (Regulation D, Reg A+, etc.), registration of securities (Forms S-1, S-8, etc.), mergers, acquisitions, stock and asset purchases and periodic filing compliance (Forms 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K, etc.). Her focus is on ensuring a client’s compliance with state and federal laws; securities, corporate, employment and otherwise.

Ms. Trowbridge earned her J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. While at Thomas Jefferson she received the Pro Bono Honors Certificate as well as both the CALI Award for Academic Excellence and Witkin Award for Academic Excellence for both Constitutional Law and Role of Small Business in Community Economic Development. She received her Generalist Paralegal Certificate, with Honors, from the University of San Diego Paralegal Program, and her Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University. She is admitted to practice law in California, U.S. District Court Southern District of California, and U.S. District Court Central District of California.

Ms. Trowbridge is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, Lawyers Club of San Diego and California Women Lead. She also teaches Introduction to Business Entities at the University of San Diego Paralegal Program.

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Kiersten Severson, Paralegal

Kiersten has worked in the legal field since 2001 and has a varied background consisting of experience in civil litigation, corporate/securities, conservatorships, juvenile dependency appeals, and federal material witness matters.

Since early 2010, Kiersten has been part of the Weintraub Law Group, handling state and federal securities filings, entity formations and corresponding corporate compliance (domestic and foreign). In addition, Kiersten also assists with the preparation of disclosure schedules and the formal closing of multi-million dollar transactions.

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