Legal Team

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

Education

  • 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

jenLahdan S. Rahmati, Attorney

Lahdan is an attorney in the firm and her practice focuses on business, corporate and securities law. Prior to joining the firm, Lahdan has had a broad range of legal experience including working at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Corporation Finance, Office of Telecommunications in Washington, DC, and at Bevilacqua PLLC, a boutique corporate and securities law firm in Washington DC, where she also co-authored a Whitepaper on Security Token Offerings, helped launch the firm’s cryptocurrency practice, and contributed to the firm’s blog. Lahdan also started her own firm and has handled all aspects of SEC informal inquiries, formal investigations and enforcement actions including administrative proceedings and district court actions. Lahdan advises her clients to develop best practices early on to ensure corporate compliance throughout the entity’s existence. Lahdan understands entrepreneurs and works proactively to find solutions to enable her clients to achieve their goals. Lahdan handles all types of public and private offerings of securities, including equity crowdfunding (Regulation CF, Rule 506(c) and Regulation A), and other Regulation D private placements. Lahdan provides services in the areas of SEC maintenance and compliance, general corporate, formation, equity incentive plans, among others.

Lahdan is a member of the American Bar Association and is an active member in the Section of International Law. Lahdan co-presented at the ABA Section of International Law 2019 Annual Conference in Washington DC on U.S. Legal Issues related to the Regulation of Crypto Offerings, Blockchain Technology and Artificial Intelligence. Lahdan is also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and Iranian American Bar Association.

Lahdan earned a Bachelor of Science from University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Juris Doctorate degree and Tax Certificate from University of San Francisco School of Law, and Securities and Financial Regulation Certificate from Georgetown Law School. Lahdan is admitted to practice law in all courts in California, including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the District of Columbia.

In her free time, Lahdan is a life-long learner who loves practicing yoga, reading about developments in cryptocurrency and blockchain, writing, travelling and blogging.

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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