Laurie Edelstein

San Francisco

235 Montgomery Street
Suite 1130
San Francisco, CA 94104
+1 415 563 0600

Laurie Edelstein is the head of Brune & Richard’s San Francisco office. Her practice focuses on commercial litigation, energy litigation, government investigations and regulatory enforcement proceedings, and white-collar defense.

Ms. Edelstein is known for her mastery of the law and the ability to explain complex facts in an easy to understand way to judges and juries. She consistently obtains successful results for her clients based on her pretrial work, winning numerous dispositive and other pretrial motions through her brief writing and forceful oral advocacy. Most recently, Ms. Edelstein won the dismissal of an unfair business practices and fraud class action against a major public utility because the relief sought was barred as a matter of law.

Ms. Edelstein is equally effective at trial. One judge before whom she tried a case remarked that Ms. Edelstein was “extremely knowledgeable both in the law and the minutiae of the facts” and provided “extraordinarily strong representation for her client.” In a recent breach of contract action, Ms. Edelstein obtained a judgment for her client on statute of limitations grounds. She was also part of the trial team that won the acquittal of a Bear Stearns hedge fund manager in a federal criminal jury trial.

Ms. Edelstein is also an experienced and successful appellate advocate. She recently won a reversal of a trial court order denying arbitration in a renewable energy contract dispute.

Ms. Edelstein’s matters have included contract disputes, renewable energy issues, claims of securities and tax-related fraud, insider trading allegations, breach of fiduciary duty claims, and consumer class actions. She represents companies and individuals in federal and state courts throughout the country and also represents clients in SEC investigations and enforcement actions, and in criminal investigations and proceedings.  Before returning to Brune & Richard to open its San Francisco office, Ms. Edelstein was an attorney in the law department of Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

Ms. Edelstein is the Editor of the White Collar Securities Defense blog (, which tracks significant developments in notable white collar and securities enforcement actions.  She is also an active member of the Edward J. McFetridge Inn of Court; Chair of the Board of Directors of Raising A Reader, San Francisco and Alameda Counties, an early childhood literacy and family engagement organization; and a member of the Board of The Cutting Ball Theater, an experimental theater company.

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