Harvey L. Leiderman

Harvey advises pension fund trustees, public companies, financial institutions, and private investors in resolving complex disputes involving fiduciary responsibilities. He currently serves as fiduciary, investment and litigation counsel to some of the largest public pension funds in California, including the California State Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS), the boards of the retirement systems of Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Orange, Stanislaus and Santa Barbara Counties and two systems for each of the Cities of Los Angeles and San José. He is also investment counsel to the South Carolina Retirement System Investment Commission.

In 2011, Harvey served as an advisor to the California Little Hoover Commission in connection with its report on the financial challenges facing the state's public pension funds. He also authored two "white papers" analyzing vested pension and health care rights of state employees.

Among his most notable engagements, Harvey served as Special Counsel and chief legal strategist to PeopleSoft, Inc. in its response to Oracle Corp.'s protracted $10.5 billion hostile takeover bid. His duties included directing the target company's domestic and European legal and political strategies. Harvey has substantial experience in advising corporate boards and executives in bankruptcy, unfair competition, and commercial litigation.

Harvey is a frequent speaker for state, regional and national pension and investment organizations and regularly publishes articles of interest in national journals, including Crain's Pensions & Investments, Institutional Investor and Dow Jones' Corporate Governance.

Harvey is a nationally recognized leader in the field of public employee pension funds. He enjoys the highest professional and ethical rating accorded by the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating system.

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Areas of Practice 1) Employment & Labor, 2) Litigation & Dispute Resolution, 3) Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits, 4) Pensions and 5) Commercial Litigation and Disputes
Law School Columbia Law School, J.D., 1972
Education Case Western Reserve University, B.A., 1969
Bar Member / Association California State Bar Association
Most recent firm Reed Smith LLP
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