Philip A. McLeod
San Francisco

Philip McLeod is a partner with Keesal, Young & Logan where he has practiced since 1981.  He has handled hundreds of cases in state and federal court and in arbitration.  With the benefit of almost forty years of experience, Philip has represented clients in a wide variety of litigation and regulatory matters.  Many years he has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in the category of securities litigation.

Regulatory Work

Philip has assisted businesses and individuals in all aspects of the regulatory process including audits, informal inquiries, formal investigations, enforcement proceedings, and disciplinary hearings before both FINRA and the SEC.  This work has involved issues such as registration and licensing, accounting procedures, sales practices, insider trading, trading ahead, trade allocations, embezzlement, books and records, self-dealing, conflicts of interest, and reporting procedures.


Philip has successfully arbitrated approximately 100 securities cases to Awards and has favorably resolved many others through mediation and other early dispute resolution.  Many of these cases have involved allegations of fraud, misrepresentation, unsuitability, unauthorized activity, churning, margin violations, and failure to supervise.  Other arbitrations have involved compensation issues or outside business activities.

Business and Employment Litigation

Philip has represented businesses in cases involving disputed contracts, operating agreements, asset purchases, business practices, and dissolutions.  Philip has also defended clients against alleged trade secret theft, unfair competition, and non-complete agreements.  He has also advised businesses on a host of compensation issues, separation agreements, and terminations.

Estate Litigation

Philip has counseled clients and litigated numerous cases about the distribution of assets in dissolutions and contested estates.

Philip graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 1976.  After two years working for an international non-profit organization, Philip attended and graduated from UC Hastings in 1981.  In his third year of law school Philip served as a part-time judicial extern for Court of Appeal Justice John Racanelli.  Philip has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations and in 2016 he and his wife were honored with Cal Alumni’s Spirit of 1868 Volunteer Award.


  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1981)
  • B.A. (with honors), University of California at Santa Cruz (1976)

Bar Memberships/Admissions

  • California (1981)
  • United States District Courts in California
  • United States District Courts in Nevada
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • AV® Preeminent™ peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell (highest level of professional excellence)
  • Selected to Northern California Super Lawyers List (Thomson Reuters) (2004–2020) (a designation limited to 5% of attorneys in a geographic region)
  • Selected to Southern California Super Lawyers List (Thomson Reuters) (2005–2018) (a designation limited to 5% of attorneys in a geographic region)
  • Los Angeles Magazine Southern California “Rising Star” (2004)