Michael R. Leslie

Mike Leslie, one of the founders of Caldwell Leslie & Proctor, is an accomplished trial lawyer and negotiator with particular expertise in complex environmental litigation, including litigation brought under CERCLA, CEQA, common law environmental torts, and California’s Proposition 65. Mr. Leslie also has deep expertise in complex commercial litigation, having prevailed in cases involving real estate, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, and Section 17200, California’s unfair business practices statute.

Mr. Leslie has a long-standing record of successfully representing clients in complex multi-party actions in which tens of millions of dollars in compensatory and punitive damages are at stake.

Mr. Leslie regularly represents Fortune 500 corporations, multinational energy companies, governmental agencies, and small businesses. He has tried numerous cases to verdict, negotiated complex multi-party consent decrees with state and federal agencies, and won one of the largest jury verdicts in the state at the time on behalf of the State of California.

In addition to his busy trial practice, he has also won important appeals for his clients before the California Court of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is also a frequent speaker on complex litigation and trial practice.