Joan Lesser’s experience includes a variety of transactions, including entertainment-related deals and start-up financing. Over the years, she has handled a broad range of other corporate matters, including governance issues, mergers and acquisitions and restructuring transactions, as well as real estate and real estate finance matters. Her background also has included serving as outside corporate counsel for public and private companies, and she has represented investors as a board member and observer in early stage companies.

Honors & Awards

  • Consistently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of mergers and acquisitions law

Professional Activities

  • Board of directors, UCLA Live’s Design for Sharing
  • Former board member, the Women’s Foundation of California
  • Former member, Windward School Board of Trustees
  • Former president and board member, Organization of Women Executives
  • Speaker at seminars on a variety of transactional matters


USC Gould School of Law (J.D., 1973); Order of the Coif; Executive editor of the Southern California Law Review

Brandeis University (B.A., 1969)


  • California, 1973
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