Headshot of attorney Philip E. Weiss

Philip E. Weiss

Headshot of Attorney Philip Weiss





Mr. Weiss graduated cum laude from San Francisco State University, where he earned degrees in Political Science and Philosophy, and after four years in the U.S. Navy, earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco School of Law where he served as the Editor-In-Chief of the U.S.F. Maritime law Journal. Mr. Weiss is a respected author and speaker on maritime law issues, and for 17 of his 20 years of practice, has successfully represented hundreds of marina, boat yard, and other clients in a broad array of maritime issues, including those involving "necessaries" liens, trespassing and abandoned vessels, wharfage and other maritime contracts, oil pollution and maritime torts. Mr. Weiss currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Maritime Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, is a non-voting member of the San Diego Harbor Safety Committee, and sits by appointment as the Chair of the California State Bar Commission on Specialization in Admiralty and Maritime law.


  • University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D.
    • Law Journal: U.S.F. Maritime Law Journal, Editor-In-Chief
  • San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Political Science and Philosophy

Practice Areas

  • Maritime


  • Adjunct Professor of Maritime Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • San Diego Harbor Safety Committee, Non-Voting Member
  • California State Bar Commission on Specialization in Admiralty and Maritime law, Chair
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As Published in The Wall Street Journal, 2020 | Best Lawyers in Northern California 2020
Top Rated Lawyers | San Francisco's Legal Leaders | 2015 | As Published by the San Francisco Chronicle