• J.D., University of San Diego School of Law
  • B.A., University of California, San Diego

Chad Weaver is the office chair of Freeman Mathis & Gary’s Orange County office and practices in the downtown Los Angeles office. Mr. Weaver is a trial attorney with a focus on representing Financial Institutions and related service providers. He chairs the firm’s Financial Services practice section and also serves on the firm’s Executive Committee.

Mr. Weaver’s practice centers on disputes and regulatory matters before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the California Department of Corporations and the California Department of Insurance. He has substantial experience representing securities broker dealers, registered representatives, investment advisors and insurance agents and brokers in an array of civil and regulatory disputes. Mr. Weaver has successfully litigated numerous disputes across the country involving complex financial products, including non-traded REITs, TICs, DSTs, annuities, real estate investment trusts, tenant in common, Delaware Statutory Trusts, structured products, leveraged and inverse ETFs, principal protected notes, hedge funds, private equity funds, limited partnerships and other alternative investments. 

Mr. Weaver’s extensive financial and accounting knowledge is also invaluable in defending claims against other professionals in Professional Liability for breach of duty claims against accountants, mortgage brokers, and real estate professionals.

As part of his commercial litigation and D&O practice, Mr. Weaver regularly defends corporations, limited liability companies, and officers and directors of various legal entities in business disputes, including claims for unfair business practices, breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of trade secrets, interference with contractual relations, tortious interference with business relations, and breach of contract. 

Mr. Weaver is a member of the State Bars of California and Florida, the Financial Services Institute (FSI), and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA).

In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities, especially surfing, scuba diving, fishing and snowboarding.

Bar Admissions



U.S. District Court Central District of California

U.S. District Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

Publications & Engagements
Representative Cases & Clients
  • Thomas v. Westlake, 204 Cal.App.4th 605 (2012)
  • Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
  • Financial Services Institute
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
  • Financial Planning Association
Awards and Recognition
  • AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell – Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence