Uniquely Focused Since 1927

Founded in 1927 in the historic Merchant’s Exchange Building, Long & Levit LLP is one of San Francisco’s most enduring law firms. The firm’s founders were distinguished San Francisco lawyers devoted to professional excellence and public service.  The firm was known for quiet and strategic advocacy with a focus on achieving client objectives outside the public spotlight.  The firm’s founding principles still define its character.  Even as we adapt to meet the evolving needs of our clients, we will never lose sight of our heritage.  Today’s Long & Levit stands ready to devote decades of accumulated wisdom and experience to your most challenging legal needs.

Firm Milestones


Long & Levit founder Percy Long serves as the San Francisco City Attorney.  During his tenure, Percy Long lays the cornerstone of the “new” San Francisco City Hall.



The firm is founded in the Merchant’s Exchange Building.


Long & Levit founder Bert Levit appointed chief deputy District Attorney by San Francisco District Attorney Pat Brown.



Governor Pat Brown appoints Bert Levit as Chair of the Special Committee on Organization of State Government to study state government structure and recommend improvements.

“Both in this job and in those that followed, Levit functioned as a catalyst, stepping into government briefly whenever Brown assumed a new office, reshuffling personnel and procedures and then returning a few months later to private law practice.” The Life & Times of Pat Brown by Ethan Rarick



Long & Levit rises to national prominence as one of the few firms devoted to the defense of lawyers and judges.


Long & Levit responds to the legal needs of another highly sophisticated group of professionals: architects, engineers and other design professionals. In 1993, Natkin Weisbach Higginbotham, a nationally-known firm which focused entirely on defending and counseling design professionals, became of counsel to Long & Levit. The two firms merged in 1995. The firm is proud to now represent some of the largest and most successful architecture, engineering and landscape firms in the world as well as dozens of emerging talents.



Long & Levit returned to its birthplace in the recently restored and technologically updated Merchant’s Exchange Building. We see the building as a fitting symbol for the firm – an important piece of the historic fabric of the city that has embraced change while preserving its traditions. Even as we adapt to meet the evolving needs of our clients, we will never lose sight of our heritage.