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Sayre WeaverOf CounselOrange County







Sayre Weaver is Of Counsel to Richards, Watson & Gershon and a member of the Firm’s Litigation Department. Ms. Weaver received her B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from Yale Law School. After several years as a criminal prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, she joined the Firm, and developed an expertise in constitutional litigation. She has practiced extensively in both the federal and the state courts.

In 1996 Ms. Weaver assisted the City of West Hollywood in drafting an innovative local law prohibiting the sale of “junk guns” in that city. She then successfully defended that ordinance in the trial and appellate courts. The published decision, California Rifle & Pistol Ass’n v. City of West Hollywood, 66 Cal. App. 4th 1302 (1998) is acknowledged as a landmark decision establishing that California’s local governments retain a wide scope of authority to regulate firearms. More recently, Ms. Weaver successfully defended the County of Alameda’s ordinance prohibiting possession of firearms and ammunition on County-owned property against a series of challenges in federal and state court, including defeating plaintiff’s petition for review in the United States Supreme Court. Nordyke v. King, 319 F.3d 1185 (9th Cir. 2003), cert. denied 543 U.S. 820 (2004). These cases have established Ms. Weaver as a leading authority on the scope of local power to regulate firearms in California.

In 2005, Ms. Weaver was awarded a California Wellness Foundation Peace Prize in recognition of her legal work on firearms-related issues. In 2007, she received a Courageous Leadership Award from Women Against Gun Violence.

Ms. Weaver has also successfully represented public clients in challenges to local taxes, “takings” challenges, and in all stages of eminent domain proceedings. She is admitted to practice in California, before the United States District Courts for the Central and Northern Districts of California, before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the America Association of Justice, the Federal Bar Association, and in 2006 was elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.


B.A., Yale University, 1975
J.D., Yale Law School, 1984

Practice Areas

Appellate Law
E-Documents and Public Records
Eminent Domain
Public Agency and Municipal Law Litigation