Paul Spiegel, Principal Attorney

Paul Spiegel Attorney at Law San Francisco Headshot

Paul Spiegel is a thought leader, an international speaker and a longtime activist in the fields of longevity and transhumanism.  He is a board member of the Life Extension Advocacy Foundation  the American Longevity Alliance and Humanity Plus, and is a former board member of the International Longevity Alliance.  He is a legal advisor to the U.S. Transhumanist Party the Lifeboat Foundation and the Brain Preservation Foundation, he is a member of Health Extension and carboncopies.org and he provides legal counsel for many longevity-related and transhumanist enterprises.

As an attorney, Paul specializes in longevity biomedicine and has counseled and consulted for the longevity community since 2006.  His firm, Eclectic Law, provides general counsel services to startups and established companies in biotechnology, longevity medicine and other fields.  He is founder of Libertas Biomedical, LLC, which seeks friendly venues for companies to promote longevity research and treatment with greater freedom than is allowed in the United States or the European Union, and consults with businesses to maximize their international opportunities.

Paul also serves as Honorary Consul for the Republic of San Marino, a small, independent state in southern Europe enclosed entirely by Italy, on behalf of California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada.  Technically, therefore, he is is the Honorary Consul for the Republic of San Marino at Burning Man.

Paul graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1979 and from Berkeley Law School in 1983.  He attended Harvard Law School, the University of Paris, Sorbonne, International Christian University in Tokyo.  He speaks five languages, including English, French, Spanish and Italian. Trained in international business law, he worked on Wall Street, on Montgomery Street and in Tokyo before entering private practice in San Francisco.  Long an advocate of progressive ideas and legal causes, he has focused on longevity, transhumanism, regenerative medicine and the biology of aging.

EDUCATION

1983  BERKELEY LAW SCHOOL (formerly Boalt Hall School of Law)
Juris Doctor, Associate Editor, California Law Review
Admitted to the California State Bar

1982-83  HARVARD LAW SCHOOL
Exchange Student, with honors, Dean’s List

1979  UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT BERKELEY
Bachelor of Arts, European and Asian History
Graduated cum laude and with academic distinction

FOREIGN EDUCATION

1987  INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY, Mitaka, Japan
1975  UNIVERSITÉ DE PARIS, SORBONNE, Paris, France
1973  INSTITUTO DE ESTUDIOS MEXICANOS, Cuernavaca, Mexico

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & COMMUNITY SERVICE

2013 – present   Association of Corporate Counsel, Member
2012 – present   International Trademark Association, Member
1989 – present   Bar Association of San Francisco, Member
1983 – present   American Bar Association, Member, Intellectual Property & Business Sections

2018 – present    Humanity+, Director
2018 – present   Brain Preservation Foundation, Advisor
2016 – present    FAST Program, California Life Sciences Institute (CLSI), Advisor
2015 – present    Life Extension Advocacy Foundation (LEAF), Founding Director and Legal Counsel
2015 – present    The Great Star Theatre Company, Founding Director and Legal Counsel
2014 – present    International Longevity Alliance (ILA), Founding Director and Legal Counsel
2014 – present    American Longevity Alliance (ALA), Founding Director, President
2014 – present    The Lifeboat Foundation, Advisor
2007 – present   General Counsel, Unusual Productions LLC
2006 – 2014         French-American Cultural Society, Director (Board President, 2007-2009)
1991 – 2014           Theatre of Yugen Director, (Board President, 2006 – 2014)
1981 – 1982           The International House Corporation, Director
1978 – 1979           University Art Museum Council, Director

FOREIGN RESIDENCE & LANGUAGES

Residence in Tokyo (1986-87), Paris (1988, 1985, 1975), Cuernavaca (1973).

Fluent French, functional Spanish and Italian, polite social Japanese, some Russian, Latin and Hebrew.