David Leifer 

Senior Managing Director

David Leifer has twenty-nine years of experience as a Municipal Advisor and attorney, and specializes in advising California counties and countywide special districts.  He serves as lead advisor to: Butte, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Mendocino, Merced, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Plumas, San Benito, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Shasta, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Tehama, Tulare and Yolo Counties. 

David is an active sponsor of various County Associations including the County Administrative Officers Association of California, the California Association of County Treasurer-Tax Collectors and the State Association of County Auditor Controllers. He is also a frequent guest speaker at the Bond Buyer and County Association Conferences.

David is also the lead advisor to the California State Treasurer’s Office for the issuance of Lease Revenue Bonds by State Public Works Board.  He has served the State and the Public Works Board in the formal role of Financial Advisor from 2003 to present.  During that time, he has advised on 65 lease financings for a total par amount of $17.838 billion.

Before joining KNN in July 2001, David Leifer was Managing Partner of Leifer Capital, an independent Financial Advisory firm based in San Francisco, a bankruptcy attorney at the firm Stutman Treister & Glatt, and a transactions attorney at O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles.

David received his J.D. from the Yale Law School in 1988 and B.A. from U.C. Berkeley (Phi Beta Kappa) in 1983.



(510) 208-8264

Oakland Office

KNN Public Finance
1300 Clay Street, Ste. 1000


Yale Law School, J.D. U.C. Berkeley, B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa)


Municipal Advisor Representative, Series 50 Municipal Advisor Principal Qualification, Series 54 State Bar of California (Admitted in 1988)

Professional Associations