Wasserman Stern is not a law partnership. Each of our attorneys works independently.

Oftentimes, lawyers are out of touch with the reality of business sense. Some attorneys engage in substantial efforts to win a battle only to ultimately lose the war. We try to attain success while keeping the big picture at the forefront.

Some law firms are large and impersonal. While you may go to a particular firm because of the reputation of certain lawyers, you may find that your file is sent off to an associate that does not possess the skills and understanding that your case requires.

david p. wassermanDavid P. Wasserman, Esq.

David P. (“Dave”) Wasserman has been representing landlords since he was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1994. He has also been a licensed real estate broker since 1996.   In 2020, he completed his masters degree in real estate from Georgetown University

Dave opened a law office in 1995. In 1997 through 1999, he served on the Code Advisory Committee for the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection. In 2000, Dave was elected to the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Apartment Association, the largest landlord advocacy group in San Francisco. He became the Board’s vice-president in 2004, and served as SFAA President from 2005 through 2010. Today, he teaches Landlord 101, Subtenancy, and Lease Drafting to the SFAA membership. In addition, Dave has been a co-author of the SFAA Residential Tenancy Agreement since 1999 and continues to serve on the SFAA Board.

On the state level, Dave served as a member of the Board of Directors for the California Apartment Association from 2009 through 2010 and has consistently served as a member of the Government Affairs Committee since 2004. He also led the CAA Rent Control Policy Sub-Committee in 2010.

In 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and again in 2021, Dave was honored to be chosen by his peers as a Northern California Super Lawyer in real estate law.

Currently, Dave is the Vice President of the Executive Board of the Coalition for Better Housing (CBH), the primary lobbying group for San Francisco residential property owners. As a member of the CBH Executive Board, he continues with efforts to restrain damaging legislation and to promote reasonable rent laws in the City. 

In 2021 Dave was elected to the Board of the Professional Property Managers Association of San Francisco, or PPMA. This organization is the City’s premier property management trade group.

On January 16, 2015, the late Mayor Ed Lee appointed Dave to the San Francisco Rent Board where he now serves as a landlord Commissioner.  On November 30, 2018, Mayor London Breed elevated him to the voting Landlord Commissioner.

Dave is also currently involved in the statewide effort to prevent the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act from being repealed.

Dave is a residential and commercial landlord, and manages his own portfolio. He writes regularly for the SF Apartment Magazine and teaches continuing education classes. He also co-owns a property management company and enjoys playing tennis.

Marina Franco, Esq.Marina R. Franco, Esq.

EDUCATIONAL HISTORY: Ms. Franco received her Juris Doctor in 1999 from the University of San Francisco School of Law. She received Bachelor of Arts degrees in both International Relations and Art History from University of California at Davis.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Prior to joining Wasserman-Stern, Ms. Franco was a transactional attorney at Berding & Weil, representing homeowner associations, condominiums and property owners with such issues as governing document enforcement, interpretation and amendment, maintenance disputes, and collection matters. Ms. Franco also previously worked with the General Counsel at iSyndicate, Inc., an internet content syndication service, providing support with media licensing, contract negotiations, and trademark protection. Recently, Ms. Franco represented the San Francisco Housing Authority in lawsuits including non-payment of rent, violations of Section 8 contracts, and drugs/weapons nuisance cases.

BAR MEMBERSHIPS: Ms. Franco is a member of the State Bar of California.

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS: Ms. Franco serves on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Apartment Association, a non-profit trade association representing rental property owners. She has been a director since 1999.