I grew up in the midst of the San Francisco real estate industry, as my family began doing business here in the 1950s by selling homes in the Sunset District.  After graduating from law school, I began my career in housing politics by receiving an appointment to the Department of Building Inspection’s Code Advisory Committee.  In 2000, I joined the board of directors for the San Francisco Apartment Association and was honored to serve as its president.  Today, I continue to serve on the board of this fantastic organization as well as the board for the Professional Property Managers Association of San Francisco. 

San Francisco is very unique in that politics are paramount here.  To succeed in real estate, investors must understand how to effectively play politics.  Otherwise, the price points required to accomplish one’s business objectives could become hugely inflated.

In the mid-1990s, I was invited to join the Coalition for Better Housing which was at that time a highly effective political advocacy group for local housing providers.  The lessons learned throughout my 25 years with this organization can be summarized as follows:  No matter how many lawyers you hire or how many laws line up with your position, success in San Francisco rises and falls with your abilities to effectively work with the various interest groups that you will inevitably encounter.  If you cannot attain a harmonious working relationship with community leaders and activists, you will waste money on attorneys while achieving little if anything you set out to do.  



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To treat clients with utmost respect, and to be responsive to client needs.

To find the most cost effective solutions to problems.

To use creative thinking as a means to achieve superior results.

We understand that legal services are expensive and oftentimes cost-prohibitive. We understand that you are not “made of money.” That is why we strive to employ the best “bottom line” strategy to achieve what you need. We do not create needless work or employ unnecessary tactics to run up bills. We do, however, ensure that the services we perform are complete, thorough, and second to none. And we strive for the most practical result.

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.

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