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Alexander Michael Merchant

Alexander Michael Merchant

also known as Alex Merchant

Practice areas:

Landlord & Tenant

About Me

Alex Merchant graduated from Stanford Law School in 2007. He received a Master's degree in physics from UC Berkeley in 2002. 

Mr. Merchant worked as a litigator at Morrison & Foerster LLP from 2007 to 2009. He founded Elke & Merchant LLP to focus on protecting tenant rights in the San Francisco Bay Area. 


At Elke & Merchant LLP, we only represent tenants. We litigate all types of actions against landlords, including eviction defense, Rent Board petitions, and affirmative lawsuits related to wrongful eviction, harassment, and habitability issues. 


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2007

  1. Landlord & Tenant: 100%



Free Consultation (15 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Eva Guo

    I endorse Alex Merchant. Alex Merchant is the best San Francisco tenant lawyer. I worked with Alex a few years ago, and am really glad we are colleagues and friends. Alex is a passionate and skilled tenant attorney who really cares about people. He recently spent a significant amount of time helping me with a client of mine who is having landlord issues. Alex gave me terrific advice and solid information about how to help my client, and he spent so much time with me even though he has several trials lined up.


    Eva Guo Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Svetlana Magerram Shirinova

    I endorse this lawyer. Alex is competent, ethical attorney and a very fine man.


    Svetlana Shirinova Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Elke & Merchant LLP

785 Market Street
16th Floor
San Francisco, CA, 94103




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super Lawyer Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Pro Bono AwardMorrison & Foerster LLP2008

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerElke & Merchant2013 - Present
AttorneyTobener Law Center2012 - 2013
AttorneySelf Employed Attorney2010 - 2011
AttorneyMorrison Foerster, LLP2007 - 2009


Association NamePosition NameDuration
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A2014 - Present
AIDS Legal Referral PanelN/A2013 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Williams v. Alain Pinel Realtors, Inc.$233,000 Settlement

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Publication NameTitleDate
Portfolio Media (Law360)Steps To Reduce Risk Of A False Patent Marking Suit2008


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stanford Univ Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
University of California - BerkeleyPhysicsM.A.2002
Iowa State UnivPhysics and MathBS - Bachelor of Science2000

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
San Francisco Tenants Union Counselor TrainingRent Increases in San Francisco2014