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A San Francisco native, Mr. Elke has counseled thousands of Bay Area residents on tenant law and renters-rights issues. For the past four years, Mr. Elke has been recognized as a Northern California “Rising Star” by SuperLawyers Magazine. He has also been named an Outstanding Volunteer Attorney by the San Francisco Bar Association’s Volunteer Legal Services Program.  Mr. Elke received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 2001 and his law degree from University of California, Los Angeles in 2005. While in law school, Mr. Elke was active in the El Centro legal aid program and received an Imelda Rosenthal Bar Scholarship for Public Interest Law from the California State Bar.  He has helped clients secure millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements and has personally tried over twenty-five jury trials to verdict.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Russian

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Practice areas


  1. Landlord & Tenant: 75%
  2. Personal Injury: 25%



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Svetlana Magerram Shirinova

    I endorse this lawyer, because Tom Elke is a competent attorney and a very classy person. He is brave, generous and well bread.


    Svetlana Shirinova Employment & Labor Attorney
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  • Mikayla Gow Kellogg

    Mr. Elke is an experienced and well-respected attorney. His valuable knowledge and experience with tenants' rights in the Bay Area makes him an exceptional advocate for his clients. I strongly endorse him.


    Mikayla Kellogg Landlord & Tenant Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Elke & Merchant LLP

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


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2015
Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service AwardBar Association of San Francisco2014
Volunteer AppreciationAIDS Legal Referral Panel2014
Rising StarSuperLawyers2014
Rising StarSuperLawyers2013
Outstanding Volunteer AttorneyBar Association of San Francisco2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerElke & Merchant2013 - Present
Of CounselTobener Law Center2011 - 2013
Association namePosition nameDuration
Aids Legal Referral PanelVolunteer Attorney2013 - Present
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
Bar Association of San FranciscoMember2011 - Present
San Francisco Tenant's UnionCounselor2011 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Confidential SettlementSettled for $500,000
Bjerke v. John Crane Inc.$2.1 million jury award
Confidential Settlement$5.4 million settlement
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California - Los AngelesLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Harvard UniversityGovernmentN/A2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
BASF MCLECost-Effective Trial Techniques2015