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Eric represents tenants in disputes with landlords and individuals who have been injured.  He has defended tenants in unlawful detainer (eviction) proceedings, and pursued claims against landlords arising out of illegal evictions from rent-controlled apartments, tenant harassment, defective conditions and repair issues, rodent and other pest infestations, and floods.  He also counsels tenants about their rights under federal, state, and local laws, particularly the San Francisco Rent Ordinance and the Oakland Just Cause for Eviction Ordinance, and has negotiated favorable buyouts for tenants in rent-controlled apartments interested in relocating.  Eric also represents pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers involved in automobile collisions who have been injured due to another person’s carelessness.

Although he began his career representing software and semiconductor companies engaged in intellectual property disputes, Eric soon realized his true calling was helping individuals.  Drawing upon over a dozen years as an entrepreneur, teacher, and lawyer, Eric takes a practical approach to each and every case, crafting legal strategies that yield fair, efficient, and effective results.  Eric is passionate about the practice of law—particularly courtroom advocacy.

Born in the South Bay and raised in the Central Valley and Wine Country, Eric earned an undergraduate degree in economics from Stanford University.  He earned his law degree from UC Davis School of Law, where he was student bar association President, a member of the Moot Court Board, and Co-Chair of the Asylum and Refugee Law National Moot Court Competition.  He received the American Bar Association Law Student Division Student Bar Association President National Achievement Award, and was one of ten students in his class (along with law partner Mikayla Gow Kellogg) selected for membership in The Order of Barristers, a national honor society dedicated to excellence in oral advocacy.  During law school, Eric also worked as an intern in the Government Division of the Office of the City Attorney of San Francisco, and as a judicial extern to the Honorable Morrison C. England, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.

Eric began his legal career as an attorney in the San Francisco office of the international law firm Reed Smith LLP.  A member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group, he gained civil litigation experience in both state and federal courts.  While Eric’s primary focus at the firm was patent litigation, he also worked on cases involving landlord-tenant law, receivership law, bankruptcy law, and financial services litigation.  His growing interest in landlord-tenant law, desire to work directly with individuals, and passion for entrepreneurship motivated Eric to establish his own solo practice, Toscano Law, in 2012 and Toscano Kellogg & Van Aken LLP in 2014.

When he’s not advocating on his clients’ behalf, Eric also enjoys giving back to the legal community through his involvement with the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF).  He is active in BASF’s Barristers Club, which includes law students, legal professionals, and attorneys in their first ten years of practice.  From 2012 to 2013, he was a member of the Barristers Club’s Board of Directors, serving as Board Vice President in 2013.  He has volunteered as a mentor in BASF’s Mind the Gap Program, an initiative that provides opportunities for unemployed and underemployed attorneys; and as a Mentoring Circle Leader in a pilot program launched by BASF in 2014 that provides professional advice and guidance to new practitioners.  He currently serves on BASF’s Solo/Small Firm Executive Committee and BASF’s Technology Committee.  In 2014, BASF named Eric a 2014 Barrister of the Year for his “constant support and enthusiasm for the club,” adding that "[h]e continues to mentor and assist new attorneys looking to start their own firm.”

Though Eric’s collegiate rugby days at Santa Clara University and Stanford University are far behind him, he enjoys staying active by training for and running marathons and half marathons. Eric’s biggest source of pride, however, remains his co-starring role in his family’s Ford dealership commercials from the late 1970s and early 1980s.


Languages spoken: Italian, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Landlord & Tenant: 75%
    5 years, 20 cases
  2. Personal Injury: 15%
    1 year
  3. Car Accidents: 10%
    1 year


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael G. Bland

    Eric is extremely passionate and it shows in the work he does for his clients. I highly recommend him for any and all personal injury matters. Great guy!


    Michael Bland Estate Planning Attorney
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  • Stephanie Hall Kobesky

    Eric is a committed, compassionate and tireless advocate for his clients. I don't hesitate to recommend him to anyone looking for a top-notch attorney to handle their personal injury matter.


    Stephanie Kobesky Divorce & Separation Attorney
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Contact info

Toscano Kellogg & Van Aken LLP

649 Mission Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA, 94105-4128


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Superb Rating (10.0/10.0)Avvo2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Clients' Choice AwardAvvo.com2014
Outstanding BarristerBar Association of San Francisco2014
The Order of BarristersUC Davis School of Law2009
Joseph and Jan Cutter Lake ScholarshipUC Davis School of Law2009
Frank and Margaret Johns Alumni Association AwardUC Davis School of Law Alumni Association2009
Student Bar Association President National Achievement AwardAmerican Bar Association Law Student Division2009
Scribes Brief-Writing AwardScribes2009
NAAC Regional Best Brief Award (1st Place)American Bar Association Law Student Division2009
NAAC Regional ChampionAmerican Bar Association Law Student Division2008
NAAC Regional Top Brief Award (3rd Place)American Bar Association Law Student Division2008
ABA Silver Key AwardAmerican Bar Association Law Student Division2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerToscano Kellogg & Van Aken LLP2014 - Present
Founder & PrincipalToscano Law2012 - 2014
AttorneyReed Smith2010 - 2012
Judicial Extern, Hon. Morrison C. England, Jr.United States District Court Eastern District Of California2008 - 2008
Summer AssociateReed Smith2008 - 2008
Law Clerk, Government DivisionOffice Of The San Francisco City Attorney2007 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Eviction Defense CollaborativeBoard Member2015 - Present
Bar Association of San Francisco Technology CommitteeMember2014 - Present
Bar Association of San Francisco, Solo/Small Firm SectionExecutive Committee Member2014 - Present
UC Davis School of Law Young Alumni AssociationNorthen California Communications Committee Member2013 - Present
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
Bar Association of San Francisco, Barristers ClubBylaw Review Committee Chair2013 - 2013
Bar Association of San Francisco, Barristers ClubJudges Reception Committee Chair2013 - 2013
San Francisco Tenants UnionVolunteer2013 - 2013
Bar Association of San Francisco, Barristers ClubVice President, Board of Directors2013 - 2013
Bar Association of San Francisco, Barristers ClubBoard Member2012 - 2013
Italian American Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2010 - 2014
Bar Association of San Francisco, Barristers ClubMember2010 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
JuxtaComm-Texas Software, LLC v. Axway, Inc., et al.N/A
YYZ, LLC v. TIBCO Software Inc.N/A
Redwood Mortgage Investors VIII v. McCoy North, LLC, et al.N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Bar Association of San FranciscoSolo/Small Firm Toolkit2013
The Bar Association of San Francisco Bulletin"Learning the Ins and Outs of Starting and Representing a Nonprofit"2012
The New Lawyer"Learning to Love Big Law"2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Davis School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
Stanford Law SchoolEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Barristers Club Professional Development Section CLELawyering 101: Breaking Bad News to Your Client2014
2013 Legal Marketing Technology Conference WestUsing Infusionsoft to Grow a Legal Practice2013
UC Davis School of LawSurviving as a New Lawyer After the Great Recession: Alternatives to Working in a Law Firm2012