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"I enjoy being a plaintiff’s lawyer because I get to represent people who would not otherwise be able to hire an attorney.  There’s nothing more satisfying than working with single mothers, immigrant families, and individuals struggling to make ends meet.  I became a lawyer because I wanted to help people.  I love my work because that’s exactly what I get to do."


Recently named a 2016 Top 40 Under 40 Litigation Attorney in the State of California by the American Society of Legal Advocates and 2015 Northern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers, Eric is passionate about the practice of law—particularly courtroom advocacy. He 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 represents pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers who have been injured due to another’s fault.


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 one of ten students in his class 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.


After two and a half years as an intellectual property litigation attorney in the San Francisco office of the international law firm Reed Smith LLP, Eric left to establish his own solo practice, Toscano Law, in 2012; a law partnership, Toscano Kellogg & Van Aken LLP, in 2014; and Toscano Law Group, PC in 2016.


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. 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.” He remains involved in BASF’s Solo/Small Firm Section. He also serves as a director of the Eviction Defense Collaborative, a San Francisco nonprofit that helps low income tenants fight unlawful detainer (eviction) lawsuits.


When he is not working on behalf of his clients, Eric enjoys spending time with his wife Stephanie and young son Henry. He stays active by training for and running marathons and half marathons (albeit with less regularity than before the birth of his son).

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Languages spoken: Italian, Spanish

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Contact info

Toscano Law Group, PC

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

Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Landlord & Tenant: 75%
    6 years, 20 cases
  2. Personal Injury: 15%
    2 years
  3. Car Accident: 10%
    2 years

Payment

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive200905/24/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2016
Top 40 Lawyers Under 40American Society of Legal Advocates2016
Superb Rating (10.0/10.0)Avvo2016
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Outstanding BarristerBar Association of San Francisco2014
Clients' Choice AwardAvvo.com2014
Frank and Margaret Johns Alumni Association AwardUC Davis School of Law Alumni Association2009
Joseph and Jan Cutter Lake ScholarshipUC Davis School of Law2009
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
The Order of BarristersUC Davis School of Law2009
NAAC Regional Top Brief Award (3rd Place)American Bar Association Law Student Division2008
NAAC Regional ChampionAmerican Bar Association Law Student Division2008
ABA Silver Key AwardAmerican Bar Association Law Student Division2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyToscano Law Group, PC2016 - Present
Managing PartnerToscano Kellogg & Van Aken LLP2014 - 2015
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
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Eviction Defense CollaborativeBoard Member2015 - Present
Bar Association of San Francisco Technology CommitteeMember2014 - 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 ClubMember2010 - Present
Italian American Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Bar Association of San Francisco, Solo/Small Firm SectionExecutive Committee Member2014 - 2015
San Francisco Tenants UnionVolunteer2013 - 2013
Bar Association of San Francisco, Barristers ClubVice President, Board of Directors2013 - 2013
Bar Association of San Francisco, Barristers ClubBylaw Review Committee Chair2013 - 2013
Bar Association of San Francisco, Barristers ClubJudges Reception Committee Chair2013 - 2013
Bar Association of San Francisco, Barristers ClubBoard Member2012 - 2013
American Bar AssociationMember2010 - 2014
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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Publications
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
Education
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