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About me

I have been practicing reals estate and business law
for over 25 years with a reputation for effective, high quality legal

Named one of the top real estate attorneys
in Northern California by Law & Politics and San Francisco
Magazines, I have established myself as a leader in the
field of leasing, landlord-tenant law and rent control.                          


Languages spoken: Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Landlord & Tenant: 45%
    32 years, 10 thousand cases
  2. Real Estate: 40%
    32 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Probate: 10%
  4. Appeals: 5%
    32 years, 25 cases



Hourly ($195-475/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Stanley Duane Lockhart

    Clifford Fried was my Real Property instructor at law school, he has presented landlord-tenant papers at the Alameda County Bar Assoc. Attny Fried comes with the highest recommendation possible, an expert par excellence, a gentleman and a quintessential scholar, willing to lend a firm and reassuring hand to those he works with and those he works for....his clients.


    Stanley Lockhart Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    I endorse this lawyer's work. Clifford Fried is a superb lawyer engaged in the field of landlord/tenant and real estate law, and one of the first people I go to when I need help with a difficult issue. He is extremely intelligent, analytical, and creative, and has a firm grasp of the legal principles of landlord/tenant and real estate law, as well as a pragmatic approach to issue resolution. Mr. Fried is one of only a few attorneys who lead in tackling the legislative barriers frequently enacted against landlords by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and in blazing new inroads in the often arcane, convoluted maze of San Francisco’s highly rent-controlled environment. I would enthusiastically recommend him to anyone.


    Saul Ferster Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Fried & Williams LLP

177 Post Street
Suite 700
San Francisco, CA, 94108-4705

Fried & Williams LLP

480 9th Street
Oakland, CA, 94607-4051



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super Lawyer - Real EstateSan Francisco Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine2010
SuperLawyer - Real EstateSan Francisco Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine2009
SuperLawyer - Real EstateSan Francisco Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine2008
President's AwardSan Francisco Apartment Association2007
SuperLawyer - Real EstateSan Francisco Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine2007
SuperLawyer - Real EstateSan Francisco Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine2006
SuperLawyer - Real EstateSan Francisco Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine2005
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerFried & Williams LLP2010 - Present
PartnerWiegel & Fried, LLP1985 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Alameda County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Alameda County Bar Association, Real Estate SectionMember2007 - Present
National Apartment AssociationMember2005 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar - Real Estate SectionMember2005 - Present
Oakland Association of RealtorsAffiliate Member2004 - Present
Rental Housing Association of Northern Alameda CountyMember2002 - Present
Professional Property Managers AssociationMember1996 - Present
California Apartment AssociationCommittee Board Member1987 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
San Francisco Apartment Association MagazineLandlording2009
Rental Housing MagazineLandlording2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Francisco School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
University of California - BerkeleyEconomicsBS - Bachelor of Science1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Realtor PresentationForeclosure Laws and Realtor Access to Units2011
Realtor PresentationOwner Move In Evictions2011
Landlords and Property ManagersSecurity Deposits2011
RHANAC Tradeshow Legal PanelProblem Areas for Residential Landlords2009