San Francisco Tenant Lawyers

The Law Offices of Daniel W. Wayne is a tenant’s rights law firm dedicated to representing the rights of Bay Area tenants. We pride ourselves on providing practical, affordable and aggressive representation on behalf of residential and commercial tenants. Our office ONLY represents tenants, never represents landlords so you never have to wonder whose side we are on. Our fee structure allows us to help tenants of all backgrounds. Find out how we can help by contacting us today.

Our Team

Daniel Wayne

Managing Attorney

EDUCATION

University of Oregon School of Law, J.D.
Whitman College, B.A., English

BAR ADMISSIONS

State of California

AWARDS

Super Lawyers Rising Star: 2016, 2017,  2018

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

San Francisco Bar Association
San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
Tenants Together
San Francisco Tenants Union

Daniel Wayne

Daniel is the founder and principal attorney at the Law Offices of Daniel W. Wayne. Daniel has built a reputation as a zealous advocate for tenant’s rights. He has resolved hundreds of cases on behalf of Bay Area tenants and helped his clients recover millions of dollars along the way.

​Daniel volunteers as a counselor with the San Francisco Tenants Union, writes a monthly column on tenant’s rights issues for the popular San Francisco-based site Broke-Ass Stuart, and has appeared on 91.7 FM KALW’s “Your Legal Rights” Program. He received the Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service award from the San Francisco Bar Association in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and has presented to numerous legal groups, as well as to the San Francisco Apartment Association, on topics such as AirBnB and short-term rental legislation, tenancy buyouts, and habitability litigation.

Daniel has been named a Super Lawyer “Rising Star”​ in each of the past three years (2016 – 2018), an honor bestowed on only 2.5% of attorneys in Northern California. He is among the highest rated attorneys in San Francisco on Yelp, and has a rating of “Superb” (10/10) on Avvo.com.

​​In his free time Daniel enjoys traveling, cycling and the outdoors. Daniel makes his home in San Francisco’s Sunset neighborhood. He is originally from Seattle, Washington.

Melanie O'Brien

Attorney

EDUCATION

Golden Gate University, J.D.
Otterbein University, B.A

BAR ADMISSIONS

State of California

Melanie O'Brien

Melanie O’Brien joined the firm as an associate attorney in 2018. Her practice focuses on landlord/tenant litigation on behalf of residential and commercial tenants. This includes wrongful eviction, habitability defect actions, eviction defense, and rent board representation.

Melanie has been practicing in the field of landlord/tenant litigation since beginning her legal career in 2013. Melanie later honed her litigation skills as an associate at a top boutique litigation firm in Oakland, where she exclusively practiced housing law in the San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, and Los Angeles County. She has extensive experience litigating habitability and wrongful eviction cases and a strong command of local rent ordinances.

In her free time, Melanie enjoys traveling abroad, watching documentaries, and boxing.  Melanie resides in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood.  She is originally from the Bay Area, but she spent her formative years living in Appalachian Ohio.

 

Jason Wolford

Of Counsel

Education

Vermont Law School, J.D.

San Diego State University, B.A.

Associations and Memberships

Board of Directors, Eviction Defense Collaborative

San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association

San Franciso Bar Association

San Francisco Tenant’s Union

http://wolfordlegal.com/

Jason Wolford

Jason is the founder of the Wolford Law Firm where he  represents residential tenants and employees in landlord/tenant and employment disputes. Jason and his firm regularly co-counsel wrongful eviction cases with the Law Offices of Daniel W. Wayne. Jason serves on the Board of Directors for the Eviction Defense Collaborative, volunteers as a tenant counselor with the San Francisco Tenant’s Union, and is actively involved in the San Francisco Bar Association.

Marie-Therese Senecal

Office Manager

Education

Seattle University, B.A., International Studies

Marie-Therese Senecal

Marie-Therese, or “MT” is the firm’s office manager. Originally from Silverton, Oregon, MT graduated from Seattle University with a degree in International Studies. After graduating, she worked as a Jesuit Volunteer to preserve affordable housing and protect tenants’ rights in San Francisco at the Eviction Defense Collaborative. She was a Emerson Hunger Fellow and worked on inclusive food and hunger policy in Idaho and Washington D.C. before returning to her home state of Oregon to work in education and community outreach at a food and hunger nonprofit in Portland. MT recently moved back to San Francisco and is excited to be working to protect tenants rights once more.

In her free time she enjoys exploring the city by bike, foot and bus, thrift shopping and drinking strong coffee.

Aaron Jackson

Of Counsel

EDUCATION

California Western School of Law, J.D., cum laude

University of Washington, B.A.

BAR ADMISSIONS

State of California

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Federal District Court for the District of Guam

Memberships and Organizations

San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association

San Francisco Bar Association

Aaron Jackson

Aaron serves as Of Counsel to the firm, where he counsels and represents commercial tenants involved in contract and eviction disputes. Aaron is the founder of the Jackson Law Group, a boutique firm located in San Francisco dedicated to representing small businesses and owners and startups in litigation and pre-litigation disputes.

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