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Eric L. Toscano

Tenant & Personal Injury Trial Lawyer at Toscano Kellogg & Van Aken LLP
Contact: (888) 235-8582
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Law School: UC Davis School of Law - University of California, Davis
Jurisdictions: California
9th Circuit

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About Eric L. Toscano
I am a San Francisco-based trial lawyer passionate about representing tenants in disputes with landlords and individuals who have been injured. I am a founding partner at Toscano Kellogg & Van Aken LLP, where I pursue 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. I also counsel 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 negotiate buyouts for tenants interested in relocating from their rent-controlled apartments. I also represent pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers involved in automobile collisions who have been injured due to another person’s carelessness. I’m active in the Bar Association of San Francisco's Barristers Club. From 2012 to 2013, I was a member of the Barristers Club’s Board of Directors, serving as Board Vice President in 2013. I’ve 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. I currently serve on BASF’s Solo/Small Firm Executive Committee and BASF’s Technology Committee. I enjoy working with recent graduates and new attorneys—particularly those interested in starting up their own small firm or solo practice. I’m also involved with the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, the San Francisco Tenants Union, and the Italian American Bar Association of Northern California.
Practice Areas
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Personal Injury
  • Consumer Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Business Law
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    • Visa, MasterCard, Discover
  • Contingent Fees
  • Free Consultation
    • I offer new clients a complimentary fifteen-minute telephone consultation.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
9th Circuit
Languages
 SpokenWritten
ItalianYesYes
SpanishYesYes
Professional Experience
Founding Partner, Toscano Kellogg & Van Aken LLP
-Current
Toscano Kellogg & Van Aken LLP is a San Francisco Bay Area civil litigation firm dedicated to seeking justice through trial advocacy for tenants, individuals, and businesses that have been harmed. Our firm represents tenants in disputes arising out of wrongful evictions, harassment by landlords, and substandard living conditions; individuals who have suffered personal injuries involving automobile, bicycle, pedestrian, and construction accidents, brain injuries, fire and burn injuries, and spinal injuries; families of deceased individuals in wrongful death cases; and businesses involved in breach of contract, business torts, and other business disputes. Our attorneys are passionate about courtroom advocacy and committed to providing our clients with exceptional legal representation. Toscano Kellogg & Van Aken LLP is proud to be a majority woman-owned law firm.
Founder & Principal Attorney, Toscano Law
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Founded San Francisco-based civil litigation firm offering services to individuals and businesses in the areas of tenant rights law, real estate law, and business law.
Attorney, Reed Smith LLP
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Worked in the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group, focusing primarily on patent litigation as well as trademark litigation, trade secret litigation, and trademark prosecution. Patent litigation experience included virtually all aspects of fact discovery—collecting information from client, coordinating document productions, preparing discovery responses, and drafting discovery motions—as well as preparation of dispositive motions and pretrial disclosures. Was continuously involved in an Eastern District of Texas-based patent infringement lawsuit from initial pleadings through motions in limine. Gained additional experience in landlord-tenant law, receivership law (representing a court-appointed receiver in a variety of matters throughout California), and general commercial litigation.
Summer Associate, Reed Smith LLP
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Researched legal issues and wrote memoranda for attorneys in the Commercial Litigation, Tax, Environmental Law, Real Estate, and Intellectual Property practice areas. Through the Homeless Advocacy Project, assisted an indigent client in securing Social Security Disability (SSI) benefits.
Judicial Extern for the Hon. Morrison C. England, Jr., United States District Court, Eastern District of California
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Researched legal issues pertaining to maritime law, habeas corpus petitions, etc. Wrote memoranda, drafted orders, and briefed Judge England.
Law Clerk, Government Division, Office of the City Attorney of San Francisco
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Researched legal questions and wrote memoranda on First Amendment protections for protestors, possessory interest taxes on San Francisco Marina berth holders, and demurrers under California civil procedure. Drafted an answer. Researched and drafted legislation for several supervisors.
Education
UC Davis School of Law - University of California, DavisJ.D.Public Service Certificate, Pro Bono Certificate
Honors: The Order of Barristers (2009); American Bar Association (ABA) Law Student Division Student Bar Association President National Achievement Award (2009); Frank and Margaret Johns Alumni Association Award (2009); Joseph and Jan Cutter Lake Scholarship (2009).
Activities: Law Students Association: President (2008-09), Vice President (2007-08), 1L Representative (2006-07); Moot Court: Moot Court Board Member (2008-09); UC Davis Asylum and Refugee Law National Moot Court Competition Fundraising and Outreach Chair (2008-09); Member, UC Davis ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) National Finalist Team (04/2008); Member, UC Davis Western Regional Championship Team & Top Brief Award Recipient in ABA NAAC (03/2008); Trial Practice: Member, Trial Practice Honors Board (2008-09); ABA: Fourteenth Circuit Lieutenant Governor of Diversity (2007-08), UC Davis School of Law Student Representative (2007-08); Member, Recruitment, Retention, and Outreach Committee (2007-2008).
Stanford UniversityB.A.Economics
Activities: Stanford Student Enterprises, Stanford in Florence, Men’s Rugby, Stanford Sierra Camp, Theta Delta Chi, Inter-Fraternity Council, and Original Winter One Acts.
Details: Stanford Student Enterprises: Director, Stanford Directory (1998-99); Business Manager, Stanford Directory (1998); Account Executive, Stanford Directory (1997); Manager, Stanford Custom Apparel (1997); Intern (1996-97). Study Abroad: Stanford in Florence, Italy (1997). Lived with a host family and became proficient in Italian language.
Santa Clara UniversityCombined Sciences
Honors: Recipient of multiple academic scholarships; Santa Clara University Academic Honors Program; Dean’s List.
Activities: Associated Students of Santa Clara University, Men’s Rugby, Latchkey Program, Italian Club, Thursday Night Teens, Volunteers in Promoting Santa Clara.
Details: Associated Students of Santa Clara University: Freshman Class Senator; Sophomore Class Senator-elect and Chair, Civic Affairs Committee.
Awards
Superb Rating (10.0/10.0), Avvo.com
Barrister of the Year, Bar Association of San Francisco
Clients' Choice Award, Avvo.com
Regional Best Brief Award (1st Place), American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition
Scribes Brief-Writing Award (3rd Place), Scribes
Student Bar Association President Award, American Bar Association Law Student Division
Frank and Margaret Johns Alumni Association Award, UC Davis School of Law Alumni Association
Joseph and Jan Cutter Lake Scholarship, UC Davis School of Law
The Order of Barristers, UC Davis School of Law
ABA Silver Key Award, American Bar Association Law Student Division
Regional Champion (1st Place), American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition
Regional Top Brief Award (3rd Place), American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition
Professional Associations
Executive Committee Member, Bar Association of San Francisco, Solo/Small Firm Section
-Current
Member, Bar Association of San Francisco Technology Committee
-Current
Member, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
-Current
Member, Italian American Bar Association of Northern California
-Current
Member, Bar Association of San Francisco Barristers Club
-Current
Activities: Volunteer Co-Chair, Pro Bono and Community Service Committee (2011); Volunteer Member, Board of Directors (2012-2013); Volunteer Vice President, Board of Directors (2013)
Member, American Bar Association
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Activities: ABA Law Student Division, Fourteenth Circuit Lieutenant Governor of Diversity (2007-08); ABA Law Student Division, UC Davis School of Law Student Representative (2007-08); ABA Law Student Division Silver Key Award (2008); ABA Law Student Division Student Bar Association President National Achievement Award (2009).
Volunteer Counselor, San Francisco Tenants Union
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Volunteer Board Member & Vice President, Bar Association of San Francisco Barristers Club
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Activities: The Barristers Club consists of the 3,200+ Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) members in their first ten years of practice, as well as BASF members who are law students or legal professionals. The Barristers Club's Board of Directors plans activities dedicated to professional growth and community service, and serves as advocates for its members. As a Board member, I helped determine The Barristers Club's mission, set policy and procedures to fulfill this mission, and supported the membership in fulfilling this mission. I served as Vice President in 2013, chairing the Barristers Bylaw Review Committee and co-chairing the 2013 Judges Reception Committee.
Volunteer Co-Chair, BASF Barristers Club Pro Bono and Community Service Committee
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Activities: The Pro Bono and Community Service Committee connects attorneys, law firms, and a diverse range of nonprofit organizations in an effort to increase pro bono opportunities in the Bay Area and also to encourage more attorneys to give back to the community through pro bono work. As Co-Chair, I helped prepare the 2012 Pro Bono Resource Guide, planned CLE seminars, organized and volunteered for Barristers Club community service events, and helped run monthly Committee meetings.

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