Alex Merchant

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Elke & Merchant LLP
 | 870 Market Street, Suite 1140
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-294-4111
Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2017
Licensed Since: 2007
Education: Stanford Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Real Estate: Consumer
Attorney Profile

Alex Merchant is an experienced attorney and partner at the San Francisco law firm of Elke & Merchant LLP. Mr. Merchant focuses his practice on tenant law by providing high-quality representation to tenants throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. He regularly represents clients facing a wide variety of tenant-landlord issues, including:

  • Wrongful eviction
  • Harassment
  • Failure to make repairs lawsuits
  • Dangerous conditions that cause serious injury
  • Unlawful detainers
  • Rent Board petitions

Mr. Merchant earned his Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School in 2007. Mr. Merchant graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in 2000 and received a Master's in physics from University of California, Berkeley, in 2002. Mr. Merchant has been a member of the State Bar of California since 2007.

Mr. Merchant's first exposure to tenant law occurred during his time at Stanford Law School. While there, he helped renters who turned to Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto's Housing Program for help. He began his legal career as an attorney with a large international litigation firm, and he continued to do pro bono work for tenants facing eviction, for which he earned a pro bono award.

Today, after nearly 10 years as an attorney, Mr. Merchant has earned the respect of the legal community for his work both inside and outside of the courtroom. He holds an "Excellent" Avvo rating, he is an instructor in Real Estate Law at San Francisco State University, and is a volunteer counselor at the San Francisco Tenants Union.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Real Estate (100%): Landlord/Tenant

Focus Areas



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Rising Stars: 2015 - 2017

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Admitted: 2007, California

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Honors and Awards:

  • Pro Bono award for His Representation of San Francisco Tenants Facing Eviction

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Davis v. Winner, San Francisco Superior Court Case No. CGC-13-536196. Action for wrongful owner move-in eviction in violation of the San Francisco Rent Ordinance. Elke & Merchant LLP negotiated a settlement for the tenant in the amount of $300,000.  , 2017
  • DeLucia v. Garvey, San Francisco Superior Court Case No. CGC-15-546015. Action for wrongful owner move-in eviction in violation of the San Francisco Rent Ordinance. Elke & Merchant LLP secured a jury verdict in favor of the tenants in the amount of $420,152.98. , 2017

Educational Background:

  • University of California, Berkeley. M.A., 2002
  • Iowa State University, B.S., 2000
Office Location for Alex Merchant

870 Market Street
Suite 1140
San Francisco, CA 94102

Phone: 415-294-4111


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Last Updated: 2/6/2018

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