Daniel M. Bornstein

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Bornstein Law
 | 507 Polk Street, Suite 310
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 409-7611
Fax: 415-409-9345
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Real Estate: Business
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Daniel M. Bornstein is the founder and owner of Bornstein Law, which has offices located in San Francisco and Oakland, California. Recognized as a leading authority on landlord-tenant law and other real estate matters, Mr. Bornstein has assisted numerous property managers and landlords across his region with transitioning tenants out of their rental units, and when necessary, guiding his clients through the steps of unlawful detainer actions.

    Mr. Bornstein is well-versed in the complex laws and regulations that govern landlord-tenant relations, and he has gained a reputation for devising creative strategies and solutions to help his clients achieve their goals regarding tenant buyouts, recovering rental units for personal use, evacuating tenants from premises and much more. He is also a staunch advocate for clients with properties in rent-controlled areas, and he regularly appears before rent boards to aggressively defend the rights and interests of his clients.

    Possessing extensive trial experience, Mr. Bornstein is very comfortable in the courtroom, and he takes a direct and sensible approach when trying to resolve his clients' disputes and help them achieve the favorable outcomes they seek. Always keeping an eye on the bigger picture, Mr. Bornstein prefers to find effective solutions and strategies as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible, and he routinely conducts negotiations to help his clients achieve their goals without the need for expensive, protracted court battles.

    Along with maintaining a successful legal practice, Mr. Bornstein is also the founder and managing broker of Bay Property Group. Through this company, he focuses on property management and rentals, and he received the 2013 Property Management Company of the Year Award from the East Bay Rental Housing Association for his contributions to the area's rental market. In addition, he has become a highly sought-after speaker who regularly conducts educational workshops and lectures on rental housing and related regulations.

    A 1988 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mr. Bornstein obtained his Juris Doctor from the University California, Berkeley School of Law - Boalt Hall in 1992, where he received the S. K. Yee Academic Excellence Scholarship and served as staff editor of the International Tax & Business Lawyer Journal. He also earned his Master of Arts form the State University of New York, Albany, Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy in 1997 as a President's Scholar.

    Recognized for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Bornstein has received numerous accolades and endorsements from his peers, including top rankings from Martindale-Hubbell and honors from the East Bay Rental Housing Association. A selfless attorney, he has also volunteered his time and services for various organizations, and he has received the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services as well as the Volunteer Appreciation and Hero Awards from the AIDS Legal Referral Panel.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

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    Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021

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    About Daniel Bornstein

    Admitted: 1993, California

    Professional Webpage: https://bornstein.law/daniel-bornstein-real-estate-attorney-...


    • Daniel Bornstein was the recipient of the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services in both 1995 and 1999, a distinction reserved for legal professionals who have displayed exceptional dedication to provide legal services to California's poor and disenfranchised, in honor of the late Honorable Wiley W. Manuel, the first African-American Justice appointed to the California Supreme Court. , The Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services, The State Bar of California, 1999
    • EBRHA President Wayne Rowland pays homage to past board member Daniel Bornstein. In this ceremony, the head of the landlord advocacy group recognizes Daniel's dedication to the community of rental property owners by hosting educational workshops and fiercely advocating for owners' interests in court. , Daniel Bornstein awarded status of the "ultimate advocate" for rental housing providers in both the court and in the community., East Bay Rental Housing Association (EBRHA), 2013

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Daniel Bornstein has joined the Aids Legal Referral Panel arm in arm in helping people with HIV/AIDS maintain or improve their health by overcoming legal challenges through free and low-cost legal services throughout the Bay Area., 2012

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • While there is a chorus of voices from the tenants' rights cap, Daniel Bornstein has filled the void by telling a narrative through the prism of rental property owners. As an ambassador of the rental housing industry, Daniel is renowned for his educational seminars and has been called upon by a host of media outlets over the years to offer the perspective of landlords and property managers in an era when political rhetoric falls squarely on the side of tenants' advocates., Author and presenter, Numerous venues and media outlets, Landlords, Property Managers And Real Estate Professionals, 2019


    • California's Tenant Protection Act of 2019 (AB-1482) has engendered many questions and in this webinar, Daniel Bornstein explains nuances of the statute in an easily digestible fashion., Peeling the onion deeper on statewide rent cap and eviction controls, 2020
    • By instituting statewide rent caps and just cause eviction protections statewide, California lawmakers have heard the collective moans against rising rents, epic commutes, and tenant displacement. Daniel Bornstein breaks down the state law in terms rental property owners can understand, covers exemptions, and offers some strategy on how to future-proof your business., Landlording in a new era, Rental Property Industry, 2020


    • Thousands of owners, property managers, and real estate practitioners rely on our timely updates to survive and thrive in a complicated regulatory regime.  , Digestible insights for the rental property industry, Landlords, Property Managers And Real Estate Professionals

    Educational Background:

    • State University of New York, Albany, Master of Arts, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, 1997
    • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, 1988, Phi Beta Kappa – Honor Society, James B. Angell Academic Excellence Scholar

    Industry Groups

    • Investors
    • Rental property owners
    • residential property managers and the real estate professionals who serve them.
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    Office Location for Daniel M. Bornstein

    507 Polk Street
    Suite 310
    San Francisco, CA 94102

    Phone: (415) 409-7611

    Fax: 415-409-9345

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