Tom H. Elke

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Elke & Merchant LLP
 | 785 Market Street, 16th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 415-294-4111
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2017
Licensed Since: 2005
Practice Areas:
  • Real Estate: Consumer (80%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

San Francisco attorney Tom H. Elke provides dedicated legal representation in consumer real estate, renters' rights, personal injury and other often complex and sometimes highly contentious legal matters. With his law firm, Elke & Merchant LLP, he serves clients in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout California.

In his career to date, Mr. Elke has personally handled more than 25 jury trials that went to verdict and has helped his clients to secure millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts.

A San Francisco native, Mr. Elke earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University in 2001 and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law in 2005. While in law school, Mr. Elke showed his dedication to public interest law as an active participant in an El Centro legal aid program. He also received an Imelda Rosenthal Bar Exam Scholarship, an honor bestowed by the Foundation of the State Bar of California to promote young attorneys working in the public interest. He continues to work in the public interest to this day through the Bar Association of San Francisco's Pro Bono Legal Services Program, where he has frequently been honored as an outstanding volunteer attorney.

Mr. Elke is affiliated with numerous professional and community organizations, including the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, the AIDS Legal Referral Panel and the San Francisco Tenants' Union. He was rated Superb by the Avvo service in recognition of his achievements in landlord-tenant and personal injury law.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Real Estate (80%): Landlord/Tenant

Personal Injury - General (20%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff

Focus Areas

Real Estate: Landlord/Tenant

Personal Injury - General: Personal Injury - Plaintiff


top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 6 years

Rising Stars: 2012 - 2017

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About Tom Elke

Admitted: 2005, California

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Honors and Awards:

  • Member Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum,, 2017
  • Top 100, The National Trial Lawyers, 2016
  • Outstanding Volunteer Attorney, SF Bar Association, 2015
  • Outstanding Volunteer Attorney, San Francisco Bar Association, Volunteer Legal Services Program, 2014
  • Outstanding Volunteer Attorney, San Francisco Bar Association, Volunteer Legal Services Program, 2013
  • Imelda Rosenthal Bar Scholarship for Public Interest Law, California State Bar

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • El Centro Legal Aid Program
  • SF Bar Association Justice and Diversity Center
  • San Francisco AIDS Legal Referral Panel
  • San Francisco Tenant's Union

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Paralegal Studies Course, Adjunct Professor, San Francisco State University, 2016
  • Guest Lecturer, University of San Francisco School of Law, 2016
  • A CLE presentation that focusd on: • Cost-effective ways to test out trial themes with mock jurors• Simple and reliable means to project exhibits• Trial presentation software and more, Panelist, Cost-effective Trial Presentation Tools for Solos and Small Firms, Bar Association of San Francisco, 2015
  • A CLE that focused on:• Practical considerations when beginning a solo/small firm practice• How to manage a small firm practice: accounting, employees, case management• How to grow a small firm practice: referrals, advertising, new business, Moderator, Hindsight is 20-20: I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now, Bar Association of San Francisco, 2015

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • A $420K jury award in San Francisco Superior Court in a landlord-tenant matter., 2017
  • A $350K confidential settlement in a Northern California landlord-tenant matter., 2016

Educational Background:

  • Harvard University, BA, 2001
Office Location for Tom H. Elke

785 Market Street
16th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

Phone: 415-294-4111


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Last Updated: 6/28/2017

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