Tom H. Elke

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: 2012 - 2017
Licensed Since: 2005
Practice Areas:
  • Real Estate: Consumer (80%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

A San Francisco native, Mr. Elke has counseled thousands of Bay Area residents on tenant law and renters-rights issues. Mr. Elke has repeatedly been recognized as a Northern California “Rising Star” by SuperLawyers Magazine. He has also been honored on multiple occasions as an Outstanding Volunteer Attorney by the San Francisco Bar Association. He has been named both a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” by The National Trial Lawyers, a “Top 40 Litigation Lawyer Under 40” by The American Society of Legal Advocates, and is also a member of Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Elke has also been honored to serve as an adjunct professor of paralegal studies at San Francisco State University and a guest lecturer on landlord-tenant law at the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Mr. Elke received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 2001 and his law degree from University of California, Los Angeles in 2005. While in law school, Mr. Elke was active in the El Centro legal aid program and received an Imelda Rosenthal Bar Scholarship for Public Interest Law from the California State Bar. He has helped clients secure millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements and has personally tried more than twenty-five jury trials to verdict.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Real Estate (80%): Landlord/Tenant

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

Focus Areas

Landlord/Tenant, Personal Injury - Plaintiff

Selections

top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 6 years

Rising Stars: 2012 - 2017

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About Tom Elke

Admitted: 2005, California

Professional Webpage: http://elkemerchant.com/attorneys/tom-h-elke/

Honors and Awards:

  • Member Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, http://www.milliondollaradvocates.com, 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

870 Market Street
Suite 1140
San Francisco, CA 94102

Phone: 415-294-4111

 

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Last Updated: 2/8/2018

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