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Andrew J. Wiegel 
Andrew J. Wiegel has specialized in real estate litigation and alternative dispute resolution since 1977. His experience includes decades of real estate litigation in court and jury trials, arbitrations and mediations, as well as extensive personal involvement in real estate development and construction.

He efficiently grasps the big picture and nuances of any dispute and uses that insight to provide clients with creative strategies and effective solutions. He has been voted one of the top lawyers in the region by the independent Super Lawyers survey since the first year it was published, and has held the highest available Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV for well over a decade.

Andrew has extensive alternative dispute resolution experience representing clients in mediation and arbitration. He serves as an Arbitrator in real estate cases for the Marin County Superior Court. He served as a Municipal Court Judge pro tempore for the San Francisco Municipal Court and has the additional experience of having presided over jury trials in tort and construction cases as a judge. Andrew is available to serve as mediator for confidential private real estate disputes.

Andrew has authored standard reference texts widely relied upon by other lawyers to handle real estate disputes in California. He is a coauthor of California Real Property Remedies and Damages, second edition, and California Landlord-Tenant Practice, second edition, both published by Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) of the Regents of the University of California.

Andrew is often asked to speak to issues of real estate law for real estate professional organizations and attorney audiences. He is regularly consulted by colleagues and managing real estate brokers on the rights of parties to real estate transactions, insurance coverage disputes and landlord-tenant relations.

Andrew is a member of the Real Estate Law Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco, where he was past chair and Delegate to the State Bar Conference of Delegates representing the Bar Association of San Francisco on matters of real estate law reform. He is also a member of the Real Estate Section of the State Bar of California and many industry groups including the San Francisco Association of Realtors, the San Francisco Apartment Association, the Coalition for Better Housing and the Professional Property Managers Association.

You may reach Andrew J Wiegel by email at awiegel at wiegelfried.com

Clifford E. Fried 
Clifford E. FriedNamed one of the top real estate attorneys in Northern California by Law & Politics and San Francisco Magazines, Clifford E. Fried has established himself as a leader in the field of leasing, landlord-tenant law and rent control. Mr. Fried also has an AV rating, the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell, the foremost national attorney rating service.

His practice focuses on representing clients in trial and appellate courts, at mediations and arbitrations, and in hearings before various administrative agencies such as rent boards, planning and labor commissions. He represents both small-time property owners and large landowners such as insurance companies and national REITs.

In his career, Mr. Fried has handled real estate fraud cases, construction defect claims, foreclosures, partition actions, easement and other border disputes, transaction disputes, tenancy in common and partnership disputes, nuisance cases, defended City abatement actions (code violations, blight, nuisance), and defended tenant lawsuits for breach of the warranty of habitability, mold, lead, wrongful eviction and other claims. He has prosecuted several constitutional attacks against the City & County of San Francisco based upon improper rent control laws.

Mr. Fried obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Urban Land Economics and Real Estate in 1981 from the University of California at Berkeley and his law degree from the University of San Francisco in 1984. He taught real property law at Oakland College of Law from 1999 to 2004. Mr. Fried regularly presents legal updates to the Bar Associations of Alameda and San Francisco Counties and continues to lecture real estate professionals and property owners throughout the State of California. He has published hundreds of articles on landlord for several California publications and he writes a regular column called Court Talk that appears in several apartment industry publications.

Mr. Fried is a member of, and actively participates in, the Oakland Association of Realtors, National Apartment Association, California Apartment Association, San Francisco Apartment Association (recipient of the 2007 President's Award for his contribution to the apartment industry), Rental Housing Association of Northern Alameda County, Chinese Real Estate Association of America.

When not practicing law, Mr. Fried enjoys following major league baseball, hiking, collecting quilts and chasing wild turkey.

You may reach Clifford Fried by email at cfried at wiegelfried.com

Steven C. Williams 
Steven C. WilliamsSteven C. Williams received his bachelor's degree in Law and Society from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his law degree from Golden Gate University in 1999, where he graduated at the top of his class. As a law student, Mr. Williams participated in a comprehensive landlord/tenant clinic and worked as a law clerk with Wiegel & Fried, LLP. He has been an attorney with the firm since December 1999. Mr. Williams has extensive litigation experience as well as experience appearing at hearings before the Rent Board and other government agencies on behalf of landlords. Mr. Williams has written various legal opinions relating to landlord/tenant law which have been published in the San Francisco Apartment Association magazine.

You may reach Steven Williams by email at swilliams at wiegelfried.com

John P. Baba 
John P. BabaJohn P. Baba received his bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. He received his law degree from Golden Gate University in 2001, where he participated in the Landlord-Tenant Clinic with Professor Myron Moskovitz, author of the CEB California practice guide California Eviction Defense Manual and co-author of the CEB California practice guide California Landlord Tenant-Practice. Mr. Baba also received a Witkin Award in Trial Advocacy in 1999.

In 2000, Mr. Baba worked as a summer associate with Wiegel & Fried, LLP. He subsequently worked for two semesters during his third year of law school as a legal extern in the Law and Motion Department of the San Francisco Superior Court with Judges David A. Garcia (co-author of the Rutter Group's California practice guide Landlord-Tenant), Ronald Evans Quidachay, and A. James Robertson, II. Mr. Baba focuses his work in the areas of writ practice, civil appeals, commercial and residential lease disputes, and pre-trial motion pleading.

You may reach John Baba by email at jbaba at wiegelfried.com


Amy L. Arnold 
Amy L. ArnoldAmy L. Arnold received her bachelor's degree in Law and Society from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her law degree from Golden Gate University in 2002. As a law student Ms. Arnold participated in a comprehensive landlord/tenant clinic at Golden Gate University and worked as a law clerk with Wiegel & Fried. In law school, she was a Moot Court Competition Semi-Finalist, a member of the Dean's List and received the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence. Ms. Arnold works mainly in the areas of complex litigation, real property easements and governmental regulations.

You may reach Amy Arnold by email at aarnold at wiegelfried.com