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Steve Williams
Alana Grice Conner

Clifford has been a real estate lawyer for almost 40 years focusing his practice on leasing law, rent control, and occupancy issues. He has handled hundreds of trials and appeals in his career. Clifford lectures on various real property issues and writes for several local apartment magazines and publications. He maintains the highest ratings by Avvo and Martindale-Hubbell and was named a Super Lawyer by San Francisco Magazine.

Steve has been representing real property owners in the Bay Area since 1999. He has a wealth of experience in many areas of the law including landlord-tenant, co-ownership and neighbor disputes, and purchase and sales transactions.

Steve also regularly contributes legal opinions and articles to a variety of publications and gives talks on landlord-tenant related issues.

Alana has been in practice for over 25 years. Her primary focus in the real estate context is landlord-tenant litigation, rent board representation and residential and commercial leasing. She is also a certified mediator. 

Clifford E. Fried

Steven C. Williams

Alana Grice Conner

David Semel

David has been providing strong and efficient legal assistance to Bay Area companies and individuals since 1999. He works with each client to achieve maximum productivity and favorable resolutions with determination and integrity.
From pre-litigation through trial, David is dedicated to working with you to reach your goals.

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Angie has worked with Fried, Williams & Grice Conner since 2013 as a law clerk, paralegal and now as an attorney. During that time, she has mastered several areas of real estate law including landlord-tenant, neighbor disputes, and rent board matters. 
Angie is fluent in Spanish and is fully equipped to understand, assist and serve the needs of the Spanish speaking clients.

Edward Lai

Edward joined the Fried, Williams & Grice Conner team in 2018. He has been practicing law since 1991 and is experienced in the fields of commercial and residential real estate, landlord/tenant, construction law, and more. Edward also specializes in representing building contractors and small business owners.

Senior Paralegal Robin Parvin

Robin is an important part of the Fried, Williams & Grice Conner law firm. She is a paralegal with an intimate understanding of the practice and procedure of real estate law. This comes from more than 30 years of experience working with Clifford Fried as a paralegal on more evictions than most eviction attorneys.

David Semel

Angelica Sandoval Montenegro

Edward M. Lai

Robin Parvin
Senior Paralegal

Mandana Arjmand

Mandana Arjmand

Mandana is an accomplished civil defense litigation attorney with over ten years of experience in trial advocacy. She has defended property owners in lawsuits brought by tenants concerning habitability, wrongful eviction, harassment, and violations of local and state rent and eviction ordinances. She is well versed in both rent and eviction control laws throughout the Bay Area, and offers counsel to property owners interested in pursuing buyout agreements and evictions.


Mandana was selected as a SuperLawyers Rising Star in 2020, a highly prestigious distinction given to less than 2% of all practicing attorneys in Northern California.

Rowena Gargalicana

Rowena Gargalicana

Rowena has been in practice for 25 years and is experienced in the fields of real estate litigation and family law, which includes custody/visitation, child/spousal support and domestic violence restraining orders. She has a special interest in handling dissolutions between non-married individuals and LGBT couples.


Rowena has participated in all aspects of litigation, including bench trials and jury trials. She has also represented plaintiffs and defendants in mediations, arbitrations and administrative hearings.

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