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Clifford E. Fried



Clifford has been a real estate lawyer for over 30 years focusing his practice on leasing law, rent control, and occupancy issues. He has handled hundreds of trials and appeals in his career. He 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.

Clifford’s practice has been focused on real estate litigation and the defense of the rights of landlords. He has done this by representing his clients in trial and appellate courts, at mediations, arbitrations, Rent Board hearings, and planning and labor commissions. Furthermore, Clifford has handled cases related to real estate fraud, construction defect claims, foreclosures, partition actions, disability access cases, easement cases, border disputes, transaction disputes, tenancy-in-common disputes, warranty of habitability lawsuits, claims of wrongful eviction, and more. Beyond this, Clifford regularly contributes essays, Q&As, and articles to San Francisco Apartment Magazine, East Bay Rental Housing Magazine, and other Bay Area newspapers and magazines, having written hundreds of articles, and he regularly presents legal updates to the Bar Associations of Alameda and San Francisco counties. He also gives lectures to Bay Area realtors, property managers, and landlords. In this, Clifford wishes to express his interest in and concern for the rights of Bay Area realtors, property managers, landlords, and property owners.



  • Juris Doctorate, University of San Francisco

  • Bachelor of Science, Economics, University of California, Berkeley


  • Real Estate Litigation

  • Trials and Appeals

  • Rent Board Hearings and Appeals

  • Landlord/Tenant


  • California Court of Appeals

  • US Federal Court of Appeals


Clifford volunteers much of his time to the community as a mentor and counselor for high school and college students with the East Bay College Fund. He is also an avid bird watcher, having a substantive amount of knowledge on hawks and other local aves.


  • AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a reflection of having achieved the highest levels of professional skill and integrity.

  • Named Real Estate Litigation Super Lawyer as published in Law & Politics and San Francisco Magazine, 2005 - 2010 and 2014 - 2016.

  • Recipient of San Francisco Apartment Association’s 2007 President’s Award for outstanding contributions to the housing industry.


  • Alameda’s New Eviction Controls. 2016.

  • Critical Changes. 2016. SF Apartment Magazine.

  • California Residential Landlord/Tenant Practice (CEB), 1991 through 1995 Updates, Contributing Author.

  • Handling an Unlawful Detainer:  Mentor Access Pack (CEB).   

  • Handling Unlawful Detainers:  Action Guide (CEB) 1992-1995, Consulting Author.

  • Evictions and Landlord/Tenant Law in California (National Business Institute) 2001.

  • Residential Landlord-Tenant Law (Sterling Education Services, LLC) 2003.

  • Commercial and Residential Evictions in California (Sterling Education Services, LLC) 2003.


  • Professional Property Management Association of San Francisco

  • Oakland Berkeley Association of Realtors

  • National Apartment Association

  • California Apartment Association

  • Chinese Real Estate Association of America

  • Rental Housing Association of Northern Alameda County 

  • San Francisco Apartment Association

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (Real Property Subsection Member)

  • Alameda County Bar Association (Real Property and Litigation Subsections Member)

  • California State Bar (Real Property and Litigation Subsection Member)


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