Hear what others have to say about our attorneys.

Laura A, Client

David Semel

     Always In Our Corner


"David, we are so grateful for the role you played, not just in the property sale, but helping us settle the rent dispute with the tenant, dealing with the accessible business entrance issue and dealing with the city's bureaucracy which could have been a nightmare but thanks to you, it was handled and history. Throughout these adventures you've been available for every question and issue, and were always prompt about getting back to us. We always felt you were in our corner, and that was a great feeling." 


BL, Attorney

Clifford E. Fried

      Best Webinar

"Clifford, thanks for your excellent CEB webinar on Introduction to Local Rent Control and Residential Landlord-Tenant Laws in California (taped earlier this year). I’ve been doing UD as part of my practice and this was one of the best-organized webinars I’ve seen in years, perfect for the rookie or a veteran like me. Deeply appreciate the work you put into it."

MJ, Client

Clifford E. Fried

      Superman ! 


“Wow! This is great news! Thank you so much, Clifford!!!! The whole family just did a happy dance. I don’t know how you did it, but you got them to respond. Terrific!!!!!!! You’ve probably seen way worse, but this was very stressful for us. You are our Superman!!!!!!!!!!  

Marie M, Client

David Semel

      Calm, Helpful Guidance​

"After speaking with some highly recommended but also "the-sky-will-fall-if-you-don't-do-this" landlord attorneys, I was relieved to find David Semel at Fried Williams. He is calm, thorough, knowledgeable, and, most importantly, extremely helpful when it comes to helping landlords like me avoid legal issues or worse lawsuits with their tenants. What can I say? I will hire David again if I need more help navigating the complex tenant/landlord laws in San Francisco. David's guidance helped me avoid my tenants escalating a terrible situation with their lease agreements. Thanks, David, you are worth every penny and more."  

Christian V, Client

Winning Strategy 

"In the Bay area, it's easy as a small landlord to make an unintended mistake and be liable for nest-egg destroying damages due to landlord-punitive laws. I was up against a difficult-to-win tenant lawsuit and pursued by an aggressive Bay area tenant-oriented law firm claiming a 99% success rate on their website. David Semel and Steve Williams of Fried & Williams held my hand through the whole process, helping me develop a winning strategy that let me land in that 1%. I didn't have to pay a dime to the plaintiffs in the end."

Steve Berlin, Client

Diligent, tenacious, thorough

"I am an administrative law judge and a client of Mr. Fried’s. He is an extraordinarily diligent, tenacious, thorough, and talented lawyer. He listens to me as a client and responds to me as a person. He does the difficult research and preparation necessary to achieve the outstanding results that he has already achieved for me. He is at home in the courtroom, both when trying a case to a jury (as he did in my case) and when arguing to a judge. He has good objectivity and can represent and advise people on any side of a case. I endorse him without reservation.”

Eric, Client

Very Knowledgeable

"I'm a real estate broker who has worked with Steve in the past. He has helped me many times and I have always had a good experience. He is very knowledgeable and helpful to me and all my clients that I have recommended."

Alison, Client

Expert Attorney

"My family found Matthew Quiring to be efficient and supportive in what was a difficult case regarding my father, as a longtime landlord in Berkeley/Oakland, and a tenant who is an old family friend. Ultimately, Matthew was able to resolve issues for us and to help us move forward, amicably. We appreciate Matthew's help and expertise."

Mimi J, Client

Outstanding Lawyer

“I am writing in advance of the verdict in our case because my satisfaction with David Semel’s work and my opinion [are] not dependent on the verdict. Win or lose, you did an outstanding job. I appreciate your preparation, professionalism, and superior advocacy. I am copying this email to Clifford Fried because I want him to know that he chose well when he hired you. In this season of gratitude, I am especially grateful that you are my lawyer.”

John, Client

Professionalism and Successful Results

"I am a property manager in San Francisco and understand how important it is to work with a strong, experienced attorney. We hired Clifford to help with a difficult tenant with a long history of nuisance behavior. Clifford's meticulous preparation and attention to detail led to a successful buyout of the tenant even as Clifford was preparing to take the case to a jury. I was very impressed with his professionalism and successful result for the property owner. We continue to work with Clifford, and his knowledge and experience with San Francisco rent control issues [are] invaluable."

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