Since 2001 we have secured more than $70,000,000 for tenant clients.

Founded in early 2001, Greenstein & McDonald is the most successful tenant law firm in the San Francisco Bay Area, if not the State of California. We have secured more than $70,000,000 for our clients in over 18 years! Our financial success for our tenant clients is unprecedented.

Experienced and aggressive, the lawyers of Greenstein & McDonald are dedicated to tenant justice, having already helped more than 20,000 tenants. We are tenacious, savvy, and importantly, well-resourced in the prosecution of cases for tenants. We treat each client with compassion and honest respect.

Greenstein & McDonald has assisted tenants with eviction defense and other issues over the years, although our primary focus at this time involves suing landlords for the harm they cause to tenants by breaching their duties. Claims may include: failure to provide a habitable/livable unit, wrongful eviction, retaliation, discrimination, harassment, fire cases, wrongful death, breach of contract, nuisance (includes mold/lead paint), interference with quiet use and enjoyment, fraud, personal injuries, violating rent ordinances, or any other violation of the law by a landlord.


  • $6,755,000

    In 2018, on the eve of trial, Greenstein & McDonald settled Rivera, et al., v Lou for $6,755,000. This fire case was on behalf of 48 Plaintiffs and is the largest settlement of a single case in Bay Area history.


    Greenstein and McDonald settled Davis, et al., v. Busk for $3,825,000 on behalf of 124 tenants was the largest settlement for tenants in Northern California for almost 14 years. This case was for defective conditions and discrimination.

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  • $3,528,000

    On October 5, 2017, Greenstein & McDonald obtained the largest ever known judgment or settlement for one unit in the country, and the most significant jury verdict in a California tenant case in at least 15 years, in the San Francisco wrongful eviction and harassment case Dale Duncan, et al., v. Anne Kihagi, et al.


    In 2020, Greenstein & McDonald secured a confidential settlement of a multi-tenant lawsuit for $2,925,000 in Alameda County Superior Court.

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  • $2,045,000

    In 2019, Greenstein & McDonald secured a confidential settlement of a multi-tenant lawsuit for $2,045,000 in San Mateo County Superior Court.


    In 2019, Greenstein and McDonald confidentially settled a multi-unit tenant case in San Francisco County Superior Court for $2,000,000.


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  • $1,800,000+

    In Pierre, et al., v. Cox, Greenstein & McDonald represented 13 tenants in a legal action against their landlord for his violation of Oakland’s Just Cause for Eviction Ordinance (“Measure EE”).


    In 2018, Greenstein & McDonald wrangled $950,000 for a single tenant in a wrongful owner move in case in San Francisco.

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