Steven J. McDonald is an attorney specializing in tenant rights for over 25 years. He co-founded Greenstein & McDonald in 2001. He has time and again successfully prosecuted wrongful eviction actions against landlords as well as actions for harassment, defective conditions, retaliation, nuisance, and habitability. He brings experience, aggressiveness, creativity, and reputation to his skillful practice of law.
Mr. McDonald has a successful track record of settlements, trials, and appellate practice, including securing the largest awards for tenants at trial and settlement in Bay Area history.
Mr. McDonald’s background includes working for civil rights at the ACLU and for environmental justice at Communities For A Better Environment during law school. He also has a background in the Arts and Humanities with Bachelor of Arts Degree and Master of Arts Degree from San Francisco State University as well as years of experience in the construction field.
Attorney at Law
Ari Gershon has been a practicing attorney since 2006. A dedicated advocate for tenants’ rights, he has focused on civil litigation at Greenstein & McDonald for over 15 years, aggressively taking tenants’ affirmative lawsuits against landlords to trial. In addition, he has developed successful practice before government bodies and administrative agencies, as well as in the courts of appeal, bankruptcy courts, and elsewhere, to protect and enforce tenants’ rights and claims. His tireless efforts regularly achieve excellent results for tenants who have been illegally evicted, tenants in need of habitability repairs and tenants who have suffered harassment and abuse at their homes, among other claims.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Gershon counseled and represented tenants while a student at Golden Gate University School of Law, appearing in a variety of administrative hearings and advocating through the Tenderloin Housing Clinic Law Office, where he worked as an apprentice. Prior to law school, Mr. Gershon worked as a technology professional specializing on internet application development, programming, and design – and at times on progressive political and labor campaigns.
Attorney at Law
Kelli Shields is an attorney at Greenstein & McDonald and has been practicing law for over 11 years. She has been an essential part of securing verdicts, settlements, and success for our clients since she joined our firm in 2012. Her practice focuses on thoughtfully and aggressively litigating a variety of landlord-tenant disputes, solely representing tenants. Ms. Shields has successfully represented tenants in numerous affirmative civil actions including for wrongful eviction, habitability defects, retaliation, harassment, nuisance, and negligence.
Ms. Shields’ background includes working on a variety of social and environmental justice issues. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Geography, a law degree with a Certificate of Specialization in Environmental Law with Distinction, and anticipates a Certificate in Medicinal Plants in 2023.
Ken Greenstein is an attorney who co-founded Greenstein & McDonald in 2001. He has assisted Bay Area tenants for more than 25 years. Mr. Greenstein has been instrumental in the verdicts and settlements attained by Greenstein & McDonald. He also has worked extensively on social justice, environmental and human rights issues for almost 3 decades. Mr. Greenstein is currently of counsel to Greenstein & McDonald P.C.