Building strong partnerships best serves our city's elderly and disabled residents.

LAE is privileged to work with San Francisco's legal community, housing advocates, senior centers and government agencies dedicated to ensuring dignity and independence of elderly and disabled residents regardless of economic or social circumstances.

LAE receives partial funding from:

  • The City & County of San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services
  • The Mayor's Office of Housing & Community Development
  • The State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund Program
  • The State of California Equal Access to Justice Fund

LAE referring agencies include:

  • Adult Protective Services
  • Court House Self Help Center
  • Eviction Defense Collaborative
  • Human Rights Commission
  • Institute of Aging
  • Sheriff's Office of San Francisco

A Partner's Story

"EDC is the primary agnecy for initial response for eviction cases. Evictions move very, very quickly, and once we've assessed we then place cases with partner agencies as appropriate. Of all our partner agencies, LAE is willing to accept referrals at any stage of the legal process. Their willingness to not erect barriers to serving clients is incredibly helpful to EDC and to the clients we serve.

I have the highest confidence in LAE to produce superior results for clients.

LAE supervising attorney Tom Drohan has an interest in eviction defense cases where he can make a difference. He has a reputation in San Francisco of solving issues for his clients, whose eviction difficulties often come with mental health issues, suspected elder abuse or other problems that force eviction proceedings. Basically landlords who know him do not want to take him on, so they will come to the table to work things out.

Mental health issues are seriously underfunded in the tenant advocacy/eviction defense world. LAE can make a case for the addition of these services for elderly/disabled San Francisco residents, as it is one more barrier to lower in support of successful client outcomes."

Nathaniel Player, Former Supervising Attorney,
Eviction Defense Collaborative (EDC) until Spring 2015


Laura Slade Chiera
Executive Director, Managing Attorney

Tom Drohan
Supervising Attorney, Housing

Jim Faye

Patrick Hill
Staff Attorney, Housing

Judy Hitchcock
Staff Attorney, Elder Abuse

Jeremy Koo
Staff Attorney, Housing

Christine Lau
Staff Attorney, Benefits/Income Advocacy

Christina Nieves
Legal Secretary/Paralegal

Annie Pan
Staff Attorney, Housing

Board of Directors

Roger B. Levin
President, San Francisco Rent Board

Mary Foran
Vice President, Mossbrucker & Foran

Ed Ilumin
Secretary, Retired

Keith Rockmael
Treasurer, Zephyr Real Estate

Matthew Brinegar
The Brinegar Law Firm

Deborah Fox
Attorney at Law, Skootsky & Der

Tim Redmond
Editor, 48 Hills

Donna Seid