San Francisco Tenant Lawyers

Wolford Wayne LLP is a tenant’s rights law firm dedicated to representing Bay Area tenants. We represent tenants in wrongful eviction actions, tenant harassment, failure to repair, eviction defense and other related landlord tenant disputes.

We pride ourselves on providing practical, affordable and aggressive representation on behalf of residential and commercial tenants. Our office ONLY represents tenants, never landlords. Almost all of our cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we only get paid when you do. This allows us to assist clients regardless of their financial situation. Find out how we can help by contacting us today.

Our Team

Daniel Wayne

Partner

EDUCATION

University of Oregon School of Law, J.D.
Whitman College, B.A., English

BAR ADMISSIONS

State of California

AWARDS

Super Lawyers Rising Star: 2016, 2017,  2018

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

San Francisco Bar Association
San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
Tenants Together
San Francisco Tenants Union

Daniel Wayne

Daniel is one of founders of Wolford Wayne LLP. Daniel has been a dedicated tenant’s rights attorney since 2011.  He has resolved hundreds of cases on behalf of Bay Area tenants and helped his clients recover millions of dollars.

​Daniel is active in the tenant’s rights community. He is a volunteer counselor at the San Francisco Tenants Union, writes a monthly column on tenant’s rights issues for the popular San Francisco-based site Broke-Ass Stuart, and has appeared on 91.7 FM KALW’s “Your Legal Rights” Program.

He received the Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service award from the San Francisco Bar Association in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and has presented to numerous legal groups, as well as to the San Francisco Apartment Association, on topics such as AirBnB and short-term rental legislation, tenancy buyouts, and habitability litigation.

Daniel has been named a Super Lawyer “Rising Star”​ in each of the past three years (2016 – 2018), an honor bestowed on only 2.5% of attorneys in Northern California. He is among the highest rated attorneys in San Francisco on Yelp, and has a rating of “Superb” (10/10) on Avvo.com.

​​In his free time Daniel enjoys traveling, cycling and the outdoors. Daniel makes his home in San Francisco’s Sunset neighborhood. He is originally from Seattle, Washington.

Jason Wolford.

Partner

EDUCATION

Vermont Law School, J.D.

San Diego State University, B.A.

BAR ADMISSIONS

State of California

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

Board of Directors, Eviction Defense Collaborative

San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association

San Franciso Bar Association

San Francisco Tenant’s Union Volunteer and Steering Committee Member

Jason Wolford.

Jason has dedicated nearly his entire twenty year legal career to representing Bay Area tenants. Formerly the managing attorney at Wolford Legal, Jason joined forces with Daniel Wayne and the Law Offices of Daniel W. Wayne in 2018. Jason’s practices focuses on representing tenants in habitability, harassment and retaliation lawsuits.

Jason serves on the Board of Directors for the Eviction Defense Collaborative, volunteers as a tenant counselor with the San Francisco Tenant’s Union, and is actively involved in the San Francisco Bar Association.

Melanie O'Brien

Attorney

EDUCATION

Golden Gate University, J.D.
Otterbein University, B.A

BAR ADMISSIONS

State of California

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Housing Rights Committee, Volunteer

AIDs Legal Referral Panel

San Francisco Bar Association

Queen’s Bench Bar Association

Melanie O'Brien

Melanie O’Brien joined the firm as an associate attorney in 2018. Her practice focuses on landlord/tenant litigation on behalf of residential and commercial tenants. This includes wrongful eviction, habitability defect actions, eviction defense, and rent board representation.

Melanie has been practicing in the field of landlord/tenant litigation since beginning her legal career in 2013. Melanie later honed her litigation skills as an associate at a top boutique litigation firm in Oakland, where she exclusively practiced housing law in the San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, and Los Angeles County. She has extensive experience litigating habitability and wrongful eviction cases and a strong command of local rent ordinances.

In her free time, Melanie enjoys traveling abroad, watching documentaries, and boxing.  Melanie resides in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood.  She is originally from the Bay Area, but she spent her formative years living in Appalachian Ohio.

 

Aaron Jackson

Of Counsel

EDUCATION

California Western School of Law, J.D., cum laude

University of Washington, B.A.

BAR ADMISSIONS

State of California

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Federal District Court for the District of Guam

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association

San Francisco Bar Association

Aaron Jackson

Aaron serves as Of Counsel to the firm, where he counsels and represents commercial tenants involved in contract and eviction disputes. Aaron is the founder of the Jackson Law Group, a boutique firm located in San Francisco dedicated to representing small businesses and owners and startups in litigation and pre-litigation disputes.

Melinda Scott

Office Manager

EDUCATION

University of San Francisco, B.S

 

 

Melinda Scott

Melinda serves as the firm’s office manager. Melinda is a Bay Area native and grew up in the quaint suburb of Benicia. After spending the first three years of college chasing her dreams as a softball player out of state on an athletic scholarship, Melinda returned to San Francisco to earn her degree in Business Marketing from the University of San Francisco.

Always looking to help, Melinda has also volunteered countless hours at several nonprofit organizations, including the ASPCA, PAWS, and GLIDE.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, trying new vegan restaurants, and coaching softball.

 

Piper Wheeler.

Paralegal

EDUCATION

Reed College, B.A. in Russian

University of California, Berkeley, M.A., Slavic Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

San Francisco Tenants Union

Piper Wheeler.

Piper is the firm’s paralegal. Piper earned her BA in Russian at Reed College and lived in St. Petersburg, Russia on a Fulbright Scholarship, before moving to the Bay Area to pursue graduate studies in Russian Literature at UC Berkeley. Piper previously served as the firm’s office manager from 2016 – 2018, and has also worked as a litigation secretary for international law firm Paul Hasting LLP.

Piper got her start in tenant advocacy as a volunteer in Causa Justa/Just Cause’s West Oakland office in 2013. She continues to advocate for the rights of tenants as a volunteer counselor at the San Francisco Tenants Union. In her free time, Piper enjoys cycling, reading, and local activism. Originally from Rockland, Maine, Piper lives in San Francisco’s Mission district.

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