Attorneys

 

PARTNERS

 

JOHN P. ZANGHI

John Zanghi

John received a B.A. from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo in 1985. He received his J.D. from Loyola Law School in 1989. In 1989, he worked in a Los Angeles based law firm of 80 attorneys specializing in insurance coverage and insurance defense. In 1991, Mr. Zanghi relocated to the Bay Area and began practicing landlord-tenant law representing owners of rent controlled residential properties. In 1995, Mr. Zanghi started his own office with a focus on the representation of property management companies with market rate and subsidized housing portfolios. In 2004, John Zanghi, Francisco Torres, and Paul Arshawsky formed Zanghi Torres Arshawsky LLP. Mr. Zanghi has taught MCLE classes related to landlord-tenant law and also given property management seminars for non-profit and subsidizing housing providers and managers. Mr. Zanghi has also been a guest panelist on KALW’s legal rights programs. Mr. Zanghi has represented The John Stewart Company, Caritas Management Corporation and Conard House, Incorporated for more than a decade relative to their property management of residential rental units with subsidized and market rate tenancies. Outside of work, John enjoys mountain biking, fencing and reading modern fiction.

 

FRANCISCO G. TORRES

Francisco Torres

Francisco is one of the three founding partners of Zanghi Torres Arshawsky LLP. Mr. Torres has been an accomplished litigator for more than 25 years. Mr. Torres began his legal career as a Deputy District Attorney in the Kern County District Attorney’s Office. Since leaving the Kern County District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Torres’ practice has evolved to focus on cases involving landlord-tenant laws in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Torres primarily represents landlords, real estate investors, local housing authorities, and property management companies. Mr. Torres is a frequent lecturer on topics involving property management, landlord-tenant law, evictions, and fair housing laws. Mr. Torres has appeared as a guest speaker on Chuck Finney’s radio program “Your Legal Rights” heard on Public Radio station KALW 91.7 in San Francisco. Mr. Torres is currently on the Board of Directors of the Affordable Housing Management Association of Northern California and Hawaii (AHMA-NCH). Mr. Torres received his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. He received his Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.

 

 

 

ASSOCIATES

 

 

JULIA M. ADAMS

Julia Adams

Ms. Adams graduated from West Virginia University with a B.A. in Political Science. Then, after working with a non-profit legal organization in Washington, D.C., Ms. Adams relocated to San Francisco where she received her Juris Doctorate from Golden Gate University, graduating with a Public Interest Law Specialization Certificate with Distinction. In 2004, she was admitted to the State Bar of California, and then to the United States District Court for the Northern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California. In 2006, she was admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Ms. Adams has litigated in state and federal courts throughout California in the areas of landlord-tenant law, real property, bankruptcy, disability rights, and employment law. Ms. Adams joined Zanghi Torres Arshawsky LLP in 2016, where she litigates landlord-tenant matters on behalf of property owners and property management companies, with an emphasis on federal, state and local affordable housing programs and residential rent control ordinances.


 

CHANDRA CARR

Ms. Carr received her BA in Philosophy and Fine Art from Southern Methodist University. She earned her law degree at the Santa Barbara Colleges of Law and was admitted to the Bar in May of 2017. Throughout law school, Ms. Carr clerked for a civil litigation law firm helping individuals, businesses and governmental entities in civil law and litigation. Since being admitted to the bar, Ms. Carr’s practice centered in public-interest law focusing on disaster relief and landlord-tenant disputes. She created and presented the fair housing outreach program for the County of the Santa Barbara with the core purpose to educate property owners and managers on best practices in fair housing compliance.

 
 

SUZAN KARAYEL

Ms. Karayel holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. She earned her J.D. from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 2015, graduating with Great Distinction. While in law school, she was a judicial extern at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California and excelled in advocacy programs. Suzan Karayel was admitted to the State Bar of California in December 2015, and has focused her legal career in the field of landlord-tenant law. She previously worked as a litigator and hearing officer at the San Francisco Housing Authority. Ms. Karayel joined ZTA in 2019.

 

 

DAN RILEY

Dan Riley
Mr. Riley has over 12 years of experience in the field of real estate litigation, primarily practicing in the area of landlord-tenant law. Mr. Riley has practiced mainly in San Francisco but has experience in all of the Bay Area counties and primarily represents the owners and managers of residential properties, both large and small. Mr. Riley has presented seminars on landlord-tenant law in both San Francisco and Oakland and received a degree in history from San Francisco State University. Mr. Riley earned his Juris Doctorate from Golden Gate University School of Law in 2006, and joined ZTA in April of 2019. In his free time, Mr. Riley enjoys biking, hiking, snow skiing and playing the guitar.

 

 

OMAR VAQUERO

Omar Vaquero earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he served as Staff Editor and the Executive Articles Editor of the Hastings Science and Technology Law Journal. Omar Vaquero was admitted into the California State Bar in November 2017.

Omar Vaquero has focused his practice on real estate law, specifically, on representing landlords. Prior to joining Zanghi Torres Arshawsky LLP, Omar Vaquero, while in law school, worked at Fried & Williams as a Law Clerk, where he gained experience in representing owners of real property.

While at Hastings, Omar Vaquero interned at Startup Policy Lab and worked on the legal engine of Canaree.io, an online legal tool that offers companies guidance on how to engage with law enforcement agencies once they receive a data request. Omar Vaquero also participated in the Startup Legal Garage, where he assisted start-ups with handling legal issues related to IP and securities regulations.

 

 

 

Of Counsel

 

Kevin Greenquist

Kevin Greenquist attended the University of Colorado and received his B.A. in Political Science in 1993. He then attended the Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware where he studied under Vice President Joseph Biden and received his Juris Doctorate in 1996. For the past fifteen years, Mr. Greenquist has worked primarily in the field of real property law. Mr. Greenquist began working at Wiegel & Fried in 2002 as an associate attorney and then with the Wiegel Law Group, plc. He primarily focused on real estate litigation, including commercial and residential unlawful detainers, buyer and seller disputes, partition actions, wrongful eviction defense, class actions, mold litigation, title encumbrance disputes and planning commission appeals. In 2003, Mr. Greenquist took a break from litigation and returned to Colorado to form a title insurance and title research company. Mr. Greenquist is now of counsel to Zanghi, Torres, Arshawsky, LLP and continues to focus his practice on real property disputes in San Francisco.
 

Case by Case Associations

ZTA has close working relationships with several attorneys with whom we associate on a case-by-case basis in matters involving Appeals, Writs, Bankruptcy, Creditor’s Rights, Anti-SLAAP Motions, and Land Use Law.

Dowling & Marquez

Dowling & Marquez

At Dowling & Marquez, LLP, our lawyers focus specifically on real estate and landlord-tenant law. By dedicating our practice to real estate matters, we can provide affordable quality advice and representation in a cost-effective fashion. Our experienced landlord-tenant law attorneys have earned a solid reputation for thorough and effective representation of their clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

http://www.dowlingmarquez.com/