TENANTS’ RIGHTS GROUP
Josh primarily represents Alameda County tenants in unlawful detainer (eviction) cases. Josh appears regularly in Superior Court to litigate cases before judges and juries. Josh also advises tenants on Fair Housing requirements and Civil Rights protections under California and Federal law.
Josh represented tenants facing eviction as a staff Attorney at the Eviction Defense Collaborative (EDC) in San Francisco. While at the EDC, Josh drafted hundreds of Answers, preliminary motions, and successfully opposed large national banks’ attempts to evict foreclosed homeowners and tenants in foreclosed properties. Josh successfully negotiated over a hundred unlawful detainer cases and began over a dozen trials. He won his first jury trial and secured a rent reduction for his tenant clients who were forced to live in uninhabitable conditions for most of their ten year tenancy. Prior to joining Centro Legal de la Raza, Josh represented homeless and disabled Alameda County residents seeking disability benefits before administrative law judges as a staff attorney at the Homeless Action Center.
Josh graduated from Pepperdine University magna cum laude with a degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology. Following college, Josh was a Teach for America Corps member in the Bronx, New York. He obtained his Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City, where he participated in the Innocence Project Clinic and the Immigration Law Clinic. He was a Public Interest Law Scholar and was on Cardozo’s Journal of Alternative Dispute Resolution.