Eric Lifschitz
Partner

Eric L. Lifschitz is a chemical patent attorney who started a solo housing rights practice in 2002. While the Law Offices of Eric L. Lifschitz have grown, it remains committed to Eric’s vision of representing tenants who suffer from substandard housing conditions. Eric’s zealous advocacy was honored in 2003 when he received the Jack Berman Award from the California State Bar’s young lawyer division, and in 2005, when the California State Senate recognized him for his work with the Volunteer Legal Services Program.

In 2004, he served as the District 4 Representative of the California Young Lawyers Association for the State Bar. Eric’s commitment to volunteer work in the area of eviction defense has earned him awards as an Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007 (Awarded by the Volunteer Legal Service Program to the top 10% of Volunteer Attorneys in San Francisco.) Eric is currently a Director of the Eviction Defense Collaborative, the esteemed non-profit that provides free legal services to San Francisco tenants facing eviction. Eric enjoys cooking and can usually be seen with his dog Bazel.

Eric received his juris doctorate from the University of San Francisco School of Law, and earned his bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the University of Michigan. Eric is a member of the State Bar of California, a licensed patent attorney, and admitted to the United States District Courts for the Northern District of California and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Eric is also an independent inventor and endeavors to engage himself in areas of art, photography and cooking.

Aaron Darsky
Partner

Aaron H. Darsky began his legal career at Schubert & Reed, LLP, representing plaintiffs in shareholder derivative actions and consumer, antitrust, securities fraud, multi-level marketing fraud and shareholder minority rights class actions. Aaron began litigating habitability cases with Eric Lifschitz in 2009. He is now a partner at the Law Offices of Eric L. Lifschitz, where he enjoys working with Eric and applying a decade's worth of complex litigation experience to vigorously advocate tenants? rights and personal injury claims.

Mr. Darsky received his juris doctorate with a certificate of specialization in litigation from Golden Gate University School of Law and earned a bachelor of arts degree from Michigan State University College of Business. Aaron is a member of the State Bar of California and admitted to the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Central Districts of California and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Joshua C. Ezrin
Supervising Attorney

Joshua C. Ezrin- Supervising Attorney.  Mr. Ezrin received a Bachelors of Arts with honors in Sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1995, where he developed a passion for fighting injustice. Mr. Ezrin received a Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2001, with an emphasis in criminal and employment law.  During law school, Mr. Ezrin clerked with the San Francisco Public Defender and the Federal Public Defender, and participated in the USF criminal law clinic, where he represented low-income individuals without access to legal counsel.   

Upon admission to the bar, Mr. Ezrin began his practice at the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office, where he gained extensive and invaluable litigation experience representing indigent individuals facing criminal prosecution. Thereafter, Mr. Ezrin further developed his litigation skills at a nationally recognized Plaintiffs’ law firm in San Francisco, where he focused his practice on employment, personal injury, mass tort and class action litigation. Mr. Ezrin is admitted to practice in California and the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.

A sample of Mr. Ezrin’s cases is below:

In Zyprexa Litigation, MDL 1596, United States District Court, Eastern District of New York.  Mr. Ezrin represented over 300 clients who allegedly developed diabetes and other serious injuries after ingesting Zyprexa. Mr. Ezrin also assisted in managing the MDL, and successfully settled all personal injury claims in a confidential settlement.

In re Vioxx Litigation, New Jersey State Court and California State Court.  Mr. Ezrin represented just under 100 Plaintiffs against Defendant Merck & Company arising out of injuries associated with the defective drug Vioxx.  Two of the firm’s cases were scheduled for trial. Mr. Ezrin was instrumental in successfully settling all personal injury claims in a confidential settlement. 

In re Bextra Litigation, MDL No. 1699, United States District Court, Northern District of California. . Ezrin assisted in serving the Science Committee, and was instrumental in successfully settling all personal injury claims in a confidential settlement. 

In re iMessage Litigation, United States District Court, Northern District of California. Mr. Ezrin served as interim lead counsel in a class action pending against Apple for alleged violations of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act

DaVinci Robotic Surgery, United States District Court, Northern District of California. Mr. Ezrin represented individuals with injuries arising out of alleged defects associated with the DaVinci robotic surgery. Mr. Ezrin was instrumental in successfully settling these claims in a confidential settlement. 

In re Weatherbest Litigation, United States District Court, Northern District of California. Mr. Ezrin and his prior firm served as Class Counsel in a class action that resulted in a nationwide settlement involving allegedly defective composite decking approved by the Hon. Samuel Conti.

Josephine L. Alioto
Associate

Josephine L. Alioto is a San Francisco native dedicated to serving those from underprivileged communities throughout the Bay Area. Prior to becoming a part of the Law Offices of Eric L. Lifschitz, she was a managing partner and co-owner of Alioto & Keenan, LLP and practiced primarily in the area of eviction defense. As a tenants’ rights attorney, Josephine is committed to protecting and advocating for tenants who suffer from severe habitability issues as a result of mistreatment and neglect.

Josephine does pro-bono work and was awarded as an Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service in 2013 by the Bar Association of San Francisco and received a Volunteer Appreciation Award by the Aids Legal Referral Panel in 2014.

Josephine received her Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco School of Law, and earned her Bachelor of Art degree from the University of California, Davis. Josephine is a member of the State Bar of California and the San Francisco Trial Lawyer’s Association.

Meera Velu
Legal Assistant

Meera’s work at the Law Offices of Eric L. Lifschitz reflects her dedication to tenant advocacy.  Meera received a Masters of Arts in Policy & Planning from Tufts University and earned her BA in Political Economy from University of California, Berkeley.  Meera is also a volunteer mediator with Community Boards and volunteers at the Eviction Defense Collaborative and Causa Justa :: Just Cause. This public service underscores Meera’s personal commitment to the ideals of social justice.  Prior to joining our support team, Meera was an urban planner committed to creating collaborative planning solutions for communities.