Goldstein, Gellman, Melbostad, Harris & McSparran, LLP, is a full service civil law firm serving residents of the San Francisco Bay Area for over 35 years. Over these years, we have grown in size and experience, but we retain the close personal relationships with our clients that have been our hallmark since the two original partners first shared a desk and a typewriter.
Our partners and associates have extensive experience in trial work, business and real estate litigation, and transactional matters.
Goldstein, Gellman, Melbostad, Harris & McSparran, LLP, maintains the highest *AV” rating with Martindale & Hubbell. For a more detailed listing of what we can do for you, please scroll down to our practice areas.
The law firm's diverse practice areas fall into the following categories:
Real estate matters can take many different forms. Whether you’re having a boundary dispute with a neighbor, issues with a difficult tenant, or would like to buy or sell property without incurring unnecessary brokers’ fees, we are ready to help.Read More
When you suffer a loss, you count on your insurance comapny to make you whole again. Whether it was a home fire, disability insurance claim or life insurance problem, you buy insurance to protect you from the financial impact this can have on your life.Read More
Owning and developing or renovating property is one of the more complex tasks property owners and developers will encounter in the Bay Area. Our firm has over forty years combined experience in complex Planning Department, Building Department and other land use matters.Read More
Our firm offers a full range of business law-related services. Whether you need an attorney to represent you in a business or contract dipsute, to help you form your business, or to draft or review a contract, Goldstein, Gellman, Melbostad, Harris & McSparran, LLP, is here to assist you.Read More
We know how disruptive to a person’s life a physical injury can be. The medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, as well as the difficulty performing your simple daily tasks, can put a huge strain on an injured person’s life.Read More
Do You Need Help with a Condominium Creation or New Construction Condominium? Are you ready to begin a condominium creation in San Francisco? Our condominium creation team has successfully completed over 2,500 condominium conversions. Over the past five years, we have represented theRead More
Do You Need Help with a Residential Tenancy-In-Common (TIC)? Are you ready to enter into a residential Tenancy-In-Common ownership agreement in San Francisco, or do you wish to create a new agreement to facilitate the sale of a TIC interest in your property?Read More
Are you Involved in a Dispute Between TIC Cotenants, Among Condominium Owners, or Involving a Small Homeowners Association in the San Francisco Bay Area? Contact us. We can help. Our experience creating TIC and Condominium Associations over the years has provided us with aRead More
Do You Need a Lawyer to Help You with a Trust or Probate Matter? Contact us. We can help. Probate and Trust issues vary widely based on your particular circumstances. If a loved one has passed, that person’s lifetime possessions must beRead More
Do You Need a Lawyer to Help You with Your Estate Plan? Contact us. We can help. Everyone who has property and dependents should have a carefully considered and well drafted estate plan. As you accumulate wealth, you want to beRead More
Do You Need a Lawyer for an LGBT-Related Legal Matter? Contact us. We can help. Since our founding, Goldstein, Gellman, Melbostad, Harris & McSparran, LLP, has served the legal needs of the LGBT community. We follow the continually changing laws affecting our clients,Read More
Whether your property is commercial or residential, being a landlord in the San Francisco Bay Area is not easy. Your leases must be well drafted to protect your rights as much as possible. It is important to get advice on local rules about rent control, restrictions on evictions, and other State and County legislation.Read More
R. Stephen Goldstein is a litigation attorney, with particular expertise in settlement negotiations, arbitration and mediation techniques, tort, contract, real property and business law, and sexual harassment. Steve has served as lead counsel in all manner of business, contract, real estate and employment discrimination trials and arbitrations. Steve completed mediation training at the Program for Instruction of Lawyers, at Harvard Law School, and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Golden Gate University Law School.Full Bio
David R. Gellman focuses on transactional matters such as condominium conversions, commercial leasing, tenancies-in- common (TICs), business formation and operation, real property transactions, and estate planning.Full Bio
Paul H. Melbostad specializes in probate and trust administration and litigation, estate planning domestic partnership matters, business entity formation, and real estate and small business transactions and litigation. Paul has been an active participant for over thirty years in the Estate Planning Probate and Trust and Estate Planning Probate and Trust Litigation Sections of the San Francisco Bar Association, as well as distinguished attorney groups specializing in same-sex couples issues.Full Bio
Lee S. Harris assists individuals and small businesses clients throughout California including courts located in San Francisco, Marin, Oakland, Alameda County and San Jose, representing them in their claims or disputes related to insurance, serious personal injuries, property losses and wrongful death issues.Full Bio
R. Boyd McSparran counsels San Francisco property owners on purchase and sale agreements, disclosure obligations, tenancies-in- common (TICs), condominium conversions, easements, and general residential and commercial real property matters. Boyd supervises the firm’s landlord/tenant litigation and rent control practice, and heads the firm’s real estate “for-sale-by-owner” or brokerless transaction team.Full Bio
Adrian Hern is a trial lawyer who helps people with insurance, personal injury and construction defect problems. Her clients include individuals and small businesses throughout California, appearing before the courts of San Francisco, Marin, Oakland, Alameda County and San Jose, and representing them in their claims or disputes related to insurance, catastrophic personal injuries, home and business destruction, insurance disputes and wrongful death claims.Full Bio
Preeminent land use attorney, M. Brett Gladstone, has joined the San Francisco law firm of Goldstein, Gellman, Melbostad, Harris & McSparran LLP as of January 1, 2020. Brett represents investors, developers, and government in land-use proceedings and CEQA compliance concerning residential and mixed-use developments throughout the Bay Area. Brett makes regular appearances before Bay Area…Full Bio
Brett Schweinberg is an experienced real estate litigator who represents clients in a wide variety of disputes. Attentive and meticulous, Brett cultivates a style of representation which holds clear communication, strong attorney-client relationships, and fierce advocacy as its core values. Prior to joining the real estate litigation team at G3MH, Brett practiced in the areas…Full Bio
Brian E. Soriano practices general litigation with an emphasis on real estate matters and contractual disputes. Brian graduated Phi Beta Kappa with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and attended Golden Gate University School of Law on a full merit scholarship. During law school Brian won the school’s Appellate Advocacy Competition receiving awards for Best…Full Bio
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