Tenants' Rights Attorney


Advocating for tenants and their pets since 2013

Headquartered in Oakland, Ms. Erickson represents tenants and the rights of animals throughout the San Francisco Bay area.  Erickson brings to her practice solid business experience with premier corporations.  As a business manager, not only did Erickson manage a team of research analysts but she pioneered new business development areas for international corporations and served their largest clients world-wide.  Erickson also worked extensively with corporate legal departments to negotiate, develop, and modify multi-million dollar client contracts and was a leading U.S. salesperson. 

Prior to opening her solo practice, Erickson contracted for small to mid-sized law firms in the areas of family law, consumer bankruptcy, and civil litigation.  She brings a client centric approach to her law practice and customizes her support to her client's individual needs.

Get in touch with Ms. Erickson to arrange a low-cost 30-minute consultation appointment to further inquire about her attorney services.

Practice Areas


Eviction Defense
Lease Review and Negotiation
Negotiate tenant buyouts and buyout agreements
Small claims court recovery of security deposits
Representation at the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board
Representation at the Oakland Rent Adjustment Board
Representation at the Richmond Rent Board



ANIMAL RIGHTS and residential property

Lease review related to pet deposits and/or pet rent
Small claims recovery of pet deposits
Rights of guardians and service animals
Rights of pet guardians and companion animals
Landlord accommodations and support animals

Ms. Erickson routinely advocates for animal rights via leading organizations such as The Humane Society and the Animal Legal Defense Fund. She also follows a whole-foods plant-based lifestyle in support of her deep commitment to all creatures great and small.

"Karyn Erickson was our attorney in an affirmative lawsuit against our landlord for forcible eviction and severe habitability issues. We were faced with sewer leaks, mold, rodent infestation, and water intrusion. Through sheer persistence and creative lawyering, Karyn was able to settle our case within 6-months of filing our complaint in civil court. Our lawyer was diligent and detail-minded. We highly recommend Karyn for your landlord tenant issues." - A.C. and J.H., Martinez Tenant, Contra Costa County

"I just don't know how to thank you. I am so very grateful for your help!" Tenant received an eviction notice after leasing one of two illegal units in Berkeley for five years. The eviction notice used "sale of the property" as a single-family residence as the unjust cause for eviction. Attorney Erickson and tenant filed a petition with the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board together with declarations from former tenants. In response, the landlords registered both illegal units with the rent board and withdrew their eviction notice. - M.H., Berkeley Tenant, Alameda County

"Karyn Erickson is an outstanding attorney and [well-versed] in tenant-landlord law. She treated me with respect and compassion through a very difficult and complex matter with my landlord. She advocated for me every step of the way and I felt that she truly cared for my well-being. She listened, offered superb advice...and is also...responsive and personable..." - A.T., Oakland Tenant, Grand Lake District, Alameda County

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