Who We Are

We are extremely passionate, quixotic, energetic, love tackling tough problems, and believe in continuous personal growth.

A world where everyone who needs legal help gets it

Open Door Legal is pioneering the country’s first system of universal access to civil legal representation. Our goal is to show that when everyone has access to the law, poverty will be dramatically reduced.

Our model of universal access is scalable, sustainable, and the most cost-effective way to address poverty. 

Over the next few years we plan to expand citywide, making San Francisco the first city in the country with universal access.  We also hope to become a model for national replication, and want to have a systemic impact on how we, as a society, ensure justice for the poor.

Our Board of Directors

Kathy Chao, Board President

Partner, Olivier Schreiber & Chao

Amy Chiu, Development

Product Lead, Clarify Health Solutions

Michelle Carrington

Construction Foreman, Former ODL Client

Bart Volkmer

General Counsel, Dropbox

Mira Park Kim

Senior Portfolio Manager, Wells Fargo

David Lisson

Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell

Amanda Hundt

Vice President, Health Catalyst

Gary Whitehouse

Freelance Management Consultant

Menaka Fernando

Partner, Outten & Golden

Ieeshea Romero

Community Leader

Meet Our Staff


Executive Team

Adrian Tirtanadi

Executive Director/Founder


Rachel Mellby

Director of Finance


Virginia Taylor

Director of Legal Services/Founder


Whitney Tu

Director of Talent and Culture


Frontline Team

Camille Frausto

Frontline Attorney


Hakika Drisker

Frontline Partner – Western Addition


Leslie Pang

Frontline Partner – Excelsior


Legal Team

Belinda Liu

Lead Immigration Attorney


Brenda Falcon

Employment & Civil Litigation Paralegal


Cynthia Hernandez

Immigration Paralegal


Devin Fathi

Housing Law Attorney


Dyne Biancardi

Housing Law Attorney


Gio Garcia

Tenant Resource Specialist


Gwen Wu

Lead Elder Law Attorney


Jenny Bueno Salas

Immigration and Elder Law Paralegal


Kelsey Merrick

Housing Law Attorney


Kevin Buggy

Elder Law Attorney


Lindsey Pace

Lead Employment Attorney


Marianne Armenta

Employment Litigation Attorney


Mesha Phillips

Family Law Attorney


Nikki Love

Managing Housing Attorney


Patricia Moon

Senior Family Law Attorney


Philip Green

Civil Litigation Attorney


Tara Macomber

Senior Civil Litigation Attorney


Development & Information Technology

Jessica Arita

Engagement Coordinator


Kelsey Renz

Volunteer Coordinator


Lai Ho

Staff Accountant


Laura Turner

Manager of Strategic Growth


Noreen Cortez

Recruiting Coordinator


Wendy Liu

Senior Software Developer


Want to get involved? Join our team as a volunteer!


1. American University, Key Studies and Data About How Legal Aid Improves Housing Outcomes https://www.american.edu/spa/jpo/toolkit/upload/housing-7-30-19.pdf

2. George Washington Law School, In Pursuit of Justice? Case Outcomes and the Delivery of Unbundled Legal Services https://scholarship.law.gwu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi

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Ever since childhood, our co-founder Adrian has been dedicated to reducing poverty.

He studied systemic poverty in college and went to work in the field for a few years. Eventually, he had a thesis that legal aid was the most cost-effective way to address poverty in America. He wrote up a business plan and used it to apply to law school. 

The idea was to create the country’s first system of universal access to civil legal representation that ensures everyone can obtain timely, competent legal help for any legal issue, regardless of ability to pay. That had never been done before in the history of the United States.

In law school, he met Virginia, our Programs Director. Together, they co-founded the organization, two weeks after Adrian passed the bar.

When we opened we put a sign in the window, and with just that marketing and almost no other outreach we were overwhelmed with requests for help from people with good cases who had been turned away everywhere else.

Our first year we had revenue of $35,000. We would hand shred documents because a shredder was too expensive. Despite the financial challenges, we were able to work on over 280 cases in everything from housing law to family law to consumer law in the first year alone.

The hours were extreme, the pay was low, and the learning curve was steep. Still, we persisted. We knew that almost everyone we helped was not able to receive services anywhere else. Eventually, we attracted the interest of funders. We tripled our revenue for several years in a row. In 2015, we won the Bay Area Google Impact Challenge, which enabled us to expand even more. In 2019, we secured additional funding from the city that allowed us to open two new centers in the Excelsior and Western Addition.

As of 2020, our staff has grown to 27 full-time employees. We’ve shown that universal access is possible. Now, we plan to scale city-wide, make San Francisco the first city in the country’s history to have universal access to legal help, and become a model for national replication.

Please make checks payable to Open Door Legal and mail them to:

Open Door Legal
60 Ocean Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112

We also accept donations via:


Donor-Advised Fund


You can view all of the ways to give at https://opendoorlegal.org/donation-information

Please contact laurat@opendoorlegal.org if you have any questions or need any additional information.  Thank you so much for the support!