Daniel Bramzon is an attorney at BASTA, as well as the founder and operating executive. Mr. Bramzon began his legal career at the Century City law firm of Christensen, Miller, Fink, Jacobs, Glaser, Weil & Shapiro, LLP (currently called Glaser, Weil, Fink, Jacobs, Howard, Avchen & Shapiro, LLP). After nearly five years of an aggressive and complex litigation practice under the tutelage of some of Los Angeles’ top trial attorneys, Bramzon resigned from the law firm and started his own private law practice. Soon thereafter, he founded BASTA. Bramzon is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and Stanford University.
Greg Wesley is the Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs for BASTA. As an attorney, he also represents clients as a housing rights attorney. He believes these two roles complement each other to the benefit of his clients. Greg started his legal career at the Office of the Los Angeles County Public Defender, representing indigent defendants in criminal court. After briefly running his own practice, he relocated to Sacramento to work, as Legislative Director. In this capacity, Greg developed, drafted and staffed legislation, some of which is law today. Greg is a graduate of UCLA (’95), with a B.A. in Political Science and Southwestern University School of Law (’00) with a J.D. He has been a member of the California State Bar since 2000.
Matthis Chiroux, Esq., began practicing law in 2016 in New York before moving his practice to California two years ago. Matthis specializes in complex litigation and courtroom advocacy. He is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School and a former U.S. Army Sergeant. Matthis is also an internationally celebrated peace activist who in 2008 publicly refused deployment orders to Iraq. Matthis has appeared widely on syndacated radio and television news programs and has been featured in print publications such as the New York Times, Time Magazine, and the New Yorker.
Diana is a housing rights attorney at BASTA. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in both Government and Italian Studies from Smith College and a Juris Doctorate from University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. Diana speaks three languages: English, Spanish and Italian.
John Ward is a housing rights attorney at BASTA. He has over 25 years of experience in corporate, disability and civil rights law. His passion for helping the vulnerable has allowed him to stay in the non-profit sector over the years. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California with a Certificate in Disability Policy. He then graduated from the same University but with a Juris Doctor, from the school of law. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1986. He currently volunteers at People’s College of Law as a law professor.
Jonathan Segura is a housing rights attorney at BASTA. He previously served as a law clerk for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the Superior Court of California for the County of Los Angeles. Segura is a strong supporter of tenants’ rights, having once been the target of a malicious (failed) attempt of a landlord who tried to wrongly evict his family from their rent-controlled apartment in Los Angeles. He holds degrees from Loyola Marymount University and Seattle University School of Law.
Jeanette Álvarez-Webster is a housing rights attorney at BASTA. She joined as a full-time law clerk while attending law school in the evenings. After passing the bar, Álvarez-Webster remained a part of the BASTA team as a trial attorney in the unlawful detainer unit. As the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants, Álvarez-Webster is no stranger to adversity. For this reason, she finds helping the vulnerable and fighting injustice is especially rewarding. Álvarez-Webster is the first in her family to attain a graduate education. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside, and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of West Los Angeles, School of Law, where she graduated cum laude.
Raymond Barajas is a housing rights attorney at BASTA. It is his belief that the right to housing is the often forsaken human right. As such, he finds helping and defending tenants against eviction a moral imperative. Raymond Barajas is the first in his family to attain an undergraduate and graduate education. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz (Go Banana Slugs), and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Celida B. Miramontes is a housing rights attorney at BASTA. She is an experienced civil litigator with nine years of practice in the non-profit sector providing direct legal services in several areas of law, including; housing, family law, immigration, guardianships, probate, elder law and consumer law. She is committed to fighting for social justice and serving low-income people from diverse backgrounds. Ms. Miramontes earned her Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California, Irvine (2002) and her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School (2009). She was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2010. She is able to speak and write fluently in Spanish.
Danny Sandoval is a housing rights attorney at BASTA. As a tenants’ rights advocate he defends tenants and advocates for their rights in a system where too often, underrepresented individuals are seldomly heard. Danny Sandoval is the first in his family to attain an undergraduate and graduate education. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University of Los Angeles, and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Behnam (Ben) Gharagozli received his B.A. with Highest Distinction in Political Science from UC Berkeley, his J.D. cum laude from UC Hastings College of the Law, and a Distinction in the Politics of the Middle East and North Africa course in the MPhil in International Relations and Politics program at the University of Cambridge. He has an impressive litigation record with wins against large firms and certified legal specialists. Mr. Gharagozli joined BASTA as part of his commitment to civil rights. He has given multiple interviews on radio and news stations discussing his cases.
Ned Harris is a housing rights attorney at BASTA. He began his career at the Century City law firm of Christensen, Miller, Fink, Jacobs, Glaser, Weil & Shapiro, LLP (currently Glaser, Weil, Fink, Jacobs, Howard, Avchen & Shapiro, LLP) as a corporate/transactional associate. Harris is one of California’s most prolific jury trial practitioners in the landlord-tenant area of law and boasts one of southern California’s highest winning percentages in such trials, including victories against the Bank of New York. He has won jury trials without the need to present a defense case and on non-suit. Harris is a graduate of the University of Southern California Law School and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.
Ross Kutash leads BASTA’s class/mass action division and serves as the organization’s appellate counsel. Kutash has successfully participated in the litigation of dozens of class and mass action lawsuits, as well as various multi-unit affirmative plaintiff’s cases resulting in the recovery of millions of dollars on behalf of injured tenants. He has litigated numerous appeals for BASTA-represented tenants, several of which have resulted in published opinions expanding the scope of tenant protection under the law. Kutash began his legal career at the Century City law firm of Christensen, Miller, Fink, Jacobs, Glaser, Weil & Shapiro, LLP (currently called Glaser, Weil, Fink, Jacobs, Howard, Avchen & Shapiro, LLP) before eventually joining BASTA. Kutash graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and UCLA School of Law.
Kevin Hermansen is a housing rights attorney at BASTA and leads the organization’s Lancaster office. He first joined BASTA as a volunteer law student. While at USC, Hermansen contributed more than 1,000 pro bono hours at BASTA and other nonprofit organizations devoted to tenants’ rights. In recognition, the Gould School honored him with the Mason C. Brown Award, which recognizes top students involved in public service and trial work. As a certified law clerk, Hermansen defended unlawful detainer jury trials and negotiated settlements. After admission to the bar, he took over management of BASTA’s office in Lancaster. Hermansen graduated from California State University-Fullerton and University of Southern California Law School.
Magda Madrigal is a housing rights attorney at BASTA and managing attorney of its Los Angeles headquarters. As a community activist turned lawyer, she has exclusively represented tenants facing eviction and is specializes in landlord-tenant law. Madrigal was featured in the film “A Lawyer Walks Into a Bar.” Madrigal graduated from California State University and The People’s College Of Law.
Eric Post is is a general litigation attorney at BASTA, where he focuses on affirmative litigation and appeals, as well as defense in eviction cases. Prior to joining BASTA, Post has been a life-long activist for social justice. He contributed service to a wide range of social justice movements with a focus on furthering the human right to housing. Post began representing low-income tenants in evictions and subsidized housing administrative hearings pro bono for the San Francisco Bar Association and East Bay Community Law Center. He also engaged in education rights impact litigation and policy advocacy. After that, he joined public interest firm Public Counsel, where worked for more than five years, representing subsidized housing tenants, homeless persons, low-income families, and formally homeless veterans in efforts to secure public benefits, obtain and maintain housing, and asserting their rights to equal treatment and opportunity, relief from debt and habitable housing. Post is a member of the Executive Board for the L.A. Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and is involved with their housing rights committee. He graduated from Portland State University and cum laude from Howard University School Of Law.