Diana Alvarado

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.
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.

Bartley Babcock

Bartley Babcock is a housing rights attorney at BASTA. For the four years prior to joining BASTA, Babcock practiced law as a solo attorney and ran his own office. There, he defended tenants in unlawful detainer cases, and filed lawsuits against property owners and management companies when tenants were being forced to live in horrific living conditions or were taken advantage of. He also represented tenants at governmental agency hearings where tenant relocation funds are determined. A large part of his practice was also devoted to criminal defense and the representation of defendants at administrative hearings at the Department of Motor Vehicles when their driver's licenses were in jeopardy of being taken away. Babcock also spent a great deal of time defending low-income and homeless people in traffic court on a pro bono basis after they were ticketed by LAPD for "quality of life" violations which often led to warrants for arrest and incarceration. He holds degrees from the University of Southern California as well as Southwestern University School of Law.

Cinthya Bernabé

Cinthya Bernabé is a housing rights attorney at BASTA, Los Angeles. After passing the bar, she joined BASTA’s trial attorney team, and is solely devoted to tenant’s rights. Bernabé was born in Mexico City and immigrated to Los Angeles, California in 1991. She lived in the MacArthur Park area before moving to the Mid City area for the remainder of her youth. Having no knowledge of the English language and American culture, Bernabé made it a personal goal to master both without losing her heritage. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her Juris Doctor from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law, where she graduated cum laude. In her spare time, Bernabé likes to spend quality time with her daughter, appreciate mother nature in all its forms, and immerse herself in other cultures.

Daniel J. Bramzon

Daniel Bramzon is an attorney at BASTA, as well as the founder, Board member, and the operating President.  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, the Law Offices Of Daniel J. Bramzon & Associates.  Soon thereafter, he founded BASTA. Bramzon is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and Stanford University.

Joezen Callos

Jozen Callos is a housing rights attorney at BASTA Lancaster.  He attended the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of San Diego School of Law.

Irving Figueroa

Irving Figueroa is a housing rights attorney at BASTA in Lancaster. He was raised in the San Fernando Valley and joined BASTA’s Lancaster office as a law clerk in August, 2015, and as an attorney in May 2016. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English literature at California State University, Northridge and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School of Law.

 

Ned Harris

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.

Kevin Hermansen

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.

Ross T. Kutash

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.

Magda Madrigal

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.

Juan Morales

Juan Morales is a housing rights attorney with BASTA. During law school, he clerked for the San Francisco County Public Defender’s Office and the Marin County Public Defender's Office where he worked with attorneys on cases ranging from DUIs to attempted robbery. After law school, he worked as a volunteer attorney for the Marin County Public Defender's Office where gained extensive courtroom experience helping indigent people facing jail-time as well as helping undocumented clients avoid immigration consequences in a county that cooperated with ICE. Prior to BASTA, he worked with an eviction defense firm where he built up cases, wrote motions, negotiated settlements and won four trials. He graduated from UC San Diego and from UC Hastings College of the Law.

Eric Post

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.

Jonathan Segura

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.

Cyrus Whittaker

Cyrus is is a housing rights attorney at BASTA. Fluent in Spanish, he was previously a prosecutor at the Metropolitan Courthouse. Whittaker is a graduate of the University Of Washington and UCLA School of Law.