Arabelle B. Malinis, Esq.
As a first generation immigrant, I witnessed my parents, relatives, and other people in my community, many of whom were immigrants, people of color, working class, have difficulty navigating the legal system because they were unaware of their rights or too intimidated by the judges and lawyers to advocate for themselves. After a career in biotech, as a Microbiologist, I resolved to go to law school to become a lawyer, so I could advocate for people like my parents, relatives, and neighbors.
I am passionate about representing the underdog and leveling the playing field for the ordinary people and those who have been marginalized. I clerked for various non-profit agencies (in the Bay Area and in Los Angeles), providing free legal services in the areas of tenant rights, housing rights, and family law, among others.
Most recently, I worked as staff attorney for four years at a non-profit firm representing and advocating for the ninety-nine percent. I advocated on behalf of distressed homeowners in foreclosure; defended consumers against unlawful debt collection and unfair credit reporting; filed housing discrimination cases; and sued banks and financial institutions for predatory lending practices. One of my cases was highlighted in this New York Times article. This issue involved surviving spouses (or children), losing their homes in foreclosure, after their spouses (or parents) die. This is because the heirs of properties were not on title or on the loan. This issue might have been circumvented if the decedents and/or their spouses had placed their homes in their trusts in order to easily, without court intervention, pass down their assets to whomever they choose, including each other or their children.
As someone committed to advancing social and economic justice, I take on pro bono cases, volunteer at legal clinics, and collaborate with other progressive attorneys focused on the defense of civil and human rights.
Juris Doctor, Western State College of Law, Fullerton, California, 2009
Bachelors of Science in Microbiology, University of California at Davis, Davis, California, 2000
Professional Memberships and Affiliations
Licensed Attorney by the State Bar of California, 2010 – Present
Northern District of California, 2010 – Present
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2010 – Present
East Bay Trust and Estates Lawyers (EBTEL)
Alameda County Bar Association’s Volunteer Legal Services Corporation (VLSC) Guardianship Clinic
Trust & Estates Section of the California State Bar
National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area