Not Your Typical Elder Law Firm

Deena K. Zacharin

San Francisco, CA


Rated by Super Lawyers(R) - Deena Zacharin |

Areas of Practice

  • Class Action
  • Medication Errors
  • Physical Elder Abuse
  • Bedsores
  • Falls
  • Wandering
  • Actions Against Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Residential Care Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Fraud, Mishandling Finances and Unfair Business Practices
  • Actions Against Insurance Companies & Financial Advisors
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Physicians
  • Estate Planning

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1989


  • Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1986
  • San Francisco State University , California
    • B.A. - 1982
    • Honors: magna cum laude

Published Works

  • Professional Fiduciary Association of California (PFAC) Newsletter (Spring 2021), “Holding Financial Institutions Accountable for Losses to Financial Elder Abuse Scams”
  • PFAC Summer Newsletter (Summer 2019) “What You Can Do About Neglect In California’s Assisted Living Facilities”
  • California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform Network News (2015) “What Does Love Have To Do With It?”


  • Veteran’s Administration: Introduction to Estate Planning
  • Life Planning Network: Introduction to Estate Planning for Consultants in the Field of Aging
  • "Breaking Banks that are Breaking Bad” November 22nd, 2019, CANHR’s 23rd Annual Elder Law Conference, Monterrey, CA
  • CANHR November 2021: “Elder Financial Abuse Litigation – A Panel of Experts”
  • SFTLA July 2021: “Breaking the Chain: Bank Accountability & Elder Abuse”
  • PFAC 2020 Annual Conference: “Normal Aging or Elder Abuse? -- How Insufficient Staffing can lead to Avoidable Injuries in Assisted Living Facilities”

Honors and Awards

  • 2009 and 2011 Certificate of Honor from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for outstanding service to the people of the City and County of San Francisco
  • Received two Certificates of Honor from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for contribution to public schools
  • 2022 Super Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • UC Hastings/UCSF Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors, Mentor to UC Hastings Elder Law Clinic
  • Bar Association of San Francisco; Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Section, Litigation Subsection
  • California State Bar, Trusts and Estates Section
  • American Association for Justice
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Life Planning Network
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Member
  • American Association of Justice, Member
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Member
  • Professional Fiduciary Association of CA , Affiliate Member
  • San Francisco Estate Planning Council , Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Kato, Feder & Suzuki, LLP 2011-2015
  • San Francisco Unified School District 2001-2011
  • Parents for Public Schools 1999-2001
  • Law Offices of Deena Zacharin 1990-1999
  • Patients Rights Advocacy Services 1987-1989