With a background as an entrepreneur, teacher, and overseas resident, Principal Eric L. Toscano brings a unique perspective in his approach to the law. Mr. Toscano founded Toscano Law to help individuals and businesses better understand the complexities of the law and efficiently resolve their legal issues.
Born in California’s South Bay and raised in the Central Valley and Wine Country, Mr. Toscano earned an undergraduate degree in economics from Stanford University.
He first became interested in business and the law during three years he spent living in Italy in the early 2000s. After a year of researching Italian laws and completing a lengthy application process, he was recognized as an Italian citizen through ancestry and now holds dual U.S.-Italian citizenship. With the goal of making Italian citizenship more accessible to others, he founded a company which counseled and provided services to individuals around the world interested in becoming recognized as Italian citizens. Also during his time in Italy, he opened and operated a language school, teaching English to both native Italians and immigrants. The satisfaction of working with and advising students and clients drew Mr. Toscano to a career in the law.
Mr. Toscano earned his law degree from UC Davis School of Law, where he was student bar association President, a member of the Moot Court Board, and Co-Chair of the Asylum and Refugee Law National Moot Court Competition. He received the American Bar Association Law Student Division Student Bar Association President National Achievement Award, and was one of ten students in his class selected for membership in The Order of Barristers, a national honor society dedicated to excellence in oral advocacy. During law school, Mr. Toscano worked as an intern in the Government Division of the Office of the City Attorney of San Francisco, and as a judicial extern to the Honorable Morrison C. England, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.
He began his legal career as an attorney in the San Francisco office of the international law firm Reed Smith LLP. A member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group, he gained civil litigation experience in both state and federal courts. While his practice focused primarily on patent litigation, he also worked in the areas of landlord-tenant law, receivership law, bankruptcy law, and financial services litigation.
Mr. Toscano is active in the Bar Association of San Francisco, where he currently serves as Vice President of The Barristers Club’s Board of Directors. He is also committed to pro bono service, particularly in the area of immigration law. He represented a South African native facing deportation and helped an undocumented immigrant minor from Guatemala become recognized as a Special Immigrant Juvenile and obtain a green card. In his free time, he enjoys exploring new San Francisco restaurants, visiting family and friends in the Wine Country, and cheering on the San Francisco Giants and San Francisco 49ers.
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Central District of California
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
- Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Publications, Presentations, and Affiliations
- Moderator, “Surviving as a New Lawyer After the Great Recession: Alternatives to Working in a Law Firm,” UC Davis School of Law (September 2012)
- Author, “Learning the Ins and Outs of Starting and Representing a Nonprofit,” The Bar Association of San Francisco Bulletin (March 2012)
- Author, “Learning to Love Big Law,” The New Lawyer (November 24, 2009)
- Member, American Bar Association
- Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Member, Bar Association of San Francisco & Vice President of The Barristers Club’s Board of Directors
- Member, California Receivers Forum
- Member, Italian American Bar Association of Northern California
- Volunteer, San Francisco Tenants Union
- Italian (fluent)
- Spanish (conversant)
- French (knowledgeable)