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Lisa Lunsford

Homeless Action Center
Managing Attorney
Oakland, CA, USA


Lisa Lunsford is the managing attorney of Homeless Action Center’s Oakland office.  She has been a public benefits attorney for fourteen years, focusing primarily on claims for Social Security disability benefits.  She has represented claimants at all levels through the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal and has won over 200 SSI cases.

Ms. Lunsford is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and Georgetown University Law Center.  She began her career at HAC with an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to participate in a multi-agency collaboration assisting families having difficulty transitioning from welfare to work.  She subsequently participated in Project RESPECT (Reducing Emergency Services through Promoting Effective Community Treatment), a medical-legal partnership providing case management, primary care, housing and benefits advocacy to frequent users of the Highland Hospital emergency room.  She obtained SSI and Medi-Cal for 50 frequent users, most of whom were homeless.

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