Biography

Denise McGranahan is a senior attorney at the Santa Monica office of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA).  She has been working at LAFLA in its Santa Monica office since 1996.  After graduating from UCLA School of Law in 1987, Ms. McGranahan worked in private practice as a civil litigator.  For the past seventeen years, she has worked in public interest law, specializing in housing matters. Her expertise is in the areas of eviction defense, rent control, the Ellis Act, habitability, affordable housing, fair housing (concentrating on disability issues), affirmatively furthering fair housing requirements, tenant harassment and the federal Section 8 program.  She regularly co-counsels with private attorneys in affirmative fair housing and other litigation.  Ms. McGranahan has been a trainer and panelist at programs sponsored by various fair housing and legal aid organizations.  She has also been involved in the drafting and revising of local and state legislation that has resulted in significant changes to landlord-tenant laws and greater protections for tenants.

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