Unimpeachable Real Estate Experts

Merrie Turner Lightner, Esq.

Real Estate Manager, Attorney, Opine Experts Co-founder


Ms. Lightner is an attorney who’s not only managed both rent-controlled multi-family and commercial income properties since 1984, but served for twelve years as a Rent Board Commissioner in San Francisco. Her unique qualifications as a forensic consultant and expert witness have been honed by fifteen years' experience in deposition and trial.

Merrie is an accomplished writer, teacher and public speaker. Her contributions to the multi-family housing industry include the presidency of the San Francisco and California Apartment Associations.

Special Qualifications

Ms. Lightner combines a lawyer’s mind with decades’ experience as an income property manager, twelve years as a Rent Control Commissioner and fifteen years as a forensic consultant. She adds practical wisdom to case strategy sessions. She brings a knowledgeable, fully informed perspective to the settlement table, having saved litigants from being blinded by their emotions; and is very skilled at depositions and trial testimony.

Ms. Lightner is a court-qualified expert who has earned respect from both landlords and tenants for her thoughtful, unbiased positions. Judges have complimented Merrie for her thorough and cogent presentations.

Curriculum Vitae

Career Experience
Real Estate Management
  • Principal, Lightner Property Group, San Francisco, since 1984
Forensic Services
  • Forensic Consultant and Expert Witness since 1996
Commercial Real Estate Leasing
  • Clarke & Cramer, San Francisco
  • Rent Control, Commissioner, San Francisco Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Board
  • Landlord/Tenant and other Real Estate Matters, Lightner Property Group, San Francisco
  • Law ClerkLittler, Mendelson, Fastiff & Tichy, San Francisco
Professional Certifications and Licenses
  • Attorney at Law, California (State Bar Number 098274)
  • Real Estate Broker, California (DRE License Number 00822642)
  • Faculty Member, National Apartment Association Education Institute
  • Approved Instructor, California Department of Real Estate
  • University of California at Davis School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • Pomona College, Claremont, California, Bachelor of Arts
  • National Apartment Association Education Institute Advanced Instructor Training,
  • Environmental Education Foundation (hazardous materials) – Mold
  • University of California – Lead Based Paint Inspection & Assessment
  • ADRA – Commercial Mediation Course
References and Testimonials

Michael Hall, M C Hall & Associates (415) 512-9865 * Bradley Jameson, Phillips Spallas & Angstadt (415) 278-9400 * Tim Wilson, Aaron & Wilson (415) 438-7802

Contributions to Profession and Community
Board Positions & Appointments
  • First National Bank of Northern California, Board Member on Loan and Audit Committees
  • Fort Mason Foundation Board of Trustees, Finance Committee
  • Professional Property Management Association Board Member
  • San Francisco Association of Realtors, Chair, Forms Committee
  • San Francisco Rent Stabilization & Arbitration Board Commissioner
  • California Apartment Association, President, State Government, Member,
  • San Francisco Apartment Association
  • California State Bar – Real Property Section
  • Coalition for Better Housing