Anne Bellows



Anne Bellows joined Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho in 2017, and became a partner in January 2022. Anne’s practice focuses on housing and consumer rights, voting rights, and appeals. Prior to joining GBDH, Anne worked at Public Advocates, Inc., using fair housing law and other tools to challenge tenant harassment and displacement. Before that, Anne clerked for the Honorable Eric L. Clay on the Sixth Circuit and litigated fair housing and employment discrimination cases as a civil rights fellow at Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC in Washington, DC. Anne was selected by SuperLawyers as a Rising Star for 2020, 2021, and 2022.

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  • J.D., University of California Berkeley School of Law
  • B.A. (magna cum laude), Dartmouth College

Bar and Court Admissions

  • California, 2013

  • District of Columbia, 2014

  • U.S. District Courts: Northern District of California, Central District of California, Eastern District of California

  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Sixth Circuit


  • Thelen Marrin Award for Writing (2013)

Prior Employment

  • Public Advocates, Inc.; Equal Justice Works Fellow
  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Eric L. Clay of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Relman, Dane & Colfax, PLLC; Civil Rights Fellow

Representative Cases

  • Munguia-Brown v. Equity Residential (N.D. Cal.) (class action challenging exorbitant late fees on behalf of 120,000 tenants)

  • U.S. ex rel. Terry v. Wasatch (E.D. Cal.) (class action and False Claims Act case challenging landlord’s practice of requiring Section 8 tenants to pay additional services charges as part of their lease in violation of HUD regulations and HUD-mandated contracts)

  • Yumori-Kaku v. City of Santa Clara (Superior Court, Santa Clara) (represented plaintiffs at successful trial in California Voting Rights Act case; verdict affirmed on appeal) See 59 Cal.App.5th 385 (2020)

  • Martinez v. Optimus Properties, LLC, 2017 WL 1040743 (C.D. Cal. March 14, 2017) (group action challenging discriminatory harassment and attempts to displace tenants from apartment buildings in gentrifying neighborhood of Koreatown, L.A.)

Representative Publications

  • Voting Rights Litigation May Become A Contradiction in Terms, (with Ginger L. Grimes) Daily Journal (Nov. 23, 2022).

  • Anne Bellows & Michael Allen, The Fair Housing Imperative to Address the Displacement Crisis, Civil Rights Insider (Winter 2018).

  • Disparate Impact Claims In Employment And Housing, (with William Jhaveri-Weeks) Plaintiff Magazine (Feb. 2018).

  • Holding Local Governments Accountable for Environmental Discrimination: The Promise of California Government Code Section 65008, 41 Ecology Law Quarterly 1 (2014).

  • Discriminatory Maintenance of REO Properties as a Violation of the Federal Fair Housing Act (with Stephen Dane & Tara Ramchandani), 17 CUNY Law Review 383 (2015).