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Elizabeth ("Liz") Smith-Chavez is a litigation and trial attorney, focusing her practice on the efficient and economic resolution of business and real property/construction disputes. Her expertise extends to probate and estate litigation. She handles oil and gas disputes throughout California and the Western United States.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 55%
    37 years
  2. Oil & Gas: 25%
    28 years
  3. Probate: 10%
    18 years
  4. Real Property: 10%
    37 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • John C Demas

    Elizabeth Smith-Chavez is a wonderful resource, heavily connected with the San Diego legal community and the San Diego County Bar Association, as well as providing informal mentoring of attorneys here in San Diego. Her solutions are practical, and she always has a friendly, warm smile and deals collaboratively to solve client problems. I highly recommend Elizabeth!


    John Demas Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Daniel Alex Andrist

    I have worked with Liz for over 23 years. Simply stated, she is one of the best litigation lawyers I know. She defines the qualities most desirable in a legal professional--integrity, knowledge, experience, diligence, and tenacity. I highly recommend Liz to anyone seeking a capable advocate in virtually any type of dispute, but especially with regard to real estate, oil and gas matters, and probate.


    Daniel Andrist Insurance Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Smith Chavez Law

3777 Willow Glen Drive.
El Cajon, CA, 92019-4601


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Women Who Mean Business Award, in the field of lawSan Diego Daily Transcript1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerSmith Chavez Law2013 - Present
Member, Litigation attorneySeltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek1978 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
Foothills Bar AssociationDirector2015 - Present
East County Chamber of CommerceMember2013 - Present
NAWBOPresident1995 - Present
American Inns of CourtMemberN/A
St. Thomas More SocietyMemberN/A
Association of Business Trial AttorneysMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
West Group publicationCalifornia Civil Practice, Real Property LitigationN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San DiegoSumma Cum LaudeJD - Juris Doctor1978
Santa Clara UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1970
Institute for European StudiesHistory, GermanN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
San Diego County Bar AssociationMechanics Lien Law Changes in California2012