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Elaine Ryzak Fraser

About me

With more than 25 years experience in family and personal injury law, I bring a seasoned expertise to both the conference room and the courtroom. As an experienced trial lawyer in all phases of litigation, I can successfully navigate diverse disputes across a range of legal areas.

My expertise as a collaborative practitioner means that I am equally effective in mediating or negotiating a resolution that, when appropriate, does not involve litigation. I also assist clients as a mediator or a mediation-consulting attorney.

I understand that every individual circumstance – every dispute – is unique and that one size does not fit all when securing a satisfying outcome. Whether you are in need of representation in front of a private judge or in a public court or seeking an alternative to litigation through collaborative practice or mediation, you can rely on my empathy, experience and advocacy.

I have managed my own law practice for more than 20 years.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Family: 43%
    30 years
  2. Divorce & Separation: 43%
    30 years
  3. Personal Injury: 14%
    30 years



Hourly ($420/hour)

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  • James Charles Haigh

    I have known Elaine for many years and worked in the same suite as her office for seven years. I saw her interact with her family law clients and I know she did an excellent job for her many clients. She is intelligent, hard-working and compassionate - a rare and effective combination!


    James Haigh Government Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Harris and Fraser

1220 Howard Avenue
Suite 250
Burlingame, CA, 94010-4251

1220 Howard Ave #250
Burlingame, CA, 94010



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 5% peer reviewSuper Lawyers2015
Top 5% peer reviewSuper Lawyers2014
Top 5% by peer reviewSuper Lawyers2013
Top 5% by Peer ReviewSuper Lawyers2012
Top 5% by Peer ReviewSuper Lawyers2011
SuperLawyer, top 5% by peer reviewSuperLawyers2010
Local Trial Lawyer Association President of the YearConsumer Attorneys of California2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyHarris and Fraser1989 - Present
AttorneyLaw Office of Elaine Ryzak Fraser1987 - 1989
AttorneyMcGlashan & Sarrail, Professional Corporation1984 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
Collaborative Practice San Mateo CountyCo-chair2013 - 2014
Collaborative Practice of San Mateo CountyExecutive Committee2011 - Present
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2010 - Present
San Mateo County Trial Lawyers AssociationPast President2006 - 2007
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2005 - Present
San Mateo Country Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors2002 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember1986 - Present
San Mateo County Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
San Mateo County Superior CourtFamily Law Advisory BoardN/A
San Mateo County Superior CourtJudicial ArbitratorN/A
San Mateo County Superior CourtAlternative Dispute Resolution MAP Oversight CommitteeN/A
San Mateo County Superior CourtFamily Law Alternative Dispute Roster CommitteeN/A
San Mateo County Superior CourtCivil and Probate Advisory CommitteeN/A
San Mateo County Bar Association Judicial Evaluation CommitteeMemberN/A
San Francisco Superior Court Pre-Arbitration Settlement ConferencesPanelistN/A
CP CalMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Francisco School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
California State University, Long BeachEnglishOther - Bachelors1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Divorce Options WorkshopsDivorce Options2015
How To Be Effective in Judicial ArbitrationJudicial Arbitration2007