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
Licensed since 1984
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
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top 5% peer review||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Top 5% peer review||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Top 5% by peer review||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Top 5% by Peer Review||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Top 5% by Peer Review||Super Lawyers||2011|
|SuperLawyer, top 5% by peer review||SuperLawyers||2010|
|Local Trial Lawyer Association President of the Year||Consumer Attorneys of California||2007|
|Attorney||Harris and Fraser||1989 - Present|
|Attorney||Law Office of Elaine Ryzak Fraser||1987 - 1989|
|Attorney||McGlashan & Sarrail, Professional Corporation||1984 - 1987|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Collaborative Practice San Mateo County||Co-chair||2013 - 2014|
|Collaborative Practice of San Mateo County||Executive Committee||2011 - Present|
|San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association||Past President||2006 - 2007|
|International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||Member||2005 - Present|
|San Mateo Country Trial Lawyers Association||Board of Directors||2002 - Present|
|Consumer Attorneys of California||Member||1986 - Present|
|San Mateo County Bar Association||Member||1985 - Present|
|San Mateo County Superior Court||Family Law Advisory Board||N/A|
|San Mateo County Superior Court||Judicial Arbitrator||N/A|
|San Mateo County Superior Court||Alternative Dispute Resolution MAP Oversight Committee||N/A|
|San Mateo County Superior Court||Family Law Alternative Dispute Roster Committee||N/A|
|San Mateo County Superior Court||Civil and Probate Advisory Committee||N/A|
|San Mateo County Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee||Member||N/A|
|San Francisco Superior Court Pre-Arbitration Settlement Conferences||Panelist||N/A|
|U of San Francisco SOL||Law||Juris Doctor||1984|
|California St Univ Long Beach||English||Bachelor of Arts, Secondary Teaching Credential||1974|
|Divorce Options Workshops||Divorce Options||2015|
|How To Be Effective in Judicial Arbitration||Judicial Arbitration||2007|