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Elena Rivkin Franz

Elena Rivkin Franz

also known as Elena Rivkin

About me

I am a real estate and business law attorney.  I handle real estate matters from construction disputes to neighbor issues to title concerns to finance issues, as well as commercial disputes and breach of contract matters for businesses.


Unlike many other attorneys, my background is in real estate.  As a former real estate appraiser, property manager and project manager for condo conversions and development work, I understand the issues that those in the real estate industry face to achieve their goals.  



In addition to my real estate work, I also focus on business law matters.  If you are a small business owner and would like to work closely with an attorney, consider using an outsourced attorney as your general counsel.  You have the benefit of an attorney who is familiar with your business and the issues you face, without the expense of maintaining a legal department. 


You are welcome to contact me at (408) 940-5360 or



Languages spoken: Russian

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 34%
  2. Real Estate: 33%
  3. Business: 33%



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Franz Law

900 Lafayette Street
Suite 509
Santa Clara, CA, 95050


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyFranz Law2012 - Present
Managing AttorneyFranz Law2007 - Present
AttorneyThe Mlnarik Law Group2011 - 2012
AttorneyPratt & Associates2008 - 2012
N/AHaworth, Bradshaw, Stallknecht & Barber2007 - 2007
N/APublic Defender's Office2006 - 2006
Judicial Extern to Judge James WareNorthern District of California, San Jose Division2005 - 2005
N/ALaw Foundation Of Silicon Valley2003 - 2005
N/ATrust in Managed Estates2002 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationExecutive Committee Member2014 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar Association - Solo & Small Firm SectionCo-Chair2013 - Present
Solo & Small Firm Section, Santa Clara County Bar AssociationCo-chair2009 - 2009
Solo and Small Firm Section, Santa Clara County Bar AssociationChair2008 - 2008
American Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Barrister's Committee, Santa Clara County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Silicon Valley Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
BNILeadership Team2007 - 2009
Santa Clara County Bar Association, Solo & Small Firm SectionMember2006 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2006 - Present
California Women LawyersMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Fox NewsHow To Avoid Bedbugs On Vacation2010
Tenant Verification Service, Inc.Will Your Lease Protect You When It Counts?2010
Credit Union TimesFannie Mae to Target Walk Aways2010
USA TodayJob Cuts Adding to Growing Number of Foreclosures2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lincoln Law SchoolLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
San Jose State UnivPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Bath Spa University EnglandPolitical ScienceN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Bed Bug TrainingBed Bugs: Limiting Liability2011
eWomen Young ProfessionalsLegal Issues for Business Owners2009
Strategies for Real EstateMortgage Modifications and Foreclosures2008
Strategies for Real EstateMortgage Modifications and Foreclosures2008
Strategies for Real EstateHiring a Contractor: Do's and Don'ts2008
Strategies for Real EstateReal Estate Investment Properties: Do's and Don'ts2008
Developments in HOA LawBoard Meeting Basics for Board Members2008
Bay Area Networking GroupFederal and California Lending Law Requirements2008