Click to edit summaryElizabeth ("Liz") Smith-Chavez is a litigation and trial... more
Click to edit summaryElizabeth ("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.
I was born in East Los Angeles in 1972, and was raised in the San GabrielValley,... more
I was born in East Los Angeles in 1972, and was raised in the San GabrielValley, just south of Pasadena. I graduatedfrom UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science, in 1996. Before attending law school, I was a reporter and news editor for various publications in Los Angeles. As a journalist, my favorite gig was as a city reporter covering local politics for the Pasadena Herald Tribune. I also worke... view profile
MATHEWS BERGEN GRIER's managing Principal is John C. Grier. The firm was originally... more
MATHEWS BERGEN GRIER's managing Principal is John C. Grier. The firm was originally formed by Wesley H. Mathews in the late 1950's. Robert L. Bergen was one of the original partners. Bob retired in 1988. Wes retired in 1995, although he continued to act 'of counsel' for six additional years. Both continue to reside in the San Diego area. John first began practice with the firm (then kno... view profile
If you have issues with someone and want to sue, you will need a litigation lawyer. Litigation lawyers handle the litigation process and understand all of the ins and outs of the courtroom. A litigation lawyer can also help you decide whether your case is appropriate for a lawsuit, or if it might be better handled through the mediation or arbitration process. The litigation lawyer will research the facts that caused the dispute, and analyze them to identify the appropriate law and how it applies. After this preliminary review, the litigation lawyer gives you an analysis of your rights and an estimate of your ability to be successful in court. The litigation lawyer will know the information you need to present in court as well as the process, procedures, and deadlines you must meet to keep your lawsuit on track.