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About me

A native New Yorker, I was born and raised in New York (Queens and
Long Island), before falling in love with Colorado and moving here over
ten years ago. I am a 1990 graduate of the State University of New York
at Albany, where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. After
three years of working as a paralegal in a major law firm in New York
City, I decided to make the leap and enroll in law school. I received my
Juris Doctor in 1996 from the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law
Center in Long Island, New York. During law school, I focused on gaining
practical experience through participation in internships and clinics. I
was a summer intern at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
where I became familiar with the inner workings of the criminal justice
system. During my second year of law school I participated in the Mental
Health Disability Law Clinic, and gained valuable insight while working
on cases, many of which were class action law suits against New York
State. This clinic has been a leading force in the movement to provide
protection and advocacy for those who have been diagnosed as mentally
ill. After the completion of the clinic, I continued to work with the
professor over the summer in a paid summer internship position. This
clinic experience provided me a sense of how I could be a positive
force, as an attorney, in the lives of clients who are unable to
advocate for themselves through a complex legal system. My first
introduction to domestic relations law was through the participation in a
semester long Family Law Clinic in 1995. In addition to being exposed
to the divorce process and the many issues attendant to a dissolution of
marriage, I represented individuals who were the victims of domestic
violence by assisting them in obtaining a protection orders from the

Upon graduation from law school, I worked for the Suffolk County Legal
Aid Society as a criminal defense attorney where I was thrown into the
courtroom environment and forced to sink or swim. I quickly learned to
overcome any fears I had of working in a field of law that requires me
to appear in court. I decided to take my time and explore different
facets of the practice of law, and decided to shift gears by taking a
job in the corporate environment. In this position, I learned quite a
bit about the discovery process in large civil litigation cases. I also
realized at that point that I did not want to continue representing the
faceless corporate client and that I longed to connect with my clients
on a much deeper level. I felt that my interpersonal skills and ability
to connect with people was not being maximized in the corporate context.
I’ve found that the perfect fit for my skills is through the
representation of litigants in family law. This field of law also hits
home for me, having experienced the divorce of my own parents as a young

My personal background enhances my ability to relate to my clients, and
this makes me uniquely qualified as a lawyer in this field of practice. I
am very sensitive to the impact this process has on the family,
especially the children, as a child of divorce myself. I make it a point
to keep my clients focused on their children and how their decisions
and actions throughout the course of their case will impact their
children. Whenever possible, it is my goal to move my clients toward
resolution outside the courtroom, as this almost always results in the
least detrimental effect upon the family. However, there are situations
when the parties simply cannot resolve an issue, and, in that case, I am
fully prepared to represent my client’s interests in the courtroom

I volunteered my time as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Denver
CASA, an organization that strives to protect children and be a voice
for their best interests within the juvenile justice system. While I
miss my home state of New York at times, I enjoy living in Denver with
my husband Michael and our two beautiful children and would not trade it
for the world.

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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 50%
  2. Child Support: 20%
  3. Child Custody: 20%
  4. Prenuptials: 10%



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Tawni L. Cummings

    I previously worked with Elissa at The Harris Law Firm. We also worked together as co-counsel on an extremely contentious and complicated case. Elissa is, without a doubt, one of the best family law attorneys I have worked with. She is an intelligent, hard working, and practical attorney. If your case goes to trial, you can rest assured that Elissa is extremely effective in the courtroom. I highly recommend Elissa.


    Tawni Cummings Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Carrie Chaille Eckstein

    I endorse Elissa. Eissa is a strong attorney who understands clients' positions and works hard to obtain the best results.


    Carrie Eckstein Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Bercovitz Law Firm, PC

2373 Central Park Blvd.
Ste. 100
Denver, CO, 80238


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
American Jurisprudence Award in Legal WritingAmerican Jurisprudence1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateThe Harris Law Firm2008 - Present
PartnerBercovitz Law Firm, P.C.2004 - 2008
Volunteer Court Appointed Special AdvocateDenver CASA2002 - 2004
ParalegalWilson Elser Edelman & Dicker1990 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Stapleton Master Community AssociationMember2009 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Denver Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
The Harris Law FirmColorado Step Parent Adoption2010
Headlines Marketing Corporation publicationHelping Your Children Cope with Divorce2010
The Harris Law FirmColorado Guardianship2010
The Harris Law FirmCreating a Marital Agreement in Colorado2010
The Harris Law FirmPre and Post Nups2010
The Harris Law FirmThe Award of Attorney Fees2010
The Harris Law FirmMore Women and Middle Class Couples Seeking Pre Nups2010
The Harris Law FirmColorado Custody Evaluations2009
The Harris Law FirmNational Violence Hotline2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
State University of New York, AlbanyPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Legal NightColorado Family Law2009
Family Law Court ProgramColorado Family Law2005