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Elizabeth Van Clief works in the areas of Employee Benefits, Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs), Taxation, Business Planning, and ERISA Litigation.


Elizabeth assists clients and provides consultation to attorneys on a variety of retirement benefits issues in the areas of family law, estate planning, litigation, and administration of qualified retirement plans.


Elizabeth serves as an expert witness in family law proceedings regarding the proper characterization and value of the community’s interest in retirement benefits.


Elizabeth also acts as ERISA counsel to San Diego businesses with respect to IRS and DOL audits, correction submissions, and litigation.


Practice areas


  1. Tax: 40%
    9 years, 7 cases
  2. Employee Benefits: 35%
    9 years, 5 cases
  3. Corporate: 10%
    9 years
  4. Estate Planning: 10%
    9 years
  5. Divorce: 5%
    9 years



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Contact info

Hughes & Pizzuto, APC

401 B Street.
Suite 2400
San Diego, CA, 92101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Young AttorneysSan Diego Daily Transcript2009
Certificate of RecognitionSan Diego Paralegal Association2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyButterfield Schechter LLP2006 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Taxation Section, San Diego County Bar AssociationChair2010 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
John Paul Micha v. Sun LifeN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
The QDRO Advisory ReportThe QDRO Advisory Report2016
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Diego School of LawTax LawLL.M - Master of Laws2007
University of San Diego School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of California - San DiegoMathematics and EconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Western Pension and Benefits ConferenceThe Dos and Don'ts of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders2016