Experienced and dedicated litigator, collaborative practitioner and mediator in family law
|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 of San Mateo County||Executive Committee||2011 - Present|
|San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|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|
|Collaborative Practice San Mateo County||Co-chair||2013 - 2014|
|San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association||Past President||2006 - 2007|
|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|
Posted by Maureen
I was referred to Elaine in Dec. 2008. I was in need of a Family Law Attorney as my marriage of 22 years was ending due to alcoholism and domestic violence. The knowledge and compassion that was shared from the very beginning made me feel completely positive that I was in very capable hands. My case wasn't a typical divorce case because for the first 6+ months we were dealing with domestic violence and restraining orders and multiple arrests due to these restraining orders being violated. My ex-husband is a very sick man from his alcohol abuse. Elaine could see how I still loved and truly care about my ex and what was going to happen to him but she helped me to see that I could do what was right for me and our daughter. The support that Elaine shared with me throughout the case kept me going. I never had to wonder where we were in the case or what was expected next of me. Elaine was always prepared and I was always informed as to what was going to take place on any given court day. Elaine had me totally prepared for my deposition and was right at my side to keep things running smooth and to keep the opposing counsel from stepping over the boundaries with their questions. Elaine had my best interest in mind when it came to how long the proceedings were going to take and when we were going to make our recommendations for settlement. Elaine knew that if the case was drawn out or if it went to trial that both attorneys would end up with most of the settlement money. She was able to convince the court and the opposing counsel to get this case wrapped up in a timely manner. And that she did. I couldn't have asked for a more trustworthy Attorney. I was completely comfortable sharing some of my most personal information with Elaine. Elaine could see that my emotional state was shaken with this whole divorce and domestic violence situation and recommended that I seek some counseling. She referred me and that recommendation has turned out to be the best thing that could have ever happened. The case had lots of property that needed to settled too. We got out of our debt from our house and 2nd mortgage without having to pay anything. All of this happened because the right people were on this case. I can't say enough positive stuff about Elaine and her staff. I owe my new start in life to Elaine and I am so thankful that Elaine was on my team. When you need the best do contact Elaine Ryzak Fraser.
Posted by anonymous
When I went through a divorce seven years ago, I wanted a lawyer that was compassionate, responsive, knowledgeable, and totally "on my side". I got that and more from Elaine Fraser.
Although I was working with a mediator, I needed my own advocate that would have my best interest at heart, and who could steer me through not only the facts, but the emotions involved in separating from a spouse of 12 years.
Elaine was clear, concise, and so supportive in her explanation of my options. She helped steer me through the mediation process, but I always felt that, if we had to "take the gloves off" and go to court, she would win hands down. With her help, I got through the divorce with my finances, and most importantly my dignity, intact.
She knows the law, responds quickly, and tempers her excellent advice with sensitivity.
You can't go wrong if you have her on your side.