Elaine D. Ryzak Fraser

Top rated family law attorney in Burlingame, California

Harris & Fraser
Elaine D. Ryzak Fraser
Harris & Fraser

Practice Areas: Family law; view more

Licensed in California since: 1984

Education: University of San Francisco School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2023

Harris & Fraser

1220 Howard Avenue
Suite 250
Burlingame, CA 94010 Visit website


As an attorney at Harris & Fraser, Elaine D. Ryzak Fraser is committed to representing clients in San Francisco, Burlingame and San Mateo County, California. She focuses her practice on handling family law cases that involve the following matters: litigation, divorce/dissolution, child custody, child support, spousal support/alimony, property/asset division, and prenuptial agreements. Ms. Fraser also offers her role as a mediator, mediation consulting services and Collaborative Practice--Collaborative Divorce practitioner.

In 1974, Ms. Fraser earned a Bachelor of Arts from California State University Long Beach. She later chose to pursue a career in law, receiving a Juris Doctor in 1984 from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Helping families through complex issues such as divorce and child custody requires a deep knowledge of the law as well as a sense of compassion. Treating clients with respect, Ms. Fraser works toward achieving the best possible outcome for a case. Whether she is guiding them through mediation or litigating on their behalf in the courtroom, she always has their interests in mind. Thanks to a track record of success, Ms. Fraser has earned an Avvo "Superb" rating.

Active in the legal community, Ms. Fraser is a member of the Collaborative Practice California, The State Bar of California's Family Law Section, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Collaborative Practice of San Mateo County  where she serves on the Executive Committee. In addition to her work with clients, Ms. Fraser serves in a variety of family law roles with the Superior Court of San Mateo County on a pro bono basis.

Practice areas

Family law

Focus areas

Alimony & spousal support, Child support, Custody & visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic violence, Paternity, Marital property, Mediation & collaborative law

  • 100% Family law

First Admitted: 1984, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.harrisandfraser.com/attorney/fraser-elaine-ryzak...

  • , Collaborative Divorce Process
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Presenter at Divorce Options Workshops for the San Mateo Superior Court Multi-Option ADR Project--How to Be Effective in Judicial Arbitration, Attorney Presenter, Presenter at Divorce Options workshops--Public Outreach
  • Panelist, San Francisco Superior Court Pre-Arbitration Settlement Conferences
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Family Law Section Member, San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Volunteer at Status Conferences, Family Law Department, San Mateo County Superior Court., 2021
  • CP Cal PEC Committee Member which serves to unify, strengthen and support the collaborative community and to increase public awareness of the collaborative process throughout California., 2021
  • Mediation Panelist for San Mateo County Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, 2015
  • Collaborative Practice of San Mateo County (CPSMC), Member
  • Collaborative Practice of San Mateo County-Executive Committee
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • California, 1984
  • San Mateo County Superior Court, the Judicial Arbitration Panel and Advisory Committee
  • Judge Pro Tempore for the Superior Court of the County of San Mateo
  • San Mateo County Bar Association, Judicial Evaluation Committee
  • Co-Chair, Collaborative Practice Group of San Mateo County, 2013 and 2014
  • Board of Directors, San Mateo Collaborative Practice Group
  • Member, State Bar of California, Women's Law Section
  • San Mateo County Superior Court, the Alternative Dispute Resolution MAP Oversight Committee
  • Arbitrator, San Mateo County Superior Court
  • Member, State Bar of California, Family Law Section
  • Chairperson, San Mateo Collaborative Practice Group, Public Education Committee, 2011 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018,
  • Director Emeritus and Past President, San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • San Mateo County Superior Court, Family Law Advisory Board
  • San Mateo County Superior Court, the Civil and Probate Advisory Committee
  • Member, San Mateo County Bar Association
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Served as a scorer in San Mateo County's High School Mock Trial Program
  • Volunteer at Samaritan House Pantry to cook and prepare meals for people in need as well as sorting and preparing food items for care packages., 2021
  • Volunteer Attorney, Community Law Night for San Mateo County Bar Association and San Mateo County Law Library., 2020
  • Volunteer in Lawyers in the Library program in the San Mateo County Public Library System; Volunteer for Samaritan House (food distribution for the community)
  • Fund raiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Volunteer, San Mateo County Lawyers in the Library program
  • Volunteer, Family Law Department of the San Mateo County Superior Court
  • Selected Mediator for the Family Law ADR Referral panel-San Mateo County Superior Court, 2018
  • Selected to mediate cases for the Family Law Pro Bono Alternative Dispute Resolution On Site Mediation Panel for the San Mateo County Superior Court
  • Volunteer Mediator, Superior Court of CA, County of San Mateo, ADR Section 
  • University of San Francisco Alumni Mentor, 2016
  • , Top Attorney Award-Divorce, Avvo, 2022
  • , Avvo--Top Attorney Award-Divorce, Avvo Rating, 2020
  • , Avvo--Top Attorney Award-Divorce, Avvo Rating, 2021
  • Annual list of 5% of the top attorneys in Northern California, Super Lawyer--since 2010, Super Lawyer, 2021

Office location for Elaine D. Ryzak Fraser

1220 Howard Avenue
Suite 250
Burlingame, CA 94010

Phone: 650-401-8080


14 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2023

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