Elsa-Marie Medeiros

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Elsa-Marie Medeiros

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Biography

Elsa-Marie Medeiros is an associate at Harris and Fraser. Ms. Medeiros focuses on property characterization and division, child and spousal support, and child custody and visitation. She is a member of the California State Bar, as well as the San Mateo County Bar Association Family Law Section and the Portuguese American Bar Association.

Ms. Medeiros received her Juris Doctorate from University of California, Hastings College of the Law. While in law school, she worked as a law clerk at San Francisco's Unified Family Court. She received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Mediation and the Witkin Award for Civil Procedure.  She was an editor on Hastings Law Journal, a position offered to students with top first-year grades. She obtained a certificate in Child Advocacy and is a member of Hastings Pro Bono Society.   

Prior to joining Harris and Fraser, she practiced family law at Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP in Menlo Park, California, where she focused on property division, child and spousal support, and child custody. 

Ms. Medeiros is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in San Francisco County. As a CASA, she advocates for abused and neglected children in the dependency system. She is also a pro bono attorney at Legal Services for Children where she represents trauma-impacted youth in guardianship, immigration, and school expulsion hearings. These experiences provide her with a unique perspective on the effects of trauma and abuse on children's well-being.  She is also a volunteer attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid where she assists the family law staff attorneys with complex family law matters.  

Ms. Medeiros graduated summa cum laude from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and earned a certificate in Human Rights from Stanford University. 
 
Ms. Medeiros speaks fluent Portuguese. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting her 90-year-old grandparents in the Azores Islands, watching her brother coach his soccer teams to victory, and practicing yoga. 

Professional Associations

  • San Mateo County Bar Association Family Law Section
  • Portuguese American Bar Association
  • Hastings Pro Bono Society
Published Works
  • Family Law Publication: The Few and Varying Published Decisions on the Presumption of Undue Influence. Family Law News, Official Publication of the State Bar of California Family Law Section, Issue 3, Vol. 42, 2020.

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D.
    • Honors: CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Mediation
    • Honors: Witkin Award for Civil Procedure
  • University of San Francisco
    • B.A.
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Major: Politics

Bar Admissions

  • California

Practice Areas

  • Property Characterization and Division
  • Child and Spousal Support
  • Child Custody and Visitation
Specialties and Certifications
  • Child Advocacy
Specialties and Certifications
  • Portuguese
  • English