Lizabeth de Vries
Founder, Litigation Attorney
Liza de Vries is the founder of De Vries Law, P.C.
After vigorously prosecuting civil rights and elder abuse cases over sixteen years at the Scott Law Firm, Liza launched her own practice in 2020.
Committed to preserving the civil rights of those whose voices cannot be heard, Liza represents children who have suffered from wrongdoing by those erroneously entrusted to keep them safe and adults whose rights have been trampled. She also represents elders, adults with disabilities, consumers, and those who have suffered from a prism of scenarios constituting abuse of power, government misconduct, employment discrimination, harassment or retaliation.
In addition, Liza represents professional fiduciaries who protect those who cannot protect themselves from abuse or neglect. She also staunchly defends fiduciaries falsely accused of wrongdoing for nefarious purposes. Common opposing parties are so-called friends, colleagues, associates, care providers, disgruntled family members, strangers, state actors, and all who take advantage of a victim's frailties, diminished capacities, and inability to withstand undue influence, fraud or duress.
Her clients recover their losses through civil litigation, conservatorships, and estate or trust litigation.
Liza's Track Record
- Since 2003, Liza has litigated hundreds of cases and appeals to recover millions of dollars for her clients and change public policy by pursuing violations of the Elder Abuse & Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act, the Consumer Legal Remedies Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related California civil rights statutory schemes, the Fair Employment & Housing Act, the ADA, and Probate Code sections intended to recover property wrongfully taken from elders or dependent adults.
- Liza has litigated many complex and high-profile cases against Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, felonious care providers and those who “assist” in elder abuse, and all branches of the government including private state actors.
- Named as counsel in over twelve published decisions, Liza has also been involved in numerous ground-breaking appeals. Issues raised include how to interpret the remedies available to plaintiffs under the Elder Abuse Act and the rights of employees who care for children with a disability.
- Liza is honored to collaborate with well-respected advocacy groups including Legal Assistance for Seniors, Professional Fiduciary Association of California, local Adult Protective Service agents, and local bar associations. She is also a frequent presenter at statewide and local conferences.
- In 1994, Liza founded the local chapter of a statewide program which teaches law to high-school students called Youth & Government. After ensuring city-wide funding for the statewide program to expand and continue in San Francisco, she established and continues to participate in its annual Mock Trial.
Numerous organizations invite Liza to share best practices and updates so we may join forces to deter elder abuse in our communities, covering topics which include the following.
- When Your Job Is Being the Ethical Adult in the Room | Professional Fiduciaries of California, Educational Conference, on demand at virtual conference June through August 2020
- Financial Elder Abuse 101 | Legal Assistance for Seniors 14th Annual Conference, May 21, 2019
- Toolbox for Navigating LGBTQIA Elder Abuse | Legal Assistance for Seniors Annual Conference, May 22, 2018
- Our Ethical Journey | Professional Fiduciaries of California Northern Regional Education Day, September 9, 2015
- Are Your Client's Transfer Documents the Result of Financial Elder Abuse? | Legal Assistance for Seniors Annual Conference, May 19, 2015
- Elder Financial Abuse: The Why, the What is Being Done, and the What's Next | Legal Assistance for Seniors Annual Conference, May 20, 2014
- Recent Case & Laws Impacting Professional Fiduciaries | Professional Fiduciary Association of California Annual Conference, April 22-23, 2014
- Elder Abuse Statutes: Potential Landmines and Goldmines | Professional Fiduciary Association of California Annual Conference, September 12, 2013
Elder Abuse Update & Q&A | East Bay Trusts & Estates Litigation bar section, July 17, 2013
- Consumer Protection/New Legislation Updates – Financial Institutions: Observe, Detect, Report, Prevent and Collaborate | Legal Assistance for Seniors Conference, May 21, 2013
- Conservators' Duties and Responsibilities | Professional Fiduciary Association of California Annual Conference, April 27, 2013
- Financial Abuse Cheat Sheet and Updates | San Francisco Adult Protective Services, August 18, 2011
- Why, where and how to file an elder-abuse case | Legal Assistance to Seniors Annual Conference, June 20, 2011
- Authorities to Recover Your Elder Client's Assets Short of Litigation | East Bay Trusts and Estates Lawyers, May 4, 2011
- Legislative Update-Insurance Fraud and Mandatory Reporting | Elder Financial Protection Network Call to Action Conference, April 8, 2011
- When should you pursue an elder-abuse lawsuit? | Contra Costa County Elder Law Section, September 14, 2010
- How to set up elder-abuse lawsuits to recover elders' assets and dignity | Legal Assistance for Seniors Annual Conference, June 18, 2010
- Mandatory reporting requirements for suspected elder abuse; RCFE admissions and discharge: protections many elders do not know about; and, New laws effecting financial-abuse litigation | Professional Fiduciary Association of California Annual Conference, May 9, 2008
- Confronting Elder Financial Abuse: Real Estate Fraud | Elder Financial Protection Network Call to Action Conference, March 27, 2008
- Protecting Elders: Legal Issues | Center for Judicial Excellence Probate Forum, January 25, 2007
- Standing To File An Elder Abuse Lawsuit | Legal Assistance For Seniors “Let's Stop the Bleeding” Conference, May 2, 2006