Experts in Elder Abuse and Civil Rights Litigation
Lizabeth de Vries | Attorney
Liza de Vries practices law to advocate for individuals’ rights and worthy causes. Since Day 1, Liza focused on deterring elder financial abuse and civil rights violations by representing elders and dependent adults, children, and individuals whose rights had been trampled. Liza has litigated and tried 100s of cases in state and federal courts including myriad probate matters. She has also represented clients in arbitrations, administrative hearings, and, authored or co-counseled in dozens of appeals, honored to work with esteemed non-profit amici for public-policy reform to support those who cannot speak for themselves. Whenever possible, Liza has assisted her clients to resolve their disputes pre-litigation, through discourse, discovery, probate remedies, and when informal means fail, mediation.
To prevent and deter abuse, Liza represents elders, dependent adults, family members, consumers, and professional fiduciaries against new “friends,” “colleagues,” “associates,” care providers, strangers, state actors, and all who take advantage of a victim’s frailties, diminished capacities, and inability to discern fraud, deceit, or undue influence. Clients recover their losses through conservatorships, estate or trust litigation, or civil lawsuits. In addition, Liza represents adults who have suffered from a prism of scenarios constituting abuse of power or police misconduct. She also represents employees in the public or private sector who have suffered discrimination or retaliation. Finally, Liza proudly represents children who have suffered from wrongdoing by those erroneously entrusted to keep them safe.
Liza’s Track Record
- Since 2003, Liza has helped her clients recover millions of dollars 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, dependent adults, estates or trusts.
- 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. She has also been involved in numerous ground-breaking appeals published and unpublished, including as the appellate lawyer in one of the first decisions interpreting how to apply the remedies offered to plaintiffs under the Elder Abuse Act.
- 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, she established and continues to participate in its annual Mock Trial program.
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.
- 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