Law Office Of
Elladene Lee Katz

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Law Office Of
Elladene Lee Katz

Be Legally Fit

Know the facts, know your rights
Law Office Of
Elladene Lee Katz
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Elladene Lee Katz has served in the Bay Area of Northern California for over 30 years with integrity and professionalism. Her extensive experience in diverse areas of the law is what makes her practice unique and allows her to best serve her clients interests to the fullest.
“People who have been wronged turn to Elladene Lee Katz.”.
Employment Law
I have handled employment law cases for over 30 years. My experience extends from reviewing offers of employment and employment agreements to preparing and filing claims with State and Federal agencies related to employment discrimination based upon race, national origin, age, gender, sexual harassment, religion, and mental or physical disabilities.
I have drafted complaints in State and Federal Courts regarding employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, failure to promote, constructive discharge, fraud and deceit, defamation and libel, and other such causes of action. I have represented clients in employment litigation throughout the phases of litigation, including discovery, law and motion, alternative dispute resolutions including mediation and arbitration, up to jury trial and I have filed appeals and argued before the Appellate Court. I have also represented numerous public entity employees, including federal employees—for example, post office employees—and I have represented them through EEOC proceedings and MSPB hearings before Administrative Law Judges, and filed appeals. I also represent clients with complaints of Labor Code violations including wages, over time and I have represented clients before the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board fighting for unemployment benefits. In the course of representing employees, I have appeared before various Boards and Administrative Law Judges regarding teacher’s licenses, nursing licensing issues, the Board of Dental Examiners, doctors and real estate agents regarding suspension or revocation of their licenses. I have also negotiated countless Settlement Agreements on behalf of my clients in pursuing damages for their employment claims. I have represented departments from municipalities when they believed that their Memorandum of Understanding related to cost of living increases were violated by the City.
Professional Licensing
As I have described under employment law, I have handled numerous suspension and revocation of licenses for doctors, dentists, dental hygienists, nurses, teachers and real estate agents. I have prepared responses to complaints brought before the Administrative Law Judges regarding these professions and I have represented these
professionals before their Licensing Boards to defend against the revocation of a license. Many of these cases began with termination because of some employment misconduct, for example, allegedly stealing medications or fraud and embezzlement. The professional who is facing potential revocation of license needs representation at several levels, including potential arguments of employment discrimination and wrongful termination, representation before the State Licensing Board, and representation in certain allegations of criminal matters. I review all facts and documents and put together responses, pleadings and briefs with an effort to defend or minimize the accusations and I help prepare my clients for rehabilitation and a stronger defense against the accusations to avoid outright revocation. While it is impossible to guarantee results, I have successfully opposed revocation of licenses and obtained other results including suspensions. My objective as an experienced, impassioned, and tenacious attorney is to defend and preserve the rights of my client.
Family Law
I have represented clients in all areas of family law, including petitions for dissolution, custody and child support issues, and negotiated Marital Settlement Agreements. In drafting family law matters, I have also drafted Temporary Restraining Orders and Permanent Restraining Orders on behalf of clients related to the marital dissolution and child visitation issues.
I also draft Anti-Nuptial or Pre-Nuptial Agreements which clearly articulate separate property and asset division before marriage. I have also mediated marital settlements regarding property, child custody and visitation disputes.
Probate
I have represented and provide guidance through careful estate planning for clients. I have drafted wills and trusts, wills with testamentary trusts, living trusts, amendments and codicils in revising or revoking trusts and wills, charitable trusts, trust set up for children and education or for other purposes, and documents regarding deeds of conveyances of real property and conflicts regarding the sale of real property. I have also mediated probate matters.
Municipal Law
I have represented various business owners and individuals regarding land use planning and development before Cities and Counties and other public entities. I have garnered years of experience working for the County Counsel’s Office in Contra Costa County and I was the Assistant City Attorney for So. San Francisco. Land use planning matters
have included anything from defending clients who have been accused of violating the municipal code and facing nuisance and abatement proceedings, to assisting landowners and developers in obtaining permits and compliance with numerous requirements including the general plan, and specific planning and building codes and environmental concerns.
Eldercare Law
I handled diverse cases regarding eldercare including preparing powers of attorney for healthcare and financial matters. I counseled, as well as, aided families in finding appropriate nursing homes and assisted living facilities for their loved ones. With such matters, my office has also prepared conservatorship, as well as drafted contracts for live-in caregivers particularly for those who served around the clock.
Mediation
With over three decades of experience and expertise as an attorney, in every area of law that I have practiced I have self-mediated, represented clients at mediation and arbitration, mediated between parties and negotiated settlements in a vast majority of cases. I am also a graduate of Stephen Rosenberg’s Mediation Training.
Mr. Rosenberg is a well-known attorney and mediator from Marin County who has been teaching mediation skills to lawyers, judges, professional mediators, and arbitrators and other professionals. I have also mediated cases through a court program in Contra Costa County. I have mediated cases in employment law, family law, probate and I have done so either by self-mediation, or in negotiated settlements between opposing counsel, and in mediation, before mediators. In all areas of law, whether it is employment, probate or family law, I make an effort to listen to the client’s concerns, explain the law, preserve and assert my client’s rights, and negotiate and mediate settlement agreements that save the client unnecessary attorney’s fees and costs.
Testimonials
What do our clients say about us?

I am not a very good writer, but if I were there would only be one word to describe the Law Offices of Elladene Lee Katz……”OUTSTANDING”. I would advise anyone in need of a Premier Attorney to contact the Law Office of Mrs. Katz. As a previous client, I can say that Mrs. Katz and her staff shall, and will do everything and anything for their Clients. Mrs. Katz actually takes the time to talk with clients and give them her attention and help that they need. More so she is the most intelligent 
person I have ever met. I honestly felt relief after our first meeting.   Most Attorneys do not do that. Mrs. Katz did.  As I stated her level of intelligence of the “Law” is extreme. I am fortunate that she was my Attorney. It is my honor to endorse the Law Firm of Elladene Lee Katz. My wife and I have relocated from the SF Bay area and hope that Mrs. Katz expand's her offices to help the many people in need of her talented
services. Mrs. Katz is the ONLY Attorney I know of that treats her clients as friends
and not just "Clients".   That is rare to find from an Attorney. Mrs. Katz successfully won my case when NO other attorney would take it. In my opinion Mrs. Katz and her Staff are the BEST Law Firm in California, if not the Country !

Richard B.

I highly recommend Elladene Katz as your lawyer and advocate, stressing ADVOCATE. She works tirelessly and is personally invested in you and your case. Her knowledge, experience, professionalism and dedication helped to guide me through what could have been a stressful experience. She hears you, listens to the details, and gets it. I was extremely impressed with all her communication and advise which proved to be clear, concise and accurate! Elladene and her team kept me updated and answered/returned all my call or emails. It’s not only how hard she works for you it’s how empowered and grateful you are as the case closes. She’s a fighter with integrity and ethics. Sue S.

I highly recommend Elladene Katz! She will level the playing field for a client who needs legal representation in a difficult situation! I want to thank Elladene for assisting and guiding me through my employment dispute against my employer of nearly thirty years. As a dedicated, exemplary, extremely productive and highly recognized employee for all of those years, I never, ever expected to be retaliated against, slandered and defamed by my employer due to my age and ethnicity. Elladene quickly assessed my situation and gave me extremely sound legal advice. I retained her and, with her representation, Elladene was able to settle my dispute with a satisfactory outcome. Elladene possesses an acute understanding and knowledge of employment law. She is extremely detail oriented and an active and intense listener with exceptional memory retention who takes very copious, detailed notes. She ensured that the discriminatory treatment that I was subjected to by my employer was accurately and clearly conveyed. MORE importantly, Elladene is a genuine person with great empathy and a BIG heart! She was a constant pillar of support that gave me CONIFDENCE and INSPIRED me! She was ALWAYS available to answer questions or give me a pep talk when doubt crept into my thoughts! Elladene is driven to uphold the law and is willing to work hard to make sure that her client gets the best help possible and in a timely way!

Sarah B.

It is my pleasure to write this review for Elladene Katz. I had a difficult and serious situation at work recently. I met with Elladene and she listened to my situation and understood immediately what was transpiring. Elladene took the time to explain my legal rights and at the same time took a personal interest in my well-being.  Elladene fought hard for me and I had complete trust in her.  Elladene was my saving grace and I will always be extremely grateful.  I highly recommend Elladene.

Laura R.

About a year ago I encountered an uncomfortable situation due to discrimination at my former job. I was recommended to Elladene by a friend of the family, and I couldn’t have made a better choice of attorneys. Elladene advocated for me during a time of difficulty and I know she fought hard in my case. I believe she attained the best out-of-court settlement possible, and I completely trusted her professional decisions. She is an honest lawyer and will not waste your time or money if you do not have a case. Elladene has over 30 years of experience; she was professional, sensitive to my confidential matters, and extremely understanding. I felt very comfortable communicating with her throughout this difficult process. Mark J.

It is my pleasure to write this review for Mrs. Elladene Lee Katz. Mrs. Katz is a woman who defines the true meaning of what an attorney should be. She is dedicated, knowledgeable, professional,  and will work endless hours on your case until justice is served. The experience I had with her reflected how she would explore all possibilities in your case and never rule out anything. There were no surprises she was always one step ahead. Her work ethic was purely outstanding. She always kept me abreast of what the status of my case was and asked me how I felt before any decisions were made concerning it. She provided what I expect from an attorney and that is communication, competence, ethics, and fees. I have to say that I would be honored to recommend her to others for she is the epitome of what all attorneys should be. Barbara S.