Elizabeth A. Fritzinger
The Fritzinger in Berry & Fritzinger, P.C. is Elizabeth Fritzinger, a woman who not only understands how to get the job done – any job – she knows how to accomplish it strategically, efficiently, and with a smile. Her advocacy, tenacious as it is, is perfectly balanced by her engaging manner, her quick wit, and her unending commitment to finding collaborative solutions to her client’s problems.
Elizabeth’s ultimate goal – and, in fact, the ultimate goal of every issue that Berry & Fritzinger, P.C. handles – is to develop strategies which lead to early victories and save her client time and resources. When faced with complex legal issues, she uses innovative thinking to turn cases around and deliver positive outcomes that promote her client’s long-term objectives. Should it come to a jury trial, Elizabeth’s approach is simple: outwork, out-prepare, and out-think the other side. This intense preparation, along with her intimate knowledge of her client’s business, allows her to be at ease in the courtroom and deliver outstanding results.
United States District Court, District of Nebraska
United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Colorado
United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Nebraska
United States District Court, Northern District of California
United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California
Creighton University, J.D., magna cum laude, 2007
University of Iowa, B.A., with honors, 2003
Forty Under 40 recipient. Selected by North Bay Business Journal as one of the forty exceptional business leaders under forty years of age in Sonoma, Marin, and Napa Counties.
HR Discipline & Termination presented on October 29, 2020 at the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber.
Leaves of Absence relating to COVID-19 presented on July 30, 2020 at the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber.
Pre-Hire and Onboarding New Employees presented on January 30, 2020 at the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber.
Societal Trends and Legal Changes Brought About by the #MeToo Movement, presented on September 19, 2019 at the Sonoma County Bar Association.
Civil Trial Workshop presented on March 22, 2019 at the Sonoma County Bar Association.
Offers of Judgment: CCP § 998 Seminar presented on December 11, 2013 at the Sonoma County Bar Association.
Obtained a $700,000 settlement for breach of contract and negligence claims for the defective construction of a home located in Sonoma County.
Obtained a $5.8 million dollar settlement for a winery that had defects in its tasting room, production facility and cave.
Defended client’s right to remain in leased premises by bringing a successful summary judgment motion against landlord and the Court ordered landlord to pay client’s attorney fees and costs.
Defended employer from various wage and hour violations by successful negotiating a reasonable settlement and prior to Labor Commissioner’s Office full investigation of client’s wage and hour practices.
Counseled several businesses with the preparation of employment policies, handbooks, employment agreements and separation agreements.
Counseled several businesses with the termination of employees and successfully negotiating severance agreements with releases of claims against the business.
Obtained over two years of client’s salary because employer violated California’s Equal Pay Act laws.
Obtained a construction defect multiple million dollar settlement for a Sonoma County based winery that was defectively designed and constructed.
Like many young people, Elizabeth didn’t understand the invaluable life lessons her family had imparted to her until she left home to attend the University of Iowa. Born and raised on a multi-generational family farm, Elizabeth watched her father carefully steward an agricultural business entrusted to him by his ancestors. She learned the importance of hard work and endurance by watching her mother obtain her master’s degree while working full time and running her children to every after-school program they wished to attend.
The lessons her parents taught her have stayed with her throughout her life, but there were other lessons she needed to learn and for those she had her older brother. Seeing her love of sports, Elizabeth’s brother took an active interest in working with her to better her performance. After a bad game, even at an early age, he would have her practice to ensure she never made the same mistake twice. This instilled in her a real sense of stewardship, of sticking to something, and of putting others before yourself – all important lessons for an attorney to learn.
In 2012, Elizabeth moved to California and began her West Coast life with her husband, Matt Fritzinger. Prior to having children, you may have encountered Matt and Elizabeth pedaling around the Bay Area and patronizing some of Sonoma County’s favorite establishments like Freestone Bakery or Howard’s Café. Now, as the proud parents of two sons, you may see Matt and Elizabeth chasing after their young sons who have taken up the family tradition of seeing Sonoma County on two wheels.