Elaine L. Chan

Elaine L. Chan

Voice: 619.398.3360
Fax: 619.398.3361



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Elaine L. Chan

Elaine has been in private practice for most of her career, but she also spent several years serving as General Counsel for a Water District and as a Deputy City Attorney handling complex litigation. While Elaine’s practice is very diverse, she has areas of concentration in business disputes, financial institutions, employment, contracts, real property, contractors, public entities, water, environmental, natural resources, construction, trust and will contests, home owners associations, education, and insurance.

Elaine served as past president of the Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego, was the host of the first delegation of lawyers from the People’s Republic of China, and served as the Chair of the Minority Affairs Committee of the San Diego County Bar Association and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Chinese Community Service Center of San Diego. Elaine has taught courses in discovery and trial practice for Continuing Education for the Bar and has given seminars to landlords, property managers, and employers. She served as judicial clerk for Hon. Roger Conner and Hon. Robert Irwin of the Alaska Supreme Court and Hon. Donald Froeb of the Arizona Court of Appeals.


Elaine is rated AV® by Martindale-Hubbell, their highest rating of skill and integrity, indicating very high to preeminent legal ability and very high ethical standards as established by confidential opinions from members of the bar.


University of California, Davis

J.D., Phi Kappa Phi – 1977

University of California, Berkeley

B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, with distinction – 1971

Professional Associations
and Memberships

Chinese Community Service Center of San Diego (Board of Directors)
Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego (President)
San Diego County Bar Association: Minority Affairs Committee (Chair)