SPOTLIGHT: Elaine Fresch, Construction Law & Equine Law

Elaine Fresch

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Selman Breitman showcases the philosophies, inspiration, and guiding principles of the women attorneys who help elevate our firm and client service.

Elaine Fresch is a member of Selman’s Executive Committee and serves as the Managing Partner of the firm’s Construction Law practice and its Las Vegas office. A seasoned litigator and arbitrator, Elaine regularly represents developers and general contractors, subcontractors, and construction product manufacturers facing construction defect claims. Separately, Elaine applies her years as an award-winning equestrian who continues to actively compete to her Equine Law practice, where she regularly advises clients on the complexities of horse-related cases and claims. She was recently named to the National Law Journal's list of Real Estate/Construction Law Trailblazers and has appeared in the “Top 50 Women in Southern California” list from Super Lawyers since 2014.

What woman inspires you and why?

There are too many, but Sandra Day O’Connor as the first – and for long time only – woman on Supreme Court for holding her own in a very male dominated group. 

If you could have dinner with anyone alive or dead, who would it be and why?

James Madison. I would love to get his take on how the U.S. government has evolved, the changes being suggested, etc.  I have always admired him, and even wrote a college paper about him as the father of the constitution.

What advice (professional or personal) would you give your younger self?

Take more risks and take more time off.

What led you to the practice of law and/or to your specific area of law?

My dad and brother who were attorneys inspired me to consider law school. I happened to try one of the first long cause construction defect cases in California (6 months!) and that led me to start my practice and department.

What has living through a global pandemic taught you?

That we work too much!


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