Elise Dresser

Elise Dresser

Legal Assistant

Elise is a legal assistant for the employment law team.  From opening a file to going to trial, she attends to each phase of each case with great care.   

Elise assists in preparation of pleadings, court filings, and investigation assignments. As well, she keeps clients updated about the status of their cases. With over 30 years of experience as a civil litigation assistant, Elise is proficient in civil procedure, calendaring and docketing, and is familiar with state, federal, and local rules.

A long-time active member of Santa Clara County Legal Professionals Association (SCCoLPA) and Legal Professionals Incorporated (LPI), Elise serves as LPI State Parliamentarian and is SCCoLPA Vice President.  In addition, she is a California Certified Legal Secretary (CCLS), attaining her state certification in 2009.  This certification is achieved by passing a comprehensive examination on topics such as California legal procedures, legal terminology, reasoning and ethics, and communications. She is the past Chair of the CCLS Certifying Board and is a past board member of the Bay Area Legal Forum.

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  • Credentials


    • CA Certified Legal Secretary (CCLS), Legal Professionals Incorporated (LPI)
    • B.S., Springfield College
  • Awards & Honors
    • Rob Cardinale Jr. President’s Award 2023
    • Santa Clara County Legal Professionals Association (SCCoLPA) President’s Award, 2010
  • Publications

    Legal Secretaries, Incorporated California (LSI) Legal Professionals Handbook, Assistant Editor

    Legal Secretaries Incorporated California (LSI), Law Office Procedures Manual, Assistant Editor


  • Professional & Community Contributions
    • Santa Clara County Legal Professionals Association (SCCoLPA), Vice President
    • Santa Clara County Legal Professionals Association (SCCoLPA), Past President
    • Legal Professionals Incorporated (LPI), State Parliamentarian