Elias is a Family Law Attorney in Sacramento and a Senior Associate of the firm and litigates all facets of family law, including child custody, child and spousal support, property, move away cases, jurisdictional issues, domestic violence restraining orders, and alternative dispute resolution.
Elias is a seasoned litigator prepared to handle the matters that require courtroom attention from trials to short cause court hearings. He has successfully defended a number of clients in multiple day trials concerning requests to move children out of California, against false allegations of sexually abuse and domestic violence, and high conflict child custody cases. Elias has also experience litigating family law cases, with companion criminal cases due to false allegations, and working with defense counsel in a strategic manner geared towards dismissal of the criminal action and prevailing in family court. He has also litigated multiple custody cases involving allegations of illegal drug use and/or alcohol abuse. Elias is familiar with interstate and international child custody disputes (US-Mexico), the Hague Convention. He has experience in defending/prosecuting cases involving mediation (CCRC) reports prepared by court and private mediators, child custody evaluations, and psychological evaluations. Elias also has experience in trying cases solely on the issue of date of separation and high value property characterization, valuation, and division. Mr. Guzman’s extensive trial and discovery experience assist in planning your case for long term solutions even at a short cause law and motion hearing.
Elias is a member of the State Bar and the Sacramento County Bar Association/Family Law Section. He has appeared as a family law attorney before the family law judges in the following counties: Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, Amador, San Joaquin, Calaveras, Sutter, Yolo, and Solano. He also speaks Spanish, which helps with our bilingual clients and witnesses. Elias previously served as a board member with Sacramento Healthy Marriage Project and the Executive Committee for the Public Law section of the California State Bar.
Prior to joining the firm as a Family Law Attorney, Elias was a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Elk Grove and has significant experience in real estate transactions, land use, and environmental law. Elias is married and the proud father of three children.