Elizabeth A. Thomasian

Senior Counsel

  • Office Contact Info
  • Biography

    Elizabeth A. Thomasian is Senior Counsel in the Fresno office of GRSM and a member of the Product & General Liability practice group. 

    Elizabeth attended San Joaquin College of Law in Clovis, California. During law school, she worked for three years as a certified law clerk at a private criminal defense firm and gained experience defending misdemeanor and felony cases. She was published in the San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review, where she authored a comment scrutinizing the federal law protecting wild horses and burros. She gained inspiration for the topic of her article when she adopted her own Bureau of Land Management mustang in 2010 and saw the deficiencies of the government program and the thousands of horses needing homes.

    Prior to joining GRSM, she worked for a boutique civil litigation law firm in Fresno, California. She handled all construction defect, habitability and fire loss cases in the office. Located in the Central Valley and the breadbasket of the world, a large portion of her practice also consisted of agriculturally-based litigation, including crop loss, tractor and equipment-related accidents, big rig accidents, and animal loss cases, such as people being harmed by horses or cattle.


    • California


    • Fresno County Women's Lawyers 
    • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada

    Community Involvement

    • Western Heritage Foundation
    • Horse and Pony Project Leader for the Madera County, Sierra Shadows 4-H Club
  • Practice Areas
  • Representative Experience

    Representative Experience

    • Represented client in binding arbitration hearing wherein the arbitration award that client had to pay was approximately $750,000 less than the last amount demanded by injured party.
    • Successful in terminating motion which resulted in judgment in favor of client and sanctions against plaintiffs.
    • Successfully negotiated multiple cases down over a difference of seven figures at mediation and in informal negotiations.
  • Publications & Presentations


    • San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review – “Should the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 be reined in or turned out to pasture.” August 2013
  • Education


    J.D., San Joaquin College of Law, 2014

    B.S., Agricultural Communications, California State University, Fresno, 2011

    • Women's Equestrian Team


    • 2021 National Collegiate Equestrian Association Distinguished Alumni
    • 2019 San Joaquin College of Law Distinguished Alumni