Attorney Bio

Tracy Duell-Cazes, CFLS

Tracy Duell-Cazes has been practicing in the area of family law in Northern California for over 32 years.  Tracy lived and grew up in Silicon Valley graduating from Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, CA before starting college at De Anza College earning an A.S. in Accounting and completing her bachelor's degree in Accounting at the California State University at Chico.

Tracy went on to attend Santa Clara University School of Law earning her Juris Doctor and was admitted to the bar in California, the U.S. District Court and the Northern District of California in 1989.  Tracy was also admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeal, Ninth District in 2010.

Tracy is a Certified Family Law Specialist by the California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California and has held this certification since December of 2002.

Tracy has also been named as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers every year since 2009. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Away from the office, Tracy enjoys traveling, reading, watching movies, playing video games and creating glass art.

​The firm’s areas of practice includes:

  • Child custody

  • Child support

  • Paternity

  • Divorce

  • Visitation rights

  • Spousal support

  • Property rights

  • Private judging

  • Contempt of Court defense and prosecution


The Law Offices of Tracy Duell-Cazes represents clients in San Jose, Santa Clara County  and selected cases in Redwood City, San Mateo County California.

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Tracy's Professional Affiliations Include:

  • American Bar Association

    • Family Law Section 2006 – 2018

  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists 2003 – Present

    • Membership Benefits Committee 2012 – Present

  • ACFLS Charitable Foundation

    • Board Member 2018 - Present

  • California State Bar Association 1989 – Present

    • Family Law Section 1997 – Present

    • San Jose Regional Standing Committee 2006 – 2016

  • Santa Clara County Bar Association 1991 – Present

    • Family Law Executive Committee 1997 – Present

      • Chair 2018

      • Vice-Chair 2017

      • LGBT/Domestic Partnership Committee Chair 2014 – 2016

      • Domestic Partners/Same Sex Relationships Committee Chair 2013

      • Legislative Committee Chair 2004 – 2009

    • Criminal Law Executive Committee 1997 – 2000

Tracy's Published Works Include:

  • The Preliminary Declaration of Disclosure - How to Do It Right, Best Practices, and What Happens When It Goes Wrong

    • Published in 2014 in Family Law News - California State Bar Family Law Section

  • How the Fifth Amendment Impacts Family Court in Domestic Violence Cases

    • Published in 2013 on tcdfamilylaw.com

  • Contempt Probation – Part 1 What Do I Do Now That I Have the Finding

    • Published in 2011 in ACFLS Family Law Specialist

  • Contempt Probation – Part 2 What Do I Do Now That the Contemnor is [Still] Not Complying

    • Published in 2012 in ACFLS Family Law Specialist

​Tracy's Professional Presentations ​and Classes Include:

  • California Lawyer's Association, June 20, 2019 "Why, When and How to File a Contempt Action in Family Court”

  • San Mateo County Bar Association - Family Law Section, July 14, 2017 "To Be or Not to Be: Is My Order Enforceable by Contempt"

  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, January 18, 2019 "New Developments in Family Law"

  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, August 14, 2018 "Knowing When to Accept a Case and When It's Time to Say Goodbye"

  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, January 16, 2108 "2018 New Legislation ... Begin the Year Knowing What is New and Improved"

  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, May 16, 2017 "Discovery & Probation in Family Law Contempts.  Can I? Should I?”

  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, April 28, 2017 "Attorney's Fees and Sanctions in 2017"

  • Pro Bono Project, April 27, 2017, Pro Bono Project, “contempt”

  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, January 5, 2017 "2017 New Legislation ... Begin the Year Knowing What is New and Improved"

  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, November 29, 2016 "Sanctions - The Underutilized Code of Civil Procedure Statutes (CCP 128.5 and 128.7)"

  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, November 1, 2016 "Everything You Need to Know About Income & Expense Declarations But Were Afraid to Ask"

  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, October 4, 2016 "Everything You Need to Know About Preliminary Declarations of Disclosure But Were Afraid to Ask"

  • Sacramento County Bar Association, June 3, 2016 “Defending Contempts in Family Law Cases”

  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, January 7, 2016 “2016 New Legislation....Begin the Year Knowing What is New and Improved”

  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (ACFLS), August 25, 2015 “Prosecuting and Defending Contempts: The Litigators’ Viewpoints”

  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, June 18, 2015 “The Nuts and Bolts of a Business Valuation in a Family Law Case” - Moderator

  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, January 6, 2015  “2015 New Legislation .... And The Changes Go On”

  • (Abridged list that dates back to October, 2001)