Friedman & Springwater LLP has been dedicated to providing clients with exceptional legal representation since its founding in 2003. Our lawyers have wide ranging expertise in the specialty practice areas of Bankruptcy, Commercial Transactions, Civil Litigation, Energy and Utilities Regulatory Litigation, and Appellate Litigation.
Based in San Francisco, F & S represents some of the largest technology, public utility, and financial services companies in the U.S., as well as debtors, creditors, trustees, and creditors’ committees in bankruptcy cases. We have represented numerous entities in bankruptcy cases, and have extensive experience implementing solutions for businesses and municipalities in troubled debt situations inside and outside of bankruptcy courts.
Our lawyers advise clients on sophisticated commercial transactions, with particular emphasis on secured transactions, including securitized or off-balance sheet financing, and other credit enhancement devices. We also have special expertise in sales of private label credit card portfolios, inventory finance, sales of intellectual property, and sales of small businesses.
We have in-depth experience handling regulatory proceedings relating to renewable energy matters, “green” systems, and other environmental impact cases. Our lawyers have particular expertise in representing parties before the California Public Utilities Commission.
Friedman & Springwater LLP is a certified woman-owned firm with an approach that emphasizes efficiency and efficacy in providing the highest quality legal representation.
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Ellen A. Friedman practices in the areas of commercial transactions, bankruptcy and insolvency.
Ellen has extensive experience representing both debtors and creditors. She has also served on many creditors' committees, including committees in the Circuit City, Inacom, Bridgeport Holdings bankruptcies. Ellen represented one of the largest creditors in the multi-national insolvencies of Trigem, Inc. and its affiliates . She has participated in financial restructurings ranging from small companies to large well-established hardware manufacturers and has provided legal advice in connection with the wind down of many companies. Ellen has also represented intellectual property licensees and licensors in bankruptcy cases, including the chapter 11 cases of Eastman Kodak and Technology Properties Limited. Ellen has represented secured lenders in a variety of bankruptcy cases including real estate and retail.
Ellen has handled a wide range of commercial transactions, including venture capital finance, , inventory finance, sales of intellectual property, receivables, loans and sales of other financial assets, including securitized or off-balance sheet accounting and other credit enhancement devices. She has represented multinational technology companies in connection with international design, manufacture and procurement arrangements and has a detailed level of understanding of the operational and manufacturing process, service and support agreements, and different business models. Ellen also has expertise in guaranty law and has represented guarantors of real property in restructurings, workouts and civil suits.
Ellen has written extensively on bankruptcy and secured transactions (Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code). She is the author of Secured Transactions in California Commercial Practice (CEB 2001) and its yearly updates since 2001; “Security Interests in Trade Secrets,” Trade Secrets (CEB 1998) and its yearly updates; “Intellectual Property Issues in Bankruptcy,” in Technology & Emerging Growth M&As 2002 (PLI) [Reprinted in Internet Law & Business]; and “Acquisitions of Distressed Dot-Coms” (Bank and Corporate Governance Law Reporter, 2001). She is a lecturer for Executive Enterprises, the Practicing Law Institute, Professional Education Systems, Inc., the American Bar Association, Lorman Education Services, ExecSense, the California State Bar, the Commercial Finance Association and the Bar Association of San Francisco.
Ellen has been included in Best Lawyers in America for the 2010-2016 editions in the field of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law, and is listed as a Northern California Super Lawyer in Creditor Debtor Rights for 2014-2015. Ellen is a member of the International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation. She is a member of the State Bar of California and the State Bar of New York.
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