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Ellen Ostrow


222 South Main Street, Suite 2200, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Ellen represents major stakeholders in bankruptcy cases and creditors rights litigation, including secured and unsecured creditors, asset purchasers, debtors, committees, trustees, and receivers.

Ellen strategically advises clients to help resolve their bankruptcy and creditors rights disputes in a timely and cost effective manner. Recently, she has represented multiple unsecured creditors' committees in the bankruptcies of manufacturers, event operators, and health food suppliers; Chapter 11 debtors in the entertainment and housing industries; and major power purchase agreement creditors in the FirstEnergy Solutions bankruptcy.


Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights

Clients benefit from Ellen’s comprehensive knowledge of bankruptcy court process and procedures acquired from her experience as a law clerk to Chief Judge William T. Thurman of the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Utah.

Ellen guides creditors, committees, and debtors through the technical bankruptcy process, including:

  • Section 363 Asset Sales for Purchasers and Sellers
  • Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings
  • Post-petition financing
  • Fraudulent and Preferential Transfers
  • Lien disputes
  • Structured Dismissals
  • Executory contract and unexpired lease disputes
  • Automatic stay disputes
  • Bankruptcy claims litigation
Commercial Litigation

Ellen frequently provides support in creating cost-effective dispute resolution solutions for clients:

  • Defending and taking fact and expert depositions
  • Drafting and arguing motions for summary judgment
  • Pursuing collection of judgments
  • Managing discovery


Speaking Engagements


Bar Admissions

Court Admissions


  • Utah Business Magazine, Utah Legal Elite, Up and Coming, 2018

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Utah Bankruptcy Lawyers Forum, Trustee
  • Young Lawyers Division, Utah State Bar, Co-Chair of Career and Professional Development
  • Utah Bar Association, Bar Examiner Committee Member
  • Young ICCA (International Council for Commercial Arbitration), Member
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
  • Utah State Bar, Litigation Section, Member 
  • Women Lawyers of Utah, Member
  • United States Securities & Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement, Washington, D.C., Summer Honors Program, 2012
  • Peace Corp Volunteer, Guatemala, 2008–2010

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