Friedman & Springwater LLP
T: 415.834.3801


  • J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law, 1985, Order of the Coif
  • A.B., Princeton University, 1982, magna cum laude

Friedman & Springwater LLP
350 Sansome Street
Suite 800
San Francisco, CA 94104
T: 415.834.3800
F: 415.834.1044

Ellen A. Friedman


  • Northern California Super Lawyer in Creditor Debtor Rights 2014-2019.

  • Spirit of CEB Award for work as a volunteer in the area of Business Law Publications, 2010.

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

  • US News and World Report’s Best Lawyers for San Francisco Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization 2009-2019.

  • Co-author, Blackett, Friedman, Foreclosure Under Revised Division 9, CEB Case n' Point, (December 2002).

  • Co-author, Blackett, Friedman, Transition Rules Under the Revised Division 9 of the UCC, CEB Case n'Point 1, (December 2000).

  • Member, INSOL International

  • Panelist, “Evolving Alternatives to Bankruptcy Cases,” California Bankruptcy Forum, San Diego, 2009.

  • Moderator, Panel Presentation 'Article 9: What's New (Revision Committee) and What's Hot (Remedies), 'American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Spring Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, 2009.

  • Speaker, "Administering Corporate Last Rites: Winding Down a Corporation through Voluntary Dissolution," State Bar of California Section Education Institute, San Diego, California, 2008.

  • Speaker, “Dissolution of a Corporation under State Law: Do You Really Need an ABC or Bankruptcy?” The Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section of The Bar Association of San Francisco, 2007.

  • Presenter, Lorman seminar entitled "Commercial Lending Requirements and Loan Documentation in California,” San Francisco, 2006.  

  • Panelist, "How Are the Court's Doing With Revised Article 9?" Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco, 2004.

  • Speaker, “The Best Tips & Techniques for Bankruptcy Lawyers When Advising Clients on Loan Workouts in 2011” ExecSense Webinar.

  • Moderator, 'Selected Topics Under Revised Article 9', California Continuing Education of the Bar, Northern California, 2004. 

  • Presenter, “Remedies under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code,” Asset-Based Distressed Debt: Weathering the Storm Seminar, Commercial Finance Association, 2003.

  • Panelist, "Deals Aren't Over at the Closing: The High-Stakes Game of Managing Ongoing Client Contracts and the Legal Errors That May Result," ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting, San Francisco, 2015.

  • Author, “Acquisitions of Distressed Dot-Coms” (Bank and Corporate Governance Law Reporter, 2001). 

  • Author, "Subordination Agreements," California Business Law Practitioner (CEB Summer 2013).

  • Member, International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation

  • Author, “Taking Security Interests in Personal Property” (CEB 1997).

  • Author, “Security Interests in Trade Secrets,” Trade Secrets Practice in California (CEB 1998-2015). 

  • Author, Secured Transactions in California Commercial Practice (CEB 2001-2015).