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



  • Represented a private-label credit card provider in many retail bankruptcies throughout the country.

  • Represented creditors as defendants in preference litigation in all types of bankruptcy cases throughout the country.

  • Represented Cody’s Books, Inc., the iconic Berkeley landmark and family-owned book store, in a corporate restructuring and the ultimate sale of the business.

  • Represented several guarantors in connection with the restructuring of over $450 million in securitized loans relating to more than 200 apartment buildings in San Francisco held by more than 30 limited partnerships.  This matter involved senior debt, junior debt, the bankruptcy of certain entities, foreclosures on certain real property, restructuring of debt, as well as litigation in state and federal courts.

  • Represented two related high-tech corporations that manufactured ceramic components for silicon chip manufacturers, solar, automotive, and other industries. The manufacturing process of these components created a byproduct of toxic waste that had been left untreated. The firm obtained approval for an in-court Chapter 11 auction of the assets free of the toxic waste claims.  The firm then negotiated a complex compromise with landlord creditors and state and federal regulatory agencies for the legal disposal of the hazardous materials and incorporated that settlement into a confirmed Chapter 11 plan of reorganization.

  • Represented lenders and borrowers in numerous debt restructurings including a children’s activity book manufacturer and an aircraft carrier operating as a museum in Alameda, California.

  • Represented regional bank and largest secured creditor in bankruptcy of major real estate developer involving more than 200 parcels of real property in Sonoma and Napa counties.

  • Represented several creditors in the Lehman Brothers Chapter 11 case with respect to claims relating to ISDA and SWAP agreements, and assisted clients with the sales of their claims.

  • Represented the Chapter 11 debtor and the Chapter 11 trustee in companion cases involving disputed claims by attorneys for fees.  The firm litigated the validity of a $4.0 million claim of attorney’s lien that resulted in a judgment avoiding the lien and making the funds available to the trustee for the settlement of other claims.

  • Represented the largest unsecured creditor and chaired the creditors committee in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy of a national consumer-electronics retail chain. 

Commercial Transactions

  • Represented online lender in a securitization. This was a complex transaction involving in excess of $300 million in loans. 

  • Represented national bank and created portfolio of forms relevant to a guaranteed loan product.

  • Represented a multinational computer company, for the design and manufacture of personal computers throughout the world.  Drafted and negotiated several global and regional Original Design and Manufacture Agreements that required a detailed level of understanding of the operational and manufacturing process, service and support agreements, and different business models.

  • Represented manufacturing company with a major initiative in China to establish a new entity in a Chinese province. This major undertaking required reviewing, drafting, and negotiating documentation with representatives in the United States and China.

  • Represented online mortgage lender in dissolution and wind down of its operations and negotiation of liquidation with its lender. The matter involved in excess of $300 million.

  • Represented purchasers and sellers of accounts receivable, including global financial services company in numerous receivables purchase programs for facilities aggregating more than $400 million.

  • Represented several small business owners in the sale of their businesses, including negotiation and drafting of documents, and addressing shareholder issues.

  • Represented lenders, as agents, in numerous senior-secured syndicated financing transactions with credit facilities ranging from $5 million to $100 million.  The financings included a combination of term loans and revolving loans as part of front-end transactions and complex restructurings.  The transactions involved a variety of collateral, including basic hard-asset collateral, intellectual property collateral, agricultural collateral and collateral located internationally.  Many of the deal structures required addressing intercreditor and stockholder issues, with deals often including numerous guarantors, domestic and international. 

  • Represented lenders in venture capital financing of start-up entities. In addition to loan documentation, F & S  prepared convertible debt instruments, warrants, and other equity documentation.  Collateral security involved perfection and protection of intellectual property, which was often the sole asset of value.

  • Prepared and negotiated a guaranty and assisted with issues regarding the contract manufacturing agreement.  As part of the same transaction, F&S worked on a $60 million lending arrangement and worked on amendments and the final documentation upon payment in full.