Elizabeth E. StephensOf Counsel

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Summary

Elizabeth E. Stephens serves as managing attorney of Sullivan Hill’s Las Vegas office. She practices in the area of insolvency and bankruptcy, primarily representing trustees and creditors in consumer bankruptcies. She is also an experienced appellate lawyer, having successfully litigated before the Ninth Circuit, the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, courts of the District of Nevada and the Supreme Court of the State of Nevada, as well as the State of Wisconsin. She is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ms. Stephens graduated from Marquette University Law School where she was a staff editor of the Marquette Law Review. As an assistant state public defender for the State of Wisconsin in the Appellate Division, she litigated hundreds of criminal appeals in the state and federal courts. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Stephens also represented consumer debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies.

Education

  • Marquette University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1984
  • University of Wisconsin, MALS, 1971
  • Alverno College, B.A., 1969

Expertise

Trustee Representations:

  • In re Deichler, Case No: BK-S-09-16135-BAM.
  • In re Ana J Fox, Case No: BK-S-10-19096-LBR.
  • In re Grower’s Direct Coffee, Case No: BK-S-09-16135-BAM.
  • In re Otterstein, Case No. BK-S-09-10630-MKN.
  • In re Quinn, Case No. BK-S-10-27614-LBR.

Published Cases:

  • Weinstein Fox, 302 P. 3d 1137 (Nevada 2013).
  • In re Elias, Case No: BK-S-188 F.3d 1160 (9th Cir. 1999).
  • Select Sentry Ins. Co. v. Meyer, 18 Wage & Hour Cas. 2d (BNA)(D. Nev. 2012).
  • In re Galvez, 115 Nev.417, 990 P. 2d 187 (Nev. 1999).
  • In re Hall, 2011 WL 4485774 (9th Cir. BAP).
  • State ex. rel. Oliver v Guolee, 179 Wis. 376, 507 NW 2d. 145 (Wis. App. 1993).

Publications:

  • “New Congress, Familiar Legislation,” ABI Journal, Vol. XL, No.  3, March 2021.
  • “Key Bankruptcy Legislation Sent to the House Floor,” ABI Journal, Vol. XXXIX, No. 11, November 2020.
  • “BANKRUPTCY IN 2020: Part of the Treatment; Part of the Cure,” Sullivan Hill, June 2020.
  • “Chapter 12 Bankruptcy and the Family Farmer Relief Act,” Co-Authored, Sullivan Hill, June 2020.
  • “Sen. Warren Proposes Sweeping Reforms to the Bankruptcy Code,” ABI Journal, Vol. XXXIX, No. 3, March 2020.
  • “Student Loans and Bankruptcy: Congressional Action and Consumer Commission Recommendations,” ABI Journal, October 2019.
  • “Using Appearance Counsel in Court: Risky Business?” ABI Journal,  Vol. XXXVII, No. 11, November 2018.
  • “Proof of Claim: To Sign or Not to Sign?” Consumer Bankruptcy Newsletter, Vol. 14, No. 6, October 2016.
  • “PACT Will Not Prevent Trustees from Attempting to Claw Back College Tuition Payments,” ABI Journal, Vol. XXXV, No. 2, February 2016.
  • “Should Bankruptcy Trustees Retain the Ability to Claw Back College Tuition Payments Under Section 548,” ABI Consumer Bankruptcy Newsletter, August 2015.
  • “Bankruptcy Exemptions in Nevada: A Mash-Up of State and Federal Law,” Comminque’ Vol. 36 No. 3, March 2015.

Affiliations

Ms. Stephens is a member of the Nevada Bar and admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit and the District of Nevada. She serves as co-chair for the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Legislation Committee, she previously served as co-chair of the Consumer Bankruptcy Committee. She is a member of the Southern Nevada Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys, Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys and National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees.

News

Elizabeth Stephens to Present at ABI's 2021 Consumer Practice Extravaganza

Elizabeth Stephens Published in ABI Consumer Newsletter

Elizabeth Stephens Published in American Bankruptcy Institute Journal

Of Counsel Elizabeth Stephens Interviewed by Law360

Of Counsel Elizabeth Stephens Interviewed by the Las Vegas Review Journal

Of Counsel Elizabeth Stephens Published in American Bankruptcy Institute Journal

"BANKRUPTCY IN 2020: Part of the Treatment; Part of the Cure" by Of Counsel Elizabeth Stephens

Chapter 12 Bankruptcy and the Family Farmer Relief Act

Of Counsel Elizabeth Stephens Organizes "Update Your Chapter 12 Skills" Webinar by American Bankruptcy Institute

COVID-19: How Sullivan Hill Can Help Small Businesses Experiencing Shutdowns

Of Counsel Elizabeth Stephens Published in American Bankruptcy Institute Journal

Of Counsel, Elizabeth Stephens, to be a Moderator at ABI's Winter Leadership Conference

Of Counsel, Elizabeth Stephens, Published in the Legislation Committee Newsletter by the American Bankruptcy Institute

Of Counsel Elizabeth Stephens, Published in American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, November 2018

Of Counsel Elizabeth Stephens, Published in American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Volume 36, Number 7

Of Counsel Elizabeth Stephens, Published in ABI Consumer Bankruptcy Committee Newsletter, Volume 14, Number 6

Of Counsel Elizabeth Stephens, Published in American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Volume 35, Number 2

Of Counsel Elizabeth Stephens, Published in ABI Consumer Bankruptcy Committee Newsletter, Volume 13, Number 4