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Elissa D. Miller

Partner
Overview

Elissa D. Miller is a partner in the Bankruptcy & Reorganization practice group at Greenspoon Marder. As a well-established bankruptcy lawyer and fiduciary, Ms. Miller represents secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees, and trustees in both Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. She is a member of the Chapter 7 Panel of Bankruptcy Trustees appointed by the Office of the United States Trustee in the Central District of California and serves as a Chapter 11 trustee.

Ms. Miller is currently serving as the Chapter 7 Trustee of the infamous law firm of Girardi Keese, and for Mark Slotkin, an entrepreneur and the owner of Antiquarian Traders, a long time established antique store and warehouse in Los Angeles, among many other matters.  She has also been named as the Liquidating Trustee under the confirmed Chapter 11 Plan in the case of Jaguar Distribution Corp. a former distributor of films to airlines and cruise ships.  Previously, Ms. Miller served as trustee in several high-net-worth individual cases, including In re Nancy Johnson (individual with real property in the Bel Air and Brentwood areas of Los Angeles – creditors paid 100%) and In re Hertz (movie industry executive with property on Point Dume in Malibu – creditors paid 100%). Her experience as a Chapter 11 trustee includes cases such as In Re Arroyo Vision Care, LLC, where she confirmed a Chapter 11 plan and paid creditors 100%.

In her legal practice, Ms. Miller represented the official Committee of Creditors in Chapter 11 cases, including In re Green Fleet, LLC (est. recovery of 42%); In re Sanford Deutsch (100% distribution); and In re Gianulias/Cameo Homes, Inc. (25% recovery in what appeared to be no-asset case). Ms. Miller has represented numerous creditors in all cases, including in healthcare-related cases.  She routinely represents other Chapter 7 trustees in a number of cases and is known for her creative problem solving and her ability to reach consensus settlements and monetize assets.

Ms. Miller counsels a wide array of clients including public and private corporations, financial institutions, high-net-worth individuals, and small businesses, among others. Ms. Miller has practiced law in Los Angeles since 1985.  Immediately prior to joining Greenspoon Marder, she spent over 26 years at a boutique bankruptcy firm.

Bar Admissions

  • California

Education

  • J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, with honors, 1985
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1977
Experience

Representative Clients

  • Various trustees in the Central District of California
  • AFCO Acceptance Corporation
  • Dent Wizard International Corporation
  • CNA Surety Co.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Bankruptcy Battleground West, Advisory Board Member, 2023
  • California Lawyers Association (formerly education arm of State Bar of California)
    • Business Law Section, Executive Committee, Member, 2016 to 2020, Advisor 2021-Present
    • Business Law Section, Insolvency Law Committee, 2007-2014
    • Business Law Section, Insolvency Law Committee, Co-Chair, 2011-2012
  • Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, Board Member 2007 – Present
    • President, 2014-2015
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • Financial Lawyers Conference, Member
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, Member
  • International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, Founding Member/Director
  • Valley Community Healthcare, Board of Directors
  • Karsch Center for Social Justice, Legal Volunteer
  • Imagine LA, Financial Mentor
  • Los Angeles Chapter of Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE), Advisory Board Member and Volunteer
Awards

Recognitions

  • Super Lawyers magazine, “Southern California Super Lawyers,” 2006 – 2023
  • Daily Journal, “Top Bankruptcy Lawyer,” 2022
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