Elizabeth S. Fella, Partner


Elizabeth Fella practices in the Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Creditor's Rights Group. Her recent experience includes:

  • Representing local and national companies in complex contract disputes, complex financial restructuring negotiations, and related litigation.
  • Representing lenders, borrowers, and trustees in Chapter 7, 11, and 13 bankruptcy litigation, including claims litigation, chapter 11 plan confirmation litigation, lien avoidance actions, and non-dischargeability actions.
  • Assisting special servicers, lending institutions, and banks in connection with foreclosures and workout strategies in various debt collection scenarios, including scenarios involving environmentally contaminated collateral.
  • Using creative litigation strategies such as creditor-filed chapter 11 plans to assist special servicers, lending institutions and banks in obtaining cost-effective recoveries after a bankruptcy is filed.
  • Representing lending institutions and banks in bankruptcy and state court litigation against guarantors.
  • Representing clients in bankruptcy appeals before District Courts, Bankruptcy Appellate Panels, and Circuit Courts.
  • Lease and loan enforcement work involving collateral located on tribal lands.
  • Lease enforcement work for tribal entities.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University (J.D., cum laude, 2006)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Arizona State Law Journal (Note and Comment Editor)
  • University of Arizona (B.A., cum laude, 2001)

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona
  • Tohono O'odham Tribal Court

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Arizona Women Lawyers' Association
  • Vice President of Southern Arizona Chapter
  • Arizona Bankruptcy American Inn of Court (Associate Member)
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Sarah Sharer Curley
  • Arizona State Bar Animal Law Section (Board Member)
  • Humane Society of Southern Arizona Capital Campaign Committee (Steering Committee Member)
  • Humane Society of Southern Arizona Board of Directors (Treasurer)

Professional Recognition

  • Selected as a 40 Under 40 honoree by the Arizona Daily Star and the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (2013)
  • Selected for inclusion in Southwest Super Lawyers® – Rising Stars (2014: Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights); (2015–present: Bankruptcy: Business)