Elena Paras Ketchum

Top rated Creditor Debtor Rights attorney in Tampa, Florida

Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Postler, P.A.
Elena Paras Ketchum
Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Postler, P.A.

Practice Areas: Creditor Debtor Rights, Bankruptcy

Licensed in Florida since: 1997

Education: University of Florida Levin College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2012

Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Postler, P.A.

110 East Madison Street
Suite 200
Tampa, FL 33602 Phone: 813-229-0144 Email: Elena Paras Ketchum Visit website


Elena Ketchum, partner with the firm, represents debtors, creditors, and buyers in corporate and individual bankruptcy proceedings. Her practice has included successfully reorganizing companies involved in industries as diverse as trucking, manufacturing, construction, retail, restaurant, healthcare, printing, and grocery. Her practice also includes out-of-court workouts and documenting complicated commercial transactions, including loan modifications and asset sales. Ms. Ketchum also handles matters under Chapter 727 of the Florida Statutes dealing with Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors and has served as lead counsel in a number of cases. Ms. Ketchum currently serves on the Local Rules Lawyers Advisory Committee for the Middle District of Florida, served as President-Elect of the Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association, served as Chair of the District-Wide Steering Committee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida, has spoken on bankruptcy topics, and has served as a guest instructor in advanced bankruptcy classes at the University of Florida College of Law and Stetson University College of Law. 

First Admitted: 1997, Florida

Professional Webpage: http://srbp.com/srbp/attorney/details/3/17--17-elena-paras-k...

Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa.
Educational Background:
  • Graduate of University of Florida, College of Law, with honors; while in law school, recipient of book award in Comparative Tort Litigation and Rules of Procedure., 1997
  • Graduate of Agnes Scott College, B.A., with high honors, 1994
  • This award is presented annually by the Hillsborough County Bar Association to the individual(s) who contributed the most to the HCBA during the year. , James M. "Red" McEwen Memorial Award, Hillsborough County Bar Association, 2006
  • Listed for Insolvency, Restructuring & Commercial Litigation, Ranked in 2023 Lawdragon 500 Leading Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers, Lawdragon, 2023
  • , Recognized for work in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, The Best Lawyers in America, 2023
  • Ranked since 2012, Ranked Band 2 - Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Florida: North & Central, Chambers & Partners, 2023
  • , AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell, 2023
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Article regarding valuation of secured creditor's collateral with regard to a sale process. , Co-Author, The Value of a Secured Creditor's Collateral is Established by Third-Party Winning Bid, Not Credit Bid, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XL, No. 3, March 2021, Bankruptcy, 2021
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Board of Directors, Tampa Museum of Art (2019- March 2023), 2023
  • President, Daughters of Penelope, Alcmaeon Chapter 167 Tampa (2022 - 2024), 2023
  • President and Member, Sister City Affiliate Group of Heraklion, Crete (Greece), 2023
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, Business Law Section of the Florida Bar and has served on its Executive Council., 2023
  • Guest Lecturer, Advanced Bankruptcy Course, University of Florida College of Law, 2018
  • Speaker, New Orleans Bar Association Program in New Orleans, Louisiana (July 2018) – “Strategies and Best Practices for §363 Sale: Everything You Need to Know About APA and Bidding Procedures”., 2018
  • Contributor in assisting with drafting of PowerPoint presentation to be given at Insolvency 2020 Virtual Summit presented by American Bankruptcy Institute. , 2020
  • Contributor of "Relevant Bankruptcy Sections from Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021" for Business Bankruptcy Legal Update and Unmasking Some Great Consumer Cases from 2020 and 2021, presentations at 45th Annual Alexander L. Paskay Bankruptcy Seminar., 2021
  • Panelist, American Bankruptcy Institute's Alexander L. Paskay Memorial Bankruptcy Seminar, Nuts & Bolts program, 2023
  • Member, Leadership Tampa, Class of 2019, 2019
  • Member, Hillsborough County Bar Association; Co-Chair of the Community Service Committee (2005-2006)., 2023
  • Member, Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association; member of Special Committee on Bylaws Review and Amendments (2018); Chair (2011-2012); President (2010-2011); Vice-President (2009-2010); Treasurer (2008-2009); Chair of Credit Abuse Resistance Education program (2007-2010); Membership Chair (2006-2007), 2023
  • Member, International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (2010 - date), 2023
  • Member, Local Rules Lawyers' Advisory Committee (2020 - 2023), 2023
  • Chair of the District-Wide Steering Committee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida (2012-2016), 2016

Office location for Elena Paras Ketchum

110 East Madison Street
Suite 200
Tampa, FL 33602

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