Rebecca L. Johnson-Ellis

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Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorney in Grand Rapids, MI

Andersen, Ellis & Shephard
 | 866 3 Mile Rd NW, Ste. B
Grand Rapids, MI 49544
Phone: 616-784-1700
Fax: 616-784-5392
Selected To Rising Stars: 2012 - 2014
Licensed Since: 2003
Practice Areas:
  • Bankruptcy: Consumer (80%),
  • Consumer Law (20%)
Attorney Profile

Rebecca L. Johnson-Ellis is a partner at Andersen, Ellis & Shephard with a focus on bankruptcy law. She represents clients in Lansing, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Kalamazoo and Big Rapids, Michigan, in different types of bankruptcy, including Chapter 7, reorganization, and involuntary and general consumer bankruptcy. Certified by The American Board of Certification in consumer bankruptcy law, she has over 10 years of experience providing clients with a fresh financial start.

A graduate of Michigan State University, Ms. Johnson-Ellis earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1998 with a major in college of arts and letters, and prelaw and a minor in philosophy and human resource management. After graduation, she attended the Michigan State University College of Law, where she majored in concentrations in taxation and international and comparative law, and earned a Juris Doctor in 2002. She is currently admitted to practice in Michigan state courts, and before the United States Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan.

Ms. Johnson-Ellis is a member of the Debtors Bar of West Michigan, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the Federal Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Section and the State Bar of Michigan. An engaging speaker and teacher, she has presented on topics of Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy, how family law affects bankruptcy and frequently asked questions about Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

As Ms. Johnson-Ellis has helped hundreds of clients through the bankruptcy process to alleviate stress and debt and lead them down the path to a more financially stable life, she has gained invaluable knowledge about what clients go through when debt is overwhelming. With extensive training and strong peer reviews, she is highly qualified to handle the most complex bankruptcy cases.

Ms. Johnson-Ellis is a debt relief agent. She helps people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Bankruptcy (80%): Bankruptcy Law

Consumer Law (20%): Consumer Protection

Focus Areas

Bankruptcy Law, Consumer Protection


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Rising Stars: 2012 - 2014

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About Rebecca Johnson-Ellis

Admitted: 2003, Michigan

Professional Webpage:


  • Rising Star, Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified - Consumer Bankruptcy Law - American Board of Certification, 2009

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Western District of Michigan Federal Courts
  • State Bar of Michigan, Member Federal Bar Association Bankruptcy Section,  Member National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, Member
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Discussion of Bankruptcy Exemptions and Liquidation of Assets , Panel Speaker , 29th Annual FBA Bankruptcy Section Seminar, 2017
  • “Bankruptcy v. Family Law” The effects of family law determinations, such as divorce decrees and domestic support obligations, have on an individual who is filing bankruptcy. Discussions on property settlement obligations, the bankruptcy automatic stay, property of the estate vs. marital property, the bankruptcy discharge and exclusive and concurrent jurisdictions of each court.  , Panel Speaker, 23rd Annual FBA Bankruptcy Section Seminar, 2011
  • Educational Session "Chapter 13 Update"  Court Case developments regarding Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Panel Speaker , 19th Annual FBA Bankruptcy Section Seminar, 2009
  • Overview of Chapter 13 Bankruptcy from start to finish, frequently asked questions by debtors and their attorneys and general practice tips for attorney’s in composition of the Chapter 13 Plan., Panel Speaker, “Chapter 13 Panel Discussion” , 2011, Debtors Bar Of Michigan First Annual Winter Seminar, 2011
  • Bankruptcy Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 Reorganization: Which bankruptcy to advise your client. Overview of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Discussions of possible benefits of one bankruptcy over the other and particular issues that should trigger a particular analysis., Panel Chair, “Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 13”, Debtors Bar Of West Michigan Fourth Annual Winter Seminar, 2014
  • Chapter 13 Developments and Updates, Panel Speaker , Debtors Bar Of West Michigan, 2016

Educational Background:

  • Michigan State University,  Bachelor of Arts, Major in Humanities- Prelaw; Cognates in Phylosophy and Human Resource Management, 1998

Industry Groups

  • Debtor Consumer
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Office Location for Rebecca L. Johnson-Ellis

866 3 Mile Rd NW
Ste. B
Grand Rapids, MI 49544

Phone: 616-784-1700

Fax: 616-784-5392

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Last Updated: 1/17/2019

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