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Specializing in insolvency and complex commercial matters since 1974

Attorneys

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Position
Shareholder
Education
  • Agnes Scott College, B.A., with high honors
  • University of Florida, J.D., 1997, with honors
Bar Admissions
  • The Florida Bar (all State courts)
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

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Position
Shareholder
Education
  • Agnes Scott College, B.A., with high honors
  • University of Florida, J.D., 1997, with honors
Bar Admissions
  • The Florida Bar (all State courts)
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Attorney Name
Elena Paras Ketchum
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Biography

Elena Paras Ketchum, named by SuperLawyers as one of the top fifty women attorneys in the State of Florida, joined the law firm of Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Postler, P.A. in 2001 and became a shareholder in 2007. Ms. Ketchum is heavily involved in the firm’s insolvency, transactional, and commercial litigation practices.  On the transactional side, she has represented numerous buyers and sellers in connection with complex stock and asset sales and borrowers and guarantors in commercial loan transactions.  Ms. Ketchum has been lead counsel in successful out-of-court workouts of loans totaling in the hundreds of millions of dollars and regularly represents clients in negotiating and documenting complicated transactions such as workout and loan modification agreements and agreements related to asset sales. In the insolvency arena, Ms. Ketchum brings a solid knowledge of bankruptcy law and substantial courtroom experience to her cases.  She is chiefly noted for her representation of debtors in possession in Chapter 11 cases – successfully reorganizing debtors involved in industries as diverse as manufacturing, construction, retail, restaurant, healthcare, printing, and grocery.  Ms. Ketchum also heads up the firm’s practice under Chapter 727 of the Florida Statutes dealing with “Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors”. Finally, Ms. Ketchum defends borrowers in state court litigation, bringing with her the courtroom experience she gained as an Assistant State Attorney with the State Attorney’s Office for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Hillsborough County, where she was assigned to the Felony division.  

Ms. Ketchum has served as President and Chair 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 lectured on bankruptcy topics, and has served as a guest instructor in advanced bankruptcy classes at the University of Florida College of Law and at the Stetson University College of Law. Ms. Ketchum is a Tampa native.

"She's extremely smart, she writes well, and she can shepherd Chapter 11 reorganizations as good as anyone" 

- Chambers USA (2017)
Honors and Distinctions
  • Rated “AV Preeminent” in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed, Chambers & Partners, Bankruptcy/Restructuring Practice in Florida
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers in the State of Florida (2015 – 2020)
  • Listed in “Florida Super Lawyers” in the area of bankruptcy/insolvency practice as “Super Lawyer” (2014 – 2020) and “Rising Star,” (2009 - 2012)
  • Listed, Florida’s Legal Elite, Florida Trend Magazine (2012 - 2015, 2018)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Recipient of the 2006 James M. “Red” McEwen Memorial Award presented annually by the Hillsborough County Bar Association to the individual who contributed the most to the HCBA during the year.
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Book Award, Comparative Tort Litigation and Rules of Procedure, UF law school
Memberships and Community Involvement
  • Member, Board of Directors, Tampa Museum of Art (2019 – present)
  • Leadership Tampa, Class of 2019
  • Member, Sister City Advocate Group for Heraklion, Crete (Greece) (2018 - current)
  • Chair, District-Wide Steering Committee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida (2012 – 2016)
  • Member, International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (2010 to date)
  • Community Tampa Bay, Board Member (2013 – 2016); Treasurer (2013 – 2014)
  • Turnaround Underground – member of organizing group in Tampa (2012)
  • Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Member, Special Committee on Bylaw Review and Amendments (2018)
    • Chair (2011-2012)
    • President (2010-2011)
    • Vice- President (2009-2010)
    • Treasurer (2008-2009)
    • Chair of the Credit Abuse Resistance Education program (2007-2010)
    • Membership Chair (2006-2007)
  • The Florida Bar, Business Law Section, Executive Council (2006-2007)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Co-chair of the Community Service Committee (2005-2006)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Teen Summit Mock Trial (2005)
  • Tampa Theater, Restoration Committee (2005)
  • Great American Teach In, Academy of the Holy Names (2004)
  • Pupil, American Inns of Court, Justice William Glenn Terrell Inn (2002-2003)
  • Reading Mentor, Time to Read Literacy/Mentoring Program (2002-2003)
  • Junior League of Tampa (Active Member 1999-2012; Sustainer 2013 to current)
Government Service
Speaking Engagements
  • 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”
  • Guest Lecturer, Advanced Bankruptcy Course, University of Florida College of Law (2018)
  • Speaker, Orange County Bar Association Conference (April 2016)
  • Guest Lecturer, Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Seminar, Stetson University College of Law (Fall Semester 2014)
  • Speaker, American Bar Association Business Law Section Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C. (April 2013) - “The Anatomy of a Workout”
  • Speaker, Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association Annual Bankruptcy Seminar (September 2012)
  • Speaker, American Bankruptcy Institute’s 17th Annual Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop (July 2012) – “Bankruptcy Litigation: A Practical Skills Guide”
  • Speaker, Bankruptcy/UCC Session, Florida Bar’s Annual Meeting (June 2012) - “Anatomy of a Workout”
  • Attendee, 2011 Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference held April 28 – 30, 2011.
  • Guest Lecturer, Advanced Bankruptcy Course, University of Florida College of Law (2011)
  • Speaker, Hillsborough County Bar Association (2011) – “Understanding Bankruptcy Issues in Family Law Cases”
  • Speaker, Hillsborough County Bar Association (2010) - "HCBA Loan Modification and Workout Town Hall Meeting"
Publications
Publications and Speaking Engagements
Representation

In addition to being lead counsel in numerous out-of-court workouts for loans involving hundreds of millions of dollars, Elena Paras Ketchum has headed up or had significant involvement in the firm's representation of numerous matters, including:

  • RGR Watkins, LLC
  • Cypress Health Systems, Inc., d/b/a Tri County Hospital-Williston
  • Teltronics, Inc.
  • American Environmental Container Corp., Aqua Environmental Container Corp., Arizona Environmental Container Corp., JOKI Leasing, LLC, KITO Leasing, LLC, STKI Leasing, LLC, and TOKI Leasing, L.C.
  • Royal Floors Inc.
  • Valco Enterprises, Ltd., Shutter Enterprises Group, Inc., Roll-a-Way, Inc. and Valco Group, Inc.
  • Nature's Harvest Market & Deli, Inc.
  • Taylor Brothers, LLC
  • Performance Line Hardware, LLC
  • Target Graphics, Inc.
  • Apollo Construction & Engineering Services, Inc.
  • Dunkin Diamonds, Inc. (closing of exit financing transaction)
  • Sun Coast Hospital, Inc.
  • Linc.net, Inc.
  • Accentia Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Lee Wetherington Development, LLC (ABC)
  • Immersion Digital (ABC)

Numerous other ABC cases, including GKK Hisland, Ltd., MSM Orange Avenue, Ltd, OFP Titusville, Ltd, PDG Titusville, LLC, South Orange, Ltd, WIN Estero, Ltd, WIN Ocoee, Ltd, and WIN Suncoast, Ltd., Wilmington Retail, Ltd., ENG Gadgets, Inc., Transition Sportswear, LLC, and representing Assignee in Security Compliance Associates, LLC, MUDD Construction, Inc. and HFS-USA, Inc. and eight related entities.

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