Clients seek out Elizabeth’s counsel as a detail-oriented, highly responsive, creative, and effective litigator. As a member of Shumaker’s Litigation and Disputes Service Line, Elizabeth zealously represents her clients’ interests in Chapter 7, Chapter 13, Chapter 11, and Subchapter V bankruptcy cases and related adversary proceedings. Elizabeth also represents lenders, mortgage servicers, and other financial services clients in all stages of state and federal court litigation.
Having begun her legal career with the United States Department of Justice’s U.S. Trustee Program, where she prosecuted bankruptcy fraud and abuse in civil cases, Elizabeth has extensive experience representing clients in various bankruptcy matters, including drafting proofs of claim, attending Section 341 meetings, and litigating issues related to use of cash collateral, adequate protection, lifting the automatic stay, Section 363 sales, and plan confirmation. Additionally, Elizabeth represents clients in defending against allegations of stay, plan, and discharge injunction violations in bankruptcy and state courts.
Beyond representations in court, clients often seek Elizabeth’s advice regarding bankruptcy compliance. Elizabeth educates financial services clients about the nuanced requirements of working with customers who file for bankruptcy. Additionally, she assists clients with revising their form correspondence, agreements, and other documents, as well as updating their policies and procedures, to ensure compliance with applicable bankruptcy laws.
Elizabeth is also skilled at enforcing judgment and arbitration awards by identifying and tracing assets to secure recoveries for her clients. Elizabeth aids her clients’ recoveries by domesticating out-of-state judgments for enforcement in Florida and vigorously pursuing garnishments, charging orders, replevins, and real and personal property foreclosures. When necessary, she also prosecutes fraudulent transfer and veil piercing actions to obtain recoveries.
Additionally, Elizabeth represents lenders, mortgage servicers, and other financial services businesses in state and federal court litigation, including defending against allegations of violations of various consumer protection statutes, wrongful foreclosures, and debt collection statutes. She further assists financial services clients in prosecuting actions for breach of loan and financing agreements, foreclosure on real and personal property, enforcement of guaranties, and replevin.
Elizabeth spent several years as a special education teacher in the Chicago suburbs before attending law school. While not working, Elizabeth enjoys volunteering, trying new restaurants, and exploring the Tampa region with her family and friends.