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I love being a lawyer because it is incredibly rewarding when a new client comes in who is stressed out because of a problem they're having and through the hour I spend with them, I can see the anxiety melting away.  I am privileged to have this gift that I am able to connect with people and let them know it's going to be OK.  My job is to let them know that we can handle their problem so they don't have to worry anymore.  Of course I still have to do the work afterward and actually fix their problems, but that's the easy part.  The challenge is to make my clients feel like they can turn their burden over to me and let me take care of it.  Once they do that they can walk out of here in a much better frame of mind, able to get on with their lives, and that's just such a good feeling for me.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 30%
    27 years, 500 cases
  2. Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: 30%
    27 years, 50 cases
  3. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: 20%
    27 years, 200 cases
  4. Real Estate: 5%
    27 years, 350 cases
  5. Other: 15%
  6. More 



Hourly ($300-350/hour), contingent (25-33%), Free consultation (45 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Daniel Louis Reinganum

    I have known Ellen McDowell for four years through our mutual involvement in the Camden County Debtor/Creditor Committee and a number of bankruptcy cases we were both involved in. Ellen is a knowledgeable and effective advocate for her clients and a respected member of the bar. Where I cannot help a client due to a conflict I have never had any hesitation to refer them to Ellen.


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Contact info

McDowell Posternock Apell & Detrick, PC

46 W. Main St.
Maple Shade, NJ, 08052

46 W Main St
Maple Shade, NJ, 080522432



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Tax Honors CertificateRutgers University School of Law1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderMcDowell Riga Posternock, PC2011 - Present
Managing PartnerMcDowell Riga, PC1996 - 2011
AssociateBerry & Martin1993 - 1996
AssociateDrinker Biddle & Reath1988 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
Liberty Tax Service, Inc.Director2010 - Present
Camden County Bar AssociationDirector2009 - Present
Main Street Maple Shade, Inc.Past President2007 - 2010
Main Street Maple Shade, Inc.President2007 - Present
Rotary Club of Maple ShadePast President2001 - 2002
Maple Shade Business AssociationPast President1999 - 2003
Maple Shade Advisory Board of CommerceMember1999 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Deutsch v. Powderhorn Agency, Inc.Judgment for $98,000
Scialabba v. KurtzmanAppellate Division reversed trial court's decision
Beech v. BeechAppellate Division reversed trial court's decision and remanded
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Publication nameTitleDate
Mortgage Foreclosure in PAChapter 13 Remedies1990
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law - CamdenN/AJD - Juris Doctor1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Buying Real Estate Out of BankruptcyBankruptcy2015
Bankruptcy ConferenceEthics in Bankruptcy2009
seminarMortgage Foreclosure in PA1992