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Sally J Elkington

also known as Elkington Shepherd LLP

About Me

     I am a consumer bankruptcy attorney.  That means that I only represent debtors.  I meet with each potential client personally and discuss their individual situation.  Not everyone needs or should file a bankruptcy.  It is important to review all the possiblities for each persons situation.  A client who consults with me leaves knowing what all of his or her options are and the pros and cons of each option.  I believe that knowledge and understanding is the beginning of change.  Changing their financial situation is what every client wants when they consult with a bankruptcy attorney. 


     I want to work with people who want to get a fresh start and get an opportunity for a new beginning.  As I state in my at website at, "Bankruptcy is the Beginning Not the End".  


     I offer a free consultation, in my office, with me, personally.  I have 25 years of experience and I teach bankruptcy to other attorneys thorugh different State Bar approved programs.  I understand Bankruptcy Law and how to get the best result for each client I work with.  I will be honest and straight forward with each client.  If a client is not a good candidate for bankruptcy because there are other options, or because bankruptcy will cause more harm to the client than do them good, I will tell them.  If a bankruptcy will help, I will show them how and work with them throughout the process. 


     It is important that a client interview more than one bankrkuptcy attorney.  Find out how long they have been practicing, whether bankruptcy is their exclusive area of law, do they have a good reputation in the legal community, are they easy to talk to and did they help you understand the process.  But most of all do you like that attorney and do you believe the attorney has you best interests in mind.


    There are a lot of bankruptcy attorneys out there to chose from.  Make sure you make a good choice.  I invite you to make an appointment with me for a free consultation. 



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Practice Areas


  1. Bankruptcy & Debt: 70%
    26 years
  2. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: 15%
  3. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: 15%


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Judd S Nemiro

    Aggressive representation and a great attorney. I endorse this lawyer.


    Judd Nemiro Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Michel Jamchid Rouhani

    I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Ms. Elikington on two cases. She is a very competent bankruptcy lawyer. Michel Rouhani Santa Clara County Lawyer.


    Michel Rouhani Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Elkington Law

The Historic Tribune Building
409 13th Street, 10th Floor
Oakland, CA, 94612



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Solo Attorney of the Year AwardState Bar of California2013
Guardian of JusticeAlameda County Bar Association2013
Guardian of JusticeAlameda County Bar Association2013
Justice for all Pro Bono AwardAlameda County Bar Association2012
Guardian of JusticeAlameda County Bar Association2012
Guardian of JusticeAlameda County Bar Association2011
Guardian of JusticeAlameda County Bar Association2010
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyElkington Law1989 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Earl Warren American Inn of CourtMember2013 - Present
Alameda County Womens LawyersMember2012 - Present
ACBA Volunteer Legal Services CorpBoard of Directors2012 - Present
Alameda County Bar AssociationBoard President2012 - 2012
State Bar of California, Judicial Nominees Evaluation CommissionState Bar of California2012 - Present
Alameda County Bar AssociationBoard President Elect2011 - 2011
Alameda County Bar AssociationBoard Vice President2010 - 2010
Northern District of California Federal Bankruptcy Court Bench Bar CommitteeAppointment2010 - 2013
Alameda County Bar AssociationBoard Secretary Treasurer2009 - 2009
Alameda County Bar AssociationBoard Member1996 - 2013
Alameda County Bar AssociatiohnMember1989 - Present
Publication NameTitleDate
PLIBankruptcy Basics for Low Income Clients2013
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
New Coll of CA SOLLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
San Francisco State UnvSpeech & Communication StudiesBS - Bachelor of Science1984
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Practising Law InstituteBankruptcy Basics in Chapter 7 for Low Income Clinets2014
Annual ConferenceSame Sex Couples as Debtors in Bankruptcy2014
Practising Law InstituteBankruptcy for Low Income Clients2013
LawReview CLEBankruptcy Chapter 13: The Plan2012
Practising Law InstituteBankruptcy, Mortgages and Foreclosure Training2011
Practising Law InstituteChapter 13 Bankruptcy: Its Value and How it Benefits Low-Income2011
LawReview CLEConsumer Bankruptcy 1012011
Bar Association of San FranciscoHot Topics in Consumer Bankruptcy2011
Practising Law InstituteThe Essential Components of a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Filing2010
NABT ConferenceChronic and Recurring Issues in the Practice of Consumer Bankruptcy Law under Chapter 7 from the Perspective of the Bench, the Debtor's Attorney and the Trustee2010
Alameda County Bar AssociationLien Stripping2010
Alameda County Bar AssociationFive Things You Ought to Know About Bankruptcy Practice2010
Bay Area Bankruptcy ForumHow to Save Homes From Foreclosure2009