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Ellen M. McDowell

Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney at Maple Shade, NJ

5.0   7 reviews
  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 34 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 35 years
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1989
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1988
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Ellen

Learn Ellen’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Chapter 11 bankruptcy
    Represent debtors and creditors in Chapter 11 proceedings in NJ, EDPA

    35 years, 50 cases

  2. Litigation
    All types of litigation including consumer fraud, collection, landlord/tenant, contract disputes, employment; represent plaintiffs and defendants

    35 years, 500 cases

  3. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    Represent debtors and creditors in Chapter 7 proceedings in NJ, EDPA

    35 years, 200 cases

  4. Chapter 13 bankruptcy
    Represent debtors in Chapter 13 proceedings in NJ, EDPA

    30 years, 100 cases

  5. Land use and zoning
    Represent applicants for approval of land use applications in Planning and Zoning matters in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties

    30 years, 150 cases

  6. Real estate
    Commercial and residential real estate

    35 years, 350 cases

  7. Wills and living wills
    Comprehensive estate planning

    30 years, 350 cases

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.

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McDowell Law, PC
46 West Main St.
Maple Shade, NJ, 08052


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Posted by Mark | October 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Competent professional.
Ellen represented us through the pre trial phase and at trial. She did an excellent job and we won the case.
Posted by pelege | October 28, 2013
Ellen & her crews were positively great. She made my Chapter 7 process smooth She kept me well informed include her secretary and relieved me & my wife all our Financial problem i Will definitely use Ellen again for any legal matters I might have THANK YOU Ellen M. Mcdowell for everything.
Posted by bob | August 14, 2013
Ellen & her staff were positively great. She made the Chapter 7 process easy & painless. She kept me well informed & greatly relieved any stress I might of had. Will definitely use Ellen again for any legal matters I might have.
Posted by Denise | June 21, 2013
Need an expert attorney? Call Ellen~!!
I have sought the expert legal advice of Ellen over the past 10+ years and she is now the only attorney that I will ever call to retain legal help. In my opinion Ellen McDowell is the best attorney in South Jersey and besides exceptionally knowledgeable and hard working, she is also compassionate and trustworthy. I am grateful to know Ellen and greatly appreciate how she has helped me with many legal matters in the past besides my will. Ellen is very active in the SJ community which just goes to show how much she cares for our community~! Thanks Ellen~!!
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Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2011
A Great Lawyer
I have had Ellen handle the purchases of my two commercial buildings, the recent sale of one of my businesses, wills for my mother, my husband and me. She also skillfully helped me to avoid bankruptcy several years ago. Her office door is always open and as busy as she is, she never seems too busy to meet with me or address my concerns. I would not hesitate to recommend her to friends and family, which I have done on many occasions. She offers the perfect blend of compassion, honesty and knowledge of the law.
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Posted by anonymous | August 9, 2011
The Best
She defended me in a malpractice case. She was knowledgeable and caring and dealt very well by herself against several other attorney adversaries. She got me a great result. I call her for legal advice whenever I need it.
Posted by Geri | August 9, 2011
Words can not describe how confident I am in my attorney, Ellen McDowell and her staff of professionals.. I would also like to thank Devin, who always seems to make me feel as though anything is possible.. I am not suprised that everyone at the firm feels very optimistic about situations. They have a strong true leader, Ellen.! I have had her services since 2009. I would highly recommend her to represent your needs. I find Ellen to be extremely talented, knows her way in and around the system. Wastes no time to what matters......ME.... her client, I honestly feel as though she can achieve anything she puts her mind to. Thank you again for your true passion and profesionalism, and for making me smile again and again and again!!
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  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-425 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-33%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • McDowell Riga Posternock, PC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • McDowell Riga, PC
  • 1996 - 2011
  • Associate
  • Berry & Martin
  • 1993 - 1996
  • Associate
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath
  • 1988 - 1993
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  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law - Camden
  • JD
  • 1988

Legal Cases

  • JB Pool v. Four Seasons at Smithville
  • jury verdict in favor of plaintiff
  • Hutchins v. Rogers
  • Judgment for plaintiff in the amount of $23,000
  • Tippin v. Twp. of Pennsauken
  • Superior Court reversed decision of Planning Board
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  • Liberty Tax Service, Inc.
  • Director
  • 2010 - Present
  • Main Street Maple Shade, Inc.
  • President
  • 2007 - Present
  • Camden County Bar Association
  • Director
  • 2009 - 2015
  • Main Street Maple Shade, Inc.
  • Past President
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Rotary Club of Maple Shade
  • Past President
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Maple Shade Business Association
  • Past President
  • 1999 - 2003
  • Maple Shade Advisory Board of Commerce
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2017
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Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Professional Lawyer of the Year - Burlington County
  • New Jersey Bar Association Committee on Professionalism
  • 2017
  • Tax Honors Certificate
  • Rutgers University School of Law
  • 1988


  • Mortgage Foreclosure in PA
  • Chapter 13 Remedies
  • 1990

Speaking Engagements

  • Buying Real Estate Out of Bankruptcy
  • Bankruptcy
  • 2015
  • Bankruptcy Conference
  • Ethics in Bankruptcy
  • 2009
  • seminar
  • Mortgage Foreclosure in PA
  • 1992

Attorney endorsements

Received (1)
Given (2)
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Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy

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Maple Shade Chapter 11 bankruptcy Lawyer Ellen M. McDowell
Ellen M. McDowell
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney
Maple Shade, NJ
Licensed for 35 years
Free Consultation