Sarah C. Ellis
(304) 353-8127
Office: Charleston
J.D. The Ohio State University
M.B.A. Ohio University
B.B.A. Ohio University
Licensure: OH | WV
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Sarah Ellis focuses her practice in the areas of banking, commercial transactions, real estate and bankruptcy.  Mrs. Ellis assists banks and private entities in commercial financing arrangements and provides legal representation to creditors in bankruptcy matters. Her commercial transaction experience ranges from stock purchases and private equity arrangements to commercial real estate acquisitions and divestitures.

Work Experience

2006 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Speaking Engagements

"Legal Issues in Commercial Financing Transactions," United Bank, 2009-2010

"Commercial Leases," Landlord-Tenant Law: Beyond the Basics, Summit Conference Center, Charleston, WV 2009

Co-author, "Ethics in Cross-Cultural Negotiation," Cross-Cultural Negotiation, United States War College 2006

"Privacy Year in Review: Privacy Impact Assessments Airline Passenger Pre-Screening and Government Data Mining," 1 ISJLP 2-3 (2005)

Key Experience

Assisted lenders in negotiation and documentation of conventional and derivative financing totaling in excess of $4.5 billion
Conducted due diligence to ensure proper collateralization and documentation of loans by assisting in evaluation of real and personal property liens, appraisals, surveys, environmental surveys, taxes, mineral rights, corporate structure, leases and other related items
Represented creditors by guiding them through the intricacies of bankruptcy, foreclosure, and collection methods to maximize recovery of secured and unsecured debt

Memberships & Awards

2016 Super Lawyers® West Virginia Rising Star
Nancy H. Rogers Prize in Dispute Resolution, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law 2006
College of Business Outstanding Graduate in Management, Ohio University 2001
Graduated summa cum laude, Ohio University
Masthead Editor, I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society