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Ellen Kaufman Wolf

Ellen Kaufman Wolf is the founder of Wolf Wallenstein, a business and real estate law boutique.  Ms. Wolf’s practice has emphasized real estate matters for more than thirty years, since leaving Gibson Dunn & Crutcher as a young lawyer.  Ms. Wolf has represented companies large and small, and their executives, in a wide variety of matters, including representation of syndicators, developers, property management companies, and real estate entrepreneurs, including negotiation and drafting of term sheets, letters of intent, purchase and sale agreements, joint venture, partnership and shareholder agreements, private placements, opinion letters, 1031 exchange, commercial and residential leasing, employment, landlord/tenant and other issues involving operation of residential multi-family and commercial properties.



Ellen Kaufman Wolf Practice Summary

Business Lawyer and Litigator:  Business, Real Estate, Trusts/Estates 
Fraud/Misrepresentation/Fraudulent Conveyance
Commercial and Contract 
Partnership and Shareholder / Co-Owner Disputes
Employment Matters and Defense 
Inter-Family Succession Planning Including Disputes and Restructures/Estate Planning
Probate and Trust Disputes 
Enforcement Of Judgments, Domestic and Foreign 
Insurance Problems, Bad Faith Breach
Professional Malpractice 

Large law firm background turned into practical personal approach 

Experienced with individual, corporate and institutional clients, portfolio asset recovery and workouts, litigation,            transactions, alternative dispute resolution including mediation and arbitration

Mediations and Arbitrations as well as Courts

Professional Recognition

Martindale Hubbell AV Rating  1997-Present


Rated AV® Preeminent™ by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell.  (Rated by Judges and fellow attorneys as having the highest possible legal abilities and ethical standards. The rating is awarded to less than five percent of all attorneys across the United States, and is the highest rating given by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.)


California Super Lawyers 2009-2018


Named by Southern California Super Lawyers as one of the top attorneys in the state. Each year, no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor.

Preeminent Women Lawyers 2011 – 2018

Los Angeles Magazine Top Attorneys in Southern California – Feb. 2018

Los Angeles Magazine Top Women Attorneys of Southern California – Sept. 2017

Legal Leaders Woman Leader in The Law - Jan. 2020


Academic Background

Stanford University School of Law, J.D.

University of California at Los Angeles, B.A.(Fine Arts), Magna Cum Laude

Previous Professional Experience


U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit, Judicial Extern

Judicial Extern Law Clerk to Judge Dorothy Nelson.


Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Summer Clerk, Associate


Wolf & Wolf, Partner


Wolf, Seider, Abrams & Wolf, LLP, Partner


Gilchrist & Rutter, Professional Corporation, Partner


Wolf Group L.A. / Wolf Wallenstein, Sole Shareholder  

Professional Affiliations (Partial List)


Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) 

Executive Committee Remedies Section 2013-Present, 

Section Chair 2015-Present


American Business Trial Lawyers Association


Financial Lawyers Conference 


Women Presidents’ Organization  (2014-present)


Vistage (2007-present)


National Association of Women Business Owners


Los Angeles County Bar Association, President, Remedies Section Executive Committee 


Los Angeles County Bar Association Section Member:

•    Remedies
•    Real Estate
•    Business
•    Law Practice Management 
•    Small Firms
•    Litigation 
•    Trusts and Estates 

Articles, Publications and Presentations

"The Post-Judgment Debtor Examination: Details, Details, Details (Plus Secret Liens)", The Practical Lawyer, June 2008.


Lorman Education Services Program Moderator - “Judgment Enforcement”, Santa Monica (July 2011)

C.E.B. Co-Presenter “Mazirow on Tactics, Techniques and Strategies in Negotiating Real Property Transactions” San Francisco (March  2012) 

“Don’t Be Caught Dead – Creditor’s Claims Die Within One Year After Debtor Dies – Or Do They? Do Recent Cases Leave Room for New Practical Suggestions?” – LACBA Remedies Section Newsletter, May 2012

“Adding A Debtor To The Judgment Under CCP Section 187 – One Way To Stop A Debtor’s Shell Game Before It’s Too Late”  (July 2012)

“Pay ‘Or Else’ -- When Do Attorney Demands Become Unlawful Extortion? (The Answer is Not So Simple)”  (August 2012)


C.E.B. Presenter “Negotiating 101” – Tips and Tactics for Lawyers, Santa Monica (September 2012)

“Assignments are Subject to Later Attack – Recent Case Invalidates Enforcement of Assignment”, Los Angeles County Bar Association- Remedies Section Newsletter (April 2014)

LACBA Remedies Section Presenter “ NEGOTIATING AND ETHICS 101 , TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES”, Los Angeles (June 2014)


“Discounts for Timely Payments: Unenforceable ‘Penalties’?”, Los Angeles Daily Journal (September 18, 2014)

Strauss Institute 6-Day Course Certificate, Mediating the Litigated Case,  Pepperdine University (November 2014)

Speaker, Collecting from the Dead, October 2014 (combined Trust & Estates/Remedies Section Program of the Los Angeles County Bar)

Speaker, Recent Developments in Remedies Law, Cardozo Society,  (March 2015)


"Invalid Assignments, "Innocent" Fraudulent Transfers, and Other Fun Surprises in Post-Judgment Enforcement” LACBA Remedies Section Newsletter, January 2016

"Property of Non-debtor Spouse and the Presumption of Title” LACBA Remedies Section Newsletter, January 2016

"The Constructive Trust: A Remedy for Collecting After Embezzlement” LACBA Remedies Section Newsletter, January 2016

Speaker, Recent Developments in Remedies and Enforcement of Debts, Los Angeles County Bar Association,(January 2016)

Updates Author and Editor, Matthew Bender Practice Guide. California Debt Collection and Enforcement of Judgments (July 2015 - Present)

Published Cases

McMackin v. Ehrheart (2011) 194 Cal.App.4th 128 (Creditor’s Claim Extended by Estoppel)

Pro Bono:  

Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue, Board Member 1994-2011, President 2007-2011


Piano and Music, Golf and Tennis, Gardens, Photography, Nature, Family and Friends

"Top Women Attorneys in
Southern California" 
(Los Angeles Magazine)

"Super Lawyer" 
(California Magazine) 2009-2018
“Legal Leader”  
(Los Angeles Times) 2018

Los Angeles Magazine Top Attorneys
in Southern California 
 Feb. 2018, Feb. 2019
M​artindale Hubbell 5.0 AV Rating  

Top Rated Litigator
(Corporate Counsel & The American Lawyer) 2018

AVVO Top Rated Attorney 
2021, 2022
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