• Ellen R. Marshall

    Corporate and Finance
    Financial Services and Banking
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    Costa Mesa
    Direct: 714.371.2508
    General: 714.371.2500
    Fax: 714.371.2550


    Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1974.


    Yale College, A.B., magna cum laude, 1971.

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    New York

    Washington, D.C.

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    • Speaking Engagements


    Ellen Marshall specializes in business transactions, including capital markets, finance, mergers and acquisitions and securitization. She has practiced banking, corporate and finance law in Los Angeles and Orange County for more than 30 years.

    Ellen represents businesses in their acquisition and disposition of companies and business units. She represents banks, investment funds and other companies involved in the mortgage, auto finance and other specialty finance business, including such financial products as reverse mortgages, equipment leases and patent royalties. In addition to her extensive work in the financial services industry, she routinely handles transactions for companies in the healthcare, advertising and real estate industries. She handles structured acquisition of business portfolios and securitization of unusual financial assets, and has worked on bringing securitization techniques to new international markets.

    Her recent work includes advisory engagements related to the implementation of the Volcker Rule, the retail forex rules, derivatives regulation and various other parts of the Dodd-Frank Act; the Basel III risk-based capital requirements; and other regulatory responses to the financial crisis.

    Ellen also has significant experience with pension fund investment, fiduciary, trust and ERISA compliance.

    Ellen is active in the Orange County community, serving as a Trustee of the Orange County Museum of Art since 1992 and a member of the Board of Counselors of Pacific Symphony since 2003.

    Representative Matters

    Honors & Awards

    Named Best Lawyers® 2016 Orange County Banking and Finance Law “Lawyer of the Year."

    The Best Lawyers in America, 2007-2016.


    "Commentary: A Vision for the Future of Fannie and Freddie," DS News, April 2013.

    "How Proposed Basel III Rules Could Impact MSRs," DS News, November 2012.

    "Key Takeaways From the Mortgage Bankers Association Convention," Manatt Newsletter, October 2012.

    Co-author, "CMBS Concerns," Commercial Investment Real Estate, July 2012.

    Co-author, "CMBS 2.0: Still in Need of Work," Urban Land Magazine, January/February, 2012. 

    Co-author, "Incentive-Based Compensation: FDIC Proposal Will Lock Up Payouts," BankNews, April 2011.

    "Risk Retention Rules for Securitization of Mortgages and Other Financial Assets," Manatt Newsletter, March 2011.

    Co-author, "Whither MERS?" Manatt Newsletter, February 2011.

    Memberships & Activities

    Admitted to practice in California, the District of Columbia, and New York.

    Co-Chair, Orange County Bar Association, Financial Practice Section, 2001-2002.

    Member, American Bar Association’s Business Law Section (Banking Committee; Securitization and Structured Finance Committee), Tax Section (Employee Benefits Committee) and Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section.

    Speaking Engagements

    Panelist, “Basel III – Navigating Requirements. How to be Adept in the New World of Capital and Regulatory Requirements,” Watkins Meegan Seminar, Los Angeles, CA, October 2013.

    Speaker, “Basel III – What’s in it for Community Banks,” Watkins Meegan Seminar, Washington, D.C., October 2013.

    Moderator, “The New World of Residential Mortgage Origination, Securitization, Servicing and Enforcement,” American Bar Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, August 2013.

    Moderator, “Securitization: A Conversation with the SEC,” American Bar Association Annual Fall Meeting, Washington, D.C., November 2011.

    Speaker, "The Dodd-Frank Act's Impact on Banks," Annual Moss Adams Banking Industry Conference, Costa Mesa, CA, September 2010.

    Moderator, "Energizing Business - Reviving the Finance Sector," Executive Briefing, University of California Irvine, September 2009.

    Speaker, "Taking the Mystery out of CMBS Loans," NAIOP Workshop, Santa Monica, CA, September 2009.

    Speaker, "Workout of Loans Held in CMBS Trusts," Commercial Real Estate Workout Strategies for Lenders and Servicers Symposium, Irvine, CA, June 2009.

    Speaker, "Workout of Loans Held in CMBS Trusts," Commercial Real Estate Workout Strategies for Lenders and Servicers Symposium, San Francisco, CA, June 2009.

    Panelist, "Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities," IMN Alternative Investment Conference, Dana Point, CA, March 2009.

    Panelist, "Scrutinizing The Bailout Plan: What Opportunities In Real Estate Investment Does It Offer?" IMN Winter Real Estate Forum, Laguna Beach, CA, February 2009.

    Webinar, "Distressed Loans in Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities," Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, December 2008.