Sallie B. Armstrong

Sallie B. Armstrong


A distinguished bankruptcy lawyer with 33 years of experience which began with her clerkship for the Honorable Bertram Goldwater at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada, Reno Division, Sallie Armstrong represents clients throughout Nevada in all areas of bankruptcy, financial restructuring, corporate reorganization, creditor rights, debtor rights, insolvency counseling, receiverships, and related litigation.

Sallie practices regularly in the United States Bankruptcy Court in both Reno and Las Vegas, as well as in state court. Her insolvency practice includes the representation of a wide range of stakeholders, including debtors in complex Chapter 11 cases, equity security holders, secured and unsecured creditors, including financial institutions, lenders, committees, purchasers, and adversary litigation defendants, parties to executory contracts, receivers, and commercial litigants. Sallie often serves as local counsel to national firms with clients in Nevada, and, as a result, has been able to participate in some of the largest and most significant Chapter 11 cases filed in Nevada.

Working with various stakeholders, Sallie helps navigate the complexities of business insolvencies whether in formal bankruptcy proceedings, litigation, receiverships, or informal out-of-court workouts.  Whatever the nature of her representation, Sallie works closely with her clients to help them find and develop the most appropriate business solution. 

Known for her thoroughness and insight, Sallie is recognized as one of Nevada’s leading bankruptcy lawyers.  Sallie has had an AV Preeminent® peer review rating from Martindale Hubbell for many years, and in 2013 she was selected as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy by American Lawyer Media and Martindale–Hubbell™.  Sallie has been elected by her peers to U. S. News - Best Lawyers every year since 1989, and, in 2012, she was chosen as Best Lawyers’ Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Lawyer of the Year.  Under her supervision, Downey Brand’s Nevada office has received a Tier 1 ranking in the 2014 Edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” for Bankruptcy.

Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Investment Committee Chair, Foundation of Western Nevada
  • Executive Committee Member, Foundation of Western Nevada
  • Member of the Board of Trustees, Sage Ridge School,  2008 to present
  • Vice President and Secretary, Member of the Executive Committee Ridge School, 2010 to present
  • Member of the Parish Finance Council, Lady of the Snows
  • Former Committee Member, Bar of Nevada Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics and Election Practices
  • Member, Washoe County Bar Association

Honors And Rankings

  • AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell™, 1990(s) to present
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy by American Lawyer Media and Martindale–Hubbell™ 
  • Best Lawyers in America®, 1989 to present
  • 2012 Best Lawyers Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Lawyer of the Year
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2007 to present
  • Legal Elite, Nevada Business Magazine
  • Clerkship, the Honorable Bertram M. Goldwater, United States Bankruptcy Court,1981-1982
  • Member (1977-1979) and Citations Editor (1978-1979), Arkansas Law Review (membership by invitation to top 14% of the class)

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