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Michelle K. Ostrye

Michelle K. Ostrye

Corpus Christi, Texas

Michelle Ostrye grew up in Montana and earned a B.A. in English (with honors) from the University of Montana in 1991.  She attended Texas Tech University School of Law where she was the Law Review Student Writing Editor, brief writer for the national moot court team, and was a finalist in the intra-school moot court competition.  Michelle graduated in 1997, was admitted to the Texas bar, and practiced in Amarillo for five years.  Michelle then became admitted in New Mexico and practiced there for 14 years.  Michelle moved back to Texas in 2017 to join the law firm of Anderson Lehrman Barre and Maraist.  Michelle has assisted creditors in commercial debt collection and foreclosure cases from the initial default letter through summary judgment or trial, on appeal, through the foreclosure sale and obtaining and enforcing deficiency judgments.  Michelle also independently handles core bankruptcy matters of all types and has represented creditors and Chapter 7 and 11 trustees in case administration and litigation, including adversary proceedings and she has achieved favorable results in multiple cases in the 10th Circuit and the 10th Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel.

Areas of Practice

  • Bankruptcy
  • Creditors’ Rights
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Civil Appeals

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1997
  • New Mexico, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2004
  • U.S. District Court District of New Mexico, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 2010


  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas
    • J.D. - 1997
    • Law Review: Texas Tech Law Review, Student Writing Editor, 1996 - 1997
  • University of Montana
    • B.A. - 1991
    • Honors: With honors

Published Works

  • "Tenant or Landlord Bankruptcy Collections," CLE Presentation to State Bar of New Mexico, Feb 20, 2011
  • "Collector, Lender Liability", "Ethical Issues in Debt Collection", CLE Presentations to State Bar of New Mexico, April 9, 2010
  • Ostrye, M. & Thomas D. Walker (2009). "The Basics of Automatic Stay,", New Mexico Lawyer, 4 (2), 7, 9


  • Panelist, “Ethical Issues that Arise when Supervising Attorneys Work with Junior Attorneys and Nonattorney Professionals,” American Bankruptcy Institute Winter Leadership Conference, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, December 2, 2016
  • Co-Author, “The Basics of the Automatic Stay,” New Mexico Lawyer Volume 4, Number 2 (May 11, 2009)
  • “Bankruptcy Litigation 101” CLE presentation to the State Bar of New Mexico (June 12, 2012) on the topics of dischargeability actions, preferences, and fraudulent transfers
  • “Tenant or Landlord Bankruptcy Collections,” CLE presentation to the State Bar of New Mexico (Feb. 20, 2011)
  • “Ethical Considerations Before Collecting a Debt,” Non-Judicial Remedies [RE: Creditor’s Rights]”; “Personal Property Security Interests and Liens,” “Collector, Lender Liability,” “Ethical Issues in Debt Collection,” CLE presentation to the State Bar of New Mexico (Apr. 9, 2010)

Honors and Awards

  • Benchmark: Litigation future star (2013-2014)
  • 2014-2015 Super Lawyers Magazine in Business Litigation (Southwest)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of New Mexico
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas, Member of Bankruptcy Section
  • State Bar of New Mexico Board of Directors of the Bankruptcy Section, Chair 2009, CLE Liaison 2016
  • American Bankruptcy Institute

Pro Bono Activities

  • Former Vice President of the Board of Directors of the New Mexico BioPark Society (2010-2016)
  • Former President of the Board of Directors of New Mexico Child Advocacy Networks (2005-2009)
  • Former volunteer at monthly legal clinic for enrolled Veterans of the New Mexico VA Health Care System
  • Court-Appointed Special Advocate (2003-2004)

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