Tami Lewis Attorney at Engelman Berger


[email protected]
602.271.9090 MAIN
602.222.4958 DIRECT
602.222.4999 FAX
2800 North Central Avenue
Suite 1200
Phoenix, Arizona 85004


Practice Areas

Bankruptcy & Reorganization
Creditors’ Rights
Commercial Landlord Tenant Law
Loan Workouts
Business and Financial Restructuring
Real Estate
Loan Documentation


Arizona State University J.D., 1983
Arizona State University B.S., Magna Cum Laude, Psychology, 1980

Assisted By

Cynthia Nesselrode


Tamalyn (Tami) Lewis brings her clients more than 30 years of legal experience and a deep appreciation of our Arizona business culture. A true Arizona native through-and-through, Tami was born in Globe, raised in Safford, and attended Arizona State University. Her experience as a Bankruptcy Extern in the United States Bankruptcy Court in 1982 and 1983 piqued her interest and desire to advocate for the rights of creditors. Over the years, she developed extensive experience representing financial institutions, landlords, creditors, and individuals in commercial bankruptcies, foreclosures, loan workouts, agricultural matters, real-estate matters, and settlement negotiations throughout Arizona, Texas and New York.


Advocating for and counseling clients to achieve cost-effective resolutions of difficult business issues and legal challenges.




Financial Institutions

Agricultural Lenders



Business Owners


Non-Profit Organizations



Agriculture Law

Business Transactions and Disputes

Commercial Bankruptcy

Commercial and Consumer Negotiations and Workouts


Real Estate Transactions and Disputes



Arizona Bankruptcy American Inn of Court Master Alumni, Former Membership Chair

Turnaround Management Association

American Bankruptcy Institute

State Bar of Arizona, Member

State Bar of Texas, Member

Federal Bar Association

Maricopa County Bar Association

Sandra Day O’Conner College of Law – ASU, Former Alumni Board Member


Career Highlights

Represented agricultural lenders in connection with complex loan workouts and negotiated restructured agreements, including the consensual reorganization in Chapter 11 of one of the state’s largest producers of lemons and the orderly liquidation of an operating farm spanning 5200 acres.

Represented a governmental agency in achieving regulatory compliance and negotiated payment of $20 Million violation penalties of a sand and gravel operator in a Chapter 11 case.

Represented the Arizona State Retirement System in regard to protecting loan assets, including the WorldCom bankruptcy case.

Represented landlords in bankruptcy proceedings to protect their interests of maintaining income stream and, if necessary, the early rejection of leases.

Represented a Texas corporation protecting its interests in a Chapter 11 filing by a franchisor owning 20+ franchised stores in Arizona.

Represented Chapter 7 Trustee in the liquidation of a multi-million dollar development project and a Chapter 11 Trustee in the liquidation of a high-end automobile dealership.

Represented a church trying to preserve its sanctuary and office building in cases involving a Ponzi scheme fraud that implicated hundreds of non-profit organizations in multiple proceedings pending in the Bankruptcy and State Courts in Florida and Minnesota.

Represented owner of assisted care facility and the associated equipment in connection with the bankruptcy filing of its operator/lessee to attain an expedited approved of a sale to another operator.

Represented largest secured lender in the American Continental Bankruptcy case.


Published Opinions

In re American Continental Corporation, 105 B.R. 564 (Bankr. D. Ariz. 1989)

In re PMI – DVW Real Estate Holdings, L.L.P., 240 B.R. 24 (Bankr. D. Ariz. 1999)



Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law in Phoenix, AZ, since 2015

AV-Rated by Martindale Hubbell®



Farm Credit Services Loan Officer Training Conference, Speaker, 2012


Community Service

Arizona Commission on the Arts, State Arts Commissioner

Center Dance Ensemble (Resident Modern Dance Company at Herberger Theater), President, Board Member

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona, Women’s Board Member

Conventual Church of Our Lady of the Angels at the Franciscan Renewal Center (The Casa), Parishioner