Britta Warren is the firm’s Managing Partner, overseeing all aspects of operations and long-term strategic planning. Her practice emphasizes on bankruptcy and commercial litigation. Britta has represented creditors, vendors, banks and individuals in bankruptcy and state and federal court litigation. Her bankruptcy experience includes automatic stay, violations, valuation and claims litigation, lien avoidance proceedings, and prosecuting and defending adversary proceedings involving nondischargeability claims and preference recovery. Britta joined Black Helterline in 2012 after practicing at a boutique creditor’s rights firm.


Britta was raised in a small town in Kansas. She moved to Portland in 1998 to attend Reed College and eventually graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a degree in the Classics. She returned to her home state to become the eighth person in her family to graduate from the University of Kansas School of Law. In law school Britta received an award of merit in Advanced Bankruptcy Instruction.

Britta’s practice focuses on bankruptcy, debtor-creditor related issues and commercial litigation. She is a member of the Executive Committee for the Oregon State Bar Debtor-Creditor Section and the Editorial Board for Debtor-Creditor Section Newsletter, for which she has authored and co-authored several publications: Is a Prepayment Penalty Effective After Acceleration? (Debtor Creditor Newsletter, Winter 2014); The Right of Reclamation (Debtor-Creditor Newsletter, Summer 2013); and Beyond 2005 and The Means Test in the 9th Circuit (Debtor-Creditor Newsletter 2006). Britta currently chairs the Public Education Committee for the Debtor-Creditor section which provides financial literacy training to middle school and high school students throughout the state of Oregon. Britta was a panel speaker at the Oregon Law Institute’s Bankruptcy Law for the Non-Specialist in 2009 and currently helps organize the annual Debtor-Creditor Section meeting as a member of Continuing Legal Education Committee. Britta is also a member of the Multnomah Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Turnaround Management Association and serves as a mentor for the Legal Aid Services of Oregon Pro Bono Bankruptcy Clinic. Britta was nominated as a Rising Star in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Super Lawyers Magazine.

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court of Washington (Western District)
  • U.S. District Court of Washington (Eastern District)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals (9th Circuit)


  • University of California at Santa Cruz, B.A., Magna Cum Laude (2003)
  • University of Kansas School of Law, J.D. (2006)