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Thursday, April 19

8:00 a.m.

Golf Tournament at Lake Presidential Golf Club

Sponsored by Tiger Capital Group, LLC

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

ABC Exams

4:00-6:00 p.m.

Thursday Happy Hour

Sponsored by Loeb & Loeb LLP

4:00-8:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open

Sponsored by Sherwood Partners, LLC

5:00-6:00 p.m.

Ambassador Reception

Sponsored by Jefferies & Company, Inc.

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Opening Reception

Sponsored by Diamond McCarthy LLP, GCG and Protiviti Inc.

Friday, April 20

8:00-8:30 a.m.


Sponsored by Executive Sounding Board Associates, Inc.

8:30-10:00 a.m.

16th Annual Great Debates

Jeffrey N. Pomerantz, Moderator

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP; Los Angeles

Past Presidents’ Debate

Resolved:Claims traders who receive material non-public information about a debtor are required to restrict their trading or establish ethical walls between the trading and bankruptcy desks as a condition for participating in non-public settlement discussions with the debtor.

Pro: Robert J. Keach

Bernstein Shur; Portland, Maine

Con: Ford Elsaesser

Elsaesser Jarzabek Anderson Elliott & Macdonald, Chtd.; Sandpoint, Idaho

Consumer Judicial Debate

Resolved:A chapter 13 plan can eliminate a wholly unsecured lien on a debtor’s principal residence even though the debtor was ineligible to receive a discharge of the indebtedness as a result of a prior chapter 7 case.

Pro: Hon. Wendelin I. Lipp

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Md.); Greenbelt

Con: Hon. Laurel Myerson Isicoff

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Fla.); Miami

Chapter 11 Judicial Debate

Resolved: The absolute priority rule applies in individual chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.

Pro: Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Ill.); Chicago

Con: Hon. Bruce A. Markell

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Nev.); Las Vegas

10:00-10:15 a.m.


Sponsored by Kurtzman Carson Consultants LLC

10:15-11:45 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

What Do Clients Want from Their Professionals?

In the highly competitive restructuring world, understanding what drives retention decisions and how to meet clients’ expectations are important. This panel of sophisticated consumers of legal and restructuring services will discuss the process they use to retain professionals and will provide insight on how to keep clients satisfied.

Richard M. Pachulski, Moderator

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP; Los Angeles

Angela Blatteis

Consultant; Los Angeles

Deirdre A. Martini

Wells Fargo Capital Finance, a Wells Fargo Company; New York

Michael J. Lotz

President and COO of Mesa Air Group; Phoenix

Ronald M. Tucker

Simon Property Group; Indianapolis

TMA Panel: Effective Presentation of Financial Analysis

Many, if not all, contested restructurings turn on the credibility and quality of financial analyses, whether that consists of evidence on valuation, feasibility analysis, interest rate testimony or damage calculations. This panel of seasoned financial advisors will discuss effective ways of presenting financial analysis in a concise, easily understood and effective manner that will increase your chances of prevailing.

H. Slayton Dabney, Jr., Moderator

King & Spalding LLP; New York

Bradford L. Coulter

O'Keefe & Associates; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Thomas M. Kim

r2 advisors, llc; Denver

Lisa M. Poulin

CRG Partners Group LLC; Bethesda, Md.

12:00-2:00 p.m.

Lunch with Guest Speaker Gretchen Morgenson

Sponsored by Alix Partners LLP, Donlin Recano & Company, Inc., Freeborn & Peters LLP, Seabury Group and Wiley Rein LLP

Gretchen Morgenson

Business Editor and Columnist, The New York Times

Author, "Reckless Endangerment"


2:15-3:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Chapter 11 Track

Mock Chapter 11 Confirmation Hearing

Two distinguished chapter 11 practitioners will argue before a three-judge panel for and against confirmation of a plan that includes controversial provisions, including third-party releases, class-skipping distributions, substantive consolidation of non-debtor entities and other highly contested issues.

Thomas J. Salerno

Squire Sanders; Phoenix

Lisa G. Beckerman

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; New York

Hon. Mary Grace Diehl

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Ga.); Atlanta

Hon. Kevin R. Huennekens

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Va.); Richmond

Hon. Steven W. Rhodes

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Mich.); Detroit

Financial Advisor Track:

Demystifying Financial Methodology in the Bankruptcy Case

How assets get appraised in various situations in a bankruptcy case is a mystery to many professionals. This panel will discuss the methodologies used in appraising real property, going-concern businesses and other asset classes. The panel will also discuss other financial issues central to the plan-confirmation process, including use of financial testimony in the context of litigation over the § 1111(b) election and the proper application of Till.

Melissa Kibler Knoll, Moderator

Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC; Chicago

Hon. Beth A. Buchanan

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Ohio); Cincinnati

Timothy G. Skillman

Grant Thornton LLP; Los Angeles

Sheila T. Smith

Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP; Boston

Consumer Track

Consumer Ethics: Balancing Business and Practice, and the Multiple Roles of Consumer Debtor’s Counsel: Can You Simultaneously Be a Watchdog and Counselor and Run Your Law Practice?

Consumer bankruptcy law is on the cutting edge of current bankruptcy practice. Keeping up with the fast-paced changes in the legal and business environments is challenging. The panel will explore balancing the BAPCPA-imposed watchdog role with the business and professional hurdles faced by today’s consumer debtors’ practitioners.

Claire Ann Resop, Moderator

von Briesen & Roper, SC; Madison, Wis.

Hon. William H. Brown (ret.)

Carbondale, Colo.

Henry E. Hildebrand, III

Lassiter, Tidwell, Davis, PLLC; Nashville, Tenn.

Karen L. Kellett

Armstrong Kellett Bartholow P.C.; Dallas

Professional Development Track

Evidentiary Privileges in Bankruptcy: Traps for the Unwary

This panel will explore the unique application of a variety of evidentiary privileges in the bankruptcy context, including attorney/client, work product, joint-defense and spousal privileges.

Bruce A. Harwood, Moderator

Sheehan, Phinney, Bass + Green; Manchester, N.H.

Hon. Barbara J. Houser

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Tex.); Dallas

Dillon E. Jackson

Foster Pepper PLLC; Seattle

Philip J. Mohr

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC; Winston Salem, N.C.

Lynnette R. Warman

Hunton & Williams LLP; Dallas

3:45-4:15 p.m.

Margarita Reception

Sponsored by
CRG Partners, Jenner & Block LLP and Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP

4:15-5:45 p.m.

Committee Educational Sessions

Bankruptcy Litigation/Business Reorganization/Health Care

Understanding D&O Issues in a Brave New World: Health Care, Nonprofit, For-Profit and a Bevy of Other Issues

Charles A. DeMonaco

Fox Rothschild LLP; Pittsburgh

Warren J. Martin, Jr.

Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, PC; Morristown, N.J.

Todd C. Meyers

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP; Atlanta

Samuel A. Nolen

Richards, Layton & Finger, PA; Wilmington, Del.

Claire H. Topp

Dorsey & Whitney LLP; Minneapolis

Bankruptcy Taxation/Consumer

Real Estate Partnership Bankruptcies: Effects on Individual Partners—from Main Street to Wall Street

Steven R. Schneider - Moderator

Goulston & Storrs; Washington, D.C.

Alan D. Lasko

Alan D. Lasko & Associates PC; Chicago

Robert D. Schachat

Ernst & Young LLP; Washington, D.C.

Commercial Fraud/Financial Advisors and Investment Banking

Liquidating Trustees, Fraud and Computer Forensics: “Book ’em, Danno!”

Marion Hecht

CliftonLarsonAllen LLP; Arlington, Va.

Ronald J. Hedges

Ronald Hedges, LLC; Hackensack, N.J.

Jeffrey S. Sabin

Bingham McCutchen LLP; New York

Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin

U.S. District Court (S.D.N.Y.); New York

5:00-10:00 p.m.

Optional Event: MLB Game: Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins (transportation provided)

Baseball Game Luxury Suite Sponsored by East West Bank

Transportation Sponsored by Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP

6:00-7:00 p.m.

Optional Event Women’s Roundtable and Networking Reception

Sponsored by SSG Capital Advisors, LLC

6:00-9:30 p.m.

Optional Event: The Capitol Steps Performance at the Ronald Reagan Center (Transportation provided)

Saturday, April 21

7:30-8:00 a.m.


8:00-9:30 a.m.

Committee Educational Sessions

Asset Sales/Ethics and Professional Compensation

The Art and Obligations of the Deal: Obtaining the Most for Your Constituency While Meeting Ethical Demands and Duties of the § 363 Sale Process

Hon. Robert D. Drain

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.); White Plains, N.Y.

Nan R. Eitel

Department of Justice, Exec. Office for U.S. Trustees; Washington, D.C.

William R. Greendyke

Fulbright & Jaworski LLP; Houston

Prof. Jack F. Williams

Georgia State University/Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC; Atlanta


Revisiting Too Big to Fail: U.S. and International Regulatory Responses, Including Broader Application to International Crises

Alexandria S. Barrage

Morrison & Foerster LLP; Washington, D.C.

George B. Bazinas

Bazinas Law Firm; Athens, Greece

Timothy B. DeSieno

Bingham McCutchen LLP; New York

Steven T. Kargman

Kargman Associates; New York

Technology & Intellectual Poperty/Small Business

Handling IP Asset Issues in the Distressed Small Business

Beverly A. Berneman, Moderator

Golan & Christie, LLP; Chicago

Thomas L. Irving

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

David Peress

Streambank, LLC; Needham, Mass.

Victor A. Vilaplana

Foley & Lardner LLP; San Diego

9:30-11:00 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Chapter 11 Track

Is the Chapter 11 Industry Distressed?

The ever-evolving economic landscape has led to dramatic changes in how and when chapter 11 is used to address failed businesses. This panel will discuss the trends in the use of chapter 11 to reorganize or sell troubled businesses and provide their insight into how restructuring professionals can expect to stay busy in the next economic cycle.

Keith J. Shapiro, Moderator

Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Chicago

Daniel F. Dooley

MorrisAnderson; Chicago

Michael J. Epstein

CRG Partners; Boston

Rebecca A. Roof

AlixPartners LLP; New York

Financial Advisors Track

Who’s Afraid of Sovereign Debt?

The global financial crisis has exposed Eurozone risks contained on government balance sheets, including significant proportions of foreign currency-linked and short-term debt. Governments have become guarantors and investors, taking on ownership interests outside traditional risk tolerance. No country is unaffected. The implications for economic growth and debt sustainability are profound. This panel will discuss the new methods of debt restructuring and how to manage public debt in crisis.

Ian G. Williams, Moderator

SGH Martineau LLP; London

Jeffrey C. Carhart

Miller Thomson LLP; Toronto

Alan J. Carr

Strategic Value Partners, LLC; Greenwich, Conn.

Jo Ann J. Brighton

K&L Gates LLP; Charlotte

Dr. Annerose Tashiro

Schultze & Braun GmbH; Achern, Germany

Consumer Track

Beyond HAMP and HARP: What's Next for Underwater Homeowners

Federal foreclosure programs have over-promised and under-delivered, while the mortgage crisis continues under the weight of $10 trillion in debt. Will a comprehensive state settlement with the banks provide relief or are there solutions in the bankruptcy system?

Prof. David G. Epstein

University of Richmond Law School and ABI Scholar in Residence; Alexandria, Va.

Richardo I. Kilpatrick, Moderator

Kilpatrick & Associates, PC; Auburn Hills, Mich.

David P. Leibowitz

Lakelaw; Waukegan, Ill.

Hon. Cecelia G. Morris

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y); Poughkeepsie

Professional Development Track

Navigating Ethical Responsibility in a Complex World

This panel will explore the answers to a variety of sticky issues, including: Can a lawyer ethically serve more than one master, and who is that master? What issues are raised by representation of multiple debtors, closely held corporations and portfolio companies of an equity sponsor client? How do you deal with conflicted boards and conflicted insiders who do not have separate counsel, and how do you counsel clients that demand questionable strategies and tactics? How do you deal with a deadlocked board that effectively paralyzes the entity’s ability to make any decisions?

James Patrick Shea, Moderator

Shea & Carlyon, Ltd.; Las Vegas

Prof. Nancy B. Rapoport

William S. Boyd School of Law University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Las Vegas

Bradley D. Sharp

Development Specialists, Inc.; Los Angeles

William P. Weintraub

Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP; New York


11:00-11:15 a.m.

Coffee Break

Sponsored by Alvarez & Marsal

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Chapter 11 Track

Bankruptcy Court Jurisdiction and Beyond: Stern v. Marshall and Other Sticky Jurisdiction Issues

This panel will address the practical effects of Stern v. Marshall on the bankruptcy process in the months since the ruling, as well as other jurisdictional issues such as the limits of post-confirmation jurisdiction, remand, abstention and removal.

Paul Steven Singerman, Moderator

Berger Singerman, PA; Miami

Ronit Berkovich

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; New York

Jeff J. Marwil

Proskauer; Chicago

Hon. Christopher S. Sontchi

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Del.); Wilmington

Financial Advisor Track

Preparing a Company for Sale: Practical Insight into How to Sell a Distressed Company

The chapter 11 process has increasingly become a mergers-and-acquisitions process. Effectively preparing a company for sale and implementing a robust sale process takes time and expertise, and is extremely challenging especially when the company is distressed. This panel of investment bankers will share their practical thoughts on how to derive value from the M&A process.

Josef S. Athanas, Moderator

Latham & Watkins LLP; Chicago

Lorie R. Beers

Seabury Group LLC; New York

J. Scott Victor

SSG Capital Advisors, LLC; West Conshohocken, Pa.

Robert H. Warshauer

Imperial Capital, LLC; New York

Consumer Track

Section 524(i) and Beyond: The Use of Non-Standard Chapter 13 Plan Terms

Section 524(i) provides that the failure of a creditor to credit payments received under a plan in the manner required by the plan shall constitute a violation of the discharge injunction. This panel will explore plan provisions in this regard and in other areas such as claims disallowance and what the courts allow and disallow in the chapter 13 context.

Rudy J. Cerone, Moderator

McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC; New Orleans

Alane A. Becket

Becket & Lee, LLP; Malvern, Pa.

Hon. C. Ray Mullins

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Ga.); Atlanta

John Rao

National Consumer Law Center; Boston

Professional Development Track

Expert testimony can make or break a bankruptcy case

This panel will conduct a mock demonstration of direct and cross-examination of an appraiser.

Patricia A. Redmond, Moderator

Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, PA; Miami

Mark M. Maloney

King & Spalding LLP; Atlanta

Hon. Barry Russell

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (C.D. Cal.); Los Angeles

John Tittle, Jr.

Tittle Advisory Group, Inc.; New York

12:30-2:00 p.m.

30th Anniversary Luncheon: BK 360

A panel of ABI past presidents discuss a range of current topics moderated by William J. Rochelle, Editor-at-Large Bloomberg News; New York

Reginald W. Jackson

Vorys, Sater, Seymore & Pease LLP; Columbus, Ohio

John D. Penn

Haynes and Boone, LLP; Fort Worth, Tex.

Bettina M. Whyte

Alvarez & Marsal; New York

Deborah D. Williamson

Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated; San Antonio

2:15-3:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Chapter 11 Track

Tee Up the Lawsuits! What’s Left for Unsecured Creditors after the Sale?

These days, it’s not uncommon to hear, “It’s a sale case,” and frequently the debtor’s operating assets are sold for less than the secured debt. Estate claims, which typically are not encumbered, often provide the only meaningful source of any recovery for unsecured creditors. This panel explores theories of recovery against insiders, auditors and others as well as important potential limitations on recoveries such as the in pari delicto doctrine and the insured vs. insured exception in D&O insurance policies.

Scott F. Gautier, Moderator

Peitzman, Weg & Kempinsky LLP; Century City, Calif.

Hon. Nancy V. Alquist

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Md.); Baltimore

James S. Carr

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP; New York

Catherine L. Steege

Jenner & Block LLP; Chicago


Consumer Track

Who Should Police the Mortgage Servicers? Should this be up to the states, the new CFPB, or debtor class actions?

The Executive Office for the U.S. Trustees has made it clear that it intends to police the mortgage service industry by, for example, using the Rule 2004 process. This panel will explore these approaches.

Lawrence R. Ahern, III; Moderator

Burr & Forman LLP; Nashville, Tenn.

Thomas M. Hefferon

Goodwin Procter LLP; Washington, D.C.

Hon. Elizabeth S. Stong

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, (E.D. NY); Brooklyn

Clifford J. White, III

Executive Office for U.S. Trustees; Washington, D.C.

Professional Development Track

Dos and Don’ts of Effective Oral and Written Advocacy

This panel of judges will provide guidance on what works—and what doesn’t—in written briefs and oral argument.

James T. Markus, Moderator

Markus Williams Young & Zimmerman, LLC; Denver

Hon. Jeffery P. Hopkins

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Ohio); Cincinnati

Hon. Pamela Pepper

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, (E.D. Wis.); Milwaukee

Hon. Gregg W. Zive

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Nev.); Reno

3:45-4:15 p.m.

Wine & Cheese Reception

Sponsored by Grant Thornton LLP

4:15-5:45 p.m.

Committee Educational Sessions

Labor and Employment/Unsecured Trade Creditors

Intercreditor Conflicts Which Arise Among Unsecured Creditors and the Difficulty that Can Arise in Such Multiple Debtor Cases with the Allocation of the Costs of the Chapter 11 Cases Among the Various Estates

Sam J. Alberts

SNR Denton; Washington, D.C.

Charles Finke

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation; Washington, D.C.

Hon. Judith K. Fitzgerald

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (W.D.Pa.); Pittsburgh

Dan Winikka

Jones Day; Dallas

Real Estate/Secured Credit/Young & New Members

Commercial Real Estate Trends, Workouts, and Reorganizations

Lenard M. Parkins - Moderator

Haynes and Boone, LLP; New York

James S. Feltman

Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC; Miami

Robert Radasevich

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg, LLP; Chicago

Troy Taylor

Algon Group LLC; Atlanta

7:00-10:00 p.m.

Final Night Gala Dinner with Corporate Comedian Mark Robinson

Final Night Dinner

Sponsored by Development Specialists, Inc., Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC and NHB Advisors

Final Night Entertainment

Sponsored by
Andrews Kurth LLP
Becket & Lee, LLP,
Berger Singerman, PA
Bernstein Shur
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC
Greenberg Traurig LLP
Logan & Company, Inc.
Miles & Stockbridge PC
Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones, Proskauer
Saul Ewing LLP
Shaw Gussis Fishman Glantz Wolfson & Towbin LLC
Squire Sanders

10:00-11:00 p.m.

Endowment Dessert Reception (invitation only)

Sponsored by Markowitz Ringel Trusty + Hartog., Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, PA


Sunday, April 22

8:30-9:00 a.m.


Sponsored by MorrisAnderson

9:00-10:00 a.m.

Breakfast Session

Circuit Splits and Supreme Court Preview

The judges will discuss issues that divide the circuits including the right to credit bid, now before the Supreme Court in RadLAX Gateway Hotel.

John W. Ames, Moderator

Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC; Louisville, Ky.

Hon. Kevin J. Carey

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Del.); Wilmington

Hon. Dennis R. Dow

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (W.D. Mo.); Kansas City

Hon. Margaret M. Mann

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Cal.); San Diego

Hon. Robert E. Gerber

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.); New York

10:00-10:15 a.m.


10:15-11:45 a.m.

21st Century Ethics

Judith Greenstone Miller, Moderator

Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss, PC; Southfield, Mich.

C. R. “Chip” Bowles, Jr

Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC; Louisville, Ky.

Rob Charles

Lewis and Roca LLP; Tucson, Ariz.

Prof. Lois R. Lupica

University of Maine School of Law; Portland, Maine

Richard M. Meth

Fox Rothschild LLP; Roseland, N.J.

Michael P. Richman

Patton Boggs LLP; New York

11:45 a.m.





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