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Thursday, April 18

8:00 a.m.

Golf Tournament at Lake Presidential Golf Course

Sponsored by PwC

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

ABC Exams

4:00-8:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open

Sponsored by Sherwood Partners LLP

4:00-6:00 p.m.

ABI Happy Hour

Sponsored by Loeb & Loeb

5:00-6:00 p.m.

New Member Judges’ Roundtable Reception

Sponsored by Appear By Phone

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Opening Reception

Sponsored by Duff & Phelps, LLC, GCG, Jenner & Block LLP, Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC, and Protiviti Inc.

Friday, April 19

8:00-8:30 a.m.


Co-sponsored by Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP & MorrisAnderson

8:30-10:00 a.m.

17th Annual Great Debates


Jeffrey N. Pomerantz, Moderator

American Bankruptcy Institute VP of Education

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP; Los Angeles

Past Presidents’ Debate

Resolved: The Bankruptcy Code should be revised to eliminate a debtor in possession's and trustee's ability to recover preferential transfers.

Pro: John D. Penn

Haynes and Boone LLP; Fort Worth

Con: Andrew W. Caine

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP; Los Angeles

Judicial Debate

Resolved: A claim against the debtor’s estate, transferred to a third party, should be treated the same as if in the hands of the original holder.

Pro: Hon. Arthur J. Gonzalez

New York University School of Law; New York

Con: Hon. Kevin J. Carey

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

Consumer Debate

Resolved: An attorney in a consumer case should be able to limit the scope of her employment.

Pro: Brian Michael Shockley

Clark & Washington, PC; Atlanta

Con: Pamela J. Griffith

Office of the U.S. Trustee; Washington, D.C.

10:00-10:15 a.m.


Sponsored by Executive Sounding Board Associates Inc.

10:15-11:45 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions (2)

Mediation: An Irrational Approach to a Rational Result

This panel will focus on the irrational biases for decision-making in bankruptcy. The essence of bankruptcy is deciding how to divide the debtor's metaphorical shrinking economic pie among qualified creditors. At its optimum, bankruptcy decision-making is efficient and rational. However, at other times even the most skilled bankruptcy practitioners are stymied by the inability of bankruptcy participants to make seemingly rational business decisions. Why can't everyone be rational? Decision-making is not a rational process. Behavioral economic scholars such as Daniel Ariely and Daniel Kahneman explain that we all have psychological biases that interfere with our ability to make objectively rational decisions. Bankruptcy practitioners who understand these biases learn strategies to influence them and thus enhance optimal bankruptcy decisionmaking.

Hon. Elizabeth S. Stong, Moderator

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D.N.Y); Brooklyn

C. Edward Dobbs

Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP; Atlanta

Elayne E. Greenberg

St. John's University School of Law; Jamaica, N.Y.

Hon. Raymond T. Lyons

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. N.J.); Trenton

Chapter 11 Track: The § 1111(b) Election, Plan Feasibility and Cramdown Issues

Utilizing a case study, this panel will explore issues surrounding a lender’s decision on whether or not to make an election under § 1111(b), feasibility issues, voting issues and solid mathematical analysis.

Franklind Davis Lea, Moderator

Tactical Financial Consulting, LLC; Atlanta

Richard M. Bendix, Jr.

Dykema Gossett PLLC; Chicago

Eve H. Karasik

Stutman, Treister & Glatt PC; Los Angeles

William N. Lobel

The Lobel Firm, LLP; Newport Beach, Calif.

Hon. Gregg W. Zive

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

12:00-2:00 p.m.


Featuring Testimony before the ABI Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11

Co-sponsored by AlixPartners LLP & Seabury Group

2:15-3:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions (4)

Chapter 11 Track: Creditors’ Committees and the Role of Indenture Trustees and Related Issues

This panel will focus on the unique issues facing the indenture trustee when it elects to serve on a creditors’ committee, including how to balance potentially conflicting fiduciary duties, how to get paid, how to navigate through the plan-negotiation process and other similar types of issues.

Walter H. Curchack, Moderator

Loeb & Loeb LLP; New York

Dennis F. Dunne

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP; New York

Nicholas D. Tally

Wilmington Trust; Minneapolis

M. Stephanie Wickouski

Bryan Cave LLP; New York

Financial Advisors Track: Current Issues for Financial Advisors in Bankruptcy Cases

This panel will discuss the various governance, operational and quasi-legal issues that financial advisors deal with on a day-to-day basis before, during and after the commencement of a chapter 11 case. Topics will include addressing management fraud, dealing with ERISA/labor/WARN Act/union issues, navigating corporate governance issues, Dodd-Frank compliance, and the state of the law on pursuit of accounting and securities fraud claims.

Paul B. Geilich, Moderator

Wright Ginsberg Brusilow P.C.; Dallas

Michael J. Epstein

Deloitte Financial Advisory Service LLP; New York

Perry M. Mandarino

PwC; New York

Rebecca A. Roof

AlixPartners LLP; New York

Professional Development Track: The End Game and How to Get There

Utilizing a case-study approach, this panel will provide a primer for young practitioners on the goals, motivations and incentives that key constituents in a chapter 11 case have, and the techniques and strategies used to achieve such goals.

Larry G. Halperin, Moderator

Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP; New York

Jo Ann J. Brighton

K&L Gates LLP; Charlotte, N.C.

Prof. David Carl Smith

University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce; Charlottesville, Va.

Kelly B. Stapleton

Alvarez & Marsal; New York

Consumer Track: The Individual Conundrum—Chapter 7, 11 or 13?

Deciding on the appropriate chapter for an individual contemplating a bankruptcy filing can be daunting. This panel will explore the considerations that guide the practitioner in advising individual clients in making this decision.

Lee M. Kutner, Moderator

Kutner Miller Brinen, PC; Denver

Douglas W. Kassebaum

Fredrikson & Byron, PA; Minneapolis

Paul G. Swanson

Steinhilber, Swanson, Mares, Marone & McDermott; Oshkosh, Wis.

Hon. Brian K. Tester

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. P.R.); San Juan

3:45-4:15 p.m.

Margarita Reception

Sponsored by Deloitte, Development Specialists, Inc., Freeborn & Peters LLP and Proskauer

4:15-5:45 p.m.

Committee Educational Sessions (3)

Asset Sales/Business Reorganization

The Power to Veto Bankruptcy Sales: Sports Leagues and Other Franchisors

Kevin Cofsky

Perella Weinberg Partners LP; New York

Hon. Arthur J. Gonzalez

New York University School of Law; New York

Scott Greenberg

Jones Day; New York

Thomas J. Salerno

Squire Sanders; Phoenix

Consumer Bankruptcy/Ethics & Professional Compensation

Nothing Is Impossible: The Complex Requirements and Ethical Duties of Representing Chapter 11 and/or Chapter 13 Consumer Debtors

James H. Cossitt

James H Cossitt, PC; Kalispell, Mont.

Peter C. Fessenden

Standing Chapter 13 Trustee (D. Maine); Brunswick

Prof. Lois R. Lupica

University of Maine School of Law; Portland, Maine

Prof. Nancy. B. Rapoport

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

Health Care/Real Estate

Real Estate Issues in Health Care Restructurings

Elizabeth J. Austin

Pullman & Comley, LLC; Bridgeport, Conn.

Brian M. Cohen

Foley & Lardner LLP; New York

Neil Hartzell

LeClairRyan, PC; Boston

John Robert Weiss

Duane Morris LLP; Chicago

5:00-11:00 p.m.

Optional Event

Baseball Night Out: Baltimore Orioles vs. Los Angeles Dodgers at Camden Yards

Sponsored by Jefferies & Company, Inc.

Shuttle Service Sponsored by Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP

6:00-7:00 p.m.

Women's Networking Reception

Sponsored by SSG Capital Advisors, LLC

6:00-10:00 p.m.

Optional Event

The Capitol Steps at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center

Saturday, April 20

7:30-8:00 a.m.


Sponsored by Conway MacKenzie and Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP

8:00-9:30 a.m.

Committee Educational Sessions (2)

Bankruptcy Litigation/Labor & Employment

Law Firm Bankruptcies and Certain Issues that Have Arisen in Them, Including the WARN Act and Recent Case Law

Kelley A. Cornish

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; New York

Allan B. Diamond

Diamond McCarthy LLP; Houston

Hon. Robert D. Drain

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

Bradford F. Englander

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP; Falls Church, Va.

Albert Togut

Togut, Segal & Segal, LLP; New York

Financial Advisors & Investment Banking/Secured Credit/Unsecured Trade Creditors

And Now That the Auction Is Over, Let the Bidding Begin

Michael S. Goodman

SSG Capital Advisors, LLC; Conshohocken, Pa.

Gregory M. Gordon

Jones Day; Dallas

Hon. Kevin Gross

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

Francis J. Lawall

Pepper Hamilton LLP; Philadelphia

Marc S. Weinsweig

Weinsweig Advisors, LLC; Rockville, Md.

9:30-11:00 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions (4)

Chapter 11 Track: Mock Hearing—DIP Financing and 363 Sales

Two experienced chapter 11 counsel will conduct a mock argument before a three-judge panel on key issues that arise in the approval of DIP financing and approval of a 363 sale. DIP hearing issues will include roll-ups, liens on avoidance actions, expedited sale procedures, 506 waiver, no committee carve-out, no plan without lender’s consent, and enforcement of subordination agreements. Sale issues will include assumption and assignment or rejection of IP licenses, as well as the rights of junior lienholders to block sales where not paid in full.


Kristopher M. Hansen

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP; New York

Jeff J. Marwil

Proskauer; Chicago


Hon. Robert E. Gerber

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

Hon. Kevin Gross

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

Hon. Laurel Myerson Isicoff

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

Financial Advisors Track: How to Be a Successful Expert

This panel will present practical advice on how to provide persuasive expert witness testimony. Topics will include tips on drafting the expert report, qualifying as an expert, analytical techniques, and direct, cross and rebuttal examination.

Judy D. Thompson, Moderator

JD Thompson Law; Charlotte, N.C.

Hon. Janet S. Baer

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

Christian Carl Onsager

Onsager, Staelin & Guyerson, LLC; Denver

Jeffrey R. Truitt

XRoads Solutions Group; Santa Ana, Calif.

Professional Development Track: The Dos and Don’ts of Discovery in the Bankruptcy World

This panel will explore effective strategies for navigating the world of discovery in bankruptcy cases. Topics will include effective use of 2004 examinations, document subpoenas and deposition testimony, as well as other issues.

Mark M. Maloney, Moderator

King & Spalding LLP; Atlanta

Kiah T. Ford, IV

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP; Charlotte, N.C.

Hon. Stephani W. Humrickhouse

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D.N.C.); Raleigh, N.C.

Richard A. Robinson

Reed Smith LLP; Wilmington, Del.

Consumer Track: The Appellate Process

This panel will explore recent issues in appellate practice that are of interest to both consumer and business practitioners, including the ability to bypass intermediary appellate courts and take appeals directly to the circuit courts.

Susan M. Freeman, Moderator

Lewis and Roca LLP; Phoenix

Hon. Elizabeth E. Brown

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Colo.); Denver

Prof. Jessica D. Gabel

Georgia State University School of Law; Atlanta

P. Matthew Sutko

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

11:00-11:15 a.m.

Coffee Break

Sponsored by SNR Denton

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

Concurrent Sessions (4)

Chapter 11 Track: International Program

This panel session will focus on developments in cross-border bankruptcies, chapter 15 ancillary proceedings, comity for main as opposed to ancillary proceedings, and focusing on nations not part of the EC or otherwise signed up to the UNCITRAL model.

Ronald J. Silverman, Moderator

Bingham McCutchen LLP; New York

Kolja von Bismarck

Linklaters, Frankfurt, Germany

Melanie L. Cyganowski

Otterbourg, Steindler, Houston & Rosen, PC; New York

Claudia R. Tobler

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; New York

ABI/TMA Panel:

Financial Advisors Track: The Ethical Compass: Multiple Ethical Schemes Applicable to Financial Advisors

This panel will focus on the variety of rules, statutes and codes that govern the conduct of financial advisors, including the Bankruptcy Code and Rules, TMA and AIRA Codes of Ethics, Licensure rules (e.g., for CPAs), state law governing trustee roles, etc.

Ronald R. Sussman, Moderator

Cooley LLP; New York

Bernadette M. Barron

Barron Business Consulting; Chicago

Bradford L. Coulter

O'Keefe & Associates; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Scott A. Eisenberg, CPA

Amherst Partners, LLC; Birmingham, Mich.

Professional Development Track: The Dos and Don’ts of Effective Oral Advocacy  

Robert J. Keach, Moderator

Bernstein Shur; Portland, Maine

Hon. Mary Grace Diehl

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

Hon. Barbara J. Houser

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

Hon. Kevin R. Huennekens

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

Consumer Track: Consumer Class Actions  

This panel will explore the potential benefits and pitfalls of class actions by debtors/trustees against creditors in chapter 13 cases, which are highlighted by two recent decisions of the Fifth Circuit.

Rudy J. Cerone, Moderator

McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC; New Orleans

Michael H. Goldstein

Stutman, Treister & Glatt PC; Los Angeles

Johnie J. Patterson

Walker & Patterson, PC; Houston

Hon. Robert E. Grossman

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D.N.Y.); Central Islip

12:30-2:00 p.m.


BK 360 Revisited: ABI Past-Presidents Panel

William J. Rochelle, III, Moderator

Bloomberg; New York

Melissa Kibler Knoll

Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC; Chicago

Robin E. Phelan

Haynes and Boone, LLP; Dallas

Michael P. Richman

Hunton & Williams LLP; New York

2:15-3:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions (3)

Chapter 11 Track: Chapter 9s, Nonprofits and Other Nontraditional Restructuring Processes

The financial crisis has taken its toll on municipalities as evidenced by the increasing number of chapter 9 petitions over the last couple of years. Nonprofits have also faced challenges of their own and are increasingly finding themselves in bankruptcy court. This panel will explore the cutting-edge issues involved in these and other nontraditional restructuring processes.

H. Slayton Dabney, Jr., Moderator

Dabney, PLLC; Richmond, Va.

Christopher F. Graham

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP; New York

Hon. Meredith A. Jury

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (C.D. Cal.); Riverside

Charles M. Moore

Conway MacKenzie; Birmingham, Mich.

Andrea T. Porter

Friedman & Springwater; San Francisco

Professional Development Track: Advancing in the Restructuring Profession  

This panel of well-known and respected department heads will offer advice to young professionals on how to advance in their careers. From rainmaking to servicing clients to becoming involved in professional organizations, the panelists will offer practical tips that helped guide them in their career advancement.

Reginald W. Jackson, Moderator

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP; Columbus

Mark E. Chesen

SSG Capitol Advisors, LLC; West Conshohocken, Pa.

Thomas J. Salerno

Squire Sanders; Phoenix

Deborah D. Williamson

Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated; San Antonio

Consumer Track: When Divorce and Bankruptcy Collide, Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

The panel will explore the overlapping and sometimes conflicting state and federal objectives and law that can lead to unfair results when a bankruptcy proceeding intervenes in a divorce case.

Lisa S. Gretchko, Moderator

Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC; Royal Oak, Mich.

Hon. Margaret D. McGarity

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

Lynne F. Riley

Riley Law Group LLC; Boston

James T. Stuckenschneider

Ted Stuckenschneider, PC; Birmingham, Ala.

3:45-4:15 p.m.

Wine & Cheese Reception

Sponsored by Grant Thornton LLP

4:15-5:45 p.m.

Committee Educational Sessions (3)

Bankruptcy Taxation/Legislation/Young & New Members

Developments in Net Operating Losses

Soneet R. Kapila

Kapila & Company; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Kenneth J. Malek

Malek & Associates, LLC; Libertyville, Ill.

Prof. Jack F. Williams

Georgia State University/Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC; Atlanta

Commercial Fraud/International/Technology & Intellectual Property

A Comity of Errors: International Electronic Communications and Cyber-fraud in Transnational Bankruptcy Cases

Hon. Judith K. Fitzgerald

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

Cullen Ann Drescher Speckhart

Roussos, Lassiter, Glanzer & Barnhart; Norfolk, Va.

David W. Tohn

CyberPoint International, LLC; Baltimore

Navigating Your Way Through the Latest Complexities of Bankruptcy

This panel of leading bankruptcy lawyers, sponsored by Lexis® Practice Advisor, will feature a discussion of new provisions and practices for debtors, lenders, creditors and buyers in DIP Financings, 363 Sales, and Chapter 15s.

Marc Abrams

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP; New York

Neil E. Herman

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; New York

Kristin C. Wigness

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP; New York

7:00-10:00 p.m.

Final Night Gala Dinner with Entertainment by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

10:00 p.m.

Meet and Greet/Endowment Reception (by Invitation only)

Co-sponsored by Rust/Omni, Tittle Advisory Group, Inc. and Togut, Segal & Segal, LLP

Sunday, April 21

8:30-9:00 a.m.


Sponsored by Donlin Recano & Co., Inc.

9:00-10:00 a.m.

Plenary Session: Circuit Splits and Hot Topics

A panel of judges will discuss current issues that divide the circuits and other hot topics relevant to both consumer and business bankruptcy practitioners.

Brian L. Shaw, Moderator

Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC; Chicago

Judge-Elect Bruce A. Harwood

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D.N.H.); Manchester, N.H.

Marci B. McIvor

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

Hon. C. Ray Mullins

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

Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff

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

10:00-10:15 a.m.


10:15-11:45 a.m.

Final Report of the Ethics Task Force

Members of the ABI Ethics Commission will lead a discussion on their work and proposals for change.

Judith Greenstone Miller, Moderator

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

James H. Cossitt

James H Cossitt, PC; Kalispell, Mont.

Edward T. Gavin

Gavin/Solmonese; Wilmington, Del.

Prof. Lois R. Lupica

University of Maine School of Law; Portland

Prof. Nancy B. Rapoport

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

11:45 a.m.



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