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Thursday, April 24

8:30 a.m.

Optional Event

Golf Tournament at Westfields Golf Club

Golf Shuttle Service sponsored by McGuireWoods LLP

8:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Optional Event

FCC/Bankruptcy Mini-Conference

Click here for detailed schedule.

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

ABC Exams

3:00-5:00 p.m.

Optional Event

Blowout Event at Drybar Salon in Georgetown

Sponsored by Alix Partners

4:00-8:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open

Sherwood Partners

5:00-6:00 p.m.

Emerging Leaders and Judges Roundtable

Invitation Only! Private roundtable for up-and-coming insolvency professionals and the judges in attendance.

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Opening Reception at National Museum of the American Indian

Sponsored by: East West Bank, Gavin/Solmonese, Grant Thornton LLP, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Loeb & Loeb, LLP, Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC

Bar Service sponsored by: Ashby & Geddes, PA, Polsinelli, Protiviti Inc., Wiley Rein LLP

Shuttle Bus Service Sponsored by McGladrey LLP

Friday, April 25

8:00-8:30 a.m.


Sponsored by PwC

8:30-10:00 a.m.

18th Annual Great Debates

Jeffrey N. Pomerantz, Moderator

ABI Vice President-Education

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP; Los Angeles

Past Presidents’ Debate

Resolved: Secured creditors should be required to fund the payment of all administrative claims and make a distribution to general unsecured creditors as a condition of cleansing substantially all of the debtors’ assets through a § 363 sale process.

Pro: Michael P. Richman

       Hunton & Williams LLP; New York

Con: Deborah D. Williamson

       Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated; San Antonio

Judicial Debate

Resolved: A claim is not impaired for purposes of § 1129(a)(10) if the alteration of the rights in question arises solely from the debtor’s exercise of discretion, because § 1129(a)(10) recognizes impairment only to the extent that it is driven by economic need.

Pro: Hon. Kevin J. Carey

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

Con: Hon. Frank J. Santoro

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

Consumer Debate

Resolved: The Bankruptcy Rules and Forms should require that a national chapter 13 official plan form be used in all cases.

Pro: John Rao

       National Consumer Law Center; Boston

Con: Brett Weiss

       Chung & Press, PC; Greenbelt, Md.

10:00-10:15 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:15-11:45 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions (3)

Where the Work Is (and Isn’t)

Keith J. Shapiro, Moderator

Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Chicago

Richard E. Mikels

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, PC; Boston

Rebecca A. Roof

AlixPartners LLP; New York

J. Scott Victor

SSG Capital Advisors, LLC; Conshohocken, Pa.

The Ever-Changing Role of Committees

This panel will focus on the continuing role of creditors’ committees in the current chapter 11 environment. As the fulcrum of security moves up the balance sheet, the utility of committees has been coming under attack. Although historically committees have consisted primarily of trade creditors, they now regularly include bondholders, indenture trustees, the PBGC and unions. Learn about the challenges for professionals representing committees and the way committee members evaluate how to fulfill their fiduciary duties.

Robert J. Feinstein, Moderator

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP; New York

Eve H. Karasik

Stutman, Treister & Glatt PC; Los Angeles

James J. McGinley

U.S. Bank; New York

Michele Michaelis

BDO Consulting; New York

Steven D. Sass

Receivable Management Services Corp.; Baltimore

Large Complex Trusts: A General Motors Case Study

This panel will discuss the historic significance of the General Motors bankruptcy case with an in-depth discussion about the issuance of public units in a major bankruptcy. The session will also include the challenges addressed by the team and the value of a freely traded unit.

Melissa Kibler Knoll, Moderator

Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC; Chicago

Colin McNeil Adams

Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc; New York

Michael V. Cordasco

FTI Consulting, Inc.; New York

David Vanaskey, Jr.

Wilmington Trust; Wilmington, Del.

Matthew J. Williams

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; New York

12:00-2:00 p.m.

Luncheon and Keynote

Sponsored by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Togut Segal & Segal

The Restructuring Challenge of a Lifetime

Featuring Keynote by Kevyn Orr

Detroit's Emergency Manager

2:15-3:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions (4)

Business Track

Municipal Bankruptcies

Industry leaders will address hot topics arising in Municipal Bankruptcies including eligibility and confirmation issues, challenges facing financial advisors to Chapter 9 debtors, the latest and greatest on the extent of Bankruptcy Court power under sections 903 and 904, special revenues and appellate procedural hurdles. The panel will also discuss the future of Chapter 9.

Sheryl L. Toby, Moderator

Dykema Gossett PLLC; Detroit

Kenneth A. Buckfire

Miller Buckfire & Co., LLC; New York

Robert D. Gordon

Clark Hill, PLC; Birmingham, Mich.

Lawrence A. Larose

Chadbourne & Parke LLP; New York

David E. Lemke

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP; Nashville

Consumer Track

Use of Governmental Assistance Programs in Chapter 13

Consumer debtors have been turning up the heat recently and asserting private rights of action, specific performance and damage claims based on federal statutes passed in response to the consumer mortgage loan crisis. This panel will explore issues surrounding the claims asserted under nonbankruptcy consumer mortgage mitigation programs (HAMP, HARP, etc.) and enforcement programs (National Mortgage Settlement, OCC consent orders, etc.) by debtors in chapter 13 cases.

Robert B. Wilson, Moderator

Sims, Kidd, Hubbert & Wilson; Lubbock, Texas

John Rao

National Consumer Law Center; Boston

John Crane

Aldridge Connors LLP; Atlanta

Hon. C. Ray Mullins

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

Financial Track

ABI/TMA Panel: The Financial Professional’s Role in Out-of-Court Restructurings and Dissolutions

In today’s marketplace, more and more thought is being given to pursuing state law remedies rather than commencing chapter 11 cases. This is especially true in the middle market. This panel will discuss the financial professional’s role and obligations in out-of-court restructuring solutions, including compositions, foreclosures, assignments for the benefit of creditors and asset sales.

Christopher A. Ward, Moderator

Polsinelli; Wilmington, Del.

Joseph M. Geraghty

Conway MacKenzie; Birmingham, Mich.

Katie Goodman

Grisanti, Galef & Goldress LLC; Atlanta

Kevin A. Krakora

Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC; Chicago

Steven L. Victor

Development Specialists, Inc; Chicago

Professional Development Track

Civility in the Restructuring Profession

A panel of participants in ABI’s Civility Task Force will discuss the work of the task force in an interactive program designed to further the conversation about civility in our profession.

Patricia A. Redmond, Moderator

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

Prof. Jessica D. Gabel

Georgia State University College of Law; Atlanta

Hon. Gregg W. Zive

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

3:45-4:15 p.m.

Afternoon Cocktail Reception

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

3:45-4:15 p.m.

CARE (Credit Abuse Resistance Education) Informational Session

4:15-5:45 p.m.

Committee Educational Sessions (4)

Business Reorganization/Secured Credit/Ethics & Professional Compensation

Dilemmas of Dying Businesses: Practical and Ethical Issues to Consider When Representing Businesses that Are on Death’s Doorstep

Derek C. Abbott

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP; Wilmington, Del.

Melanie L. Cyganowski

Otterbourg, PC; New York

Andrew M. Parlen

O'Melveny & Myers LLP; Los Angeles

Stephen Spencer

Houlihan Lokey; Minneapolis

Consumer Bankruptcy

Surviving Individual Business Bankruptcies- Considerations when choosing between Chapter 13 and Chapter 11

Leon S. Jones

Jones & Walden, LLC; Atlanta

Prof. Bruce Markell

Florida State University College of Law; Tallahassee, Fla.

Nina M. Parker

Parker &Associates; Winchester, Mass.

Nancy Whaley

Office of Nancy J. Whaley, Standing Chapter 13 Trustee; Atlanta

Labor and Employment/International

Labor and Employment Issues in Cross-Border Cases

Steven Golick

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP; Toronto

James H.M. Sprayregen

Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Chicago

D. Farrington Yates

Dentons; New York

Justice Frank Newbould

Superior Court of Justice - Toronto Region; Ontario

Reception immediately following the committee meeting

Sponsored by INSOL International

Legislation/Unsecured Trade Creditors

Did BAPCPA Put Retail Bankruptcy Out of Business?

Matthew Bordwin

GA Keen Realty Advisors; New York

Lawrence C. Gottlieb

Cooley LLP; New York

Hon. Kevin R. Huennekens

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

David L. Pollack

Ballard Spahr LLP; Philadelphia

6:00-7:00 p.m.

ABC Reception

Optional Event: Women’s Networking Reception

Sponsored by SSG Capital Advisors, LLC

6:00-11:00 p.m.

Optional Event

Baseball Night Out: Washington Nationals vs. San Diego Padres

Sponsored by Jefferies LLC, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP

7:00-10:00 p.m.

Optional Event

National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center

Saturday, April 26

7:30-8:00 a.m.


8:00-9:30 a.m.

Committee Educational Sessions (3)

Asset Sales/Health Care

Asset Sale Alternatives in the Health Care Space: § 363 and Beyond

Mark T. Benedict

Husch Blackwell LLP; Kansas City, Mo.

Esther Duval


Lex Reddy

Alecto Healthcare Services, LLC; Long Beach, Calif.

Adam C. Rogoff

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP; New York

Bankruptcy Litigation/Financial Advisors and Investment Banking

Municipal Meltdown: Emergency Managers, Receiverships and Other State Law Options for Addressing Municipal Distress

Zack A. Clement

Norton Rose Fulbright; Houston

Scott J. Davido

FTI Consulting, Inc.; Houston

Mark S. Kaufman

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP; Atlanta

Bankruptcy Taxation

Preparing for Metamorphosis: Tax Questions Arising from Changes in Debt from Recourse to Nonrecourse (or vice versa) — Bankruptcy Discharges, Anti-Deficiency Statutes and § 1111(b)

Jeffrey Sklarz, Moderator

Green & Sklarz LLC; New Haven, CT

Hon. Mark Wallace

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

Kenneth C. Weil

Law Office of Kenneth C. Weil; Seattle

9:30-11:00 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions (4)

Business Track

Union Contracts

Organized labor has been at the forefront of many significant chapter 11 cases over the past several years. This panel will address a variety of topics (CBAs, WARN Act, Legacy Costs) that are critical to restructuring cases involving labor unions.

Sharon L. Levine, Moderator

Lowenstein Sandler LLP; Roseland, N.J.

Michael L. Bernstein

Arnold & Porter LLP; Washington, D.C.

David R. Jury

United Steelworkers; Pittsburgh

Jeffrey S. Sabin

Bingham McCutchen LLP; New York

Consumer Track

Student Loan Update

The panel will address trends in dischargeability, modification programs, prospects for legislative changes and other recent developments.

Prof. Daniel A. Austin, Moderator

Northeastern University School of Law; Boston

Prof. Brook Gotberg

Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah

Hon. Laurel Myerson Isicoff

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

Craig Zimmerman

Law Offices of Craig Zimmerman; Irvine, Calif.

Professional Development Track

Social Media: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

This panel will discuss a variety of issues arising due to the explosion of social media communications. Topics will include property rights, evidence, spoliation, ethics and trustee investigation duties.

James H. Cossitt, Moderator

James H Cossitt, PC; Kalispell, Mont.

Richard P. Carmody

Adams and Reese LLP; Birmingham, Ala.

David W. Houston, IV

Burr & Forman LLP; Nashville, Tenn.

Richard M. Meth

Fox Rothschild LLP; Roseland, N.J.

Business Track

The § 363 Sale Process from a Transactional Perspective

Section 363 transactions have a dominating presence in today’s chapter 11 practice. This panel will focus on the nuts and bolts of the asset-purchase agreement and related ancillary documents, including sale procedures orders, sale orders and other sale-related pleadings.

Ross M. Kwasteniet

Kirkland & Ellis LL; Chicago

Holland N. O’Neil

Gardere; Dallas

Thomas J. Salerno

Gordon Silver; Phoenix

John C. Weitnauer

Alston & Bird LLP; Atlanta

11:00-11:15 a.m.


Sponsored by Latham & Watkins LLP and Lowenstein Sandler LLP

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

Concurrent Sessions (4)

Business Track

Mock Hearing: Intellectual Property Issues Involving Licenses as Executory Contracts

Two litigants will argue before a judge panel whether an intellectual property license is executory and assignable. And if it is not assignable, and for business reasons the debtor decides to reject the license agreement, what amounts to rejection of that license agreement and what rights, if any, the licensee has if a rejection occurs.

Hon. Bruce A. Harwood, Moderator

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

Hon. Katherine A. Constantine

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Minn.); Minneapolis

Hon. Brian Francis Kenney

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Va.); Alexandria, Va.

Mark M. Maloney

King & Spalding LLP; Atlanta

Felicia Gerber Perlman

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Chicago

Business Track

The Collision of Confidentiality and Due Process

This panel will explore the tension between the fundamental tenets of disclosure and due process in bankruptcy cases and the increasing trend toward confidentiality, whether legitimate or not.

Mark K. Thomas, Moderator

Proskauer; Chicago

Michael A. Fagone

Bernstein Shur; Portland, Maine

Hon. Kevin Gross

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

Prof. Charles Jordan Tabb

University of Illinois College of Law; Champaign, Ill.

Deborah L. Thorne

Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Chicago

Business/Consumer Cross-Over Panel: Individual Chapter 11 Cases

Individual chapter 11 cases continue to present practitioners with a variety of complex and perplexing issues. This panel will discuss navigating through an individual chapter 11 case from the perspective of both the debtor and its creditors.

Samuel A. Schwartz

The Schwartz Law Firm, Inc.; Las Vegas

Hon. Daniel P. Collins

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Ariz.); Phoenix

Susan K. Ehlers

Armstrong Teasdale LLP; St. Louis

Craig M. Geno

Craig M. Geno, PLLC; Ridgeland, Miss.

Professional Development Track: Training the Senior Partner

A panel of younger lawyers/financial professionals will talk about the issues and challenges of working for senior lawyers and suggest ways to improve the working relationship between senior and junior lawyers.

R. Scott Williams, Moderator

Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, PC; Birmingham, Ala.

Candy Chung

Deloitte CRG; Los Angeles

Natalie B. Daghbandan

Bryan Cave LLP; Irvine, Calif.

Garrett Fail

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; New York

D. Cooper Robertson

Stites & Harbison PLLC; Louisville, Ky.

12:30-2:00 p.m.

Optional Event: Luncheon

BK 360 Revisited: ABI Past-Presidents Panel on Current Developments in the News

William J. Rochelle, III, Moderator

Bloomberg News; New York

Robert J. Keach

Bernstein Shur; Portland, Maine

James T. Markus

Markus Williams Young & Zimmermann, LLC; Denver

2:15-3:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions (3)

Business Track

Case Law Update

Roger G. Schwartz

Latham & Watkins LLP; New York

Hon. Shelley C. Chapman

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

Francis A. Monaco, Jr.

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP; Wilmington, Del.

My Chi To

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; New York

Business Track

Living under the U.S. Trustee Guidelines

As the U.S. Trustee guidelines for large chapter 11 cases are nearing their six-month anniversary, this panel will discuss how the guidelines have been implemented, what reception they have received from the courts and whether they have changed the way large chapter 11 cases are administered.

Lisa G. Beckerman

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; New York

Nan Roberts Eitel

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

Michael R. Nestor

Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP; Wilmington, Del.

Hon. Mary F. Walrath

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

Consumer Track

Case Law Update

Randy Nussbaum, Moderator

Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C.; Scottsdale, Ariz.

Hon. Mary Grace Diehl

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

Neil C. Gordon

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP; Atlanta

Ariane Holtschlag

The Law Office of William J. Factor, Ltd.; Chicago

3:45-4:15 p.m.

Wine & Cheese Reception

Sponsored by FTI Financial Consulting, Inc.

4:15-5:45 p.m.

Committee Educational Sessions (2)

Commercial Fraud/Real Estate

Shoveling Through the Dirt of Real Estate Fraud

Hon. Rosemary Gambardella

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

Kenneth Oestreicher

Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP; Baltimore

William Knight Zewadski

Trenam Kemker; Tampa, Fla.

Technology & Intellectual Property/Young and New Members

IP Issues in Bankruptcy Deals

Gabriel Fried

Hilco Streambank; Needham, Mass.

Jay L. Silverberg

Sills Cummis & Gross PC; New York

Jil Mazer-Marino

Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.; Garden City, N.Y.

Stephen B. Darr

Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC; Boston

Mediation Committee

Inaugural organizational meeting for this new ABI committee focusing on mediation and other ADR methods applied in the bankruptcy process, including conflict-resolution skills development, overcoming impasses, multiparty mediations, confidentiality and more. The committee will consider Model Rules for courts on the use of mediation, mediator qualifications and compensation.

Robert M. Fishman, Committee Chair

Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC; Chicago

Scott K. Brown, Education Director

Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP; Phoenix

Jerry M. Markowitz, Education Director

Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty + Hartog, P.A.; Miami

7:00-10:00 p.m.

Final Night Gala

Gala Dinner with The Capitol Steps and Special Guest, Apollo Robbins The Gentleman Thief

Dinner/Entertainment Sponsors:
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Becket & Lee, LLP
Bernstein Shur
Bryan Cave LLP
Burr & Forman LLP
Clark Hill, PLC
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC
Miles & Stockbridge PC
Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP
Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP
Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, PA
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP
Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP

10:00-11:00 p.m.

Endowment Reception

By Invitation Only

Sponsored by Rust/Omni, Tittle Advisory Group, Inc. and Togut, Segal & Segal

Sunday, April 27

8:30-9:00 a.m.


Sponsored by Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc.

9:00-10:00 a.m.

Plenary Session

Best Practices In and Out of Court

A panel of judges will discuss best practices in oral and written advocacy.

Brian L. Shaw, Moderator

Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC; Chicago

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. Christopher S. Sontchi

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

10:00-10:15 a.m.


Sponsored by Stutman, Treister & Glatt PC

10:15-11:45 a.m.

Rules Update: Ethics

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Bankruptcy and Civil Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules. This panel will discuss the proposed rule changes and the impact they will have on bankruptcy case administration.

C. R. “Chip” Bowles

Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP; Louisville, Ky.

Prof. Nancy B. Rapoport

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

Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff

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

11:45 a.m.



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