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Thursday, August 6

3:00-6:00 p.m.

ABI Registration Desk Open

5:00-6:00 p.m.

Emerging Leaders and Judges Roundtable (invite only)

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

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Opening Reception

Sponsored by AlixPartners LLP, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC, Cole Schotz P.C., Cozen O'Connor, Lowenstein Sandler LLP, Polsinelli and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Friday, August 7

7:00 a.m-12:00 noon

ABI Registration Desk Open

7:30-8:00 a.m.

Breakfast

Sponsored by Miles & Stockbridge P.C.

8:00-9:00 a.m.

Plenary Session

Keeping Up with the Supremes: Supreme Court Update

This panel will focus on the possible consequences of ASARCO, Wellness, and Bank of America v. Caulkett

James E. Van Horn, Moderator

McGuireWoods LLP, Baltimore

Stuart M. Brown

DLA Piper; Wilmington, Del.

Christopher J. Giaimo

BakerHostetler; Washington, D.C.

Hon. Martin Glenn

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

Jeffrey N. Rothleder

Arent Fox LLP; Washington, D.C.

Lisa A. Tracy

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

9:15-10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions (4)

Trustworthy Claims: Developments (such as Bellingham) on What Claims a Trustee May or May Not Bring

Join our panel of expert estate counsel, trustees and insurance counsel as they discuss issues related to standing, safe harbors, in pari delicto and other complications that insurers and defendants use to frustrate the pursuit causes of action by Trustees

Edward T. Gavin, Moderator

Gavin/Solmonese LLC; Wilmington, Del.

Hon. Kevin J. Carey

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

Ryan G. Foley

AIG Commercial Insurance Law Department; Parsippany, N.J.

Kate Deringer Sallie

Rhoads & Sinon LLP; Harrisburg, Pa.

Christopher A. Ward

Polsinelli PC; Wilmington, Del.

Where’s My Expert? Deposing, Qualifying and Examining a Financial Expert Witness Regarding Opinions on Solvency, Reasonably Equivalent Value and Plan Feasibility

This panel will cover deposing, qualifying and examining a financial expert witness regarding their opinions on solvency, reasonably equivalent value and plan feasibility.

Kenneth M. Misken, Moderator

Miles & Stockbridge P.C.; Tysons Corner, Va.

Hon. Richard E. Fehling

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Pa.); Reading

Christopher A. Jones

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

Robert A. Weber

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Wilmington, Del.

Sharon M. Zieg

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

Snake Eyes: Casino Bankruptcies

This panel will discuss key restructuring issues in the gaming industry as geographic expansion continues to pressure regional, destination and tribal casinos.

Duncan A. Pickett, Moderator

Capstone Advisory Group, LLC; Annapolis, Md.

Michael J. Sellinger

GLC Advisors & Co., LLC; New York

Stanley B. Tarr

Blank Rome LLP; Wilmington, Del.

Jonathan M. Tibus

Alvarez & Marsal; Atlanta

Reading Between the Lines: Writing-Based Focus (Drafting Agreements)

This panel will focus on planning and drafting agreements, best practices, avoiding common pitfalls, and successful strategies and approaches.

Louis J. Ebert, Moderator

Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, LLP; Baltimore

Stephen M. Miller

Morris James LLP; Wilmington, Del.

Kerri K. Mumford

Landis Rath & Cobb LLP; Wilmington, Del.

Joel I. Sher

Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler; Baltimore

Matthew P. Ward

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

10:30-10:45 a.m.

Coffee Break

Sponsored by McGuireWoods LLP

10:45 a.m.-12:00 noon

Concurrent Sessions (4)

To Mediate or Not, That Is the Quest?

Experienced mediators will discuss this popular alternative dispute resolution device, including how best to prepare for mediation, the benefits of mediation, whether it is suitable for all disputes in bankruptcy, different styles employed by mediators, and perhaps a few war stories.

Mark E. Felger, Moderator

Cozen O’Connor; Wilmington, Del.

Melanie L. Cyganowski

Otterbourg P.C.; New York

Dion W. Hayes

McGuireWoods LLP; Richmond, Va.

Ray T. Lyons

Fox Rothschild LLP; Lawrenceville, N.J.

Claudia Z. Springer

Reed Smith LLP; Philadelphia

Ethics: You’re Outta There! Avoiding Disqualification Landmines

This panel will cover disclosure obligations, disinterestedness standards and avoiding disgorgement.

Laura Davis Jones, Moderator

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones; Wilmington, Del.

Stephen A. Donato

Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC; Syracuse, N.Y.

Cassandra M. Porter

Lowenstein Sander LLP; Roseland, N.J.

Hon. Laura Selber Silverstein

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

Marc S. Weinsweig

WeinsweigAdvisors, LLC; Rockville, Md.

What Does the Future Hold? Crystal Ball Readings on Economic and Legislative Drivers of Chapter 11’s Fate

This panel will provide a retrospective and prospective discussion of the economic and legislative factors that impact chapter 11 filings, as well as insight on industry trends and hot areas for restructuring services.

Ben Franklin once remarked that “creditors have much better memories than debtors.”

Reginald W. Jackson, Moderator

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP; Columbus, Ohio

Michael S. Goodman

SSG Capital Advisors, LLC; Conshohocken, Pa.

Martha E. Kopacz

Phoenix Management Services; Boston

Patrick J. O’Keefe

CohnReznick LLP; Roseland, N.J

Financing Our Future: Treatment of Student Loan Debt

Student loan debt has created a significant and growing national economic crisis. This panel will explore dischargeability issues and also discuss how student loan debt affects all of us – even those without student loans to pay off

Charles M. Forman, Moderator

Forman Holt Eliades & Youngman LLC; Paramus, N.J

Hon. Eric L. Frank

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Pa.); Philadelphia

Jessica Kitson

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice; Newark, N.J.

1:00 p.m.

Optional Event: Golf Tournament

Sponsored by Protiviti Inc.

1:30 p.m.

Optional Event: Trap Shooting Tournament

Sponsored by Sullivan Hazeltine Allinson LLC

5:30-7:00 p.m.

Delaware State Bar Association Reception

Sponsored by the Delaware State Bar Association Bankruptcy Section

7:00 p.m.

Dinner and Dancing (Kid-Friendly Event!)

Dinner sponsored by Arent Fox LLP, CohnReznick LLP and Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP
Entertainment sponsored by BakerHostetler, Dilworth Paxson LLP, Heritage Equity Partners, Landis Rath & Cobb, Richards, Layton & Finger and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP

Saturday, August 8

7:30 a.m.-12:00 noon

ABI Registration Desk Open

7:30-8:00 a.m.

Breakfast

Sponsored by Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP

8:00-9:00 a.m.

Plenary Session

Jaunty Judicial Debates

Thomas M. Horan, Moderator

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

Resolved: Setting bar dates in every chapter 11 case should be mandatory.

Pro: Hon. Jeffery A. Deller

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

Con: Hon. Cecelia G. Morris

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

Resolved: Prepayment premiums should be allowed in bankruptcy.

Pro: Hon. Thomas J. Catliota

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

Con: Hon. John J. Thomas

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (M.D. Pa.); Wilkes Barre, Pa.

9:15-10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions (3)

To Mediate or Not, That Is the Quest?

Ethics: You’re Outta There! Avoiding Disqualification Landmines

What Does the Future Hold? Crystal Ball Readings on Economic and Legislative Drivers of Chapter 11’s Fate

 

Concurrent Session

Shedding the Pounds of Debt: Mortgage Lien-Stripping in Chapters 7 and 11

11This panel will discuss practical considerations in addressing wholly unsecured junior mortgages, determining the amount of senior mortgages, timing of valuations and the burden of proof.

Donald F. King, Moderator

Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, P.C.; Reston, Va.

Hon. Vincent F. Papalia

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

Lynn L. Tavenner

Tavenner & Beran, PLC; Richmond, Va.

10:30-10:45 a.m.

Coffee Break

Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP

10:45 a.m.-12:00 noon

Repeat Concurrent Sessions (4)

Trustworthy Claims: Developments (such as Bellingham) on What Claims a Trustee May or May Not Bring

Where’s My Expert? Deposing, Qualifying and Examining a Financial Expert Witness Regarding Opinions on Solvency, Reasonably Equivalent Value and Plan Feasibility

Snake Eyes: Casino Bankruptcies

Reading Between the Lines: Writing-Based Focus (Drafting Agreements)

12:00 noon

Adjourn

 

Optional Events

Golf Tournament at Hershey Country Club’s West Course

Friday, August 7, 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Protiviti Inc.

Hershey Country Club’s West Course provides a bird’s-eye view of the town — including play atop the hill on the front lawn of Milton Hershey’s estate, High Point Mansion. This par-73 course has tree-lined fairways, lush greens and challenging hazards. Green fees for the shotgun golf tournament are $140 per person, which includes cart, lunch and transportation. To play, mark the appropriate box on the registration form and indicate your handicap. Lunch will be provided at 12:00 noon. For those participating in the ABI Golf Tour, this will be the fifth stop. Please check the ABI Golf Tour box on the registration form. For more information on the tour, see golf.abi.org.

Trap Shooting Tournament

Friday, August 7, 1:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Sullivan Hazeltine Allinson LLC

Both addictive and challenging, trap shooting launches targets from a single “house” or machine, generally away from the shooter. Instead of sinking a ball into a hole, shooters aim to break targets. All family members over 12 years of age can safely enjoy this energetic sport at the Palmyra Sportsmen’s Club. The $85 fee includes a boxed lunch, transportation and all tournament fees. Please mark the appropriate box on the registration form.

Discounted Tickets to Hershey Park

You can purchase discounted tickets to Hershey Park during your stay (tickets are general admission and can be used on any date through 2015). The cost per person is $38 for adults and $27 for children aged 3-8 years and senior citizens aged 55-69; children 2 and under are free. Purchased tickets will be in your registration envelope when you arrive at the hotel. Please mark the appropriate box on the registration form.

Cocoa Kids Club

The Cocoa Kids Club is the perfect place for young vacationers to make new friends and learn new skills, including tennis, basketball, arts and crafts, swimming, kids’ fitness and ice cream-making. Kids can also visit the Children’s Garden & Butterfly House. Full-day (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) pricing is $75 per child and includes lunch and snacks; half-day(9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. or 12:00-4:00 p.m.) is $55 per child. Evening camp time is 5:00-9:00 p.m. and is $60 per child. To enroll your child(ren) in the Cocoa Kids Club, please call The Hotel Hershey directly at (717) 533-2171, x1702.

Judicial Chairs

Hon. Nancy V. Alquist

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

Hon. Christopher S. Sontchi

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

Program Chairs

Kevin P. Clancy

CohnReznick LLP; Edison, N.J.

Thomas M. Horan

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

James E. Van Horn

McGuireWoods LLP; Baltimore

Advisory Board

 

Jovi B. Bohan

Stout Risius Ross, Inc.; Baltimore

Robert S. Brady

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

Stuart M. Brown

DLA Piper; Wilmington, Del.

Scott D. Cousins

Bayard, P.A.; Wilmington, Del.

G. David Dean, II

Cole Schotz P.C.; Baltimore

Roberta A. DeAngelis

Office of the U.S. Trustee; Philadelphia

Paul H. Deutch

Rust Omni; New York

Stephen A. Donato

Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC; Syracuse, N.Y.

Linda V. Donhauser

Miles & Stockbridge P.C.; Baltimore

Louis J. Ebert

Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, LLP; Baltimore

Brett D. Fallon

Morris James LLP; Wilmington, Del.

Mark E. Felger

Cozen O’Connor; Wilmington, Del.

Christopher J. Giaimo

BakerHostetler; Washington, D.C.

Jason W. Harbour

Hunton & Williams LLP; Richmond, Va.

Paul N. Heath

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

Michael R. Herz

Forman Holt Eliades & Youngman LLC; Paramus, N.J.

Reginald W. Jackson

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP; Columbus, Ohio

Laura Davis Jones

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones; Wilmington, Del.

Lawrence A. Katz

Leach Travell Britt PC; Tysons Corner, Va.

Anne Marie P. Kelley

Dilworth Paxson LLP; Cherry Hill, N.J.

Teresa C. Kohl

SSG Capital Advisors, LLC; New York

Lawrence J. Kotler

Duane Morris LLP; Philadelphia

Joyce A. Kuhns

Saul Ewing LLP; Baltimore

H. Haywood Miller, III

Capstone Advisory Group, LLC; Washington, D.C.

Erika Lynn Morabito

Foley & Lardner LLP; Washington, D.C.

Kerri K. Mumford

Landis Rath & Cobb LLP; Wilmington, Del.

Robert Lee Patrick, Jr.

Protiviti Inc.; Baltimore

David M. Powlen

Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Wilmington, Del.

William C. Price

Clark Hill Thorp Reed; Pittsburgh

Kenneth A. Rosen

Lowenstein Sandler LLP; Roseland, N.J.

Jeffrey N. Rothleder

Arent Fox LLP; Washington, D.C.

Rebecca L. Saitta

Wiley Rein LLP; McLean, Va.

Joseph L. Schwartz

Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP; Morristown, N.J.

Natasha Songonuga

Gibbons P.C.; Wilmington, Del.

Kelly Beaudin Stapleton

Alvarez & Marsal; New York

Matthew G. Summers

Ballard Spahr LLP; Wilmington, Del.

Stanley B. Tarr

Blank Rome LLP; Wilmington, Del.

Jeremy VanEtten

Gavin/Solmonese LLC; Wilmington, Del.

Diane E. Vuocolo

Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Philadelphia

Robert A. Weber

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Wilmington, Del.

Christopher Burton Wick

Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP; Cleveland

 

Conference Information

Hotel

Situated high atop the town of Hershey, Pa., The Hotel Hershey is a getaway in itself. This is a place to awaken your senses, soothe your soul, and experience the finest in elegance and service. The Hotel Hershey, Milton Hershey’s ultimate expression of grandeur, has been recognized with the prestigious Forbes Four Star and AAA Four-Diamond Awards, and is a member of the Historic Hotels of America. With the completion of its “Grand Expansion,” the hotel added a new recreation area, year-round ice-skating rink, multi-pool swimming complex with an infinity-edge pool, and a 130-seat restaurant. ABI has arranged a special conference rate of $299 per night. Reservations must be made directly with the resort by June 21, 2015, to secure the special rate. Upon payment of the conference registration fees, you will receive hotel reservation information with your conference confirmation. Reservations may only be made once you have registered with ABI. Rooms are held on a first-come, first-served basis. ABI cannot guarantee any rooms after the specially rated ABI block is filled.

Transportation

Air: Hershey is located 15 minutes from Harrisburg International Airport (MDT). Eight major airlines operate out of Harrisburg International Airport, with nearly 100 daily flights to and from Harrisburg for your convenience, including direct flights from most major East Coast cities. For more information, visit www.FlyHIA.com. Hershey is also easily accessible from Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI). Transportation is not provided, but can be arranged upon request. BWI Airport is an easy 90-minute drive from Hershey.

 

Ground: Hershey is conveniently located in close proximity to most major metropolitan areas in the Northeast, making The Hotel Hershey a classic hotel located in a unique resort destination. Approximate driving times: 1.5 hours from Baltimore; 2 hours from Wilmington, Del.; 2 hours from Philadelphia; 3 hours from New York City; 2 hours from Washington, D.C.; 3.5 hours from Pittsburgh.

Conference Attire

Attire is resort casual throughout the conference.

Cancellation Policy

All fees, except a $75 handling fee, will be refunded if written notice of cancellation is received by July 16, 2015. No refunds will be granted after July 16, but substitutions will be allowed. After July 16, upon written request, a coupon for 20% off the registration fee (not including optional events) will be issued, which can be used (by the canceling registrant only) for any ABI educational program up to one year after this conference, or for this same conference next year.

Continuing Education

7 hours of general CLE credit, including 1.25 hours of ethics, are pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 8 hours of general CLE credit, including 1.5 hours of ethics, are pending in 50-minute-hour states. Credit hours granted are subject to approval from each state. California MCLE: ABI certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 7 hours, of which 1.25 hours will apply to ethics. NY MCLE: This transitional and nontransitional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the CLE Board for a maximum of 8 credit hours, of which 1.5 hours of credit can be applied toward the ethics professionalism requirement. 8 hours of CPE credit, including 1.5 hours of ethics, are also available.

 

*ABI offers intermediate-level courses, which assume that attendees will have had at least some detailed knowledge of insolvency matters (pursuant to the “Statement on Standards for CPE Programs” established by AICPA and NASBA). ABI is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE sponsors. State boards of accountancy have the final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN 37219-2417, or www.nasba.org. For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaint and refund, please contact the American Bankruptcy Institute at (703) 739-0800.

 

ABI acknowledges that in some instances there will be persons who need to attend an educational seminar for CLE credit who are not able to pay full registration fees. ABI will handle such instances on a case-by-case basis and will work with the individual on alternative solutions. For persons who cannot meet the full registration rate, ABI will offer a reduced rate based on what the individual can reasonably afford to cover the cost of meals and materials. For persons unable to pay a reduced rate, we may allow the individual to work at our registration area for a few hours during attendee check-in, or assist in conference set-up. ABI also has reduced rates for government employees, professors, law clerks and students. For information on tuition assistance, send an e-mail to tkennedy@abiworld.org. Illinois Attorneys: If registration fees are more than $500, attorneys who qualify will receive a reduction of at least 50% off the registration fee.

2015 Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop Sponsors

AlixPartners  LLP
Archer & Greiner
Arent Fox LLP
BakerHostetler
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Bond Schoeneck & King, PLLC
Capstone Advisory Group, LLC
CohnReznick LLP
Cole Schotz P.C.
Cozen O’Connor
Delaware State Bar Association Bankruptcy Section
Dilworth Paxson LLP
East West Bank
Forman Holt Eliades & Youngman
Gellert Scali Busenkell & Brown
Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Heritage Equity Partners
Landis Rath & Cobb
Lowenstein Sandler LLP
McCarter & English, LLP
McGuireWoods LLP
Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
Morris James LLP
Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP
Polsinelli PC
Protiviti Inc.
Richards, Layton & Finger
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Sullivan Hazeltine Allinson LLC
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP
Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP

Special Thanks

We extend our special thanks to Bloomberg BRIEF, Conway MacKenzie for the educational materials on thumb drives, Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc. for the conference app, Sherwood Partners, LLC/agencyIP for sponsoring the exhibit hall, Thomson Reuters for providing the printed educational materials and Wilmington Trust for the tote bags.

Rates

Registration Rates* Early
Postmarked by 5/22/15 
Regular
5/23/15-7/17/15
Late
 after 7/17/15

ABI Member
$625
$675
$725
ABI Govt./Nonprofit/Aca. ABI Member
$345
$395
$445
New ABI Member*
$900
$950
$1000
Govt./Nonprofit/Aca. New ABI Member**
$440
$490
$540

* There will be a $50 fee added to all on-site registrations.

** Includes a one-year ABI membership for first-time members only ― a $295 value! You must be an ABI member to attend. Membership is individual and nonrefundable. If your ABI membership has expired, select the member rate and add in your ABI membership renewal fee.

Exhibitor Rates

ABI Member Exhibitor $1,600
New ABI Member Exhibitor** $1,895
Add’l. Booth Rep.*** * $500

*** Includes one 6’ table and full registration for one booth representative.

**** Includes one 6’table, full registration for one booth representative AND one-year ABI membership.

Optional Events Rates

Opening Reception
Child
Guest
Free to registrant
$25
$50
Golf Tournament
$140
ABI Golf Tour
$140
Trap Shooting Tournament
$85

Friday Dinner and Dancing Registrant

Guest
Child (under 13)

$25

$95

$45

ABI DEFINES A “GUEST” AS A SPOUSE, CHILD OR COMPANION ― NOT A PROFESSIONAL COLLEAGUE. A professional colleague is defined as someone who consults with or is employed by an organization whose members are eligible for ABI membership. If a professional colleague is found to be registered as a guest, ABI reserves the right to cancel his or her event registration. Any person not meeting the criteria of “guest” who wishes to participate in any ABI function at the conference is required to register separately at the full conference rate.