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Thursday, January 22

8:30-9:00 a.m.

Breakfast

9:00-11:45 a.m.

IWIRC Workshop

IWIRC Program - (additional $95 to attend)

Caroline Turner, author of Difference Works, will lead an interactive workshop in which participants will explore differences along the masculine-feminine continuum. She will focus on two dimensions of the continuum (e.g., how we influence and use humor) to show how being able to shift along the continuum makes us more personally effective in a workplace setting.

11:00 a.m.

Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference Registration Desk and Exhibit Hall Open

Noon-12:45 p.m.

Lunch

Sponsored by Dorsey & Whitney LLP and IWIRC Mountain Desert Network

12:45-1:45 p.m.

Luncheon Keynote: “Increasing Employee Engagement and Retention: Mastering a Continuum of Communication Styles”

Featuring Caroline Turner

Former Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Coors Brewing Company Author, Difference Works

Caroline Turner will address the leadership challenges of engaging and retaining today’s diverse workforce, and how speaking and understanding different communication styles can make one a more effective leader and increase employee engagement – which drives the bottom line.

1:45-3:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions (3)

Constitutional/Jurisdictional/Standing Issues

This panel will discuss “Stern problems” regarding bankruptcy court jurisdiction and the standing of various parties in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison in order to identify simple solutions to these complex constitutional problems. The faculty will explain the key Supreme Court cases on constitutional jurisdiction and apply these cases to fact patterns involving preference claims, a Ponzi scheme case, a typical fraudulent conveyance claim, and a typical state law contract claim. The panel will also present the leading cases on standing and attempt to integrate a discussion of standing into the fact patterns.

Duane H. Gillman, Moderator

Durham Jones & Pinegar; Salt Lake City

G. Eric Brunstad, Jr.

Dechert LLP; Hartford, Conn.

Prof. Brook Gotberg

Brigham Young University School of Law; Provo, Utah

William C. Heuer

Duane Morris LLP; New York

Hon. Robert H. Jacobvitz

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. N.M.); Albuquerque

 

Circuit Splits and Ethical Implications

This is a chance for you to be a Supreme Court Justice. This panel will present the arguments on both sides of several important bankruptcy issues on which the circuits are split. Learn about the issues, and decide on which side of the divide you fall.

Annette W. Jarvis, Moderator

Dorsey & Whitney LLP; Salt Lake City

John D. Penn

Perkins Coie LLP; Dallas

Hon. Terrence L. Michael

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Ok.); Tulsa

Michael P. Richman

Hunton & Williams LLP; New York

 

Special Issues in Solvent Debtor Cases

When solvent debtors file for bankruptcy protection, some funny things happen under the Bankruptcy Code. This panel will investigate what can be learned from that and how to handle these curious, but not uncommon, cases.

John Thomas Beckett, Moderator

Parsons Behle & Latimer; Salt Lake City

Michael R. Johnson

Ray Quinney & Nebeker; Salt Lake City

Christian Carl Onsager

Onsager | Guyerson | Fletcher | Johnson; Denver

Hon. Howard R. Tallman

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

 

3:15-3:30 p.m.

Refreshment Break

Sponsored by Kutner Brinen Garber, PC

3:30-5:00 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions (3)

Energy Cases

Donald D. Allen, Moderator

Markus Williams Young & Zimmermann LLC; Denver

Hon. Mary Grace Diehl

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

Bonnie Glantz Fatell

Blank Rome LLP; Wilmington, Del.

Eric E. Johnson

Sherman & Howard L.L.C.; Denver

Damian S. Schaible

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; New York

Deborah D. Williamson

Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated; San Antonio

 

Hot Topics and Ethics

This session will discuss recent bankruptcy cases and their anticipated impact on business bankruptcy cases, as well as new trends.

Kimberley H. Tyson, Moderator

Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC; Denver

Mona L. Burton

Holland & Hart LLP; Salt Lake City

Patricia A. Redmond

Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.; Miami

Paul G. Swanson

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

Hon. William T. Thurman

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Utah); Salt Lake City

Real Estate

This panel will present practical pointers for addressing real estate issues in bankruptcy: relief from the automatic stay, unexpired leases, valuation, interest rates, § 1111(b) elections and other useful topics.

Harvey Sender, Moderator

Sender Wasserman Wadsworth, P.C.; Denver

Hon. Elizabeth E. Brown

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

Paige L. Ellerman

Frost Brown Todd LLC; Cincinnati

Leigh Flanagan

Kutner Brinen Garber P.C.; Denver

Adelaide Maudsley

Chapman and Cutler LLP; Salt Lake City

5:00-7:00 p.m.

Networking Reception

Sponsored by Parsons Behle & Latimer, Rocky Mountain Advisory, LLC and Snell & Wilmer

Friday, January 23

7:00 a.m.

Registration Desk and Exhibit Hall Open

7:30-8:00 a.m.

Breakfast

Sponsored by Holland & Hart LLP and Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti, PC

8:00-8:55 a.m.

Judges’ Roundtable

Featuring the Judges of the 20th Annual Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference.

9:00-10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Consumer Workshop I:

Exemption Issues

Trends in exemption law, including a Colorado legislative update and fallout from Clark v. Rameker and Law v. Siegel.

Hon. William H. Brown (ret.), Moderator

Carbondale, Colo.

Guy B. Humphries

Denver

Andrew D. Johnson

Onsager | Guyerson | Fletcher | Johnson; Denver

John C. Smiley

Lindquist & Vennum LLP; Denver

Using Expert Witnesses in Trying Bankruptcy Cases

A significant number of bankruptcy cases involve the use of expert witnesses. This panel will explore issues that both counsel and experts should anticipate, including how credibility is derived and enhanced, the expert’s research and analysis phase, persuasive direct and cross examination of experts, non-verbal communication and courtroom etiquette.

Gil A. Miller, Moderator

Rocky Mountain Advisory, LLC; Salt Lake City

Robert E. Kleeman, Jr.

OnPointe Valuation, LLC; Greenwood Village, Colo.

Hon. Michael E. Romero

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

Peter Schulman

RubinBrown LLP; Denver

D. Ray Strong

S3 Advisory

Hon. Gregg W. Zive

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

 

Repeat Concurrent Session

Energy Cases

10:30-10:45 a.m.

Coffee Break

Sponsored by Ray, Quinney & Nebeker, PC

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions (3)

Consumer Workshop II:

Divorce and Bankruptcy

This panel will discuss the collision of divorce practice and Bankruptcy Code §§362, 523, 1325, and 1328.

Tara Gaschler Salinas, Moderator

Colorado Bankruptcy Solutions; Denver

Hon. Angela R. Arkin

Douglas County District Court, Castle Rock, CO

David C. Hoskins

Denver

Drew Moore

Drew Moore P.C.; Grand Junction, Colo.

 

 

Repeat Concurrent Sessions

Circuit Splits and Ethical Implications

Special Issues in Solvent Debtor Cases

12:15-12:45 p.m.

Lunch

Sponsored by The Faculty of Federal Advocates, Lindquist & Vennum LLP and Stoel Rives LLP

12:45-1:45 p.m.

Distinguished Careers in Bankruptcy Law, a.k.a. “The Crusty/Dusty Panel”

Hon. Elizabeth E. Brown, Moderator

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

Risa Lynn Wolf-Smith, Moderator

Holland & Hart LLP; Denver /p>

Hon Sidney B. Brooks

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

Hon. A. Bruce Campbell

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

Craig A. Christensen

Lindquist & Vennum LLP; Denver

Carl A. Eklund

Denver

Jack L. Smith

Holland & Hart LLP; Denver

1:45-3:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions (3)

Consumer Workshop III:

Practical and Ethical Issues in Succession Planning

This panel will discuss retirement, death, changing area of practice, going out of business, fee splitting and unbundling.

 

Nancy D. Miller, Moderator

Nemirow Perez, P.C., Lakewood, CO

Barbara Cashman

The Law Office of Barbara Cashman, LLC; Centennial, Colo.

Mark Dennis

Dennis & Company P.C.; Greenwood Village, Colo.

Charles E. Mortimer, Jr.

Attorney Regulation Counsel; Denver

 

Repeat Concurrent Sessions

Constitutional/Jurisdictional/Standing Issues

Hot Topics and Ethics

3:15-3:30 p.m.

Refreshment Break

Sponsored by Onsager | Guyerson | Fletcher | Johnson

3:30-5:00 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions (3)

Consumer Workshop IV:

Home Issues: Mortgages and Rule 3002 Update

This panel will discuss post-petition HOA dues, HELOCs, noticing, and § 522(f) and 506 motions.

Deanna L. Westfall, Moderator

Weinstein, Pinson & Riley, P.S.

Stephen E. Berken, Moderator

Law Offices of Stephen Berken; Denver

Tami Gadd-Willardson

Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee; Salt Lake City

Hon. Sidney B. Brooks

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

Keith Gantenbein

The Gantenbein Law Firm; Denver

Mark Middlemas

Lundberg & Associates; Salt Lake City

 

Repeat Concurrent Sessions

Real Estate

Using Expert Witnesses in Trying Bankruptcy Cases

5:00-7:00 p.m.

Networking Reception

Sponsored by Berkeley Research Group, LLC, Durham Jones & Pinegar and

Markus Williams Young & Zimmermann LLC

 

2015 Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference Advisory Board

 

Annette W. Jarvis, Co-Chair

Dorsey & Whitney LLP; Salt Lake City

Risa Lynn Wolf-Smith, Co-Chair

Holland & Hart LLP; Denver

Hon. Elizabeth E. Brown, Judicial Chair

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

Advisory Board

 

Stephen E. Berken — Co-Chair, Consumer Bankruptcy Education

Law Offices of Stephen Berken; Denver

Ellen R. Welner — Co-Chair, Consumer Bankruptcy Education

Douglas B. Kiel, Chapter 13 Trustee; Denver

Michael R. Johnson — Sponsorship Coordinator

Ray Quinney & Nebeker; Salt Lake City

Gil A. Miller — Sponsorship Coordinator

Rocky Mountain Advisory, LLC; Salt Lake City

Christian Carl Onsager — Sponsorship Coordinator

Onsager | Guyerson | Fletcher | Johnson; Denver

Troy J. Aramburu

Snell & Wilmer; Salt Lake City

J. Thomas Beckett

Parsons Behle & Latimer; Salt Lake City

Chad S. Caby

Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP; Denver

Elizabeth K. Flaagan

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Denver

Duane H. Gillman

Durham Jones & Pinegar; Salt Lake City

Theodore J. Hartl

Lindquist & Vennum LLP; Denver

Eric E. Johnson

Sherman & Howard L.L.C.; Denver

Lee M. Kutner

Kutner Brinen Garber P.C.; Denver

Bria LaSalle Mertens

Stoel Rives LLP; Salt Lake City

Harvey Sender

Sender Wasserman Wadsworth, P.C.; Denver

D. Ray Strong

Berkeley Research Group, LLC; Salt Lake City

Kimberley H. Tyson

Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC; Denver

Deanna L. Westfall

Weinstein, Pinson & Riley, P.S.

John F. Young

Markus Williams Young & Zimmermann LLC; Denver

 

Conference Information

 

Hotel

An icon of sophistication housed inside a landmark 45-story tower, the Four Seasons Hotel Denver offers ultra-spacious guest rooms and suites. Inviting and residential in style, the hotel’s urban-chic design subtly reflects the natural beauty of Colorado, and its oversized windows offer thrilling downtown views and Rocky Mountain vistas.

A block of rooms is being held on a first-come, first-served basis. The special room rate is $225 per night;reservations must be made by January 2, 2015, to secure the special rate. Reservations may be made by calling the Four Seasons directly at (303) 389-3000 and asking to be placed in the specially rated ABI block. ABI cannot guarantee anyone a room after the block is filled.

 

IWIRC Program

The International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation will hold its annual three-hour program prior to the start of the Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference on Thursday, January 22. The workshop will address how gender-based communication differences drive “unconscious mindsets” that create obstacles to success. The cost is an additional $95; please mark the appropriate box on the registration form to attend.

 

Transportation

Denver International Airport (DEN) is a 30-minute cab ride to the Four Seasons Hotel Denver.

Conference Attire

Attire is business casual throughout the conference.

Cancellation Policy

All fees, except a $75 handling fee, will be refunded if written notice of cancellation is received by January 2, 2015. No refunds will be granted after January 2, but substitutions will be allowed. After January 2, 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

Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference: Approval for approximately 11 hours of CLE credit, including 3 hours of ethics, is pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 13 hours of CLE credit, including3.5 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 by the State Bar of California in the amount of 11 hours, of which 3.5 hours will apply to legal ethics. NY MCLE: This traditional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the CLE Board for a maximum of 13 credit hours, of which 3.5 hours of credit can be applied toward the ethics professionalism requirement. 13 hours of CPE credit, including 3.5 hours of ethics, are also available.

Rocky Mountain Consumer Workshop: Approval for approximately 7 hours of CLE credit, including 3 hours of ethics, is pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 8 hours of CLE credit, including 3.5 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 by the State Bar of California in the amount of 7 hours, including 3 hours of ethics. NY MCLE: This traditional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the CLE Board for a maximum of 8 credit hours, including 3.5 hours of ethics. 8 hours of CPE credit, including 3.5 hours of ethics, are also available.

 

*ABI offers intermediate-level courses, which assume that attendees will have 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. Illinois Attorneys: If registration fees are more than $500, attorneys who qualify will receive a reduction of at least 50% off the registration fee. For information on tuition assistance, send an e-mail to jdugas@abiworld.org

Presidential Partners

 

 

Double Black Diamond

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Holland & Hart LLP

IWIRC Mountain Desert Network

Kutner Brinen Garber, PC

Lindquist & Vennum LLP

Onsager | Guyerson | Fletcher | Johnson LLC

Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti, PC

Parsons Behle & Latimer

Ray, Quinney & Nebeker, PC

Rocky Mountain Advisory, LLC

Snell & Wilmer, LLP

Stoel Rives LLP

Black Diamond

Berkeley Research Group, LLC

Durham Jones & Pinegar

Markus Williams Young & Zimmermann, LLC

Summit Investment Management LLC

The Faculty of Federal Advocates

Blue

Ballard Spahr LLP

Connolly, Rosania & Lofstedt, PC

Cordes & Company

Fabian & Clendenin, PC

Faegre Baker Daniels

Intrinsic

Ireland, Stapleton, Pryor & Pascoe, P.C.

Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough PC

Law Office of Stephen E. Berken

Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP

Perkins Coie LLP

Prince, Yeates & Geldzahler

RubinBrown LLP

Sender Wasserman Wadsworth, P.C.

Green

Berenbaum Weinshienk PC

Moye White LLP

r2 advisors, llc

Special Thanks

We extend our special thanks to Bloomberg BRIEF for the media partnership, Conway MacKenzie/Variant Capital Advisors, LLC for the educational materials on thumb drives, Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc. for the conference lanyards, Summit Investment Management LLC for the conference wi-fi, West a Thomson Reuters business for providing the printed educational materials and Wilmington Trust for the tote bags.

2015 Conference Rates

  Early Bird
(postmarked by 11/14/14)
Regular
(11/15/14-1/2/15)
Late
(after 1/2/15)
Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference
ABI Member
$575
$625
$675
New ABI Member*
$850
$900
$950
Govt./Aca. ABI Member
$345
$395
$445
Govt./Aca. New ABI Member*
$440
$490
$540
Consumer Workshop ONLY Pricing (program only on 1/23/15)
ABI Member $295 $345 $395
New Member* $390 $440 $490
Optional Event Pricing
IWIRC Program Fee (includes lunch)
$95
 
 
Thursday Networking Reception
Free
 
 
Thursday Networking Reception Guest
$40
 
 
Friday Networking Reception
Free
 
 
Friday Networking Reception Guest
$40
 
 

* Includes a one-year ABI membership for first-time members only — a $295 value! Expired members should select the member rate and add in the membership renewal fee on this form. You must be an ABI member to attend the conference.