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Tuesday, March 6

8:00-9:00 a.m.

Breakfast and Registration

Sponsored by East West Bank

 East West Bank   

9:00-9:15 a.m.

Welcome by Conference Leadership

9:15-10:30 a.m.

Plenary Session

Supreme Court Review

A look at the Supreme Court and bankruptcy law, with a focus on recent and pending cases.

Dean Erwin Chemerinsky

UC Berkeley School of Law; Berkeley

10:30-11:00 a.m.

Networking Break

Sponsored by Polsinelli LLP

 Polsinelli LLP   

11:00 a.m.- noon

Concurrent Sessions (2)

The Next Retail Shoe to Drop: Preparing for a Mall Meltdown or Miracle?

With more retail bankruptcies sure to follow the 35+ filings that occurred in 2017 alone, and with significant debt maturities on the horizon, mall owners and operators may be the next group to face a new wave of bankruptcy filings. This panel will discuss turnaround strategies that the sector has used to survive, and even thrive, amidst a changing consumer culture.

Jeffrey C. Krause, Moderator

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP; Los Angeles

Todd Allen

BH Properties, LLC; Los Angeles

Craig Boucher

Mackinac Partners LLC; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Teresa C. Kohl

SSG Capital Advisors, LLC; West Conshohocken, Pa.

Perspectives on the Emerging Cannabis Industry

This panel will explore the emerging cannabis industry in the U.S., with a particular focus on California and nearby states. The panelists will discuss the impact of the legalization of recreational use, as well as the opportunities and challenges that have been created for investors, attorneys and financial advisors.

Jennifer Mercer, Moderator

Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc.; Los Angeles

Chris Ganan

MedMen; Culver City

Mary Ann Kaptain

FTI Consulting, Inc.; Los Angeles

Aram Ordubegian

Arent Fox LLP; Los Angeles

Hon. Maureen A. Tighe

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (C.D. Cal.); Woodland Hills

12:00-1:15 p.m.

Luncheon Presentation

Sponsored by Loeb & Loeb LLP and Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones

  LOEB & LOEB LLP    Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones   

“Shark Tank”

In a riff on the popular television show “Shark Tank,” bankruptcy practitioners will pitch a panel of judicial “sharks” for requested modifications to recent Supreme Court/circuit-level decisions and timely bankruptcy issues.


Hon. Martin R. Barash

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (C.D. Cal.); Woodland Hills

Hon. Hannah L. Blumenstiel

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Cal.); San Francisco

Hon. Scott C. Clarkson

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (C.D. Cal.); Santa Ana

Hon. Deborah J. Saltzman

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

Hon. Erithe A. Smith

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (C.D. Cal.); Santa Ana



Lei Lei Wang Ekvall, Moderator

Smiley Wang-Ekvall; Costa Mesa

David L. Neale

Levene, Neale, Bender, Yoo & Brill L.L.P.; Los Angeles

James I. Stang

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones, LLP; Los Angeles

Christopher A. Ward

Polsinelli PC; Wilmington, Del.

Eric Winston

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP; Los Angeles

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions (2)

I’m Gonna Make You an Offer You Can’t Refuse! The Fight Between Secured Creditors and Junior or Unsecured Creditors in Bankruptcy

Secured lenders work with debtors and committees in large chapter 11 cases to modify the environment in which the chapter 11 estate proceeds. This panel will examine the contemporary attributes of negotiated modifications and accommodations in connection with cash-collateral stipulations, DIP financing agreements, bidding procedure orders and chapter 11 plans. The panel will also consider whether any of the typical compromises are questionable in light of decisions, such as Jevic, that challenge the ability of courts and constituents to modify the structure of the chapter 11 playing field.

Scott F. Gautier, Moderator

Robins Kaplan LLP; Los Angeles

Ted A. Dillman

Latham & Watkins LLP; Los Angeles

Ori Katz

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP; Los Angeles

Hon. Victoria S. Kaufman

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (C.D. Cal.); Woodland Hills

Municipal Insolvency: California, Puerto Rico and Beyond — the Pension Crisis, Growing Bond Debt Issues and Labor Issues

This panel will examine recent experiences in San Bernardino, Calif., as well as developments in Puerto Rico and other regions in the U.S., and discuss what lies on the horizon.

Paul R. Glassman, Moderator

Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, P.C.; Santa Monica

Vanessa Burke

The Pun Group, LLP; Sacramento

Kim Nicholl

Segal Consulting; Glenview, Ill.

Victor A. Sahn

SulmeyerKupetz; Los Angeles

2:30-3:00 p.m.

Networking Break

Sponsored by Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP

 Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP   

3:00-4:15 p.m.

Plenary Session

Writs of Certiorari: Pros and Cons

This panel will examine splits among the circuits on bankruptcy and bankruptcy-related issues, and will discuss whether the U.S. Supreme Court has granted or will grant certiorari on applications seeking resolution of these circuit splits.

Hon. Scott H. Yun, Moderator

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

Richard D. Burstein

Brutzkus Gubner Rozansky Seror Weber LLP; Woodland Hills

Rob Charles

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP; Tucson, Ariz.

Sara L. Chenetz

Perkins Coie LLP; Los Angeles

Brian L. Davidoff

Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP; Los Angeles

4:15-5:45 p.m.

Networking Reception

Sponsored by GlassRatner

 GlassRatner Management & Realty Advisors LLC   



Kimberly A. Posin

Latham & Watkins LLP; Los Angeles

Randye B. Soref

Polsinelli LLP; Los Angeles

Judicial Co-Chair

Hon. Hannah L. Blumenstiel

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Cal.); San Francisco

Advisory Board

Franklin C. Adams

Best Best & Krieger LLP; Riverside

Kyra E. Andrassy

Smiley Wang-Ekvall; Costa Mesa

Steven M. Berman

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP; Tampa, Fla.

Erin N. Brady

Jones Day; Los Angeles

Richard W. Brunette, Jr.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP; Los Angeles

Christopher Celentino

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP; San Diego

Sara L. Chenetz

Perkins Coie LLP; Los Angeles

Shirley S. Cho

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP; Los Angeles

A. Kyle Everett

Development Specialists, Inc.; San Francisco

Scott Gautier

Robins Kaplan LLP, Los Angeles

Paul R. Glassman

Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, P.C.; Santa Monica

Seth Goldman

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP; Los Angeles

David Golubchick

Levene, Neale, Bender, Yoo & Brill, LLP, Los Angeles

Richard H. Golubow

Winthrop Couchot Golubow Hollander, LLP; Newport Beach

Julian I. Gurule

Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP; Los Angeles

Tiffany M. Ikeda

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP; Los Angeles

Thomas P. Jeremiassen

Berkeley Research Group, LLC; Los Angeles

Lance N. Jurich

Loeb & Loeb LLP; Los Angeles

Mary Ann Kaptain

FTI Consulting, Inc.; Los Angeles

Thomas R. Kreller

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP; Los Angeles

Winston Mar

SierraConstellation Partners LLC; Los Angeles

Jennifer E. Mercer

Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc.; Los Angeles

Byron Z. Moldo

Ervin, Cohen & Jessup LLP; Beverly Hills

Aram Ordubegian

Arent Fox LLP; Los Angeles

Brian K. Osborne

Rust Omni; Woodland Hills

Victor A. Sahn

SulmeyerKupetz; Los Angeles

Timothy G. Skillman

Deloitte CRG; Los Angeles

Robyn B. Sokol

Brutzkus Gubner Rozansky Seror Weber LLP; Woodland Hills

Joshua Teeple

Grobstein Teeple LLP; Irvine

Susan Tomlinson

Crowe Horwath LLP, Sherman Oaks, CA

Suzzanne Uhland

O'Melveny & Myers LLP; San Francisco

Travis Vandell

JND Corporate Restructuring; Denver

Genevieve G. Weiner

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; Los Angeles

Roye Zur

Landau Gottfried & Berger LLP; Los Angeles


Conference Information


The conference will be held at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, 900 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015. Reservations may be made by contacting the hotel directly at (213) 765-8600.

Continuing Education Credit

Approval for approximately 5.5 hours of CLE credit is pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 6.5 hours of CLE credit 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 5.5 hours. NY MCLE: This traditional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the CLE Board for a maximum of 5.5 credit hours. 6.5 hours of CPE credit 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 submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website,


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

Cancellation Policy

All fees, except a $75 handling fee, will be refunded if written notice of cancellation is received by February 13, 2018. No refunds will be granted after February 13, but substitutions will be allowed. After February 13, 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.

Conference Rates

Registration Rates

(postmarked by 1/11/18)

(1/12/18 - 2/15/18)

(after 2/15/18)

ABI Member $445 $495 $545
Join ABI and Save* $740 $790 $840

Gov’t./Aca./Nonprofit ABI Member

$225 $275 $325

Gov’t./Aca./Nonprofit New ABI Member*

$320 $370 $420

* Includes a one-year ABI membership for first-time members — a $325 value! Expired members should select the member rate and add in the membership renewal fee. You must be an ABI member to attend the conference.



Deloitte    Dentons US LLP    Development Specialists, Inc.   

Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc.    East West Bank    FTI Consulting, Inc.   

Gavin/Solmonese LLC    GlassRatner    Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP   

LOEB & LOEB LLP    Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones    Polsinelli LLP   

Sherwood Partners, Inc.    Wilmington Trust Corporation   

Special Thanks

We extend our special thanks to Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc. for the printed pocket agendas, FTI Consulting, Inc. for the conference lanyards and Wilmington Trust for the tote bags.