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Wednesday, January 15

2:00 p.m.

Registration Open

2:45-3:00 p.m.

Opening Remarks

3:00-4:15 p.m.

Plenary Session

WWJGD (What Would Judge Glenn Do)?...

Hon. Catherine P. McEwen, Moderator

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (M.D. Fla.); Tampa

Jacob A. Brown

Akerman LLP; Jacksonville

Betsy C. Cox

Rogers Towers, PA; Jacksonville

Prof. Roberta Kemp Flowers (invited)

Stetson University College of Law; Gulfport

Jerry M. Markowitz

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

4:15-4:25 p.m.

Refreshment Break

4:25-5:40 p.m.

Plenary Session

Admissibility of Electronic Evidence at Trial

This session will feature a mock trial of a fraudulent-transfer case demonstrating email, Facebook, Instagram, smartphone, messaging and metadata issues.

Hon. Mindy A. Mora, Moderator

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Fla.); West Palm Beach

Hon. Michael G. Williamson

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (M.D. Fla.); Tampa

5:45-7:00 p.m.

Opening Reception

7:00-9:00 p.m.

VIP Speaker/Sponsor Dinner (by invite only)

Thursday, January 16

7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30-8:45 a.m.

Welcome by Program Chairs

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Plenary Session

Everything You Need to Know About Attorneys’ Fees and Sanctions in Bankruptcy

This panel will discuss attorneys’ fee and sanction topics, including involuntary-proceeding issues.

Hon. Karen K. Specie, Moderator

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Fla.); Tallahassee

Vincent F. Alexander

Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP; Fort Lauderdale

Douglas A. Bates

Clark Partington Hart Larry Bond & Stackhouse, P.A.; Pensacola

David S. Jennis

Jennis Law Firm; Tampa

Robert Scott Shuker

Shuker & Dorris, PA; Orlando

10:15-10:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break

10:30-11:45 a.m.

Concurrent Breakouts (2)

 

Business Session

Business Bankruptcy Legal Update

This session features a panel discussion of recent developments in commercial cases involving insurance, trademark, WARN Act and marijuana issues.

Hon. Jeffrey P. Hopkins, Moderator

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Ohio); Cincinnati

Elena P. Ketchum

Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Postler, P.A.; Tampa

Damien H. Prosser

Morgan & Morgan; Orlando

Edmund S. Whitson

Adams and Reese LLP; Tampa

Steven R. Wirth

Akerman LLP; Tampa

 

Consumer Session

Consumer Bankruptcy Legal Update

This panel will discuss recent developments in consumer cases involving family law, consumer protection and student loan issues.

Hon. Caryl E. Delano, Moderator

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (M.D. Fla.); Tampa

Jeffrey S. Ainsworth

BransonLaw, PLLC; Orlando

Dennis J. Levine

Kelley Kronenberg; Tampa

12:00-1:30 p.m.

Paskay Memorial Luncheon and Keynote

Private Equity: Buy It and Then Break It — the Cautionary Tale from Retail Bankruptcies

Prof. Edward Janger

Brooklyn Law School; Brooklyn, N.Y.

1:30-1:45 p.m.

Refreshment Break

1:45-3:00 p.m.

Concurrent Breakouts (2)

Advanced Technology for the Bankruptcy Professional

This session is for attorneys who are moderately proficient in the use of technology.

Karim Guirguis

American Bankruptcy Institute; Alexandria, Va.

Basic Technology for the Bankruptcy Professional

This session is for attorneys who are challenged by technology.

Lauren L. Stricker

Shutts & Bowen LLP; Tampa

3:00-3:15 p.m.

Refreshment Break

3:15-4:30 p.m.

Plenary Session

ABI Talks: Impact on Bankruptcy Practice of Five Recent Supreme Court Decisions or Pending Decisions

Based on the incredibly popular “TED Talks” format, these ABI Talks will address the impact that five recent Supreme Court decisions (in some cases, pending decisions) have or will have on bankruptcy practice.

Keith T. Appleby, Moderator

Banker Lopez Gassler PA; Tampa

Steven M. Berman

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP; Tampa

Lara R. Fernandez

Trenam Law; Tampa

Tiffany Payne Geyer

BakerHostetler; Orlando

Patricia A. Redmond

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

J. Ellsworth Summers, Jr.

Burr & Forman LLP; Jacksonville

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Happy Hour Networking Reception

Friday, January 17

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30-8:45 a.m.

Opening Remarks

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Plenary Session

Bankruptcy Practice Is Constantly Changing

This session features a panel discussion covering new legislation (Small Business Reorganization Act, HAVEN Act, Family Farmer Reorganization Act, new Rules, new Procedures and new Administrative Orders), as well as proposed changes to PACER and operating programs for electronic filing.

Hon. Lewis M. Killian, Jr. (ret.)

Berger Singerman LLP; Tallahassee

Kathleen L. DiSanto

Bush Ross, P.A.; Tampa

Alberto F. Gomez, Jr.

Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, LLP; Tampa

Edwin G. Rice

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP; Tampa

10:15-10:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break

10:30-11:45 a.m.

Plenary Session

Pro Bono Work for Consumer Clients

This learn-in session will prepare attorneys, particularly business bankruptcy lawyers, for dealing with insolvent pro se consumer debtors or defendants.

Hon. Laurel Myerson Isicoff, Moderator

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

Christie D. Arkovich (invited)

Christie D. Arkovich, P.A.; Tampa

Michael Barnett

Michael Barnett, PA; Tampa

Mark J. Wolfson

Foley & Lardner LLP; Tampa

11:45-1:00 p.m.

Mental Health and Mindfulness in Restructuring Matters

A presentation on wellness, performance enhancement and mindfulness in your practice.

Paul S. Singerman

Berger Singerman LLP; Miami

1:00-1:15 p.m.

Refreshment Break

1:15-2:30 p.m.

Judicial Merry-Go-Round

These judge-led rapid-fire roundtables will focus on today’s provocative issues, with judges changing tables every 12 minutes.

Roy S. Kobert, Moderator

GrayRobinson, PA; Orlando

Hon. Roberta A. Colton

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (M.D. Fla.); Orlando

Hon. Caryl E. Delano

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (M.D. Fla.); Tampa

Hon. Jeffrey P. Hopkins

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Ohio); Cincinnati

Hon. Laurel Myerson Isicoff

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

Hon. Cynthia C. Jackson

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (M.D. Fla.); Orlando

Hon. Catherine P. McEwen

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (M.D. Fla.); Tampa

Hon. Mindy A. Mora

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Fla.); West Palm Beach

Hon. Karen K. Specie

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Fla.); Tallahassee

Hon. Michael G. Williamson

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (M.D. Fla.); Tampa

2:30 p.m.

Adjourn

 

Judicial Co-Chairs

 

Hon. Roberta A. Colton

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (M.D. Fla.); Tampa

Hon. Cynthia C. Jackson

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (M.D. Fla.); Orlando

Program Chair

 

Jeffrey W. Warren

Bush Ross, P.A.; Tampa

Advisory Board

 

Vincent F. Alexander

Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP; Fort Lauderdale

John A. Anthony

Anthony and Partners; Tampa

Keith T. Appleby

Banker Lopez Gassler P.A.; Tampa

Douglas A. Bates

Clark Partington Hart Larry Bond &
Stackhouse, P.A.; Pensacola

Paul J. Battista

Genovese Joblove & Battista, P.A.; Miami

Steven M. Berman

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP; Tampa

Stephen D. Busey

Smith Hulsey & Busey; Jacksonville

Betsy C. Cox

Rogers Towers; Jacksonville

Michael Dal Lago

Dal Lago Law; Naples

Denise D. Dell-Powell

Dean Mead; Orlando

James W. Elliott

McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott
Grimaldi Guito & Matthews, P.A.; Tampa

William K. Fendrick

Holland & Knight LLP; Tampa

Lara R. Fernandez

Trenam Law; Tampa

Paul A. Giordano

Roetzel & Andress, LPA; Fort Myers

Elizabeth A. Green

BakerHostetler; Orlando

Jordi Guso

Berger Singerman LLP; Miami

David S. Jennis

Jennis Law Firm; Tampa

Stephen R. Leslie

Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Postler, P.A.; Tampa

Michael C. Markham

Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, LLP; Tampa

Courtney A. McCormick

McGuireWoods LLP; Jacksonville

 

Nicole M. Noel

Kass Shuler, P.A.; Tampa

Loretta C. O’Keeffe

Gibbons | Neuman; Tampa

Leanne M. Prendergast

FisherBroyles, LLP; Jacksonville

Damien H. Prosser

Morgan & Morgan, P.A.; Orlando

Dean Theresa J. Pulley Radwan

Stetson University College of Law; Gulfport

Edwin G. Rice

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP; Tampa

Luis E. Rivera, II

GrayRobinson, P.A.; Fort Myers

Robert S. Rushing

Carver, Darden, Koretzky, Tessier, Finn,
Blossman & Areaux L.L.C.; Pensacola

David A. Samole

Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton; Miami

Bradley M. Saxton

Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman, P.A.; Winter Park

Lynn Welter Sherman

Trenam Law; St. Petersburg

R. Scott Shuker

Shuker & Dorris, P.A.; Orlando

Robert A. Soriano

Soriano Law, P.A.; Tampa

J. Ellsworth Summers, Jr.

Burr & Forman LLP; Jacksonville

Frank P. Terzo

Nelson Mullins Broad and Cassel; Fort Lauderdale

James A. Timko

Shutts & Bowen LLP; Orlando

Scott A. Underwood

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; Tampa

Edmund S. Whitson, III

Adams and Reese LLP; Tampa

Steven R. Wirth

Akerman LLP; Tampa

Mark J. Wolfson

Foley & Lardner LLP; Tampa

 

 

 

Partners

Premium Sponsors

Genovese Joblove & Battista, P.A.

Patron Sponsors

Dal Lago Law Trenam Law

Conference Information

Hotel

The newly renovated Westin Tampa Waterside sits conveniently on the Tampa, Fla., waterfront and steps away from downtown Tampa’s dining and entertainment. ABI has arranged a special conference rate of $259 per night for a Traditional room. Make your reservations by December 13, 2019, to reserve this special rate. ABI cannot guarantee anyone a room after the December 13 cutoff or after the specially rated ABI block has been filled. You will receive a special room reservation link after you have registered with ABI.

Continuing Education Credit

 

11.75 hours of general CLE credit, including 1.5 hours of ethics, are pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 14.1 hours of general CLE credit, including 1.8 hours of ethics, are pending in 50-minute-hour states. Credit hours granted are subject to each state’s CLE credit-approval regulations and might not be approved prior to the program. California MCLE: ABI certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 11.75 hours, of which 1.5 hours will apply to ethics. New York MCLE: This course or program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 14 credit hours, of which 13.5 credit hours can be applied toward the professional practice requirement, and 1.5 credit hours can be applied toward the ethics requirement.

 

14 hours of CPE credit, including 1.5 hours of ethics, are also available.

 

* ABI offers intermediate-level courses, which assume that attendees have some knowledge in 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, www.nasbaregistry.org. For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaints and refunds, 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, ABI may allow the individual to work at the 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. Financial assistance is available for this program. 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 more information, please contact the American Bankruptcy Institute at (703) 739-0800 or send an e-mail to adonohue@abiworld.org.

Conference Rates*

Registration Rates

Early Bird 
(by 11/22/19)

Regular 
(11/23/19-12/27/19)

Late 
(after 12/27/19)


ABI Member $395 $445 $495
Govt./Academic/Nonprofit ABI Member $225 $275 $295
Join ABI and Save** $720 $770 $820

Govt./Academic/Nonprofit New ABI Member**

$320 $370 $390
 

* There will be a $30 fee added to all on-site registrations.

** Includes a one-year ABI membership for first-time members — a $350 value! You must be an ABI member to attend. Membership is individual and nonrefundable. If your membership has expired, select the member rate and add in your membership renewal fee (see below).

Exhibitor Rates

ABI Member Exhibitor Registration***
$1,000
New ABI Member Exhibitor Registration****
$1,350
Additional Booth Representative
$300

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

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

Cancellation Policy

All fees, except a $75 handling fee, will be refunded if written notice of cancellation is received by December 20, 2019. No refunds will be granted after December 20, but substitutions will be allowed. After December 20, 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.