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Thursday, September 8

8:00 a.m.

Optional Event

Golf Tournament at Royal Links Golf Club

Sponsored by Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP

9:00 a.m.

Optional Event

Mt. Charleston and Fletcher Canyon Trail Hike

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

American Board of Certification Exams

3:00-6:00 p.m.

ABI Registration Desk Open

6:00-7:30 p.m.

Opening Reception

Sponsored by Bryan Cave LLP, Development Specialists, Inc., KCC and Perkins Coie LLP

Friday, September 9

7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

ABI Registration Desk Open

7:30-8:00 a.m.

Networking Breakfast

Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP

8:00-9:30 a.m.

Very Good Debates

John W. Lucas, Moderator

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP; San Francisco

Judicial Debate

Resolved: Structured dismissals of chapter 11 cases must always follow the Bankruptcy Code's priority structure.

Pro: Hon. August B. Landis

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Nev.); Las Vegas

Con: Hon. Deborah L. Thorne

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

Business Debate

Resolved, a company deriving income indirectly from marijuana sales that are legal under state law should be eligible for relief under the Bankruptcy Code.

Pro: Daniel J. Garfield

McAllister Law Office P.C.; Denver

Con: Candace C. Carlyon

Morris Polich & Purdy LLP; Henderson, Nev.

Consumer Debate

Resolved: The filing of a Proof of Claim, for a debt on which the statute of limitations has run, is a violation of the FDCPA.

Pro: Stephen E. Berken

Berken and Associates; Denver

Con: Alane A. Becket

Becket & Lee, LLP; Malvern, Pa.

9:30-9:45 a.m.

Coffee Break

Sponsored by Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP

9:45-11:00 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions (3)

Business Development and Marketing Your Practice (Consumer Cross-Over Panel)

The panel will discuss the ins and outs of business development and the various ways attorneys and their firms market their practices.

Randy Nussbaum, Moderator

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

John R. Bollinger

Boleman Law Firm, P.C.; Hampton, Va.

Jonathan Frutkin

The Frutkin Law Firm, PLC; Phoenix

James Patrick Shea

Armstrong Teasdale LLP; Las Vegas

KEIPs and KERPs: What’s the Difference, and Why Is the UST Objecting?

This panel will discuss the role of key employee incentive and retention plans in bankruptcy cases, including the development of such plans and the legal and factual requirements for approval by the bankruptcy court.

Jordan A. Kroop, Moderator

Perkins Coie LLP; Phoenix

Tracy Hope Davis

Office of the U.S. Trustee; San Francisco

Hon. M. Elaine Hammond

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

Andrew J. Hinkelman

FTI Consulting, Inc.; San Francisco

Commercial and Residential Real Property Issues in Business and Consumer Cases

As the value of commercial and residential real property is often in flux, especially in light of the Great Recession of 2008, the rights and obligations of interested parties, as well as their incentives and motivations, can change. This panel will discuss the implications of changing valuations of residential real property in chapter 7 and 13 cases, as well as residential and commercial real property in chapter 11 cases.

Oren B. Haker, Moderator

Stoel Rives LLP; Portland, Ore.

Thomas H. Allen

Allen Barnes & Jones, PLC; Phoenix

Ariane Holtschlag

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

Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff (ret.)

Sole Practitioner; Oak Park, Ill.

11:00-11:15 a.m.

Coffee Break

Sponsored by Gavin/Solmonese LLC and Polsinelli

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

Concurrent Sessions (3)

Recent Developments in Chapter 11

This panel will discuss recent developments in chapter 11 and other business-related restructuring issues.

Robert J. Pfister, Moderator

Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP; Los Angeles

Eric R. Carlson

Imperial Capital, LLC; San Francisco

Scott B. Cohen

Engelman Berger, PC; Phoenix

Kimberly A. Posin

Latham & Watkins LLP; Los Angeles

Hon. Gregg W. Zive

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

What Do Clients Really Want? (Consumer Cross-Over Panel)

This panel will include individuals from various business sectors discussing how they select counsel and what they expect from their counsel during the representation.

Jason S. Brookner, Moderator

Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C.; Dallas

T. Scott Avila

Armory Strategic Partners, LLC; Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Mark D. Barbeau

CR3 Partners, LLC; Plano, Tex.

Julie Minnick Bowden

General Growth Properties, Inc.; Washington, D.C.

Brian S. Gillman

Mesa Airlines; Phoenix

Recovering and Protecting Legal Fees in Bankruptcy: A Real Gamble! (Consumer Cross-Over Panel)

This panel will discuss the various obstacles attorneys can encounter when collecting fees. The discussion will include enforcement of contractual and statutory rights to payment, over- and undersecured claims, preference claims arising from the payment of attorneys’ fees, fees incurred defending fee application objections, and other related issues.

Gregory E. Garman, Moderator

Garman Turner Gordon LLP; Las Vegas

Hon. Scott C. Clarkson

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

Paul S. Jasper

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP; San Francisco

Robert John Miller

Bryan Cave LLP; Phoenix

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Networking Luncheon

Sponsored by Allen Barnes & Jones, PLC, Engelman Berger, PC, Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP and Winston & Strawn LLP

1:30-2:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions (3)

Selling an Insider’s Claim and Buying Plan Confirmation

In the first decision addressing the point, the Ninth Circuit held that there’s a difference between an insider and a claim held by an insider. The ruling blessed an insider’s sale of a claim, relieving the claim of any taint and allowing the new holder to vote on confirmation. The panel looks at the developing issues on whether the buyer is a nonstatutory insider and whether the plan can be pursued in good faith after such a sale.

Louis M. Bubala, III, Moderator

Kaempfer Crowell; Reno, Nev.

Hon. Randall L. Dunn

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Ore.); Portland

Holly E. Estes

Walter Wilhelm Bauer; Fresno, Calif.

Thomas H. Fell

Fennemore Craig, P.C.; Las Vegas

I Don’t Want to Date You, but I’d Love to Work with You: Speed-Marketing

Do you have your elevator pitch polished? At this event, you will have the opportunity to meet 40 professionals in a speed-networking setting where you will have three minutes to present your pitch. Limited to the first 40 registrants.

 

How to Use Adversary Proceedings Process in Chapter 7 and 13 Cases

This panel will discuss how consumer attorneys can use chapter 5 avoidance actions and other adversary proceedings in chapter 7 and 13 cases.

Samuel A. Schwartz, Moderator

Schwartz Flansburg PLLC; Las Vegas

Hon. Dennis R. Dow

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (W.D. Mo.); Kansas City

Claire Ann Resop

Steinhilber Swanson Resop & Sipsma; Madison, Wis.

Autumn D. Spaeth

Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP; Costa Mesa, Calif.

2:45-3:15 p.m.

Refreshment Break

Sponsored by Proskauer

3:15-4:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions (2)

D&O Policies, Property of the Estate and Case Administration

This panel will discuss how the D&O insurance policy of a company in chapter 11 is impacted by the company’s filing, and will include property-of-the-estate issues, stay relief and court authorization, and how to use the proceeds to drive settlements.

Jeffrey M. Reisner, Moderator

Irell & Manella LLP; Newport Beach, Calif.

Hon. Martin R. Barash

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

Bradley D. Sharp

Development Specialists, Inc.; Los Angeles

Christopher C. Simpson

Stinson Leonard Street LLP; Phoenix

 

Consumer Bankruptcy Law Update

This panel will include a survey of recent developments in consumer bankruptcy law and will discuss when filing a proof of claim for a stale claim is a violation of the FDCPA (e.g., CFPB v. Hanna Law Firm, chapter 13 attorneys’ fees after the Supreme Court decision of Viegelahn v. Harris, chapter 7 trustees’ ability to prime certain liens in favor of other creditors using § 724, state of student loan discharges), among other issues.

Michael F. Thomson, Moderator

Dorsey & Whitney LLP; Salt Lake City

Allan D. NewDelman

Law Office of Allan D. NewDelman, P.C.; Phoenix

Hon. Paul Sala

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

Andrea Wimmer

Marco|Wimmer, PLLC; Mesa, Ariz.

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Happy Hour

Sponsored by DLA Piper LLP, McGuireWoods LLP, Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C. and Stinson Leonard Street LLP

7:00 p.m.

Optional Event

Billy Idol - FOREVER at House of Blues

Saturday, September 10

8:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

ABI Registration Desk Open

8:30-9:00 a.m.

Networking Breakfast

Sponsored by EY, Latham & Watkins, LLP and Stoel Rives LLP

9:00-10:15 a.m.

Hotcakes and Hot Topics: Judges’ Roundtable Q&A

This panel will feature a roundtable discussion with bankruptcy judges from the Ninth Circuit and across the country. The judges will share their thoughts and perspectives, as well as take questions from the audience, on topics of current interest in both business and consumer cases.

Jeffrey N. Pomerantz, Moderator

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP; Los Angeles

10:15-10:30 a.m.

Coffee Break

Sponsored by Alvarez & Marsal and Imperial Capital, LLC

10:30-11:45 a.m.

Plenary Session

Ethics Roundtable

This panel will discuss various ethical issues in consumer- and business-related bankruptcy cases and other restructurings.

Scott D. Fleming, Moderator

Armstrong Teasdale LLP; Las Vegas

Dawn M. Cica

Black & LoBello; Las Vegas

Hon. Daniel P. Collins

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

Robert K. Sahyan

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP; San Francisco

11:45 a.m.

Adjourn

 

 

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Judicial Chair

Hon. Bruce T. Beesley

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

Program Co-Chairs

John W. Lucas

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP; San Francisco

Randy Nussbaum

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

Sponsorship Chair

Bradley D. Sharp

Development Specialists, Inc.; Los Angeles

Advisory Board

Thomas H. Allen

Allen Barnes & Jones, PLC; Phoenix

Hon. Martin R. Barash

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

Steven M. Berman

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

John D. Bittner

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; Dallas

Jason S. Brookner

Gray Reed & McGraw, PC; Dallas

Louis M. Bubala, III

Kaempfer Crowell; Reno, Nev.

Rob Charles

Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP; Tucson, Ariz.

Dawn M. Cica

Black & LoBello; Las Vegas

David D. Cleary

Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Phoenix

Patrick A. Clisham

Engelman Berger, PC; Phoenix

Hon. Daniel P. Collins

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

Ford Elsaesser

Elsaesser Jarzabek Anderson Elliott & Macdonald, Chtd.; Sandpoint, Idaho

Scott D. Fleming

Armstrong Teasdale LLP; Las Vegas

Gregory E. Garman

Garman Turner Gordon; Las Vegas

Peter J. Gurfein

Landau Gottfried & Berger LLP; Los Angeles

Douglas E. Himmel

Melville Capital; Venice, Calif.

Nicole Horton

EY; Los Angeles

Paul S. Jasper

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP; San Francisco

Steven D. Jerome

Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.; Phoenix

Carolyn J. Johnsen

Dickinson Wright PLLC; Phoenix

Lance N. Jurich

Loeb & Loeb LLP; Los Angeles

Aaron M. Kaufman

Dykema Cox Smith; Dallas

Jordan A. Kroop

Perkins Coie LLP; Phoenix

Heather A. LaSalle

McGlinchey Stafford PLLC; New Orleans

Nile Leatham

Kolesar & Leatham; Las Vegas

Jeff Nerland

SierraConstellation Partners LLC; Los Angeles

Robert J. Pfister

Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP; Los Angeles

Mark A. Platt

McGuireWoods LLP; Dallas

Justin E. Rawlins

Winston & Strawn LLP; Los Angeles

Cathy L. Reece

Fennemore Craig, P.C.; Las Vegas

Jeffrey M. Reisner

Irell & Manella LLP; Los Angeles

Deb Riley

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP; San Diego

Robert K. Sahyan

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP; San Francisco

Samuel A. Schwartz

Schwartz Flansburg PLLC; Las Vegas

Christopher J. Wells

Alvarez & Marsal; Phoenix

Daniel R. Williams

Fenix Financial Services, LLC; Scottsdale, Ariz.

John T. Young, Jr.

Conway MacKenzie, Inc.; Houston

Hon. Gregg W. Zive

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

 

Optional Events

Golf Tournament at Royal Links Golf Club

Thursday, September 8, 8:00 a.m.

Missed your invitation to play in the British Open? Don’t worry; you can still play 18 of the best holes from 11 different British Open rotation courses. Conveniently located less than nine miles from the heart of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, Royal Links is not your typical golf course. Whether you are interested in the history of the game or just want a shot at besting Tiger Woods’ course record of 67 (Feb. 2001), Royal Links is sure to provide you with some great golfing memories. The $190 green fee includes transportation from the Four Seasons, all tournament fees and lunch at the tournament’s conclusion. Please mark the appropriate box on the registration form, and indicate your handicap. For those participating in the ABI Golf Tour, this will be the sixth stop. Please check the ABI Golf Tour box on the registration form. For more information on the tour, see golf.abi.org.

Mt. Charleston and Fletcher Canyon Trail Hike

Thursday, September 8, 9:00 a.m.

The Friends of Nevada Wilderness have arrange a hike to Mt. Charleston Wilderness and the Fletcher Canyon Trail. Las Vegas may sizzle with excitement, but let’s face it: The summer heat can get out of control. Even the most ardent of sun worshippers look for a break, and hotel swimming pools and air-conditioned malls just aren’t enough. Luckily, just 35 miles northwest of Las Vegas visitors can find the cool mountain breezes, fresh air and all-around scenic beauty of Mt. Charleston. Part of the Spring Mountain Range and Toiyabe National Forest, Mt. Charleston ranges from 3,000-12,000 feet in elevation. It is Nevada’s eighth-highest mountain peak and one of the Top 10 most topographically prominent peaks in the U.S. Featuring such trees as juniper, mountain mahogany, and Aspen and Ponderosa pine, and animals such as wild burros, songbirds, deer and desert tortoises, Mt. Charleston feels a million miles away from the city. The $95-per-person fee includes transportation, a dedicated tour guide, and water and snacks. Please mark the appropriate box on the registration form.

Billy Idol - FOREVER at House of Blues

Friday, September 9, 7:00 p.m.

Billy Idol, along with his longtime guitarist Steve Stevens and the rest of Idol’s band, will perform all of his greatest hits! The show features material from throughout Idol’s career, from his days fronting the seminal British punk band Generation X to the hits the world has come to know and love, including “Rebel Yell,” “White Wedding,” “Dancing with Myself” and many more. From punk pioneer to global superstar, Billy Idol has created an unparalleled niche in popular music and has remained a household name for more than three decades. Tickets for premium seats are $120 per person. Please mark the appropriate box on the registration form.

 

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Conference Information

Hotel

The Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas is a sanctuary from the bright lights of the dazzling Las Vegas Strip, all located on the 35th to 39th floors of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino Tower — ensuring a more intimate atmosphere and attentive personal service. ABI has arranged a special conference rate of $235 per night. To secure the special rate, reservations must be made directly with the resort by August 10, 2016. Reservations may only be made once you have registered with ABI. Upon payment of the conference registration fees, you will receive hotel reservation information with your conference confirmation. Rooms are held on a first-come, first-served basis. ABI cannot guarantee anyone a room after the specially rated ABI block is filled.

Travel

Fly into McCarran International Airport (LAS).

Conference Attire

Attire is casual throughout the conference.

Cancellation Policy

All fees, except a $75 handling fee, will be refunded if notice is received in writing by August 18, 2016. No refunds will be made if notice is received after August 18, although substitutions will be allowed. After August 18, upon written request, a coupon for 20% off the registration fee (not including optional events) will be issued, which can be used (by the cancelling registrant only) for any ABI educational program up to one year after this conference, or for the same conference next year.

Continuing Education

9 hours of CLE credit, including 2.5 hours of ethics, are pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and approval for 10.5 hours of CLE credit, including 3 hours of ethics, are pending in 50-minute-hour states. Credit hours granted are subject to approval from each state. NY MCLE: This transitional and non-transitional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the CLE Board for a maximum of 10.5 hours, of which 3 hours of credit can be applied toward the ethics professionalism requirement. California MCLE: ABI certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 10.5 hours, of which 2.5 hours will apply to ethics. 10.5 hours of CPE credit, including 3 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 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 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, 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 email to jdugas@abi.org.

Attorney Specialist Certification

The American Board of Certification (ABC) will offer its Business Bankruptcy, Consumer Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights exams at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas on Thursday, September 8, 2016, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Details on the certification process, exam composition and a sample exam can be obtained by calling ABC at (319) 365-2222, by emailing assistantdirector@abcworld.org or by visiting the ABC website at www.abcworld.org. The ABC certification programs are sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Commercial Law League of America, and all three programs are accredited by the American Bar Association.

 

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Royal Flush

Bryancave

Conway MacKenzie, Inc.

Deloitte CRG

 
 

Development Specialists, Inc.

East West Bank

FTI

 
 

Greenberg Traurig

KCC

Nussbaum gillis & Dinner P.C.

 

Summit Investment Management

Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP

Straight Flush

Perkins Coie LLP

Four of a Kind

Allen Maguire & Barnes PLC
Alvarez & Marsal
DLA Piper LLP
Engelman Berger, PC
EY
Gavin/Solmonese LLC
Imperial Capital, LLC
Latham & Watkins LLP
McGuire Woods LLP
Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP
Polsinelli
Proskauer
Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Stoel Rives LLP
Winston & Strawn LLP

Full House

Armstrong Teasdale, LLP
Berkeley Research Group, LLC (BRG)
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Elsaesser Jarzabek Anderson Elliott & Macdonald, Chtd.
Fennemore Craig PC
Fox Rothschild, LLP
The Frutkin Law Firm, PLC
Irell & Manella LLP
Kaempfer Crowell
Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
McGlinchey Stafford PLLC
Morris Polich & Purdy LLP
Navigant Consulting, Inc.
Prime Clerk
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
Schwartz Flansburg
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
SierraConstellation Partners LLC

Special Thanks

 

We extend out special thanks to Bloomberg BRIEF for the media partnership, Conway MacKenzie, Inc. for the conference lanyards, Deloitte CRG for the conference wi-fi, Donlin, Recano, Inc. for the conference app, East West Bank for the pocket guides, Sherwood Partners, Inc./agency IP for sponsoring the exhibit hall, Summit Investment Management for the hotel keycards, Thomson Reuters for the educational materials and Wilmington Trust for the tote bags.

 

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Rates

Registration Rates Early
(postmarked by 
6/24/16)
Regular
(
6/25/16-8/19/16)
Late
(after 
8/19/16)

ABI Member
$625
$670
$720
ABI Govt./Nonprofit ABI Member
$345
$395
$445
New ABI Member*
$895
$945
$995
Govt./Nonprofit New ABI Member*
$440
$490
$540

ON-SITE FEE: $795 ABI Member

$1,090 New ABI Member

* Includes a one-year 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.

Optional Events

Opening Reception
Opening Reception Guest
Free
$75
Golf Tournament at Royal Links
Handicap ________
$190
ABI Golf Tour
Handicap ________
$190
Mt. Charleston Hike
$95
Happy Hour
Happy Hour Guest
Free
$50
Billy Idol - FOREVER
$120

 

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