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Thursday, June 7

12:00 noon

Registration Desk Open

1:00 p.m.

Optional Event: Golf Tournament

Beverage Cart sponsored by Adelman & Gettleman Ltd.

Golf Hole Sponsored by Rubin & Levin, PC

4:00-6:00 p.m.

Optional Event: Young & New Members Beer Tasting at Sprecher’s Restaurant & Pub

Sponsored by Burford Capital LLC and Faegre Baker Daniels

4:30-6:00 p.m.

Optional Event: IWIRC Cocktail Reception

Sponsored by the IWIRC Chicago, Michigan and Wisconsin Networks

5:00-6:00 p.m.

Speaker/Sponsor Reception (by invitation only)

Sponsored by Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Opening Reception

Sponsored by Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. and Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss

Bar Sponsored by Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Equity Partners HG and Howard & Howard

8:00-10:00 p.m.

Optional Event: Dessert and S’mores Under the Stars

Sponsored by Jenner & Block

Friday, June 8

 

Shuttle to Downtown Lake Geneva

Sponsored by DeMarb Brophy LLC

7:15 a.m.

Registration Desk Open

7:15-8:15 a.m.

Breakfast

Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP

7:30-7:45 a.m.

Welcome by the Central States Bankruptcy Workshop Program Chairs

7:45-9:00 a.m.

25 Years of Central States

This panel of Central States judges will discuss 25 years of key opinions.

Hon. Donald R. Cassling

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

Hon. Susan V. Kelley

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Wis.); Milwaukee

Hon. Michael Ridgway

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Minn.); Minneapolis

Hon. Phillip J. Shefferly

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Mich.); Detroit

9:15-10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions (5)

 

Business Track

Retail Restructuring and Liquidation

This panel will discuss strategies and key topics involving the restructuring or liquidation of retail operations. The panelists will address landlord issues and claims, as well as the interplay of §§ 363 and 365, among numerous related matters.

Scott A. Wolfson

Wolfson Bolton PLLC; Troy, Mich.

Hon. Janet S. Baer

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

Bernadette M. Barron

Barron Business Consulting, Inc.; Chicago

Clinton E. Cutler

Fredrikson & Byron P.A.; Minneapolis

Hiring and Roles of Receivers and Examiners

This panel will focus on the selection and roles of receivers and examiners, addressing various authorities for the hiring of receivers and examiners and the differences between state and federal law. The panelists will also describe the role of such professionals and provide examples, such as how to deal with governmental entities.

Andrea Gonzalez

Alvarez & Marsal; Chicago

Adam C. Ballinger

Ballard Spahr LLP; Minneapolis

Patrick O’Keefe

O'Keefe; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Hon. Deborah L. Thorne

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

Small- and Closely Held-Business Issues

This business/consumer crossover panel will tackle various issues relating to small-business cases, including the formation issues involving corporate governance documents and restructuring issues, as well as the sale of minority interests and the filing of the small business and small business owner.

David K. Welch

Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C.; Chicago

Deborah J. Caruso

Rubin & Levin, P.C.; Indianapolis

Robert C. Folland

Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Columbus, Ohio

Hon. Marci B. McIvor

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Mich.); Detroit

 

Consumer Track

Chapter 13 Hot Topics

This panel will address numerous chapter 13 hot topics, such as the use of the national plan, modified national plan and local plans, the treatment of special claims in plans, end-of-case issues, the modification of plans and related topics.

Leslie B. Griffith

Standing Chapter 13 and 12 Trustee (W.D. Wis.); Madison

Hon. LaShonda A. Hunt

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

Ryan M. Moldovan

Moldovan Law Firm, PLLC; Lake Orion; Mich.

Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff (ret.)

Oak Park, III.

Discharge and Dischargeability Issues

This panel will address various discharge and dischargeability issues such as standing, imputation of knowledge and limitations on reopening cases.

E. Philip Groben

Gensburg, Calandriello & Kanter, P.C.; Chicago

Kimberly Bedigian

Stevenson & Bullock PLC; Southfield, Mich.

Claire Ann Resop

Steinhilber Swanson, LLP; Madison, Wis.

Hon. Mary Ann Whipple

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Ohio); Toledo

10:30-10:45 a.m.

Refreshment Break

Sponsored by Wolfson Bolton PLLC

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

Concurrent Sessions (5)

 

Business Track

Chapter 11 Plan-Confirmation Issues

This panel will address various plan-confirmation issues, including third-party releases, equitable mootness, post-confirmation trusts, and the impact of cases such as Sunnyslope and Millennium Labs.

Hon. Catherine J. Furay

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (W.D. Wis.); Eau Claire

Frank W. DiCastri

Husch Blackwell LLP; Milwaukee

Eric. E. Walker

Perkins Coie LLP; Chicago

Christopher B. Wick

Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP; Cleveland

Selecting and Advocating Expert Witnesses

This panel will address the selection and use of expert witnesses, including tips on how to select an expert, how to prepare an expert and what a judge might find most useful.

Lisa B. Vandesteeg

Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP; Chicago

Kay Dee Baird

Krieg DeVault; Indianapolis

Hon. Donald R. Cassling

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

Deanne M. Koll

Bakke Norman, S.C.; Menomonie, Wis.

Anne Vanderkamp

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP; Chicago

Getting Paid and Avoiding Disgorgement

This panel will focus on carve-out issues, the effects of ASARCO and Baker Botts, and § 506(c) issues. The panel will also address retention issues and administrative insolvency.

Michael R. Stewart

Faegre Baker Daniels; Minneapolis

Paul R. Hage

Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss; Southfield, Mich.

Jeffrey A. Hokanson

Ice Miller LLP; Indianapolis

Elizabeth L. Janczak

Freeborn & Peters LLP; Chicago.

Hon. Daniel S. Opperman

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Mich.); Detroit

 

Consumer Track

Chapter 7 Debtor and Trustee Interactions

This panel will focus on numerous chapter 7 issues, such as avoidable transfers, abandonment, exemptions, reopening of cases and asset-protection trusts.

James V. Block

Krautkramer & Block LLC; Wausau, Wis.

Nauni Manty

Manty & Associates, P.A.; Minneapolis

Richard D. Nelson

Cohen, Todd, Kite & Stanford, LLC; Cincinnati

Hon. Michael E. Ridgway

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Minn.); Minneapolis

 

An Individual Chapter 11 Case Is Not Just a Bigger 13

This panel will discuss pre-petition considerations, disposition of assets and conversion concerns at issue in individual chapter 11 cases.

Hon. Thomas M. Lynch

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

Sumner A. Bourne

Rafool, Bourne & Shelby P.C.; Peoria, Ill.

David J. Espin

Petrie & Pettit S.C.; Milwaukee

James D. Sweet

Steinhilber Swanson, LLP; Madison, Wis.

12:00-2:00 p.m.

Optional Event: Family Picnic

Sponsored by Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC

1:00-5:00 p.m..

Optional Event: Wine Tour

Sponsored by Murphy Desmond Lawyers S.C.

2:00-5:00 p.m.

Annual Tour de ABI Bicycling Outing

Sponsored by Commercial Recovery Associates, LLC and Ice Miller LLP

2:30-4:45 p.m.

Optional Event: Lake Geneva Private Boat Cruise

Sponsored by Husch Blackwell LLP

Saturday, June 9

 

7:15 a.m.

Registration Desk Open

7:15-8:00 a.m.

Breakfast

Sponsored by Perkins Coie LLP

7:45-8:00 a.m.

Morning Announcements

8:00-9:30 a.m.

ABI Talks

Join us for a round of the “ABI Talks,” with speakers focusing on the ABI Consumer Commission, litigation finance in bankruptcy, transfers and more.

Kelly Daley

Burford Capital LLC; New York

Eric L. Johnson

Spencer Fane LLP; Kansas City, Mo.

Ronald R. Peterson

Jenner & Block; Chicago

Hon. Phillip J. Shefferly

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Mich.); Detroit

Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff (ret.)

Oak Park, Ill.

9:30-10:45 a.m.

Repeat Concurrent Sessions (5)

 

Business Track

Chapter 11 Plan-Confirmation Issues

Selecting and Advocating Expert Witnesses

Getting Paid and Avoiding Disgorgement

 

Consumer Track

Chapter 7 Debtor and Trustee Interactions

An Individual Chapter 11 Case Is Not Just a Bigger 13

10:45-11:00 a.m.

Refreshment Break

Sponsored by MorrisAnderson

11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Repeat Concurrent Sessions (5)

 

Business Track

Retail Restructuring and Liquidation

Hiring and Roles of Receivers and Examiners

Small- and Closely Held-Business Issues

 

Consumer Track

Chapter 13 Hot Topics

Discharge and Dischargeability Issues

12:30-2:00 p.m.

Luncheon Session

Conflict Issues and Getting Paid

This panel will address various ethical issues including conflicts, chapter 7 bundling and payment arrangements, and chapter 11 retention and fee applications. Learn how to identify potential conflicts, and discover strategies to deal with them. The panel will also discuss the negotiation of fee agreements before and the application for payment of fees during bankruptcy cases.

Thomas M. Horan, Moderator

Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC; Wilmington, Del.

Angela M. Allen

Jenner & Block; Chicago

Hon. James W. Boyd

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (W.D. Mich.); Grand Rapids

Rozanne M. Giunta

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP; Midland, Mich.

Michael P. Richman

Hunton & Williams LLP; New York

2:00 p.m.

Adjourn

 

Optional Events

Golf Tournament

Thursday, June 7, 1:00 p.m.

Beverage Cart sponsored by Adelman & Gettleman Ltd.

Hole Sponsored by Rubin & Levin, PC

The annual Golf Tournament will be held at the Arnold Palmer Signature Course at Geneva National. The course winds through the rolling woods of Geneva National, with three spectacular finishing holes along Lake Como. Arnold Palmer himself calls the Signature 17th hole one of his favorites, placing it as #11 in his personal “Dream 18″ in the eastern part of the states. The $160 fee for golf includes green fee and cart, box lunch and beverage, and prizes. Please check the appropriate box on the online registration form to play, and indicate your handicap.

Young & New Members Beer Tasting at Sprecher’s Restaurant & Pub

Thursday, June 7, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Burford Capital LLC and Faegre Baker Daniels

Take part in Milwaukee’s great brewing tradition at Sprecher’s! The $60 fee includes transportation and tasting. Please check the appropriate box on the online registration form.

IWIRC Cocktail Reception

Thursday, June 7, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the IWIRC Chicago, Michigan and Wisconsin Networks

Join IWIRC for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to kick off the 2018 ABI Central States Bankruptcy Workshop. The Cocktail Reception will occur immediately prior to the ABI Opening Reception. The cost is $25 for IWIRC members and $40 for non-IWIRC members. Register here.

Wine Tour

Friday, June 8, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Murphy Desmond Lawyers S.C.

Enjoy the delight of a traditional farm vineyard at Staller Estate Vineyard and Winery. Located near Delavan and Lake Geneva, Staller Estate Vineyard has secluded, beautiful views that offer guests a chance to relax, enjoy the day, and experience some of the best wine in Wisconsin. The cost is $60 per person and includes transportation, tour, and tastings. Please check the appropriate box on the online registration form.

Tour de ABI Bicycling Outing

Friday, June 8, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Commercial Recovery Associates, LLC and Ice Miller LLP

The $20-per-person fee includes guide, t-shirt, water bottle and gratuities. Please check the appropriate box on the online registration form.

Lake Geneva Private Boat Cruise

Friday, June 8, 2:30-4:45 p.m.

Sponsored by Husch Blackwell LLP

The cost is $70 per person and includes transportation, tour and gratuities. Please check the appropriate box on the online registration form.

“Kids Are Grand” Child Care Program

A daily program just for kids! The Grand Geneva Resort & Spa offers its Kids Are Grand program, which provides daily junior escapades designed to inspire children to be creative and innovative. While parents enjoy golfing, a spa treatment or a romantic dinner, they can have peace of mind knowing that their little ones are having fun and learning with our high-energy Kids Are Grand team members! The cost for children 4 years of age and older is $12 per hour for the first child. Each additional child in the same family is $6 per hour. Friday and Saturday evening rates may be higher. Reservations are required with at least 24 hours’ notice, or you may call for availability on the day of the event. Kids Are Grand is located on the lower level of the WELL Spa + Fitness Center. To make reservations, please call Kids Are Grand at (262) 249-4560, extension 3830, or email kidsaregrand@grandgeneva.com.

Conference Information

Hotel

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, conveniently located in Lake Geneva, Wis., near Chicago and Milwaukee, is a AAA Four-Diamond resort offering superb guest accommodations. ABI has arranged a special conference rate of $229 single/double (Deluxe rooms) per night. Make your reservations by May 7, 2018, to reserve the special rate. ABI cannot guarantee anyone a room after the May 7 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.

 

A group rate is also available for 1- and 2-bedroom suites at Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark ($229 for one-bedroom and $329 for two-bedroom).

Air and Ground Transportation

Air: Grand Geneva Resort is just an hour’s drive from Milwaukee’s General Mitchell Airport (MKE) and less than 90 minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport (ORD).

 

Ground: Rental car discounts are available with the following companies: Avis Worldwide: www.avis.com, discount number (AWD) T312900; Budget: www.budget.com, discount number (BCD) Z823091; and Enterprise: www.enterprise.com, account number 16RH314 and pin AME.

Continuing Education Credit*

9 hours of general CLE credit, including 1.5 hours of ethics, are pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 10.5 hours of general CLE credit, including 1.5 hours of ethics, are pending in 50-minute-hour states. Credit hours granted are subject to each state’s credit and approval rules. California MCLE: ABI certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 9 hours, of which 1.5 hours will apply to ethics. 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 credit hours, of which 1.5 hours of credit can be applied toward the ethics professionalism requirement. 10.5 hours of CPE credit, including 1.5 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 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. For more information, please contact the American Bankruptcy Institute at (703) 739-0800 or send an e-mail to bspencer@abiworld.org.

Cancellation Policy

All fees, except a $75 handling fee, will be refunded if written notice of cancellation is received by May 17, 2018. No refunds will be granted after May 17, but substitutions will be allowed. After May 17, 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.

 

Partners

Platinum Sponsors

Adelman & Gettleman Ltd.
AlixPartners LLP
Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc.
East West Bank
Freeborn & Peters LLP
Gavin/Solmonese LLC
Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss
Jenner & Block LLP
KCC
Krieg DeVault LLP
The Law Office of William J. Factor
Mackinac Partners LLC
MorrisAnderson
Perkins Coie LLP
Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC
Steinhilber Swanson, LLP
Wilmington Trust
Wolfson Bolton PLLC

Gold Sponsors

Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Burford Capital LLC
Equity Partners HG LLC
Faegre Baker Daniels
Fredrikson & Byron, PA
Howard & Howard
Husch Blackwell LLP

Silver Sponsors

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
Ballard Spahr LLP
Commercial Recovery Associates, LLC
DeMarb Brophy LLC
GCG
Keller & Almassian, PLC
Ice Miller LLP
Murphy Desmond Lawyers S.C.
Rubin & Levin, PC
Sherwood Partners, LLC

 

Conference Rates*

Registration Rates* Early
(by 4/20/18)
Regular
(4/21/18-5/18/18)
Late
(after 5/18/18)

ABI Member
$595
$675
$745
Join and Save*
$890
$970
$1,040
Non-Member**
$1185
$1265
$1335
Govt./Academic/Nonprofit ABI Member
$375
$425
$525
Govt./Academic/Nonprofit New ABI Member*
$470
$520
$570

* Includes a one-year ABI membership for first-time members — a $325 value! Membership is individual and nonrefundable. If your membership has expired, select the member rate and add in your membership renewal fee (see below).

** Please call ABI Accounting offices for this rate.

Exhibitor Rates

ABI Member Exhibitor Registration**
$1,200
New ABI Member Exhibitor Registration***
$1,525
Additional Booth Representative
$500

** 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.

Optional Events

 

 

Attendee
Golf Tournament
Handicap _____
$160
Young & New Members Beer Tasting
$60
Opening Reception
Opening Reception Guest

Opening Reception Child (13 and under)

$0
$40
$20
Dessert and S’mores Under the Stars
Dessert Reception Guest

Dessert Reception Child (13 and under)

$0
$15
$10
Family Picnic
$0
Wine Tour
$60
Tour de ABI Bicycling Outing
$20
Lake Geneva Private Boat Cruise
$70

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.

 

Workshop Chairs

Hon. Mary Ann Whipple, Judicial Chair

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Ohio); Toledo

Paul G. Swanson, Program Chair

Steinhilber Swanson, LLP; Oshkosh, Wis.

Hon. Catherine J. Furay, Judicial Board Chair

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (W.D. Wis.); Madison

Richard E. Kruger, Advisory Board Chair

Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss; Southfield, Mich.

Advisory Board

A. Todd Almassian

Keller & Almassian, PLC; Grand Rapids, Mich.

Carla O. Andres

Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.; Green Bay, Wis.

Kay Dee Baird

Krieg DeVault; Indianapolis

Brendan G. Best

Varnum LLP; Detroit

Chris L. Blacker

AlixPartners, LLP; Chicago

Mark A. Bogdanowicz

Howard & Howard; Peoria, Ill.

Hon. James W. Boyd

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (W.D. Mich.); Grand Rapids

Marchand Boyd

East West Bank; Pasadena, Calif.

Winnifred P. Boylan

Lambert, Leser, Isackson, Cook & Giunta, PC; Bay City, Mich.

Jonathan T. Brand

Transworld Systems, Inc.; Lake Forest, Ill.

Hon. Donald R. Cassling

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

Tracy M. Clark

Steinberg Shapiro & Clark; Southfield, Mich.

Shelly A. DeRousse

Freeborn & Peters LLP; Chicago

Karen E. Evangelista

Karen E. Evangelista, PC; Rochester, Mich.

Stuart A. Gold

Gold Lange & Majoros, PC; Southfield, Mich.

Andrea Gonzalez

Alvarez & Marsal; Chicago

E. Philip Groben

Gensburg Calandriello & Kanter, P.C.; Chicago

Terry E. Hall

Faegre Baker Daniels; Indianapolis

Richard S. Lauter

Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP; Chicago

James A. Lodoen

Ballard Spahr LLP; Minneapolis

Evelyn J. Meltzer

Pepper Hamilton LLP; Wilmington, Del.

Nicholas M. Miller

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP; Chicago

Cynthia A. Moyer

Fredrikson & Byron P.A.; Minneapolis

Richard D. Nelson

Cohen, Todd, Kite & Stanford, LLC; Cincinnati

Nancy A. Peterman

Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Chicago

David M. Powlen

Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Wilmington, Del.

Mark L. Radtke

Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC; Chicago

Shawn M. Riley

McDonald Hopkins LLC; Cleveland

Melissa M. Root

Jenner & Block; Chicago

Hon. John H. Squires (ret.)

Springer Brown, LLC; Wheaton, Ill.

Lisa B. Vandesteeg

Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP; Chicago

Iana A. Vladimirova

Husch Blackwell LLP; Madison, Wis.

Eric. E. Walker

Perkins Coie LLP; Chicago

Thomas G. Wallrich

Cozen O’Connor; Minneapolis

Scott A. Wolfson

Wolfson Bolton PLLC; Troy, Mich.

Craig E. Zucker

Erman, Teicher, Zucker & Freedman, P.C.; Southfield, Mich.