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Thursday, March 5, 2015

2:00-5:00 p.m.

Registration Open

2:45-3:00 p.m.

Welcome

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Plenary Session: Trial Prep and Discovery

Hon. Catherine Peek McEwen, Moderator

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

Stephen D. Busey

Smith Hulsey & Busey; Jacksonville

Jordi Guso

Berger Singerman LLP; Miami

Mark M. Maloney

King & Spalding; Atlanta

4:15-5:15 p.m.

Plenary Session: Appellate Panel including Article III

Roberta A. Colton, Moderator

Trenam Kemker; Tampa

Hon. Charlene E. Honeywell

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

Hon. Mary S. Scriven

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

Hon. John E. Steele

U.S. District Court (M.D. Fla.); Fort Myers

Hon. Charles R. Wilson

U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit; Tampa

5:15-7:00 p.m.

Opening Reception

Sponsored by SAK Management Services, LLC

7:00-9:30 p.m.

VIP Speaker/Sponsor Dinner (by invitation only)

7:30-10:30 p.m.

Optional Event: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Game

Friday, March 6, 2015

8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open

8:00-8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, P.A.

8:30-8:45 a.m.

Welcome by Program Chairs

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Plenary Session: Great Debates!

Roy S. Kobert, Moderator

GrayRobinson; Orlando

1. Unbundling the Sticks: Can Debtor Counsel Limit Scope of Representation?

PRO: James H. Cossitt

James H. Cossitt, PC; Kalispell, Mont.

CON: Guy G. Gebhardt

Office of the U.S. Trustee; Atlanta

2. Eat Dirt! Can Secured Lenders be Forced to Take Title?

CON: Lynn Welter Sherman

Adams and Reese LLP; Tampa

PRO: Harley E. Riedel

Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Prosser, PA; Tampa

3. Welcome to the Laundromat! Can 363 Orders Scrub all Future Claims?

PRO: John A. Anthony

Anthony and Partners; Tampa

CON: Elizabeth A. Green

BakerHostetler; Orlando

10:15-10:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break

Sponsored by Trenam Kemker

10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon

Concurrent Breakouts (2)

 

Business Session: Case Law Update

Hon. Barbara J. Houser

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Tex.); Dallas

Richard B. Levin

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; New York

 

Consumer Session: Residential Mortgage Modification Mediation

Brad W. Hissing

Kass Shuler, P.A.; Tampa

Traci K. Stevenson

Traci K. Stevenson, P.A.; Madeira Beach

Laurie K. Weatherford

Chapter 13 Trustee; Winter Park

12:00-1:30 p.m.

Second Annual Paskay Memorial Luncheon and Keynote

Sponsored by Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Prosser, P.A.

 

Richard B. Levin

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; New York

1:30-1:45 p.m.

Refreshment Break

Sponsored by Wolf Hill McFarlin & Herron, P.A.

1:45-3:00 p.m.

Concurrent Breakouts (2)

 

Business Session: How to Prepare Your Expert Witness for Deposition and Trial

Hon. Paul “Bill” M. Glenn, Moderator

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

Paul J. Battista

Genovese Joblove & Battista, P.A.; Miami

Andrew M. Brumby

Shutts & Bowen LLP; Orlando

Mindy A. Mora

Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP; Miami

 

Consumer Session Part : Law Update

Recent Consumer Case Developments including lien-stripping, forcing collateral surrender, the meaning of Law v Siegel, sanctions for discharge violations and filing stale proofs of claim, valuation of personal property collateral and dismissal and conversion consequences in Chapter 13 cases.

Hon. Mary Grace Diehl, Moderator

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

Kenneth D. Herron, Jr.

Wolff Hill McFarlin & Herron, P.A.; Orlando

Luis E. Rivera, II

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.; Fort Myers

3:10-4:40 p.m.

Concurrent Breakouts (2)

 

Business Session Part : Intellectual Property and Insolvency Issues

Leonard H. Gilbert, Moderator

Holland & Knight LLP; Tampa

Daniel F. Benavides

Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, P.A.; Miami

Robert L. Eisenbach

Cooley LLP; San Francisco

Gregory M. McCoskey

Akerman LLP; Tampa

Robert F. Reilly

Willamette Management Associates; Chicago

 

Consumer Session : Claims/Attorneys’ Fees/Impound Escrows/FDCPA Issues/Eleventh Circuit Statue of Limitations

Consumer bankruptcy has generated new and novel challenges in 2014. Bankruptcy courts, the 11th Circuit and the Supreme Court have taken up issues that will affect all consumer practitioners. Join this panel of consumer attorneys and a Chapter 13 Trustee to discuss the hottest issues nationally and locally. From the CFPB and the FDCPA to RESPA and undistributed funds at conversion this panel will cover the most up to date topics. Come prepared to participate!

Alane A. Becket, Moderator

Becket & Lee LLP; Malvern, Pa.

Daniel F. Blanks

McGuireWoods LLP; Jacksonville

Matthew M. Holtsinger

Kass Shuler, P.A.; Tampa

Kelly Remick

Standing Chapter 13 Trustee (M.D. Fla.); Tampa

5:00-6:00 p.m.

Happy Hour Networking

6:45-10:00 p.m.

Optional Event: Bern’s Steak House Dine-Around

Group departs from hotel lobby

7:00-10:00 p.m.

Optional Event: Columbia Restaurant Dine-Around

Group departs from hotel lobby

Saturday, March 7, 2015

8:30-9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:30-8:40 a.m.

Opening Remarks

8:45-9:45 a.m.

Plenary Session: Ethical Dilemmas in the Round, Including Asset Protection, Social Media and Electronic Discovery

 

Hon. Michael E. Romero, Moderator

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

Paul A. Giordano

Roetzel & Andress, LPA; Fort Myers

Adam C. Losey

Foley & Lardner LLP; Orlando

Richard L. Wasserman

Venable LLP; Baltimore

10:00-11:00 a.m.

Concurrent Breakouts (2)

 

Business Session: Health Care Issues

Hon. K. Rodney May, Moderator

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

Scott B. Davis

Grant Thornton LLP; Charlotte, N.C.

Suzanne Koenig

SAK Management Services, LLC; Northfield, Ill.

Robert A. Soriano

Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Tampa

Frank P. Terzo

GrayRobinson, PA; Fort Lauderdale

 

Consumer Session: Mock Exam: Witness in a Dischargeability Hearing

Hon. Michael G. Williamson, Moderator

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

J. Ellsworth Summers, Jr.

Rogers Towers, PA; Jacksonville

Stephen R. Leslie

Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Prosser, PA; Tampa

Steven A. Schwaber

Law Offices of Steven A. Schwaber; San Marino, Calif.

Timothy J. Sierra

Timothy J. Sierra, Attorney at Law; Tampa

11:00-11:05 a.m.

Refreshment Break

11:05 a.m.-12:05 p.m.

“We Can Go ‘Round and ‘Round About That”

Judges’ rapid-fire roundtables on today’s provocative issues, with judges changing tables every 20 minutes

Jeffrey W. Warren, Moderator

Bush Ross, PA; Tampa

Hon. Caryl E. Delano

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

Hon. Mary Grace Diehl

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

Hon. Paul “Bill” M. Glenn

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

Hon. Barbara J. Houser

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Tex.); Dallas

Hon. Karen S. Jennemann

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

Hon. K. Rodney May

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

Hon. Catherine Peek McEwen

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

Hon. Michael E. Romero

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

Hon. Michael G. Williamson

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

12:15 p.m.

Adjourn

 

 

 

2015 Chairs and Advisory Board

Judicial Chairs

Hon. Caryl E. Delano, Judicial Co-Chair

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

Hon. K. Rodney May, Judicial Co-Chair

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

Program Chair

Leonard H. Gilbert

Holland & Knight LLP; Tampa

Advisory Board

Keith T. Appleby

Hill Ward Henderson; Tampa

Steven M. Berman

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP; Tampa

Daniel F. Blanks

McGuireWoods LLP; Jacksonville

Lara Roeske Fernandez

Trenam Kemker; Tampa

Larry M. Foyle

Kass Shuler, P.A.; Tampa

Glenn E. Gallagher

Clark & Washington, P.C.; Tampa

Paul A. Giordano

Roetzel & Andress, LPA; Fort Myers

Elizabeth A. Green

BakerHostetler; Orlando

Jordi Guso

Berger Singerman LLP; Miami

David S. Jennis

Jennis & Bowen, P.L.; Tampa

Richard Johnston, Jr.

Johnston Champeau, LLC; Fort Myers

Nelson Lamis

Ehrenstein Charbonneau Calderin; Miami

Franklind Davis Lea

Tactical Financial Consulting, LLC; Alpharetta, Ga.

Stephen R. Leslie

Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Prosser, PA; Tampa

Dennis J. LeVine

Dennis LeVine & Associates, PA; Tampa

Michael C. Markham

Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, LLP; Clearwater

Gregory M. McCoskey

Akerman LLP; Jacksonville

Dean Theresa J. Pulley Radwan

Stetson University College of Law; Gulfport

Luis E. Rivera, II

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.; Fort Myers

Lynn Welter Sherman

Adams and Reese LLP; Tampa

Robert A. Soriano

Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Tampa

J. Ellsworth Summers, Jr.

Rogers Towers P.A.; Jacksonville

Frank P. Terzo

GrayRobinson, P.A.; Miami

Charles W. Throckmorton

Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, P.A.; Miami

Jeffrey W. Warren

Bush Ross; Tampa

 

 

Conference Information

Hotel

The conference hotel (Hilton Tampa Downtown) is Sold Out. Please see list below of hotels within walking distance of the Hilton.

Sheraton Riverwalk (one block away) 
200 N. Ashley Street Tampa, Fl 33602
Phone: 813-223-2222

Embassy Suites Downtown Convention Center (3 blocks away)
513 S. Florida Ave.
Phone: 813-769-8300

Marriott Waterside (4 blocks away)
700 S. Florida Ave 
Phone: 813-221-4900

Westin Harbour Island (4 ½ blocks away)
725 S. Harbour Island Blvd
Phone: 813-229-5000

Airport Transfers and Excursions

Airport transfers and excursions (shopping, site seeing, etc.) can be planned through WCT events. Please contact MJ Wang at MJ@WCTevents.com. http://www.wctevents.com/

Continuing Education Credit

11.5 hours of general CLE credit, including1 hourof ethics, are pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 13.5 hours of general CLE credit, including 1 hour of ethics, are pending in 50-minute-hour states.Credit hours granted are subject to approval from each state. 13.5 hours of CPE credit, including 1 hour of ethics, are also available. California MCLE: ABI certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 11.5 hours, of which 1 hour 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 13.5 credit hours, of which 1 hour of credit can be applied toward the ethics professionalism requirement.

*ABI offers intermediate-level courses, which assume that attendees will have at least some detailed 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 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, ABI may allow the individual to work at the registration area for a few hours during attendee check-in, or assist in conference setup. 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 toecarden@abiworld.org.

Cancellation Policy

All fees, except a $75 handling fee, will be refunded if written notice of cancellation is received by February 12, 2015. No refunds will be granted after February 12, but substitutions will be allowed. After February 12, 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.

Optional Events

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Game

Thursday, March 5, 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Enjoy an outing to see the the Lightning v. Toronto Maple Leafs at Amelie Arena. Tickets are $70/each for Club Level and $45/each for Upper Level. Transportation is not provided.

Bern's Steak House Dine-Around

Friday, March 6, 6:45-10:00 p.m

Cuisine: Steakhouse

Bern’s Steak House provides diners with a unique culinary experience, featuring perfectly aged steaks and one of the largest wine collections in the world, along with the restaurant’s internationally famous dessert room. Wine cellar and kitchen tours are available for all guests. The required attire is business casual to semi-formal. The $95 per person fee includes transportation, dinner with two drinks, dessert room and gratuity. Please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

Columbia Restaurant Dine-Around

Friday, March 6, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

Cuisine: Spanish/Cuban

The Hernandez Gonzmart family has been making restaurant history since 1905, when they opened their landmark Columbia Restaurant in Tampa’s Historic Ybor City. Today, it is Florida’s oldest restaurant and the world’s largest Spanish restaurant. Fourth- and fifth-generation family members work hard to preserve the family legacy that their great-grandfather Casimiro Hernandez, Sr. created more than 100 years ago when he opened the Columbia as a corner café frequented by local cigar workers. The $65-per-person fee includes transportation, dinner with two drinks, dessert room and gratuity. Please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

Premium Sponsors

Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, P.A.

Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Prosser, P.A.

Trenam Kemker

Wolf Hill McFarlin & Herron, P.A.

Rogers Towers, PA

Supporting Sponsors

Anthony & Partners, LLC

BakerHostetler

Ferraiuoli LLC.

GrayRobinson, P.A.

SAK Management Services, LLC

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

Shutts & Bowen LLP

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, West a Thomson Reuters business for providing the printed educational materials and Wilmington Trust for the tote bags.

Conference Rates

Registration Rates Early
(postmarked by 1/9/15)
Regular
(1/10/15- 2/6/15)
Late
(after 2/6/15)

ABI Member
$365
$415
$465
Govt./Academic/Nonprofit ABI Member
$215
$265
$315
New ABI Member*
$565
$615
$665
Govt./Academic/Nonprofit New ABI Member*
$310
$360
$410

 

* Includes a one-year ABI membership for first-time members — a $295 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).

 

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

Exhibitor Rates

ABI Member Exhibitor Registration**
$1000
New ABI Member Exhibitor Registration***
$1,295
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 one-year ABI membership.

Optional Events

Bern's Steakhouse Dine-Around Dinner
$95/person
Columbia Restaurant Dine-Around Dinner
$65/person
 
 

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.