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Event Information 270752

Wednesday, February 6

2:00 p.m.

Registration Open

2:45-3:00 p.m.

Opening Remarks

3:00-4:15 p.m.

Plenary Session

Great Debates

Leonard H. Gilbert, Moderator

Holland & Knight LLP; Tampa

Resolved: A Chapter 13 Debtor Who Completes Plan Payments But is Behind in Direct Payments Should Get a Section 1328 Discharge.

Hon. Michael G. Williamson

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

Hon. Catherine P. McEwen

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

Resolved: Restrictions on a debtor’s authority to file bankruptcy should be enforced.

G. Eric Brunstad, Jr.

Dechert LLP; Hartford, Conn.

Marcia L. Goldstein (invited)

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; New York

4:15-4:25 p.m.

Refreshment Break

4:25-5:40 p.m.

Plenary Session

Dealing with Difficult Clients: The Liars, the Cheats and the Scoundrels

This panel will address the psychology, mindfulness and strategies for dealing with tough clients and tough ethical issues.

Hon. John K. Olson, Moderator

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Fla.); Fort Lauderdale

Paul J. Battista

Genovese Joblove & Battista, PA; Miami

Prof. Roberta Kemp Flowers

Stetson University College of Law; Gulfport

Loretta O’Keeffe

Gibbons | Neuman; Tampa

Lanse Scriven

Lanse Scriven Law; Tampa

5:45-7:00 p.m.

Opening Reception

7:00-9:00 p.m.

VIP Dinner(by invitation only)

Thursday, February 7

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

Exhibit Hall Open

8:00-8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:30-8:45 a.m.

Welcome by Program Chairs

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Plenary Session

ADR in Bankruptcy

This panel will discuss the enforcement of arbitration clauses and the dos and don’ts of mediation — as well as using ADR to best advance your clients’ interests.

Hon. Shon Hastings, Moderator

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. N.D.); Fargo

Russell M. Blain

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

Courtney A. McCormick

McGuireWoods LLP; Jacksonville

Bradley M. Saxton

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

Lynn Welter Sherman

Adams and Reese LLP; Tampa

10:15-10:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break

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

Concurrent Breakouts (2)

 

Business Session

Business Bankruptcy Legal Update

Hon. Robert A. Mark, Moderator

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

Adam L. Alpert

Bush Ross, P.A.; Tampa

Justin M. Luna

Latham, Shuker, Eden & Beaudine, LLP; Orlando

Michael C. Markham

Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, LLP; Tampa

Leanne M. Prendergast

FisherBroyles, LLP; Jacksonville

 

Consumer Session

Consumer Bankruptcy Legal Update

Hon. Caryl E. Delano, Moderator

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

Alane A. Becket

Becket & Lee, LLP; Malvern, P.A.

Robert B. Branson

BransonLaw, PLLC; Orlando

Gregory A. Champeau

Champeau Law, P.A.; Naples

Kelley M. Petry

Kelley M. Petry, P.A.; Tampa

12:00-1:30 p.m.

Paskay Memorial Luncheon and Keynote

Be on Alert! Identity Theft and Hacking

How can you prevent identity theft and hacking, and what can you do when either one strikes you or your clients? This keynote will alert you to techniques for preventing and resolving these destructive actions.

Mark Lanterman

Computer Forensic Services, Inc.; Minneapolis

1:30-1:45 p.m.

Refreshment Break

1:45-3:15 p.m.

Concurrent Breakouts (2)

 

Business Session

Dealing with Government Agencies in Chapter 11 (SEC, IRS, PBGC, FCC and UST)

Hon. Cynthia C. Jackson, Moderator

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

Stephen D. Busey

Smith Hulsey & Busey; Jacksonville

Suzanne Kelly

EisnerAmper; New York

T. Patrick Tinker

Office of the U.S. Trustee; Wilmington, Del.

Rep. from the Department of Justice

Department of Justice

 

Consumer Session

Discharge and the Automatic Stay

Hon. Erik P. Kimball, Moderator

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

Rudy J. Cerone

McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC; New Orleans

Cynthia E. Lewis

Lewis & Monroe PLLC; Clermont

Michael A. Nardella

Nardella and Nardella, PLLC; Orlando

Nicole M. Noel

Kass Shuler, P.A.; Tampa

3:20-4:50 p.m.

Plenary Session

A Primer on Digital Currency and Blockchain

This session will cover what everyone needs to know about digital currency and blockchain, and how it will impact future bankruptcy practice.

Hon. Roberta A. Colton, Moderator

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

Robert A. Cox, Jr.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP; Charlotte, N.C.

John B. Hutton, III

Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Miami

Stephanie C. Lieb

Trenam Law; Tampa

Robert A. Musiala, Jr.

BakerHostetler; Chicago

5:00-6:00 p.m.

Happy Hour Networking

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Optional Event: Private Pirate Water Taxi Cruise

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Optional Event: Dine-Around

Columbia Restaurant

Details on Optional Events page

Ulele

Details on Optional Events page

7:30-10:30 p.m.

Optional Event: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. St. Louis Blues Hockey Game

Friday, February 8

8:00-8:45 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:45-9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks

9:00-10:15 a.m.

Plenary Session

ABI Talks: The Most Important Bankruptcy Supreme Court Case Ever

John B. Macdonald, Moderator

Akerman LLP; Jacksonville

John A. Anthony

Anthony & Partners, LLC; Tampa

Jordi Guso

Berger Singerman, LLP; Miami

Monique D. Hayes

Goldstein & McClintock, LLLP; Miami

Luis E. Rivera

GrayRobinson, P.A.; Fort Myers

Nicolette C. Vilmos

Nelson Mullins Broad and Cassel; Orlando

10:15-10:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break

10:30-11:45 a.m.

Concurrent Breakouts (2)

 

Business Session

Health Care Bankruptcy Update

They just keep filing! This panel will discuss strategies and issues for dealing with the struggling health care industry.

Hon. Charles M. Walker, Moderator

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (M.D. Tenn.); Nashville

Thomas J. (TJ) Ferrante

Foley & Lardner LLP; Tampa

Carol L. Fox

GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group, LLC; Fort Lauderdale

Elizabeth A. Green

BakerHostetler; Orlando

Samuel R. Maizel (invited)

Dentons US LLP; Los Angeles

Frank P. Terzo

Nelson Mullins Broad and Cassel; Fort Lauderdale

 

Cross-over: Business & Consumer Session

Florida’s Continuing Real Estate Problems

Are we headed for another crash? If so, are we ready? This panel will discuss recent case law and provide a statutory update, including cramdown standards in consumer cases and the current market.

Hon. Mindy A. Mora, Moderator

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

Denise D. Dell-Powell

Burr & Forman LLP; Orlando

Martin C. Engelmann, Jr.

Tropical Valuation Advisory; Tampa

Franklind D. Lea

Tactical Financial Consulting; Alpharetta, Ga.

Phil J. Von Kahle

Michael Moecker & Associates, Inc.; Fort Lauderdale

11:45-1:15 p.m.

Luncheon and Speaker

Giving Back: Representing Veterans and the Acknowledgment of Pro Bono Contributions by the Bar

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Judicial Merry Go-Round

These judge-led rapid-fire roundtables will focus on today’s provocative issues, with judges changing tables every 20 minutes.

Roy S. Kobert, Moderator

Gray Robinson, P.A.; 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. Paul M. Glenn

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

Hon. Shon Hastings

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. N.D.); Fargo

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. John K. Olson

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Fla.); Fort Lauderdale

Hon. Charles M. Walker

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (M.D. Tenn.); Nashville

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

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

Burr & Forman LLP; Orlando

James W. Elliott

McIntyre Thanasides; Tampa

W. Keith Fendrick

Holland & Knight LLP; Tampa

Lara Roeske 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

Franklind Davis Lea

Tactical Financial Consulting, LLC; Alpharetta, Ga.

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

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

David A. Samole

Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton; Miami

Bradley M. Saxton

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

Lynn Welter Sherman

Adams and Reese LLP; Tampa

R. Scott Shuker

Latham, Shuker, Eden & Beaudine, LLP; Orlando

Robert A. Soriano

Soriano Law, P.A.; Tampa

Frank P. Terzo

Nelson Mullins Broad and Cassel; Fort Lauderdale

James A. Timko

Shutts & Bowen LLP; Orlando

Steven R. Wirth

Akerman LLP; Tampa

Mark J. Wolfson

Foley & Lardner LLP; Tampa

 

 

 

Conference Rates*

Registration Rates

Early Bird 
(by 12/14/18)

Regular 
(12/15/18-1/18/19)

Late 
(after 1/18/19)


ABI Member $365 $415 $465
Govt./Academic/Nonprofit ABI Member $195 $245 $295
Join ABI and Save** $660 $710 $760

Govt./Academic/Nonprofit New ABI Member**

$290 $340 $390
 

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

** Includes a one-year ABI membership for first-time members — a $325 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****
$1,325
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.

Optional Events

Private Pirate Water Taxi Cruise
$45
Dine-Arounds
$110
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. St. Louis Blues Hockey Game
$85

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.

Optional Events

Private Pirate Water Taxi Cruise

Thursday, February 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

See Tampa from the water aboard the Latitude Lindsey! The Pirate Water Taxi is the coolest mode of transportation to invade Tampa Bay in a century or two. The bright yellow fleet is one of the best ways to explore the many shops, museums, attractions, and restaurants located along the RiverWalk. The cost is $45 per person and includes a two-hour ride plus tax and gratuities.

Dine-Arounds

Thursday, February 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

 

Columbia Restaurant

Cuisine: Spanish

Founded in 1905, the Columbia Restaurant is Florida’s oldest and largest Spanish restaurant in the world. Enjoy dinner at the Tampa’s Historic Ybor City location. The $110-per-person fee includes transportation, dinner with two drinks, dessert and gratuity. Please check the appropriate box on the registration form. This event requires a minimum number of attendees. If this minimum is not met, the event will not be held, and you will be refunded any fees and notified two weeks prior.

 

Ulele Dine-Around

Cuisine: Native Floridian Fare

Ulele celebrates the vibrant fusion of ingredients from Florida waters and land that was once home to many Native Americans. Expect intricately flavored, visually appealing dishes prepared on the 10’ diameter barbacoa grill. The $110-per-person fee includes transportation, dinner with two drinks, dessert and gratuity. Please check the appropriate box on the registration form. This event requires a minimum number of attendees. If this minimum is not met, the event will not be held, and you will be refunded any fees and notified two weeks prior.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. St. Louis Blues Hockey Game

Thursday, February 7, 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Watch the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the St. Louis Blues at Amelie Arena while networking in a luxury box reserved for the event. Tickets are $85 per person. Transportation is not provided.

Partners

Event Sponsor

Anthony & Partners, LLC

Special Thanks

We extend our special thanks to Wilmington Trust for the tote bags.

Conference Information

Hotel

The Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Downtown Convention Center hotel is convenient to dining and entertainment in downtown Tampa, Fla. ABI has arranged a special conference rate of $249 single/double (Standard rooms) per night. Make your reservations by January 16, 2019, to reserve this special rate. ABI cannot guarantee anyone a room after the January 16 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

13 hours of CLE credit, including 1.25 hours of ethics, are pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 15.5 hours of CLE credit, including 1.5 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. NY MCLE: This transitional and non-transitional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the CLE Board for a maximum of 15.5 credit hours, of which 1.5 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 13 hours, of which 1.25 hours will apply to ethics. 13 hours of CPE credit, including 1.25 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. For more information, please contact the American Bankruptcy Institute at (703) 739-0800, or send an e-mail to adonohue@abiworld.org.

Cancellation Policy

All fees, except a $75 handling fee, will be refunded if written notice of cancellation is received by January 16, 2019. No refunds will be granted after January 16, but substitutions will be allowed. After January 16, 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.