Bankruptcy Battleground West

March 3 | Beverly Hills, CA

ABI’s Bankruptcy Battleground West continues its tradition of bringing seasoned insolvency professionals together to discuss the leading issues of bankruptcy law, with a focus on the Southern California region. This year’s program once again offers concurrent sessions on a variety of insolvency topics, making this a conference you will not want to miss!

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  • Breakfast and Registration


    Sponsored by Mintz

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  • Welcome by Conference Leadership

  • Turning Words into Tactics: DEI in Practice

    The goal of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) has been a frequent point of discussion over the last few years, including at last year’s conference. This panel will focus on how DEI is now being implemented in the legal world generally and in the insolvency space specifically. The panelists also will discuss how they have integrated DEI talking points into their daily practice.

  • Break


    Sponsored by Mintz

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  • Concurrent Sessions (2)

    D&O Insurance and Bankruptcy: Insuring Success

    This interactive discussion will identify and discuss the issues that attorneys who practice in the insolvency area should comprehend and consider in the complicated interactions between director and officer liability insurance and bankruptcy law. The discussion will also include a review of recent decisions that have an impact in this developing area. The panelists will address the pitfalls and challenges in realizing value on D&O policies; effective approaches for challenging them, including how to interpret policies, what to look for in the policies, and strategies and solutions that address policy exclusions; unique bankruptcy issues; and differences among cases involving trustees and debtors in possession. Audience questions will be solicited in advance.


    Pandemic Impacts on Hotels and Hospitality: Challenges and Opportunities

    The real estate sector is accounting for an increasing number of bankruptcy filings, and the pandemic has hit the hospitality industry particularly hard and is spurring restructuring activity in that area. Join this panel of experts as they discuss the rise in hospitality bankruptcies, challenges that are specific to this industry and the real estate sector, and restructuring opportunities that have emerged and will likely continue as part of the post-pandemic recovery.

  • Luncheon: Stress Resiliency and Peak Performance in the Law

    Bankruptcy work is highly stressful and intense, yet few insolvency professionals have ever received science-based training on how to improve their emotional well-being, mental health or cognitive functioning. No matter who we are or how successful we are, we can all make progress in reducing our stress, improving our happiness, and enhancing our cognitive functioning in our work. During this keynote presentation, you will learn about the neuroscientific, biochemical and physiological connections between stress and cognition. You also will be provided with a collection of tangible, science-based tools and techniques that you can put to use the very next day to reduce stress and enhance cognitive functioning in your career and life. Specific techniques of body, emotion and mind will be shared to help you unlock your fullest potential, optimize your resiliency, and achieve your highest form of success in your work. A happier and more successful version of you awaits!


    Sponsored by Loeb & Loeb

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  • Concurrent Sessions (2)

    Mass Tort Bankruptcies in Review

    This panel will analyze and explore issues and obstacles faced by debtors, creditors and other interested parties in recent mass tort bankruptcy cases. Topics to be covered will include tort claimant committees and government plaintiffs, estimation and jury trials, and channeling injunctions and settlement trusts.


    Post-Confirmation Trusts: Structuring for Success (or Bust) in the Afterlife

    Post-confirmation trusts increasingly have become a popular means of obtaining plan confirmation and administering estate assets, pursuing litigation, and resolving a variety of disputes in chapter 11. While the use of post-confirmation trusts provides a host of benefits, it may provide traps for the unwary. This panel will explore issues and challenges that frequently arise in structuring and implementing post-confirmation liquidating and litigation trusts, including preservation and limitations of estate powers, analysis and pursuit of litigation, and practical challenges to winding down assets after former officers, directors and employees are no longer incentivized (or compensated) to cooperate. The panel will bring a wealth of nationwide experience to bear, along with the perspectives of post-confirmation fiduciaries, debtors and creditors alike.

  • Break


    Sponsored by DLA Piper

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  • Crossfire

    This panel will be conducted in the format of the TV show “Crossfire” and will address three “hot” or “interesting” bankruptcy issues that are not being addressed in the other sessions. At the conclusion of each discussion, attendees will have an opportunity to vote on how they believe the issue should be resolved.

  • Networking Reception


    Sponsored by BakerHostetler

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  • Partners


The Maybourne Beverly Hills
225 N. Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

ABI has not reserved a block of rooms for this conference. To make a reservation on your own, please contact the hotel directly at (310) 860-7800.

(by 2/15/22)
(after 2/15/22)
Registration Rates
ABI Member$520
Join and Save*$870
Govt./Aca. ABI Member$295
New Govt./Aca. ABI Member*$420
* Includes a one-year ABI membership for first-time members only — a $375 value! Expired members should select the member rate and add in the membership-renewal fee on the online form. You must be an ABI member to attend the conference.

In-Person Attendee Cancellation Policy

All fees, except a $75 handling fee, will be refunded if written notice of cancellation is received by February 10, 2022. No refunds will be granted after February 10, but substitutions will be allowed. After February 10, 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. Customers who fail to attend without providing notice will be charged the total fee of the conference for which they have registered.

Anti-Harassment Policy

The American Bankruptcy Institute is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers. Our anti-harassment policy can be found at

Financial Hardship Statement

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. 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 at least a 50% reduction in the registration fee. For more information, please contact the American Bankruptcy Institute at (703) 739-0800 or send an e-mail to [email protected].

ABI’s COVID-19 Policy

As the COVID-19 landscape continues to evolve, so too must ABI’s safety policies for in-person events. ABI’s priority for all conferences and events is the safety and welfare of our attendees, partners and team.

For all ABI in-person events, we are requiring that in-person attendees show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to arrival. In lieu of testing, attendees can upload their vaccination card to show that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (as defined by the CDC) in order to gain admittance to the program. This decision was made in consultation with ABI leadership and is based on guidance issued by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health authorities. It is also consistent with the policies of many of our member firms and other associations nationwide.


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Advisory Board

Approximately 5 hours of total CLE credit, including 1.25 hour of Elimination of Bias, are pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 6 hours of total CLE credit, 1.5 including hours of Elimination of Bias, 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 nontransitional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the CLE Board for a maximum of 6 credit hours, of which 1.5 hour of credit can be applied toward the elimination of bias requirement. California MCLE: ABI certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 5 hours, of which 1.25 hour will apply to elimination of bias.


6 hours of total CPE credit, including 1.5 hour of ethics of CPE credit, are also available for In-Person only.

* 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. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, many state boards of accountancy are providing flexibility in the instructional delivery method and allowing for Group Live-approved providers to issue credits for Group Live Internet-Based vended programs. Kansas does not allow for this flexibility, and waiver requests are pending with Iowa and North Dakota. All other state boards of accountancy have noted their flexibility. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website,