2024 Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference

June 12-14 | Vail, CO

ABI is heading to Vail, Colo., for the 2024 Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference! Join us at the scenic Grand Hyatt Vail for this annual program, which brings together regional judges and top practitioners for two days of interactive and informative programming on timely insolvency topics. Keep current with hot topics and learn about economic trends, all while strengthening your professional connections — and be sure to sign up for the fun optional events (including pickleball!).

We look forward to seeing you in Vail at the 2024 Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference!

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  • Optional Event

    Golf Tournament

    Compete with friends and colleagues at this year's golf tournament at the EagleVail Golf Club! The $160 fee includes green fee, golf cart and boxed lunch. Upon registering for the tournament, please email Emma Hummer at [email protected] to schedule your tee time.

    Sponsored by SLBiggs, a Division of SingerLewak. Beverage Cart sponsored by Summit Investment Management LLC

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  • Optional Event

    Fly Fishing

    Join your colleagues for a fly-fishing excursion in Vail while soaking in the surrounding peaceful scenery. The $275-per-person fee covers the cost of fly fishing and includes a boxed lunch. A fly-fishing license is needed; please email Emma Hummer at [email protected] for more details. This event requires a minimum of 10 people. If this minimum is not met, the event will be canceled.

  • Registration Opens

  • 40 Under 40 New Member Reception (invite only)

  • Breaking the Bar: Wisdom from the Untold Stories of the Most Impactful Attorneys

    Hosted by IWIRC Mountain Desert Chapter

    While most attorneys focus on passing the bar, there are a select few who have etched their names in history by breaking that bar, refusing to accept anything short of “equal justice under the law.” These legal trailblazers understand that the law is for the living, and change is inevitable to ensure that justice evolves alongside society. Their advocacy and diversity of thought have shaped the very decisions of the highest courts, forging inclusive paths where none existed before. When society was unable to pay its debts to equality and fairness, these attorneys recognized bankruptcy not as an end, but as a tool — a powerful instrument for creditors of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Join us as we explore the untold stories of these remarkable individuals, past and present, who redefine what it means to be impactful in the world of law.

  • Opening Reception

    Sponsored by Dundon Advisers, LLC and Markus Williams Young & Hunsicker LLC. Bar sponsored by Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP

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  • Partners
  • Registration Opens

  • Breakfast

  • All-Day Coffee

    Sponsored by Onsager Fletcher Johnson Palmer LLC

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  • Welcome and Early Edition with Bill Rochelle

    Join Bill Rochelle as he provides us with the highlights we need to know about emerging cases from the Supreme Court, Tenth Circuit and more!

  • Break

  • Concurrent Sessions (2)

    Cases You Read About Too Early

    This panel will revisit some of the core issues and cases we may have forgotten to think about in a while, from jurisdiction to secured transactions, and will take a look at local rules from Colorado and Utah.


    Alternative Capital Structures

    This panel will examine various alternative capital structures used for structuring transactions and obtaining access to capital.

  • Break

  • Concurrent Sessions (2)

    Merchant Cash Advance and Factoring Agreements

    This panel will discuss the history and progression of the merchant cash advance and its effects on debtors and senior secured creditors: true sale, usury and tortuous interference analysis.


    Emerging Bankruptcy Issues

    This panel will delve into emerging issues in bankruptcy cases, specifically ones relating to technology issues.

  • Luncheon Keynote: The Times, They Are a-Changin': Planning for the Future

    The legal industry is facing a perfect storm of demographic, economic and professional trends that are shrinking the talent pool and driving up the costs of doing business. Legal employers can overcome these challenges and better serve their clients through forward-looking investments in their human capital. During this luncheon plenary session, industry expert Gene Commander will explore the shifting and shrinking legal talent pool, and will share his insights on developing magnetic workplace cultures, effective compensation models and nontraditional staffing strategies that will enable employers to successfully attract and retain legal professionals.

  • Optional Event


    Sign up for a friendly game of pickleball with friends and colleagues at Vail Recreation. $45 fee includes transportation, court rental, snacks and water. This event requires a minimum of 12 people. If this minimum is not met, the event will be canceled.

    Sponsored by Keller Benvenutti Kim LLP

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  • Optional Event


    Explore the great outdoors and hike some of Vail’s most scenic trails. The $15 fee includes snacks and water.

  • Optional Event

    Wine Tasting

    Enjoy a special wine tasting at Root & Stem for $150 per person. Transportation is included.

    Sponsored by Holland & Hart LLP

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  • Speaker/Sponsor Reception

  • Family-Friendly Dinner

    The family-friendly dinner is $115 per adult and per guest, and $25 per child.

    Dinner Entertainment sponsored by Ray Quinney & Nebeker

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  • Partners
  • Registration Opens

  • Breakfast

  • All-Day Coffee


    Sponsored by Kutner Brinen Dickey Riley, P.C.

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  • Welcome and Judges' Roundtable

    Regional judges will strive to answer questions on current issues.

  • Break

    Sponsored by Wadsworth Garber Warner Conrardy, P.C.

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  • Concurrent Sessions (2)

    Subchapter V Issues

    This panel will consider emerging subchapter V issues from the perspectives of the debtor and secured and unsecured creditors through a hypothetical subchapter V case, from client intake to plan confirmation. Key issues to be addressed include debtor eligibility for subchapter V, dischargeability of debts through subchapter V, the effects of § 1111(b) elections by secured creditors on subchapter V cases, and subchapter V plan cramdowns.


    Working Effectively with Professionals

    Professionals are critical to maximizing estate assets and confirming reorganization plans. This interactive panel, comprised primarily of nonlawyers and estate professionals, will highlight effective and ineffective uses of professionals, and will define best practices in working with professionals so that attorneys and professionals can better serve debtors and trustees.

  • Refreshment Break

  • Edifying Ethical Encounters with Technology (Legal Edition)

    This panel will discuss the technological ethics issues and pitfalls that confront practitioners and can impact you, your law firm, your clients and the court. Technology and artificial intelligence used for fraud, deception and deceit, protection of confidential information and cyber-breaches — and their interrelationships with applicable rules of professional conduct and court rules — will be presented and discussed.

  • Adjourn

  • Partners
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(after 5/22/24)
Workshop Rates*
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* Includes a one-year ABI membership for first-time members only — a $425 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
 Attendee Price
Guest Price Child 13 & under Price
Optional Events
Wednesday Golf Tournament
Wednesday Fly Fishing
Wednesday Opening Reception
Thursday Pickleball
Thursday Hiking
Thursday Wine Tasting
Thursday Dinner

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.

In-Person Attendee Cancellation Policy

All fees, except a $75 handling fee, will be refunded if written notice of cancellation is received by May 22, 2024. No refunds will be granted after May 22, but substitutions will be allowed. After May 22, 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.

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].

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 https://www.abi.org/about-us/bylaws-and-policies.


Grand Hyatt Vail
1300 Westhaven Dr.
Vail, CO 81657

The Grand Hyatt Vail is nestled along the banks of Gore Creek at the base of Vail Mountain and located within walking distance of Vail Village in the heart of Vail Valley.

Hotel Reservations

ABI has arranged a special conference rate of $319 per night at the Grand Hyatt Vail. Please make your reservations by May 15, 2024, to secure this special rate. ABI cannot guarantee anyone a room after the May 15 cut-off date or after the specially rated ABI block has been filled. You will receive reservation instructions after you have registered for the program with ABI. Third-party reservations (travel agent, web, etc.) do not receive the special rate. Room blocks are limited and will sell out.


Eagle County Regional Airport in Vail is 30 miles away from the hotel. Denver International Airport is 120 miles away from the hotel. Denver is a 90-minute drive from the hotel, and Boulder is a two-hour drive.

Please visit the Grand Hyatt Vail's transportation website for more information on how to access the resort! The information can be found here.

Conference Attire

Attire is business casual throughout the conference.

Family Activities

We invite you to take advantage of the many exciting things to do in and around Vail, such as:

  • mountain-biking
  • riding the Forest Flyer Alpine Coaster
  • visiting the Vail Epic Discovery adventure center
  • shopping in Vail Village
  • checking out Gore Creek
  • and much more!

Childcare Options

For childcare options, please reach out to Emma Hummer at [email protected].

Conference Co-Chairs

Advisory Board

Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference:

9.75 hours of general CLE credit for this program are pending in 60-minute-hour states, and 11.7 hours of CLE credit are pending in 50-minute-hour states, including 1.25 hours of ethics specialty credit in 60-minute-hour states and 1.5 hours of ethics specialty credit in 50-minute-hour states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit-rounding rules.

CPE credit is NOT AVAILABLE for viewing on-demand recorded sessions.

The American Bankruptcy Institute 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 for Group Live (live in-person) and Group Internet Based (live webinar) programs. 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.learningmarket.org.

  • Recommended CPE Credits and Field of Study: Accounting, Specialized Knowledge
  • Program attendees can earn up to 9 hours of CPE credit.
  • Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites.
  • Advanced preparation: None
  • Program level: Intermediate
  • Delivery method: Group Live