2024 Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop

July 25-28 | Naples, FL

The Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop Advisory Board invites you to the 29th Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples in Naples, Florida!

There's something for everyone, with both business- and consumer-focused sessions. In between sessions, enjoy relaxed networking — and be sure not to miss the annual Beach Bash! Between the fine dining and relaxing days on the beach, get a healthy dose of bankruptcy CLE from an outstanding faculty of regional judges, academics and practitioners. Plus, bring the family and enjoy a private beach area set aside just for workshop attendees and their guests. This conference and hotel will sell out, so don’t delay!

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  • “40 Under 40” Reception (by invitation only)

  • Opening Reception

    Sponsored by Adams & Reese LLP; FTI Consulting, Inc.; and Omni Agent Solutions

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  • Partners
  • Breakfast

    Sponsored by Alvarez & Marsal and Dentons Bingham Greenebaum

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  • Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Public Perception of Bankruptcy

    In recent years, chapter 11 proceedings have garnered increasing attention from the media and the public in general. With congressional hearings on mass-tort bankruptcies, Texas-Two Steps and venue reform, politicians have sought soundbites about bankruptcy law to drive media coverage. Additionally, high-profile events tied to bankruptcy filings, like the collapse of FTX and other cryptocurrency firms, have drawn the attention of many who otherwise ignore the goings on of bankruptcy courts. This panel will discuss these current public perceptions (and misperceptions) of bankruptcy proceedings and how they affect the day-to-day practices of lawyers and judges.

  • Optional Event

    Beach Day

    FREE! Enjoy a reserved beach area just for Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop attendees, complete with chairs, towels, umbrellas and some beach games.

    Sponsored by King & Spalding LLP

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  • All-Day Coffee + Refreshment Break

    All-Day Coffee sponsored by BakerHostetler. Break Snacks & Small Bites sponsored by Law Offices of Craig M Geno, PLLC

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    Law Offices of Craig M. Geno, PLLC logo
  • Concurrent Sessions (4)

    Bankruptcy Alternatives

    A good insolvency professional knows that bankruptcy is not necessarily a good fit for every distressed situation. This panel will discuss why bankruptcy is not always the best option, and why alternatives such as assignments for the benefit of creditors, receiverships and Article 9 sales might be better fits.


    Pre-Bankruptcy Planning



    Subchapter V Update

    This panel will consider the status of and current issues surrounding subchapter V, and predict where subchapter V is going based on recent decisions and trends. Key issues to be addressed include eligibility and debt limits, bar dates, confirmation, corporate discharges, the role and powers of the trustee, and more!


    Consumer Session

    Individual Subchapter V Cases: Square Pegs in Round Holes?

    This panel will discuss the factors that attorneys who represent debtors should consider in deciding whether to file chapter 7, chapter 13 or subchapter V cases for their individual clients.

  • All-Day Coffee + Refreshment Break

  • Concurrent Sessions (4)

    The Rise of Private Credit

    This panel will explore the growth of private credit as an established asset class, as well as trends in private credit restructurings. The panelists will explain the private credit market generally, key differences between direct lending and the broadly syndicated market, and the relationship between private credit and private equity. The panelists also will highlight private credit restructuring trends, including the factors that drive success for an out-of-court restructuring, and will spotlight some tools in the private credit restructuring toolbox.


    Striking Gold: Unearthing Intangible Assets in Bankruptcy

    Discover strategies for unlocking value in bankruptcy cases by identifying and preserving intangible assets. This session will focus on such key areas as social media assets, software, data and litigation claims. The panelists will share their insights on maximizing the value of these assets, including through pre-bankruptcy planning. They also will demonstrate how to use artificial intelligence (AI) to better understand these complex assets.


    Franchisee Bankruptcies



    Consumer Session

    Real Property Potpourri

    This panel will examine a host of real estate issues, including the intersection of reverse mortgages and bankruptcy, and the rights of heirs when a borrower files for bankruptcy; the distribution of equity in post-petition real estate sales, and how to determine who is entitled to the proceeds; whether, since Toth, the prime rate is the best measure of risk when applying the Till rate for total debt claims in bankruptcy; the classification of conduit payments, and whether direct mortgage payments should be considered part of bankruptcy plan payments; and effective strategies for addressing and resolving mortgage issues to guarantee that debtors achieve a fresh start post-bankruptcy.

  • Optional Event

    IWIRC Regional Luncheon

    While attending the ABI Southeast Bankruptcy Institute in Naples this year, we hope you will join the IWIRC Georgia, Florida, Carolinas, Gulf Coast, and KIT Networks for a Tuscan Garden buffet lunch. The luncheon will begin immediately following the conclusion of the morning panels in the Estuary. We look forward to seeing you there! Register here.

    Sponsored by IWIRC

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  • Optional Event

    Golf Tournament

    The annual golf tournament will be held at the Tiburón Golf Club, located close to the hotel. Tiburón Golf Club features two 18-hole, Greg Norman-designed golf courses: The Gold and The Black. The Tiburón Gold Course is home to the LPGA Tour’s CME Group Tour Championship and The Grant Thornton Invitational in 2023, and it is consistently rated among the top 20 golf facilities in Florida by Golf Digest and GOLF magazine. The $195 fee includes green fee and cart, boxed lunch and beverage, and prizes. Please check the appropriate box on the online registration form to play, and indicate your handicap.

    Sponsored by Axos Global Fiduciary Banking. Beverage cart sponsored by Bay Point Advisors, LLC

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  • Optional Event

    Endowment Cocktail Reception

    The ABI Endowment will be hosting an Endowment Cocktail Reception for registrants of the Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop, being held July 25-28 in Naples, Fla. Enjoy spirits, beer, wine and light fare while helping to raise money for the Endowment. A free 10-minute shuttle ride will be provided from The Ritz-Carlton, Naples at 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road to The Ritz-Carlton Naples, Tiburón at 2600 Tiburon Drive.

    Sponsored by Cozen O’Connor, Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty & Hartog, P.A. and Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

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  • Partners
  • Breakfast

    Sponsored by Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP

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  • Welcome and Remarks

  • Judicial Roundtables

    Don’t miss these roundtables on today’s provocative issues, led by the judges of the Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop.

  • Optional Event

    Beach Day

    FREE! Enjoy a reserved beach area just for Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop attendees, complete with chairs, towels, umbrellas and some beach games.

  • Coffee + Refreshment Break

  • Repeat Concurrent Sessions (5)

    The Rise of Private Credit


    Striking Gold: Unearthing Intangible Assets in Bankruptcy


    Franchisee Bankruptcies


    Consumer Session

    Using Bankruptcy Rules Effectively: Tips and Traps

    This panel will provide guidance and shortcuts on finding, recalling and complying with a variety of bankruptcy rules that are easily overlooked or misunderstood. What critical deadlines must you know? When can you not get an extension of time? Under what circumstances can you limit notice or service?


    Skills Session

    Polish for Your Trial Notebook: Preparing Your Case for Trial, Effective Use of Discovery, Experts, and Not-so-Dispositive Motions

    This panel will explore best practices for getting your case from the initial consult stage to final judgment on the merits by presenting a hypothetical fraud scenario with multiple interested parties. This must-do skills workshop is for anyone focused on litigation in bankruptcy court.

  • Coffee + Refreshment Break

  • Repeat Concurrent Sessions (4)

    Bankruptcy Alternatives


    Pre-Bankruptcy Planning


    Subchapter V Update


    Consumer Session

    Ethics Issues for Consumer Attorneys

    This panel will discuss current ethical issues confronting attorneys who practice predominantly in the consumer bankruptcy arena, including attorney compensation and fees, potential conflicts of interest, limited representation/engagements, and counsel’s duty to investigate/"reasonable inquiry."

  • Coffee + Refreshment Break

  • Case Updates: All Stars

    This panel will discuss the forthcoming SCOTUS opinion in Purdue and other seminal cases of the year.

  • Optional Event

    Ice Cream Afternoon Social

    I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Make your own sundae and enjoy the sweet side of summer at this family-friendly social. This event is FREE for attendees and $10 for guests of all ages. Please check the appropriate box[es] on the online registration form.

    Sponsored by K&L Gates LLP

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  • VIP Cocktail Reception (by invitation only)

    Sponsored by McGlinchey Stafford PLLC

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  • Optional Event

    Beach Bash!

    A perennial favorite, the Beach Bash is a family-friendly gathering with good food, music, entertainment and great company. Don't miss this event!

    Sponsored by Cozen O’Connor; Greenberg Traurig, LLP; MERU, LLC; Morris James LLP; and Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Postler, P.A. Bar sponsored by Berger Singerman LLP; Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP

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    Cozen O’Connor logo
    Greenberg Traurig, LLP logo
    MERU LLC logo
    Morris James LLP logo
    Nelson Mullins logo
    Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Postler, P.A. logo
    Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP logo
  • Partners
  • Family Breakfast

  • Ethical Issues Facing Restructuring Lawyers


  • Adjourn

  • Partners
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(after 7/5/24)
Conference Rates*
ABI Member
Join & Save**
Govt./Nonprofit ABI Member
Join & Save Govt./Nonprofit/Aca.**
Consumer (Debtor)***
* There will be a $50 fee added to all on-site registrations.
** Includes a one-year ABI membership for first-time members — a $425 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.
***This rate is available only to full-time consumer debtor attorneys. Members will be designated as a consumer debtor specialist in the online membership directory for consumer conference rates.
Exhibitor Rates
ABI Member Exhibitor Registration****
New ABI Member Exhibitor Registration*****
Additional Booth Representative
**** 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 for first-time members only — a $425 value!
Guest Child (12 and under)
Optional Events
Golf Tournament
Ice Cream Afternoon Social

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.

Cancellation Policy

All fees, except a $75 handling fee, will be refunded if written notice of cancellation is received by July 3, 2024. No refunds will be granted after July 3, but substitutions will be allowed. After July 3, 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.

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.


In the Ritz-Carlton tradition of elegance and unparalleled service, the top-rated, and newly renovated, Ritz-Carlton, Naples is one of the finest getaways in the world. Located on the pristine white sands of Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, this resort offers revamped adult and family pools, whirlpools and spa service, as well as golf and tennis. ABI has arranged a special conference rate of $389 single/double per night for Coastal View rooms. A limited number of Oceanfront Suites and Club Coastal rooms are also available to conference attendees at a rate of $659 per night (Oceanfront Suite) and $639 per night (Club Coastal). Make your reservations by July 1, 2024, to take advantage of these special rates. You will receive a special room reservation link after you have registered with ABI. Rooms are held on a first-come, first-served basis. ABI cannot guarantee anyone a room after the July 1 cut-off or after the specially rated ABI block has been filled. The hotel will sell out, so please make your reservations accordingly.

Room Booking and Registration Policy

To ensure that as many attendees as possible have access to ABI's room block, all rooms booked within the designated block must have an associated conference registration.

Spa Discount:

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples is graciously offering workshop attendees a 10% discount off spa treatments of 60 minutes or longer, as well as 10% off retail products in the spa boutique. Since the spa sells out on a daily basis, please contact the spa in advance at (239) 514-6100 to receive the 10% group discount by letting the spa concierge know that you are with the American Bankruptcy Institute 2024 Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop.

Dietary Restrictions: 

We try to provide a variety of well-rounded offerings during meals and breaks. If you have a specific dietary requirement, please bring it to our attention by calling 703-739-0800 or emailing [email protected] so that it can be accommodated.

Workshop Chairs

Sponsorship Chair

Advisory Board

ABI will seek CLE credit for this program.

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

The American Bar Association 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) programs. State boards of accountancy have 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: Specialized Knowledge and Behavioral Ethics
  • Program attendees can earn up to 10.5 hours of CPE credit
  • Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites.
  • Advanced preparation: None
  • Program Level: Intermediate
  • Delivery Method: Group Live

How to request CPE credit: To request CPE credit for your participation (and obtain a certificate of completion), you will need to complete an ABI Attendance Affidavit, which is available at the end of the entire conference after we have verified your attendance. To receive CPE credit, please click "+ Add Accrediting Agency" and select NASBA (National Association of State Boards of Accountancy).

NOTE: All attendees seeking CPE credit must sign in and sign out. You may only claim credit for sessions within the period between your sign-in and sign-out; credit will be adjusted or modified accordingly.

You will receive a personalized link to submit your Attendance Affidavit via email within seven business days of the last day of the conference. If you do not receive this email by then, please contact [email protected].

* 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. 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].