2022 Alexander L. Paskay Memorial Bankruptcy Seminar

March 29-31 | Tampa, FL

Join ABI and Stetson University College of Law for the 46th Annual Alexander L. Paskay Memorial Bankruptcy Seminar, a memorial CLE program honoring the lifetime achievements of the late Bankruptcy Judge Alexander L. Paskay.

Discuss the most current commercial and consumer bankruptcy issues with a faculty of prominent regional and national speakers and bankruptcy judges — and don’t miss out on the numerous networking events!

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  • Registration Opens

  • Nuts & Bolts of Chapter 11 Practice

  • Opening Remarks

  • Plenary Session

    All Things Attorney Fees

    This panel will present a series of short TED talks and debates on issues arising with respect to attorneys’ fees.


    Bifurcation of Fees in Chapter 7


    Roundup of “No Look” Fees in Chapter 13 for Debtors and Secured Creditors


    What the U.S. Trustee Looks For in Chapter 11


    Use of Contingency Fee Arrangements


    Strategies for Fee Objections


    A New Judge’s Perspective on Fees


    The Great Debate: Out-of-Town Rates for In-Town Cases, Miami vs. Tampa: What Is Reasonable?

  • Refreshment Break

  • Plenary Session: Allocating Precious Resources in the Face of Disaster

    The panelists will discuss the collapse of the Surfside condominium in Miami, and the resulting receivership and other disasters that have forced insolvency professionals to allocate resources, sometimes importing tort concepts.

  • Opening Reception


    Sponsored by Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

    Bradley Arant Boult Cummings logo
  • Optional Event

    Southeast Endowment Hockey Event

    Suite Generously Provided by Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

    Please join the ABI Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund for a night of great hockey and fun networking in a luxury suite, complete with food and open bar. Proceeds benefit the ABI Endowment Fund.

    Firms donating $1,500 will receive two tickets to the suite, signage at the event, and recognition in the ABI Journal and online. A portion of your sponsorship is tax-deductible! To sponsor this event, please email Sharisa Sloan at [email protected].

    • Individual tickets are $250 (limited availability)



    Enjoy the game with fellow attendees in a reserved section of lower-level seats.

    • Individual tickets for this section are $130 each (does not include food and beverage)

    Please select your ticket preference (of the choices above) during registration.

  • Partners
  • Exhibit Hall Open

  • Registration & Hot Breakfast


    Sponsored by Bush Ross PA and Jennis Morse Etlinger

    Bush Ross PA logo
    Jennis Morse Etlinger logo
  • Welcome by Program Chairs

  • Plenary Session: Nuts & Bolts of Bankruptcy Appeals

    This session will discuss strategies for presenting bankruptcy issues on appeal, including procedures, briefs, oral arguments and the doctrine of mootness.

  • Refreshment Break


    Sponsored by McGlinchey Stafford PLLC

    McGlinchey Stafford logo
  • Concurrent Sessions (2)

    Business Session

    Chapter 11 Workshop and Practice Update

    This panel will focus on issues arising in larger chapter 11 cases, including third-party releases and Plan Support Agreements.


    Consumer Session

    Consumer Practice Workshop, Part 1: Pre-Filing Issues

    This workshop will focus on common pre-filing issues that arise for both debtor and creditor counsel. The panelists will engage with attendees on such topics as pre-filing due diligence; common issues in consumer cases such as exemptions, avoidable transfers and discharge issues; more specific discharge issues relating to income taxes, student loans, fines and domestic-support obligations; CARES Act considerations; and attorneys' fees for creditors.

  • Paskay Memorial Luncheon and Keynote

    Third-Party Releases

    Third-party releases are a hot topic lately, with the recent district court opinions in the chapter 11 cases of Purdue Pharma and Ascena vacating bankruptcy court confirmation orders that approved plans providing for third-party releases. Learn what the laws in various circuits have to say about permissible third-party releases, whether bankruptcy courts are deemed to have subject-matter jurisdiction and statutory authority to approve third-party releases as part of confirmation orders approving plans of reorganization, and what standards are imposed by circuit courts to determine whether a third-party release should be approved.


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

    Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Postler, P.A. logo
  • Break

  • Concurrent Sessions (2)

    Business Session

    Florida: The Ultimate Subchapter V Experiment

    This panel will focus on subchapter V eligibility, privileges and contested confirmation issues.


    Consumer Session

    Consumer Practice Workshop, Part 2: Post-Filing Issues

    This follow-up session will focus on student loan strategies, tax issues, dealing with the chapter 7 trustee and violations of the discharge injunction, and will include an update on Taggart.

  • Refreshment Break


    Sponsored by McGlinchey Stafford PLLC

    McGlinchey Stafford logo
  • Plenary Session: The Future of Technology and the Practice of Law

    This panel will provide an update on the key technological issues facing practicing attorneys today, including cyberattacks, software needs, Zoom updates, electronic signatures, hybrid hearings and cryptotechnology, as well as decentralized autonomous organizations and tokenized assets (i.e., NFTs, metaverse and DeFi).

  • Happy Hour Networking Reception


    Sponsored by Burr & Forman LLP and Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton

    Burr & Forman LLP logo
    Kozyak Tropik & Throckmorton logo
  • Optional Event

    IWIRC Florida Event

    All are welcome to this special event; you do not need to be an IWIRC member (or a woman) to attend. The event features a networking reception with two drink tickets, followed by a prix fixe dinner with house salad, entrée choice of grilled balsamic vegetables, pan-seared grouper and crab stack, or free-range roasted half-chicken, and dessert choice of chocolate truffle cake or Key lime pie. Cost is $55 for IWIRC members, $65 for nonmembers and complimentary for judges. Please RSVP by 3:00 p.m. on March 24, 2022. Register here.

  • Partners
  • Registration & Continental Breakfast

  • Welcome & Plenary Session: Current Ethical Issues

    This panel will discuss litigation funding, conflicts and disqualifications, client complaints, mediation and dealing with pro se litigants.

  • Refreshment Break

  • Judicial Merry-Go-Round

    This session will be a rapid-fire roundtable discussion with the judges.

  • Adjourn

  • Partners
(by 3/1/22)
(after 3/25/22)
Seminar Rates*
ABI Member
Join and Save**
Govt./Aca. ABI Member
New Govt./Aca. ABI Member**
* There will be a $50 fee added to all on-site registrations.
** Includes a one-year ABI membership for first-time members — a $375 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.
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.

Cancellation Policy

All fees, except a $75 handling fee, will be refunded if written notice of cancellation is received by March 15, 2022. No refunds will be granted after March 15, but substitutions will be allowed. After March 15, 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.

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 the ABI Stetson/Paskay Seminar, we are requiring that in-person attendees show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than two days (48 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.


The redesigned waterfront Tampa Marriott Water Street hotel sits adjacent to the convention center in Tampa’s vibrant Water Street neighborhood. ABI has arranged a special conference rate of $269 per night for a Standard room. Make your reservations by March 8, 2022, to reserve this special rate. ABI cannot guarantee anyone a room after the March 8 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.

Conference Attire

Attire is business casual throughout the conference.

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.

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].

Judicial Co-Chairs

Program Chair

Advisory Board

Continuing Education Credit

13 hours of general CLE credit, including 1.5 hours of ethics, are pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 15.6 hours of general CLE credit, including 1.8 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 programCalifornia MCLE: ABI certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 11.75 hours, of which 1.5 hours will apply to ethics. New York MCLE: This course or program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 15.6 credit hours, of which 14.1 credit hours can be applied toward the professional practice requirement, and 1.5 credit hours can be applied toward the ethics requirement.

15.6 hours of CPE credit, including 1.5 hours of behavioral ethics, are also available.

* 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.

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, we may allow the individual to work at our 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. Illinois Attorneys: If registration fees are more than $500, attorneys who qualify will receive a reduction of at least 50% off the registration fee. For information on tuition assistance, send an e-mail to [email protected].