ABIs Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop Features Twelve Bankruptcy Judges

ABIs Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop Features Twelve Bankruptcy Judges

Contact: John Hartgen
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May 2, 2007, Alexandria, Va. — Twelve bankruptcy judges head the faculty for ABI’s Third Annual Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop, to be held Aug. 9-11, 2007, at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, Md. More than 250 attendees are expected to take part in the event, which brings together this region’s top insolvency professionals for three days of current developments and networking, with the opportunity to earn 7 CLE credits, including 1 hour of ethics.

Sessions at the Workshop include:

The “Choose Me! Ethical Considerations in Solicitation of Creditor Committee Engagements” plenary session will be moderated by Kelly Beaudin Stapleton of the USDOJ/Office of the U.S. Trustee (Philadelphia) and feature panelists Edward T. Gavin, IV, of NachmanHaysBrownstein, Inc. (Wilmington, Del.), Mark A. Gittelman of PNC Bank (Philadelphia), Steven K. Kortanek of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC (Wilmington, Del.), Lawrence E. Oscar of Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP (Cleveland) and Kenneth A. Rosen of Lowenstein Sandler PC (Roseland, N.J.).

“BAPCPA Solutions: KERPs, MIPs and Workarounds” will be moderated by Bankruptcy Judge Christopher S. Sontchi (Wilmington, Del.) and joined by panelists Gregg Galardi of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (Wilmington, Del.), Bruce Grohsgal of Pachulski Stang Ziehl Young Jones & Weintraub LLP (Wilmington, Del.), J. Scott Victor of Special Situations Group/SSG of NatCity Investment Banking (Conshohocken, Pa.) and Joel M. Walker of Duane Morris LLP (Pittsburgh).

Bankruptcy Judge Kevin J. Carey (Wilmington, Del.) will moderate the “Bring Me Your Tired, Your Poor…Chapter 15 and Cross-border Bankruptcy” session, featuring panelists 

Louis T. DeLucia of Greenberg Traurig, LLP (Florham Park, N.J.), Stacey Hightower of AlixPartners LLP (New York), James L. Patton, Jr. of Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP (Wilmington, Del.) and Joseph Zagraniczny of Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC (Syracuse, N.Y. ).

“The Brave New World of Hedge Funds and Second-lien Issues” will be moderated by Bankruptcy Judge H. Clyde Pearson (Roanoke, Va.) and include panelists Lorie R. Beers of KPMG Corporate Finance LLC (New York), Theresa V. Brown-Edwards of Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP (Wilmington, Del.), Adam G. Landis of Landis Rath & Cobb LLP (Wilmington, Del.), Rachel Rawson of Jones Day (Cleveland) and Bradford J. Sandler of Adelman Lavine Gold and Levin, PC (Wilmington, Del.).

The “Consumer Bankruptcy: Is BAPCPA Working?” session will be moderated by Bankruptcy Judge Gloria M. Burns (Camden, N.J.) and feature panelists Chapter 13 Trustee Isabel C. Balboa (Cherry Hill, N.J.), Alane A. Becket of Becket & Lee, LLP (Malvern, Pa.) and Erin Brignola of Cooper Levenson (Bear, Del.).

Bankruptcy Judge Donald H. Steckroth (Newark, N.J.) will moderate the “Anything but Bankruptcy, Revisited: A Nonbankruptcy Case Study” session with panelists Brett D. Fallon of Morris James LLP (Wilmington, Del.), Robert Alan Kargen of White and Williams LLP (Philadelphia), Andrew C. Kassner of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP (Philadelphia) and Gary Schildhorn of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC (Philadelphia).

Bankruptcy Judge Stephen Raslavich (Philadelphia) will moderate a panel with Jack B. Fishman of Novare Inc., An Epiq Systems, Inc. Company (Crystal Lake, Ill.), Anne Marie P. Kelley of Dilworth Paxson LLP (Cherry Hill, N.J.), Geraldine E. Ponto of Gibbons P.C. (Newark, N.J.) and Robert J. Stearn, Jr. of Richards, Layton & Finger, PA (Wilmington, Del.) for the “Insult to Injury: Preferences and Avoidances Update” session.

 “Workers of the World, Unite! Pensions, Union Issues and MEPA Liability” will be moderated by Bankruptcy Judge David H. Adams (Norfolk, Va.) and include panelists Leon R. Barson of Pepper Hamilton LLP (Philadelphia), Michael L. Bernstein of Arnold & Porter LLP (Washington, D.C.), Tobey M. Daluz, of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP (Wilmington, Del.) and Paul M. Singer of Reed Smith Sachnoff & Weaver (Pittsburgh).

Bankruptcy Judge WendelinI. Lipp (Greenbelt, Md.) will moderate “Problems in the Code” with panelists Michael G. Gallerizzo of Gebhardt & Smith LLP (Baltimore),  

F. Thomas Rafferty, III of Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver, PC (Baltimore), Craig B. Young of Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP (Washington, D.C.).

The “When Circuits Collide” plenary session, to be moderated by former ABI Resident Scholar Prof. David A. Skeel, Jr of the University of Pennsylvania Law School (Philadelphia), will include bankruptcy judges from four different judicial circuits:  Judith K. Fitzgerald (Pittsburgh), Stephen S. Mitchell (Alexandria, Va.), Cecelia G. Morris (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) and Carmen Kathryn Preston (Columbus, Ohio).

Program co-chairs for the workshop are Howard Brod Brownstein of NachmanHaysBrownstein, Inc. (Narberth, Pa.), Rudolph J. “Skip” DiMassa, Jr. of Duane Morris LLP (Philadelphia) and Laura Davis Jones of Pachulski, Stang, Ziehl, Young, Jones & Weintraub PC (Wilmington, Del.). Judicial co-chairs are Bankruptcy Judges Raymond T. Lyons (Trenton, N.J.) and Mary Walrath (Wilmington, Del.)

For more information about the Third Annual Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop, call ABI at (703) 739-0800 or visit http://www.abiworld.org/MA07.


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