Business and Consumer Bankruptcy Developments Intellectual Property and Ethics Take Center Stage at ABIs 18th Annual Southwest Bankruptcy Conference

Business and Consumer Bankruptcy Developments Intellectual Property and Ethics Take Center Stage at ABIs 18th Annual Southwest Bankruptcy Conference

Contact: John Hartgen
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June 18, 2010 Alexandria, Va. -- More than 500 are expected to attend ABI’s 18th Annual Southwest Bankruptcy Conference, which will be held Sept. 23-25 at the Four Seasons Resort in Las Vegas. Programming for the conference features timely programming, including a judges’ roundtable session that includes 12 bankruptcy judges from the region discuss hot topics in bankruptcy. The conference allows attendees the opportunity to earn up to 9 CLE credit hours, including 2.5 hour of ethics.

Program chairs for the conference are Scott F. Gautier of Pitzman, Weg & Kimpinsky LLP (Los Angeles) and Jeffrey N. Pomerantz of Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP (Los Angeles). The Judicial Chair is Bankruptcy Judge Gregg W. Zive (Reno, Nev.) and the sponsorship chair for the conference is Jeff Nerland of CRG Partners LLC (Santa Ana, Calif.)

The conference will also feature ABI’s popular Great Debates series that will include bankruptcy experts debating the following topics:

  • Mortgage loan servicers lack standing to prosecute motions for relief from stay on behalf of unnamed beneficiaries.
  • Ad hoc committee members have a duty of disclosure regarding the details of the acquisition of their claims and interests in the debtor pursuant to Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 2019.
  • A permissible alternative treatment of a secured creditor’s claim pursuant to Bankruptcy Code § 1129(b)(2)(a) pre-empts a secured creditor’s right to credit-bid, pursuant to § 363(k), if an asset sale is proposed as part of a debtor’s plan.

Sessions at the conference also include:

  • Intersections in Intellectual Property and Bankruptcy
  • Evolving Ethics: Fiduciary Duties and Disclosure Issues
  • Current Developments in Consumer Bankruptcy Cases
  • Dealing with the FDIC and Special Servicers
  • Current Developments in Corporate Chapter 11 Practice
  • Managing Conflicts in a Complex Commercial World
  • Chapter 11 Plan Confirmation Issues

For a complete list of sessions and speakers at the Southwest Bankruptcy Conference, please visit

For more information on the Southwest Bankruptcy Conference, please call 703-739-0800 or visit     


ABI is the largest multi-disciplinary, nonpartisan organization dedicated to research and education on matters related to insolvency. ABI was founded in 1982 to provide Congress and the public with unbiased analysis of bankruptcy issues. The ABI membership includes more than 12,600 attorneys, accountants, bankers, judges, professors, lenders, turnaround specialists and other bankruptcy professionals, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information. For additional information on ABI, visit For additional conference information, visit