Economic Recovery Retail Industry Distress and Employment Issues in Bankruptcy Among the Issues to be Discussed at ABIs Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop

Economic Recovery Retail Industry Distress and Employment Issues in Bankruptcy Among the Issues to be Discussed at ABIs Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop

Contact: John Hartgen
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April 29, 2009, Alexandria, Va. — Ten regional bankruptcy judges head the faculty for ABI’s Fifth Annual Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop, to be held Aug. 6-8 at theHotel Hershey in Hershey, Pa. 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 7.0 CLE credits, including 1.0 hour of ethics.

Program co-chairs for the Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop are Howard Brod Brownstein, CTP, of NachmanHaysBrownstein, Inc. (Narberth, Pa.), Heather Lennox of Jones Day (Cleveland) and Frank A. Monaco Jr. of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC (Wilmington, Del.). The judicial co-chairs for the workshop are Bankruptcy Judges Kevin J. Carey (D. Del.; Wilmington) and Kathryn Preston (S.D. Ohio; Columbus).

One of the highlights of the conference will be Dr. Herbert E. Taylor, Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, who will deliver insights into the banking and financial markets during a plenary session titled “Been Down So Long, It Looks Like Up to Me: The Economic Recovery.”

Concurrent sessions include:

Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross (D. Del.; Wilmington) will moderate the “Capital Markets: Making Bricks without Straw” session featuring panelists Derek C. Abbott of Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP (Wilmington, Del.), Mark D. Collins of Richards, Layton & Finger, PA (Wilmington, Del.), Geraldine E. Ponto of Gibbons PC (Newark, N.J.) and J. Scott Victor of National City Capital Markets (West Conshohocken, Pa.).

The “Clean-up on Aisle 5: Retail Industry Reorganizations and Liquidations” session, moderated by Bankruptcy Judge Kevin R. Huennekens (E.D. Va.; Richmond), will include panelists Walter Jones of J.H. Cohn, LLP (Edison, N.J.), Stacey L. Meisel of Becker Meisel LLC (Livingston, N.J.), Deborah J. Piazza of Hodgson Russ LLP (New York) and David L. Pollack of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP (Philadelphia).

Bankruptcy Judge Judith H. Wizmur (D. N.J.; Camden) will be joined by panelists Jamie L. Edmonson of Bayard, P.A. (Wilmington, Del.), H. Jason Gold of Wiley Rein LLP (Mc Lean, Va.), Raymond H. Lemisch of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP (Wilmington, Del.) and John K. Sherwood of Lowenstein Sandler PC (Roseland, N.J.) for the “After the Ball: Post-confirmation Issues” session.

The “Prove It! Evidence in Bankruptcy Proceedings” session will be moderated by Bankruptcy Judge Mary Ann Whipple (N.D. Ohio; Toledo) with panelists Robert S. Brady of Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP (Wilmington, Del.), James S. Feltman of Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC (Miami), John E. Lucian of Blank Rome LLP (Philadelphia) and Jeffrey C. Wisler of Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP (Wilmington, Del.).

Bankruptcy Judge Thomas P. Agresti (W.D. Pa.; Erie) will moderate the “Anything but Bankruptcy! Redux: Nonbankruptcy Alternatives” session featuring panelists M. Colette Gibbons of Schottenstein, Zox & Dunn Co., LPA (Cleveland), Mark A. Gittelman of PNC Bank, NA (Philadelphia), Camille W. Hill of Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC (Syracuse, N.Y.), Michael R. Lastowski of Duane Morris LLP (Wilmington, Del.) and Nancy A. Valentine of Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP (Cleveland).

The “Not So Fast! Creditor Committees Stake Their Claim” session, moderated by U.S. Trustee Roberta A. DeAngelis (Philadelphia), will include panelists Mark E. Felger of Cozen O'Connor (Wilmington, Del.), Edward T. Gavin, IV, CTP of NachmanHaysBrownstein, Inc. (Wilmington, Del.), Joshua T. Klein of Fox Rothschild LLP (Philadelphia) and Laurie Selber Silverstein of Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP (Wilmington, Del.).

“When Circuits Collide: Circuit Splits” will feature Bankruptcy Judges Kay Woods (N.D. Ohio; Youngstown), Jean K. FitzSimon (E.D. Pa.; Philadelphia), James M. Peck (S.D.N.Y.; New York) and Stephen S. Mitchell (E.D. Va.; Alexandria) on a panel moderated by Prof. David A. Skeel of the University of Pennsylvania Law School (Philadelphia).

“The Forgotten Faces: Employment Issues in Bankruptcy” session will be moderated by Bankruptcy Judge John J. Thomas (M.D. Pa.; Wilkes Barre) and include panelists Kenneth H. Brown of Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP (San Francisco), Michael G. Busenkell of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC (Wilmington, Del.), Robert Lapowsky of Stevens & Lee, PC (Philadelphia) and Richard F. Shaw of Jones Day (Pittsburgh).

Martha R. Hildebrandt of the Office of the U.S. Trustee (Newark, N.J.) will be joined by Bankruptcy Judge Richard E. Fehling (E.D. Pa.; Reading) and M. Stephanie Wickouski of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP (New York) for the “Do Not Pass 'Go': Bankruptcy Crimes/Ethics” plenary session.

For more information about the Fifth Annual Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop, call ABI at (703) 739-0800 or visit  


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