Subprime Fallout Tax Issues in Bankruptcy Among Topics to be Discussed at ABIs Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop July 16-19

Subprime Fallout Tax Issues in Bankruptcy Among Topics to be Discussed at ABIs Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop July 16-19

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April 29, 2008, Alexandria, Va. Eight bankruptcy judges and more than 300 attendees will gather to discuss the latest bankruptcy topics at ABI’s Thirteenth Annual Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop. The workshop, held from July 16-19 at the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, Fla., brings together the region’s top insolvency professionals for four days of intense learning and networking. Attendees also have the opportunity to earn 13.5 hours of CLE credits, including 1.5 hours of ethics.

Program co-chairs for the Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop include C.R. “Chip” Bowles, Jr. of Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC (Louisville, Ky.) and James D. Decker of Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin (Atlanta). The judicial chair for the workshop is Bankruptcy Judge Margaret A. Mahoney (S.D. Ala.; Mobile).

Highlighting the panel sessions will be the “Surfside Chat: ABI Presidents’ Panel,” featuring former ABI presidents Andrew W. Caine of Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP (Los Angeles), Robert M. Fishman of Shaw Gussis Fishman Glantz Wolfson & Towbin LLC (Chicago), John D. Penn of Haynes and Boone, LLP (Fort Worth, Texas) and Deborah D. Williamson of Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated (San Antonio).

Sessions at the Workshop include:

Samuel K. Crocker of Crocker & Niarhos (Nashville, Tenn.), Bankruptcy Judge David W. Houston, III (N.D. Miss., Aberdeen) and Prof. Lois R. Lupica of the University of Maine School of Law (Portland, Maine) speaking on the “Consumer Bankruptcy Update” plenary session.

The “Condo Mania” session will be co-moderated by Robert P. Reynolds of Reynolds, Reynolds & Duncan, LLC (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) and David B. Wheeler of Moore & Van Allen, PLLC (Charleston, S.C.) with panelists Andrew Jackson Bone of The National Auction Group, Inc. (Gadsden, Ala.) and Joe A. Joseph of Burr & Forman LLP (Birmingham, Ala.).

Leonard J. DePasquale of the Executive Office for U.S. Trustees (Washington, D.C.) will moderate the “Consumer Claims against Creditors” session with panelists Robert Alan Byrd of Byrd & Wiser (Biloxi, Miss.) and Robert Gambrell of Gambrell & Stone, PLLC (Biloxi, Miss.).

“The Chapter 11 Fee Study: Moving-forward Analysis” session will be moderated by C.R. “Chip” Bowles, Jr. of Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC (Louisville, Ky.) and feature panelists Roberta A. DeAngelis of the Executive Office for U.S. Trustees (Washington, D.C.), Terri L. Gardner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP (Raleigh, N.C.), Patricia A. Redmond of Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, PA (Miami) and Bankruptcy Judge Gregg W. Zive (D. Nev.; Reno).

Moderator James D. Decker of Alvarez & Marsal Corporate Finance (Atlanta) will be joined by panelists Russell M. Blain of Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Prosser, PA (Tampa), Bankruptcy Judge Mary Grace Diehl (N.D. Ga.; Atlanta) and Ira L. Herman of Thompson & Knight LLP (New York) for the “High Owe, High Owe - So Off to Section 363 We Go” session.

Paul L. Orshan of Duane Morris LLP (Miami) will moderate the “Adequate Protection in Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 Cases” session with panelists Bankruptcy Judge Robert A. Mark (S.D. Fla.; Miami), Peter D. Russin of Meland Russin & Budwick, PA (Miami) and Mark P. Williams of Norman, Wood, Kendrick & Turner (Birmingham, Ala.).

“Tax Issues in Bankruptcy” will be moderated by Richard P. Carmody of Adams and Reese LLP (Birmingham, Ala.) with panelists Bankruptcy Judge Paul W. Bonapfel (N.D. Ga.; Atlanta) and ABI Resident Scholar Prof. Jack F. Williams of Georgia State University (Atlanta).

The “Venue Issues in Chapter 11 Filings” session, moderated by Douglas M. Foley of McGuireWoods LLP (Norfolk, Va.), features panelists Jacob A. Brown of Akerman Senterfitt (Jacksonville, Fla.), Bankruptcy Judge Jeffery P. Hopkins (S.D. Ohio; Cincinnati) and Richard L. Wynne of Kirkland & Ellis LLP (Los Angeles).

Debera Frick Conlon of the Office of the U.S. Trustee (Norfolk, Va.) and Bankruptcy Judge John K. Olson (S.D. Fla.; Fort Lauderdale) will participate on the “Consumer Ethics: How to Stay Out of Jail” panel.

The “Business Bankruptcy Update” plenary session will feature speakers Susan H. Seabury of BDO Seidman, LLP (Atlanta), ABI Resident Scholar Prof. Jack F. Williams of Georgia State University (Atlanta) and Bankruptcy Judge Michael G. Williamson (M.D. Fla.; Tampa).

The “Subprime Fallout” plenary session will be moderated by Jonathan W. Jordan of King & Spalding LLP (Atlanta) and feature panelists Neil Luria of Navigant Capital Advisors, LLC (Shaker Heights, Ohio), Prof. Steven L. Schwarcz of Duke University School of Law (Durham, N.C.) and Jason H. Watson of Alston & Bird LLP (Atlanta).

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


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