Todays Bankruptcy Headlines to be Addressed at ABIs Southwest Bankruptcy Conference September 6-8

Todays Bankruptcy Headlines to be Addressed at ABIs Southwest Bankruptcy Conference September 6-8

Contact: John Hartgen
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May 22, 2007, Alexandria, Va. – More than 500 are expected to attend ABI’s 15th Annual Southwest Bankruptcy Conference, which will be held Sept. 6-8 at the Four Seasons Hotel in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.  Programming for the conference features 10.5 CLE credit hours, including 1.5 hours of ethics. Program chairs for the conference are Jeffrey N. Pomerantz of Pachulski Stang Ziehl Young Jones & Weintraub LLP (Los Angeles) and Candace C. Carlyon of Shea & Carlyon Ltd. (Las Vegas). The Judicial Chair is Bankruptcy Judge Gregg W. Zive (Reno, Nev.). The sponsorship chair for the conference is Jeff Nerland of Corporate Revitalization Partners LLC (Santa Ana, Calif.)

Programs at the conference include:

The “Litigation Skills for Your Toolbox” will feature past ABI Presidents Andrew W. Caine of Pachulski Stang Ziehl, et al. (Los Angeles), Richardo I. Kilpatrick of Kilpatrick & Associates, PC (Auburn Hills, Mich.), Robin E. Phelan of Haynes and Boone, LLP (Dallas), Michael P. Richman of Foley & Lardner LLP (New York), Keith J. Shapiro of Greenberg Traurig, LLP (Chicago), Bankruptcy Judge Wesley W. Steen (Houston) and Bettina M. Whyte of MBIA Insurance Corporation (New York).

“What You Need to Know about Fraud, Restructuring and Liquidation in the Hedge Fund Industry” will feature panelists Juval Aviv of Interfor, Inc. (New York), Van C. Durrer, II of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (Los Angeles), Jeff J. Marwil of Winston & Strawn LLP (Chicago), Henry R. Ritter of SoCal Advisors (Schaumburg, Ill.) and Stuart Sybersma of Deloitte (George Town, Cayman Islands).

Joseph A. Eisenberg of Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro LLP (Los Angeles) will moderate the “We, The People: Planning for the High-End Individual Filer” session featuring panelists Ford Elsaesser of Elsaesser, Jarzabek, Anderson, et. al. (Sandpoint, Idaho) and Prof. G. Ray Warner of St. John's University School of Law (Jamaica, N.Y.).

The “Current Developments in Commercial Case Law” session will include panelists Bankruptcy Judge Leif M. Clark (San Antonio), Daniel S. Schechter of Loyola Law School (Los Alamitos, Calif.) and Evan D. Smiley of Weiland, Golden, Smiley, et al. (Costa Mesa, Calif.).

“Liquidating Agents and Examiners and Ombudsmen, Oh My!” will feature Ilene J. Lashinsky of the Office of the U.S. Trustee, District of Arizona (Phoenix), R. Todd Neilson of LECG, LLC (Los Angeles), Kenneth N. Peterson of Jenner & Block LLP (Chicago) and John C. Weitnauer of Alston & Bird, LLP (Atlanta).

The “First This Way, Then That Way – Conflicting Interpretations of BAPCPA” session includes panelists Bankruptcy Judge Eileen W. Hollowell (Tucson), Chapter 13 Trustee Kathleen A. Leavitt (Las Vegas) and Claire Ann Resop of Brennan, Steil & Basting, SC (Madison, Wis.).

John L. R. Dalberg of AndrewsKurth LLP (Los Angeles), Scott F. Gautier of Peitzman, Weg & Kempinsky LLP (Los Angeles), Bankruptcy Judge Dana L. Rasure (Tulsa, Okla.) and Bradley D. Sharp of Development Specialists, Inc. (Los Angeles) will participate on the “Executory Contract Issues in Commercial Cases” session.

“Here’s Dirt in Your Eye: Advanced Issues in Reorganization Cases Involving Homebuilders; Other Residential Projects; Developers and Contractors” features Bruce T. Beesley of Beckley Singleton, Chtd. (Reno, Nev.), Bankruptcy Judge Charles G. Case, II (Phoenix), Laurel E. Davis of Fennemore Craig, P.C. (Las Vegas) and Scott Peltz of RSM McGladrey (Chicago).

The “What Happened to My Money? Restructuring of Lenders and Loan Servicers” session will include Thomas J. Allison of Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC (Chicago), Edward Burr of Sierra Consulting Group, LLC (Phoenix), Michael H. Goldstein of Stutman, Treister & Glatt, PC (Los Angeles) and Jefferey W. Dulberg of Pachulski Stang Ziehl, et al. (Los Angeles).

“Ethics: Negotiating the Sanction Minefield” features David M. Baker of Aurora Management Partners, Inc. (Hickory, N.C.), Scott A. Farrow of the Office of U.S. Trustee (Las Vegas), Bankruptcy Judge Mike K. Nakagawa (Las Vegas) and Nancy B. Rapoport of the UNLV School of Law (Las Vegas).

The “Small Business 11 Workshop” will include Steven M. Berman of Berman PLC (Tampa, Fla.), Jonathan A. Carson of Kurtzman Carson Consultants LLC; (El Segundo, Calif.), Bankruptcy Judge Bruce A. Markell (Las Vegas) and Lenard E. Schwartzer of Schwartzer & McPherson Law Firm (Las Vegas).

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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 nearly 11,500 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