Bankruptcy Battleground West March 09 - 10 | Online

ABI and the Bankruptcy Battleground West Advisory Board are excited to present the 2021 Virtual Bankruptcy Battleground West! This program continues its tradition of bringing judges and seasoned insolvency professionals together to discuss the leading issues of bankruptcy law, with a focus on the Southern California region.

Take advantage of the flexibility that an online conference offers — including 30 days of access to conference session recordings — and experience the two-day event from the comfort of your home or office!

Until we can all meet again in person, we invite you to join us for a virtual experience that can only be found with ABI. We look forward to “seeing you” in March!

All times are in Pacific Standard Time.



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Add to Calendar   2021-03-09 08:15:00 2021-03-10 20:15:00 America/Los_Angeles Bankruptcy Battleground West - Virtual

  • Welcome & Information

  • We Give a Split! Overview of Circuit Splits on Current Issues

    This panel of legal experts will break down topical circuit-level and bankruptcy court rulings that are dividing circuits across the country.


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    Sponsored by BakerHostetler

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  • The Sherwood Streaming Koncerts Series Break

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    This Sherwood Streaming Koncerts presentation breaks out the vinyl for some classic rock tunes with the Sunset Singers. GET SHERWOOD: We have proven solutions.


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    Sponsored by Sherwood & agencyIP

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  • Concurrent Sessions (2)

    Health Care Issues

    The health care industry in general, and hospitals in particular, have been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in many respects. At its most basic level, the impact has been devastating financially. The American Hospital Association estimates that between March 1 and June 30, 2020, hospitals will have suffered financial losses of $202.6 billion, or approximately $1.66 billion per day. These losses affect all hospitals, whether they are part of large chains or are stand-alone nonprofits. Economists expect the result to be more financial failures, mergers and bankruptcy filings in an industry that was already in dire financial straits. The panelists will discuss several issues that have been pushed to the forefront by the recent decisions in Gardens Medical Center and Verity Health Systems.


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    Sponsored by B. Riley

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    Real Estate in 2021 and Beyond: Trends from the Pandemic

    This panel of legal and business experts will examine the ripple effects of the COVID pandemic on the real estate world, including its impact on office buildings, retail, hospitality and lending. Starting with a brief overview of the market, the panelists will explore the domino effects of the pandemic on tenants, landlords, lenders and investors. What is different about this crisis from previous real estate downturns, and how will (or should) strategies differ? Will we see a wave of SAREs? What exacerbating problems could arise in retail bankruptcies (such as co-tenancy agreements in malls) or hospitality cases (such as franchise and flagging issues)? What opportunities will exist in 363 sales, lease assignments and discounted loans? This lively discussion of legal issues and business strategies promises to make you think of COVID effects in whole new ways.


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    Sponsored by FTI Consulting, Inc.

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  • Networking Hour


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  • The Business Case: Game-Changing Benefits of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    To make meaningful progress, legal professionals and the organizational cultures they inhabit must adopt a learning goal orientation and be willing to change. Join this keynote panel of legal professionals from across the nation for an active discussion on the business impacts of racial and gender diversity, equity, and inclusion within the legal industry.


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  • The Sherwood Streaming Koncerts Series Break

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    Take a break and enjoy some vintage jazz with the Sunset Singers in this Sherwood Streaming Koncerts production, a musical series brought to you by Sherwood Partners and agencyIP. GET SHERWOOD: We have proven solutions.


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  • Concurrent Sessions (2)

    Technology Issues: Crash Course

    This session will address how COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders prompted the rapid adoption of technology by the courts, the lessons learned along the way, and where technology can be used to further improve the efficiency, efficacy and safety of the bankruptcy process.


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    Issues Relating to CARES Act Loans

    This session will focus on the loan and debt-relief options that were created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) of 2020, and their impact on debtors and bankruptcy law and practice. The session will begin with a brief primer on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) lending program and Main Street lending programs, then delve into the various bankruptcy issues that have since emerged related to these lending programs, including access to loans, priority and subordination of lender claims, and certifications regarding future bankruptcy filings.


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  • Beverage Break

  • Crossfire

    Back by popular demand! This panel is in the format of the classic current-events TV program “Crossfire” and will address “hot” and “interesting” bankruptcy issues that are not being addressed in the other sessions. Each topic discussed will have parties taking opposing positions (pro/con).


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    Sponsored by Loeb & Loeb

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Conference Rates

ABI Member and Non-Member: $300

Program + ABI Membership for New Members*: $600

* Includes a one-year ABI membership for first-time members — a $375 value! Membership is individual and nonrefundable. If your membership has expired, select the regular conference rate and add in your membership-renewal fee.

Cancellation Policy

No refunds will be granted for this online program. Should you become unable to attend any or all of the sessions, a recording of all sessions will be sent to you, along with the corresponding educational materials.

Anti-Harassment Policy

The American Bankruptcy Institute is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers. Our anti-harassment policy can be found at


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This program is eligible for up to 5.75 hours of general CLE credit, including 1.25 hours of diversity and inclusion, in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 6.9 hours of general CLE credit, including 1.5 hours of diversity and inclusion, in 50-minute-hour states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit-rounding rules and might not be approved prior to the program. California MCLE: ABI certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 5.75 hours, including 1.25 hours of elimination of bias. States typically decide whether a program qualifies for MCLE credit in their jurisdiction 4-8 weeks after the program application is submitted. For many live events, credit approval is not received prior to the program

Instructional Delivery Method: Group Live delivered online due to COVID-19.

Financial Hardship Statement

ABI acknowledges that in some instances there will be persons who need to attend an educational seminar for CLE credit who are not able to pay full registration fees. ABI will handle such instances on a case-by-case basis and will work with the individual on alternative solutions. For persons who cannot meet the full registration rate, ABI will offer a reduced rate based on what the individual can reasonably afford to cover the cost of meals and materials. For persons unable to pay a reduced rate, ABI may allow the individual to work at the registration area for a few hours during attendee check-in, or assist in conference set-up. ABI also has reduced rates for government employees, professors, law clerks and students. For more information, please contact the American Bankruptcy Institute at (703) 739-0800 or send an e-mail to [email protected].

When and how can I access the virtual conference?

Registered attendees will receive a link via email to the attendee website 48 hours before the first session begins. The link will be sent to the email address you used to register for the program, and this is how you will access all of the conference content. You’ll use the same link each day to access the attendee website for the live conference and whenever you choose to view the on-demand content.

What if I don’t receive the link?

Contact [email protected], and a member of the ABI team can provide you with one.

Can I share this link with others?

As with in-person meetings, registrations cannot be shared. The registration provides a secure single-sign-on experience for the user.

How much time should I expect to be online during the event days?

The virtual workshop takes place over about 3.5 hours in the afternoon on both Tuesday and Wednesday. During breaks from the live sessions, you can visit other areas of the conference, such as the Attendee Lounge.

Are there any specific technology requirements?

You will be able to access the program sessions without downloading any plug-ins or software. However, for best results, we recommend that you use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Chromium Edge to access the sessions. The program will not be available on a mobile/cellphone (iPhone, Android, Blackberry), but can be accessed through laptop, desktop (PC or Mac) and certain other mobile devices (Surface Pro, iPad).

What are the suggested web browser prerequisites?

Internet Explorer 10 or higher
Chromium Edge 80 or higher
Google Chrome 53.0.2785 or higher
Safari 10.0.602.1.50 or higher
Firefox 76 or higher
Note: Mobile web browsers are not supported.