Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop 2021 July 30 - August 01 | Online

ABI and the Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop Advisory Board are pleased to present the 2021 Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop virtually, live from The Breakers Palm Beach.

Diversity, SBRA and What’s Next will be covered in general sessions. While an outstanding faculty of regional judges, academics and practitioners tackle the most pressing business, consumer and skill-focused topics of the insolvency industry today.

Because you might not be able or ready to travel to our in-person event, ABI will be bringing its Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop to you virtually, live from The Breakers Palm Beach. Through an innovative and interactive platform, attendees of the virtual workshop will be be able to be present for livestreamed panels and have access to on-demand sessions through September 1.

Click here to access the schedule for the in-person program.

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  • The following sessions will be simulcast live from The Breakers.


    Plenary Session

    Infected, Vaccinated or Cured?

    A look at the economic impact of COVID and the road ahead, including which industries will continue to struggle and may be casualties, which seem immune to the pandemic’s effects, and which were initially sick but appear to be on the road to recovery.

  • Stretch Break

  • Concurrent Sessions (2)

    Fast, but Not So Fast: Recent Developments in PPP Loans and the CARES Act

    Uncle Sam said, “Take the money; everything will be OK.” Now, the IRS, SBA and Congress are changing the rules, creating new hurdles for distressed businesses. This panel dives into recent legislation in CARES II and the evolving legal and regulatory landscape governing access to, and repayment of, PPP and EIDL loans.


    Consumer: Intersection of State Court Causes of Action in Bankruptcy

    State law and bankruptcy law intersect in any number of ways in any given bankruptcy case. This panel will focus on a few of the issues that arise in this context and discuss recent case law, as well as practice tips and strategy. More specifically, the panelists will cover the abstention doctrine and how bankruptcy courts analyze various state law claims under that doctrine; the potential impact of a bankruptcy case on divorce proceedings, including automatic stay and discharge issues; and the limitations on pursuing state court claims, such as standing, collateral estoppel and third-party releases. We hope you will join us and contribute your questions and experiences to the conversation.

  • Stretch Break

  • Concurrent Sessions (2)

    Consumer: Mortgage Forbearance and Modification Issues

    This panel will discuss changes in the CARES Act and Consolidated Appropriations Act, as well as general housing issues.


    360° of Investigation: A Roundtable Discussion Regarding the Investigation of Debtors and Recovery of Assets

    This panel of lawyers and insolvency professionals will lead a roundtable discussion regarding investigating debtors and recovering assets to enhance the value of a bankruptcy estate.

  • Lunchtime Virtual Networking

  • The following sessions will be on-demand beginning around 12:30 pm EDT.


    Concurrent Sessions (2)

    Stay 6 Feet Apart: Restructurings in the Hotel, Hospitality and Leisure Space

    Arguably no other industry has been impacted by the pandemic as much as the hospitality and leisure space. Hotels and conference centers are facing historic vacancy rates, while Airbnb’s IPO raised $86 billion. This panel discusses the unique challenges facing hotel and hospitality owners, operators, investors and brands seeking to ride out the current storm.


    I Can Use § 363 for That?!

    This panel will discuss recent developments in the sale context and unusual uses of § 363.

  • Partners
  • All sessions from Friday and Saturday morning will be available on-demand on the platform post-conference.


    Plenary Session

    Be in the Room Where It Happens: Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

    This panel will focus on issues regarding gender, race, diversity and belonging, and how to build a resilient workplace.

  • Concurrent Sessions (3)

    Energy Restructuring: What’s New in the Second Wave

    This panel will focus on the most recent wave of energy and oil & gas restructurings, discussing the latest trends and strategies nationally and regionally. The panelists will focus on evolving legal issues, including the rejection of midstream contracts and the competing jurisdictions of bankruptcy courts and federal agencies, as well as the potential impact of anticipated federal regulations and policy.


    Curbside Restructurings: Distress in Restaurants and Retail

    This panel will focus on the current crisis in the restaurant and retail sectors, looking at the financial, operational and regulatory impacts of the pandemic, landlord/tenant disputes and other restructuring challenges.


    Consumer: Recent Developments Relating to the Automatic Stay and Discharge (and Post-Discharge) Violations

    This panel will address recent developments relating to the automatic stay, including City of Chicago v. Fulton and its aftermath, as well as discharge and post-discharge violations.

  • Concurrent Sessions (2)

    Skills: The Use and Ethical Considerations of Technology in Remote Legal Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

    This panel will share technology tips and best practices, both internally and with clients, and address ethical considerations of technology in a practice.


    Consumer: New Chapter 13 Legislation (Including Possible Chapter 10)

  • Partners
  • All sessions from Friday and Saturday morning will be available on-demand on the platform post-conference.


    Plenary Session

    Small Business Reorganization Act Workshop

    This panel will provide a brief overview of how subchapter V is working in the system, the role of trustees, and hot topics related to subchapter V, including eligibility, disposable income, post-confirmation default and remedies, and much more.

  • Judicial Session: Small Group Breakouts on Ethical Dilemmas

    Small group breakouts, led by the judges of the Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop, will focus on different ethical dilemmas facing practitioners.

  • Partners

Virtual Attendee Rate

ABI Member: $225

ABI Govt./Nonprofit/Aca. Member: $150

Join & Save*: $575

Join & Save Govt./Nonprofit/Aca.*: $250

*Includes a one-year ABI membership for first-time members — a $375 value! You must be an ABI member to attend. Membership is individual and nonrefundable. If your membership has expired, select the member 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 are 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

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. ABI also has reduced rates for government employees, professors, law clerks and students. Financial assistance is available for this program. Illinois Attorneys: If registration fees are more than $500, attorneys who qualify will receive at least a 50% reduction in the registration fee. For more information, please contact the American Bankruptcy Institute at (703) 739-0800 or send an e-mail to [email protected].

Workshop Chairs

Hon. Benjamin A. Kahn, Judicial Chair

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (M.D.N.C.) | Greensboro

James R. Irving, Co-Chair

Dentons | Louisville, Ky.

Jennifer M. McLemore, Co-Chair

Williams Mullen | Richmond, Va.


Advisory Board

Bryan E. Bates

Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP | Atlanta

Jody A. Bedenbaugh

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP | Columbia, S.C.

David K. Bowsher

Balch & Bingham LLP | Birmingham, Ala.

Christine E. Brimm

Barton Brimm, PA | Columbia, S.C.

Matthew R. Brooks

Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP | Atlanta

Beverly M. Burden

Chapter 13 Trustee (E.D. Ky.) | Lexington

John P. Cournoyer

Northen Blue LLP | Chapel Hill, N.C.

Robert A. Cox, Jr.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP | Charlotte, N.C.

Melissa J. Davey

Standing Chapter 13 Trustee (N.D. Ga.) | Atlanta

Melissa Davis

KapilaMukamal, LLP | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Denise D. Dell-Powell

Dean Mead | Orlando, Fla.

Kelly Desgrosseilliers

Epiq | Wilmington, Del.

Jane H. Downey

Moore Taylor Law Firm | West Columbia, S.C.

Jeffrey R. Dutson

King & Spalding LLP | Atlanta

Reid E. Dyer

Moore & Van Allen | Charleston, S.C.

Ashley A. Edwards

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP | Charlotte, N.C.

Jonathan T. Edwards

Alston & Bird LLP | Atlanta

John David Folds

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC | Washington, D.C.

Curt S. Friedberg

GGG Partners, LLC | Atlanta

Craig M. Geno

Law Offices of Craig M. Geno, PLLC | Ridgeland, Miss.

Richard R. Gleissner

Gleissner Law Firm, LLC | Columbia, S.C.

Elizabeth A. Green

BakerHostetler | Orlando, Fla.

James S. Hadfield

Configure Partners, LLC | Atlanta

John B. Hutton, III

Greenberg Traurig, LLP | Miami

Joe A. Joseph

Burr & Forman LLP | Nashville, Tenn.

Stephanie C. Lieb

Trenam Law | Tampa, Fla.

Justin B. Little

Reynolds, Reynolds & Little, LLC | Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Jennifer B. Lyday

Waldrep Wall Babcock & Bailey PLLC | Winston Salem, N.C.

John H. Maddock, III

McGuireWoods LLP | Richmond, Va.

Christopher R. Maddux

Butler Snow LLP | Ridgeland, Miss.

John Makuch

Alvarez & Marsal | Atlanta

Ryan E. Manns

Norton Rose Fulbright | Dallas

Robert M. Mercer

Mercer Law LLC | Atlanta

Lance T. Miller

The Claro Group | Washington, D.C.

Mark A. Mintz

Jones Walker LLP | New Orleans

J. Leland Murphree

Maynard Cooper & Gale | Birmingham, Ala.

Christine L. Myatt

Nexsen Pruet | Greensboro, N.C.

Raoul Nowitz

SOLIC Capital | Atlanta

Nisha R. Patel

Samuel I. White, P.C. | Richmond

Edward J. Peterson, III

Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Postler, P.A. | Tampa, Fla.

Rebecca Finch Redwine

Hendren, Redwine & Malone, PLLC | Raleigh, N.C.

Jeremy L. Retherford

Balch & Bingham LLP | Birmingham

David L. Rosendorf

Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton | Miami

Ashley S. Rusher

Blanco Tackabery & Matamoros, P.A. | Winston-Salem, N.C.

David M. Schilli

Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. | Charlotte, N.C.

J. Ellsworth Summers, Jr.

Burr & Forman LLP | Jacksonville, Fla.

Nicolette C. Vilmos

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP | Orlando, Fla.

Jason H. Watson

Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP | Atlanta

Jeffrey R. Waxman

Morris James LLP | Wilmington, Del.

Michael H. Weaver

Rogers Townsend, LLC | Columbia, S.C.

Margaret R. Westbrook

K&L Gates LLP | Raleigh, N.C.

Nancy J. Whaley

Standing Chapter 13 Trustee (N.D. Ga.) | Atlanta

Rory D. Whelehan

Whelehan Law Firm, LLC | Greenville, S.C.

Jeremy S. Williams

Kutak Rock LLP | Richmond, Va.

Kristi S. Williams

Lefkoff, Rubin, Gleason, Russo & Williams, P.C. | Atlanta


Southeast Online (applies to any sessions viewed during simulcast on Friday, July 30)
5.5 hours of CLE credit are pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 6.6 hours of CLE credit are pending in 50-minute-hour states. Credit hours granted are subject to each state’s CLE credit-approval regulations and might not be approved prior to the program. NY MCLE: This transitional and nontransitional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the CLE Board for a maximum of 5.5 credit hoursCalifornia MCLE: ABI certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 6.6 hours.

Southeast On-demand (applies to any sessions viewed non-simulcast)

12 hours of CLE credit, including 1.5 hours of ethics, are pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 14.4 hours of CLE credit, including 1.8 hours of ethics, are pending in 50-minute-hour states. Credit hours granted are subject to each state’s CLE credit-approval regulations and might not be approved prior to the program. NY MCLE: This transitional and nontransitional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the CLE Board for a maximum of 14 credit hours, of which 1.5 hours of credit can be applied toward the ethics professionalism requirement. California MCLE: ABI certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 12 hours, of which 1.5 hours will apply to ethics.


Cumulative CLE certificates for on-demand sessions will be issued after September 1.

CPE credit is NOT AVAILABLE for the Virtual Workshop.


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.

Will I be able to watch the session recordings at a later date?

The session recordings will be available directly on the attendee page using your 'Magic Link'. Recordings will be accessible until September 1, 2021.

What version of zoom do I need?

To maximize your experience, please make sure you have updated to version 5.3.0 or higher of Zoom so you can enjoy its latest features.

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 and Chromium Edge to access the sessions. The program will not be available on a mobile/cell phone (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.