All Events at Annual Spring Meeting 2018

Schedule at a Glance

2018 Annual Spring Meeting THURSDAY SCHEDULE
  • Optional Event: Golf Tournament at Westfields Golf Club

    • 8:00 a.m.
  • ABC Exams

    • 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Special Symposium (add’l. fee) Too Big to Fail: 10 Years Later

    Featuring thought leaders from academia, the bench, and representatives from U.S. and European governmental agencies and private organizations, this special half-day symposium will address resolution of SIFIs in single-point-of-entry U.S. chapter 11 proceedings, in OLA proceedings, and under proposed chapter 14/subchapter V; preservation of the value of qualified financial contracts during the resolution process; safe-harbored contract close-out practices and potential improvements; non-U.S. single-point-of-entry cases, multiple-point-of-entry proceedings, non-SIFI bankruptcy cases and clearing organization resolution; assurances during the process for clearing organizations, repo counterparties and settlement banks; and industry reluctance to participate in certain solutions. You won’t want to miss these stimulating discussions!

    • 1:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Optional Event: Blowout Bar Salon: Perfect Hair and Networking for Women

    • 3:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Optional Event: The Grooming Lounge: Hot Shave and Networking for Men

    • 3:00-5:00 p.m.
  • ABI "40 under 40" Reception (invitation only)

    • 5:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Opening Reception at Marriott Marquis

    Sponsored by FTI Consulting, Inc., Gavin/Solmonese LLC, Jenner & Block LLP and Loeb & Loeb LLP

    Bars sponsored by East West Bank and Freeborn & Peters LLP

    • 6:00-7:30 p.m.
2018 Annual Spring Meeting Friday Schdule
  • Hot Breakfast

    • 8:00-8:30 a.m.
  • Plenary Session: The Most Important Bankruptcy Cases Ever

    Join the panelists as these experts from across the country debate which bankruptcy decision was the most important of all time!

    Richard B. Levin, Moderator
    Jenner & Block; New York

    Maria J. DiConza
    Greenberg Traurig LLP; New York

    Jeremy R. Fisher
    Drummond Woodsum; Portland, Maine

    Whitman L. Holt
    Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP; Los Angeles

    Stephen D. Lerner
    Squire Patton Boggs; Cincinnati

    Claire Ann Resop
    Steinhilber Swanson, LLP; Madison, Wis.

    • 8:30-9:50 a.m.

    • 9:50-10:00 a.m.
  • Concurrent Sessions (4)

    Best Practices in Settlements After Jevic

    The Supreme Court’s opinion in Jevic limited the options available to effectuate settlements, particularly over the objection of impacted parties. This panel will discuss creative approaches to implementing settlements and disposing of cases, with a special focus on cases where objecting parties are seeking to prevent settlement.

    Edward T. Gavin, Moderator
    Gavin/Solmonese LLC; Wilmington, Del.

    Daniel F. Dooley
    MorrisAnderson; Chicago

    Hon. Kevin Gross
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Del.); Wilmington

    Eve H. Karasik
    Levene, Neale, Bender, Yoo & Brill, LLP; Los Angeles

    Jeffrey N. Pomerantz
    Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones; Los Angeles

    Consumer: ABI Commission Public Hearing - Federal and State Govt Claims Part 1

    Hon. William H. Brown (ret.)
    Commission Co-Chair, Carbondale, Colo.

    Hon. Elizabeth L. Perris (ret.)
    Commission Co-Chair, Portland, Ore.

    Why Foreign Companies Are Filing Under U.S. Chapter 11

    This panel will explore the reasons why the U.S. is so frequently selected by foreign debtors and will focus on jurisdictional issues, the extent of the automatic stay and the ability to bind non-U.S. creditors. The panelists will examine such recent cases as Abengoa, CHC Group and foreign shipping companies.

    Craig Martin, Moderator
    DLA Piper; Wilmington, Del.

    Hon. Kevin J. Carey
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Del.); Wilmington

    Jennifer C. DeMarco
    Clifford Chance; New York

    Michael J. Epstein
    Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP; Boston

    Comparison of Asset Sales Under § 363 and Asset Sales Pursuant to a Plan of Reorganization

    Hosted by the Asset Sales and Secured Credit Committees

    Thomas A. Buck
    EisnerAmper LLP; Iselin, NJ

    Dawn M. Cica
    Mushkin - Cica - Coppedge; Las Vegas

    Jeff J. Marwil
    Proskauer; Chicago

    Frank A. Merola
    Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP; Los Angeles

    • 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Networking Break

    • 11:00-11:30 a.m.
    • Concurrent Sessions (3)

      Demystification of Executory Contracts in Bankruptcy

      Hear Judge Harner interview the leading bankruptcy scholar on executory contracts, Prof. Jay Westbrook, as he explains and “demystifies” them.

      Hon. Michelle M. Harner
      U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Md.); Baltimore

      Prof. Jay L. Westbrook
      University of Texas School of Law; Austin, Texas

      Consumer: ABI Commission Public Hearing – Part II

      A Primer on the Uniform Voidable Transactions Act: Substance, Implementation and Legal Interpretation

      Hosted by the Legislation and Commercial Fraud Committees

      Leanne Gould
      Aprio, LLP; Atlanta

      Christopher A. Jones
      Whiteford Taylor Preston LLP; Falls Church, VA

      Prof. Kenneth C. Kettering
      Brooklyn Law School; New York

      Erika Lynn Morabito
      Foley & Lardner LLP; Washington, D.C.

      Thomas R. Walker
      McGuireWoods LLP; Atlanta

      • 11:30-12:30 p.m.
    • Luncheon

      Featuring Keynote by Ed Henry

      American broadcast journalist, best-selling author and chief national correspondent for Fox News Channel

      Sponsored by Burford Capital and Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

      • 12:30-2:10 p.m.

      How to Successfully Litigate a Relief-from-Stay Motion

      Hon. Barbara J. Houser, Moderator
      U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Tex.); Dallas

      Bess M. Parrish Creswell
      Burr & Forman LLP; Mobile, Ala.

      Mark M. Maloney
      King & Spalding LLP; Atlanta

      R. Scott Williams
      Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell; Birmingham, Ala.

      Power Industry: What’s Next?

      In recent history, nuclear and coal power have been under attack while gas and renewables have been thriving. Has that now changed? Disruptions to this industry, and the related bankruptcies, seem to be one of the few certainties. Join our experts as they discuss the future power-industry issues that you are likely to encounter.

      Carlyn R. Taylor, Moderator
      FTI Consulting, Inc.; Denver

      Scott D. Cousins
      Bayard, P.A.; Wilmington, Del.

      Judah Rose
      ICF, Inc.; Fairfax, Va.

      Steven N. Serajeddini
      Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Chicago

      Morgan Suckow
      Guggenheim Securities; New York

      Rights Offering Introduction and Overview

      This panel will provide an overview of rights offerings and issues that frequently arise, including limitations under the securities laws as to which creditors can participate, what happens to those creditors who cannot participate, what is a backstop party, who has the right to participate in the backstop, how backstop parties are compensated, and the limitations on the use of § 1145 in connection with rights offerings and any securities subscribed for in rights offerings.

      Anupama Yerramalli, Moderator
      Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP; New York

      Andrew M. Leblanc
      Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP; Washington, D.C.

      Michael O’Hara
      PJT Partners Inc.; New York

      Damian S. Schaible
      Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; New York

      Consumer: Access to Chapter 13 Justice

      Hosted by the Ethics & Professional Compensation and Consumer Bankruptcy Committees

      Margaret A. Burks
      Office of the Trustee; Cincinnati

      Hon. Mildred Cabán
      U.S. Bankruptcy Court - District of Puerto Rico; San Juan

      B. Summer Chandler
      Georgia State University College of Law; Atlanta

      Elizabeth Gunn
      Virginia Office of the Attorney General; Richmond, VA

      • 2:30 -3:30 p.m.
    • Happy Half-Hour Networking Reception

      Sponsored by Development Specialists, Inc. and Proskauer

      • 3:30-4:00 p.m.
    • Plenary Session: Artificial Intelligence: Why It Matters to Your Future Bankruptcy Practice

      Robert Ambrogi, Moderator
      Law Office of Robert J. Ambrogi; Boston

      Andrew Arruda
      Ross Intelligence; San Francisco, CA

      Owen Byrd
      Lex Machina; Menlo Park, CA

      Darby Green
      Bloomberg Law; New York

      Shawnna Hoffman

      Michael Mills
      Neota Logic; New York

      Ed Walters
      Fastcase; Washington, D.C.

      • 4:00-5:30 p.m.
    • Optional Event: Women’s Networking Reception

      • 6:00-7:00 p.m.
    • Optional Event: “The Wiz” at Ford’s Theatre

      • 7:30-10:00 p.m.
    • Endowment Reception (invite only)

      Sponsored by Perkins Coie LLP and Rust Omni

      • 10:00-11:00 p.m.
2018 Annual Spring Meeting Saturday Schedule
  • Hot Breakfast

    • 8:00-8:30 a.m.

    Judicial Round & Round

    Featuring the Judges of the 36th Annual Spring Meeting

    Is Mediation the Antidote for Health Care Disputes?

    Hosted by the Mediation and Health Care Committees

    Elizabeth A. Green
    BakerHostetler; Orlando, Fla.

    Hon. Benjamin A. Kahn
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court - M.D.N.C.; Greensboro

    Randa J. Karambelas
    ToneyKorf Partners, LLC; New York

    Nancy A. Valentine
    Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C.; Cleveland

    Key Issues and Emerging Trends in Hospitality Defaults

    Hosted by the Business Reorganization and Real Estate Committees

    Scott Underwood, Moderator
    Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; Tampa

    Allison R. Day
    Genovese Joblove & Battista, PA; Miami

    Elise S. Frejka
    Frejka PLLC; New York

    Eric E. Walker
    Perkins Coie LLP; Chicago

    • 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Networking Break

    • 9:30-10:00 a.m.
    • Concurrent Sessions (4)

      Obsolescence as a Catalyst

      What happens when you represent a brick and mortar retailer, a newspaper or perhaps a coal-producer? What might be your client’s exit plan be? Leaning on other recent dying-industry experience, the panelists will explore various strategies on how the tough times ahead for such clients can be addressed in a bankruptcy, whether through a restructuring or a wind-down and liquidation of the company.

      Brian M. Resnick, Moderator
      Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; New York

      Holly F. Etlin
      AlixPartners LLP; New York

      Jeffrey Finger
      Jefferies LLC; New York

      Joseph M. Geraghty
      Conway MacKenzie, Inc.; Birmingham, Mich.

      Marjorie E. Kaufman
      Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC; Boston

      Coaching Your Non-Expert Witness

      Have you ever had your expert sink your case with the wrong words? This no longer needs to be the case. Learn how to get the best testimony out of nonprofessional witnesses, including business owners and CFOs. This panel will discuss various evidentiary matters, including the use of affidavits, how to get hearsay in, special rules for business owners (valuation testimony and how to make it credible), direct testimony and business records.

      Marty L. Brimmage, Jr., Moderator
      Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Dallas

      Camille C. Bent
      BakerHostetler; New York

      Matthew T. Gensburg
      Gensburg Calandriello & Kanter, P.C.; Chicago

      Hon. Pamela Pepper
      U.S. District Court (E.D. Wis.); Milwaukee

      Consumer: Threats To And Opportunities For the Consumer Practice

      Technology (including Upsolve) and changes to the law are affecting and will continue to affect the day-to-day practice of consumer bankruptcy attorneys. This panel will explore what these changes are — and how you can ensure your business survives in this difficult landscape.

      Hon. Martin R. Barash, Moderator
      U.S. Bankruptcy Court (C.D. Cal.); Woodland Hills

      Jill D. Olsen
      The Olsen Law Firm, LLC; Kansas City, Mo.

      Jonathan Petts
      Upsolve; New York

      Brian L. Shaw
      Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC; Chicago

      Stern Revisited: In re Millennium Lab Holdings and Beyond

      Hosted by the Bankruptcy Litigation and Young and New Members Committees

      Patrick M. Birney
      Robinson & Cole LLP; Hartford, Conn.

      Gianfranco Finizio
      Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP; New York

      J. Leland Murphree
      Maynard Cooper & Gale; Birmingham, Ala.

      Shane G. Ramsey
      Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP; Nashville, Tenn.

      Nicole Stefanelli
      Cullen and Dykman LLP; Newark, NJ

      • 10:00-11:15 a.m.
    • Grab-’N-Go Break

      • 11:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
    • Concurrent Sessions (3)

      Latest Use of Litigation Finance in Insolvency Proceedings

      When capital is scarce and risk appetites are low, potentially valuable legal claims are not always pursued. How does one explore litigation financing? Furthermore, how does one determine whether that financing is in the best interest of the estate and its creditors? This panel will provide a primer on litigation financing, with a focus on recent cases where bankruptcy trustees have utilized this tool.

      Derek C. Abbott, Moderator
      Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP; Wilmington, Del.

      Lee E. Buchwald
      Buchwald Capital Advisors LLC; New York

      Marc J. Carmel
      Longford Capital Management, LP; Phoenix

      Kenneth H. Eckstein
      Bentham IMF; New York

      Christy Searl
      Burford Capital LLC; New York

      Navigating § 552: Pre-Petition Security Interests in Proceeds

      How and when is a secured creditor’s rights affected by § 552? This session will examine typical scenarios so you can learn all you need to know about this difficult area of the law.

      Christopher A. Ward, Moderator
      Polsinelli PC; Wilmington, Del.

      Hon. Laurel M. Isicoff
      U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Fla.); Miami

      Robert J. Miller
      Bryan Cave LLP; Phoenix

      Paul H. Zumbro
      Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; New York

      Consumer: Revisiting FRBP 3015.1 – How Courts and Cases Are Implementing Rule 3015.1 Five Months On

      This panel will review and debate issues regarding the new official form for chapter 13 plans, including how courts are tinkering with Rule 3015.1 — and why courts think they have the ability to do so.

      Hon. Jeffrey P. Norman, Moderator
      U.S. Bankruptcy Court (W.D. La.); Shreveport

      Michael T. Bates
      JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Dallas

      Lon A. Jenkins
      Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee; Salt Lake City

      Ariane Holtschlag
      Law Office of William J. Factor, Ltd.; Chicago

      • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
      • Optional Event: The Next Wave in Retail Cases

        Eye On Bankruptcy Live

        Sponsored by McGuireWoods LLP

        Prof. Juliet M. Moringiello, Moderator
        Widener University School of Law; Harrisburg, Pa.

        Jeffrey L. Cohen
        Lowenstein Sandler LLP; New York

        Lillian Rizzo
        The Wall Street Journal; New York

        • 12:30-2:00 p.m.
      • Concurrent Sessions (2)

        Business Bankruptcy Legal Update

        Deryck A. Palmer, Moderator
        Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; New York

        Matthew T. Faga
        Markus Williams Young & Zimmermann LLC; Denver

        Elizabeth J. Futrell
        Jones Walker LLP; New Orleans

        Christopher J. Giaimo
        Clark Hill PLC; Washington, D.C.

        Consumer Bankruptcy Legal Update

        Deborah B. Langehennig, Moderator
        Chapter 13 Trustee; Austin, Texas

        Hon. William Houston Brown (ret.)
        Carbondale, Colo.

        David W. Houston III
        Mitchell, McNutt & Sams; Aberdeen, Miss.

        Prof. Bruce A. Markell
        Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law; Chicago

        • 2:15-3:30 p.m.
        • Wine & Cheese Reception

          • 3:30-4:00 p.m.

          ABC Program: Professionalism! Competence! Featuring Judges on Best Practices

          Bankruptcy judges sound off on the best (and worst) behavior of our bankruptcy brothers and sisters. Join us in our first ABC-sponsored session!

          Craig M. Geno, Co-Moderator
          Craig M. Geno, PLLC; Ridgeland, Miss.

          J. Scott Bovitz, Co-Moderator
          Bovitz & Spitzer; Los Angeles

          Hon. James M. Carr
          U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Ind.); Indianapolis

          Hon. David W. Hercher
          U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Or.); Portland

          Hon. Jerry C. Oldshue, Jr.
          U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Ala.); Mobile

          Hon. James J. Tancredi
          U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Conn.); Hartford

          Hon. Mary F. Walrath
          U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Del.); Wilmington

          Blurring the Lines: The Advent and Ethics of Multidisciplinary Practice

          Hosted by the International and Financial Advisors & Investment Banking Committees

          Jerry Henechowicz
          MNP Ltd.; Toronto

          James Horgan
          PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; Edison, NJ

          Annerose Tashiro
          Schultze & Braun GmbH; Achern, Germany

          Restructuring a Firm After Discrimination or Sexual Harassment Claims

          Hosted by the Commercial and Regulatory Law Committee

          Ford Elsaesser
          Elsaesser Anderson Chtd.; Sandpoint, ID

          Hon. Judith K. Fitzgerald (ret.);
          Tucker Arensberg, P.C.; Pittsburgh

          Ervin Terwilliger
          321 Capital Partners; Marriottsville, MD

          • 4:00-5:00 p.m.
2018 Annual Spring Meeting Sunday Schedule
  • Hot Breakfast

    • 8:30-9:00 a.m.
  • Plenary Session: Judges' Hot Topics

    William J. Rochelle, III, Moderator
    American Bankruptcy Institute; New York

    Hon. Daniel P. Collins
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Ariz.); Phoenix

    Hon. Robert D. Drain
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.); White Plains

    Hon. Bruce A. Harwood
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. N.H.); Concord

    • 9:00-10:00 a.m.
  • Break

    • 10:00-10:15 a.m.
    • Ethics Program: Your Ethical Duties

      This panel will focus on the duties professionals have to protect electronically stored client information, best practices, ethical obligations and business considerations.

      Ira L. Herman, Moderator
      Blank Rome LLP; New York

      Bennett B. Borden
      Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Washington, D.C.

      Elizabeth B. Vandesteeg
      Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP; Chicago

      Nicolette C. Vilmos
      Broad and Cassel LLP; Orlando, Fla.

      • 10:15-11:45 a.m.
    11:45 a.m. ADJOURN