2019 Faculty

Mary Beth Ausbrooks

Mary Beth Ausbrooks (J.D., 1996, University of Memphis). Mary Beth practices in Nashville and is the sole owner in the consumer debtor firm of Rothschild & Ausbrooks, PLLC. She is a board certified Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist and has been certified as such by the Tennessee Supreme Court and the American Board of Certification. She has served as the Tennessee State Chair for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and is a former member of its Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the American Board of Certification and serves as Chair of the Standards Committee. Mary Beth has served as President, Vice-President and Secretary for the Middle Tennessee Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. Mary Beth has been recognized as a Super Lawyer for 2014 and was named a Mid South Rising Star for 2010 and 2011. She has offered several presentations on best practices for consumer debtor attorneys and on other aspects of the consumer debtor practice. Mary Beth is admitted to practice in the District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Honorable Paul M. Baisier

Judge Baisier has been a bankruptcy judge in the Northern District of Georgia in Atlanta since July of 2015. Prior to that time, he was for 15 years a partner in the Atlanta office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, where he represented creditors in bankruptcy and related workout and collection matters and various parties in commercial real estate matters. Judge Baisier began his legal career at King & Spalding, where he represented parties on all sides of bankruptcy cases, including debtors, creditors, creditors' committees, asset purchasers and even a future claims representative. Judge Baisier received a B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois with highest honors and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.

Alane A. Becket

Alane A. Becket is an AV® rated attorney and Managing Partner of Becket & Lee LLP, a Malvern, Pa. law firm providing comprehensive nationwide representation of financial institutions in bankruptcy matters, with a focus on consumer lenders and debt purchasers. In addition to client and industry relations, Alane focuses on litigation strategy, and Becket & Lee has been lead or co-counsel in some of the most influential decisions in consumer bankruptcy over the last 15 years.

In addition to her duties at Becket & Lee, Alane is President Elect of the American Bankruptcy Institute, a member of the National Association of Chapter Thirteen Trustees (NACTT) and the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees and the National Creditor’s Bar Association. Beginning in 2017, Alane was appointed to the ABI’s Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy. The ABI Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy is charged with researching and recommending improvements to the consumer bankruptcy system that can be implemented within its existing structure. These changes might include amendments to the Bankruptcy Code, changes to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, administrative rules or actions, recommendations on proper interpretations of existing law and other best practices that judges, trustees and lawyers can implement.

Alane has written and lectured extensively on consumer bankruptcy issues for a variety of professional organizations, including the NACTT, Norton Bankruptcy Law Advisor, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, ABI, FJC, as well as a host of local and regional organizations. Alane co-authored the revised edition of the ABI treatise Consumer Bankruptcy: Fundamentals of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code (Third Edition).

Jessica Knowles Boelter

Jessica Boelter represents clients in a wide variety of in court and out of court restructuring matters. Jessica is a partner in the Restructuring group. In court, Jessica has represented clients in complex and multi-faceted traditional, pre-packaged and pre-arranged chapter 11 cases. Her broad range of experience includes, among other things, negotiating DIP financing, cash collateral and exit financing packages; drafting, negotiating and implementing plans of reorganization; negotiating debt and equity documents for reorganized companies; drafting and negotiating sale documents and pleadings in connection with section 363 asset sales; strategic planning for debt restructuring alternatives and chapter 11 filings; preparing debtors for chapter 11 filings; and structuring exit strategies for chapter 11 proceedings. Out of court, she represents clients in connection with debt-for-equity exchanges and other corporate and debt restructurings and frequently counsels clients from a restructuring perspective on optimal structures for transactions and business relationships.

Jessica has received numerous recognitions, including being named by Global Restructuring Review to its “40 Under 40 2016” list, which featured 40 of the world’s leading restructuring specialists, aged 40 and under. Turnarounds & Workouts selected Jessica as one of the Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers for 2015. Law360 named Jessica a Rising Star as one of the country’s top eight bankruptcy lawyers under the age of 40. In addition, Jessica has been ranked as Up and Coming in Chambers USA Illinois Bankruptcy/Restructuring.

G. Eric Brunstad, Jr.

G. Eric Brunstad, Jr. is a partner at Dechert LLP. He received his JD from the University of Michigan Law School, and his LLM and JSD from the Yale Law School. He is currently involved with the pending reorganization of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. He has argued 10 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, has worked on more than 40 other matters in the Court, and argues cases regularly in the various federal courts of appeals. In addition to his practice, he is a Professor (Adjunct) of Law at NYU and a Visiting Lecturer in Law at the Yale Law School, where he teaches courses on bankruptcy, secured transactions, commercial law, argument and reason, federal courts, and other subjects. He began teaching at Yale in 1990 and has also taught at the Harvard Law School and the Georgetown Law Center. He is a contributing authority to the Collier treatise on bankruptcy law. His scholarly work has been cited by numerous courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Honorable Jeffrey W. Cavender

Jeffery W. Cavender was sworn in as a bankruptcy judge for the Northern District of Georgia on March 2, 2018. Judge Cavender graduated from Berry College, summa cum laude, in 1990 with a degree in history, and from the University of Georgia School of Law, cum laude, in 1993 where he was a member of the Georgia Law Review and inducted into the Order of the Coif. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Cavender was a partner in the financial restructuring practice of Troutman Sanders LLP where he primarily represented corporate debtors and secured lenders in Chapter 11 cases and mortgage servicers in consumer-related litigation and bankruptcy matters. Judge Cavender previously was a partner in the bankruptcy group of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (n/k/a Dentons LLP) and previously served as the general counsel for a national mortgage company. Judge Cavender recently completed his term as the chair of the Bankruptcy Section for the Atlanta Bar Association and prior to his appointment he served on the advisory committee for the ABI Southeastern Workshop. Judge Cavender currently serves as the Chair of the New Members Committee for the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges.

Honorable Edward J. Coleman, III

Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Georgia. Appointed to the Court June 27, 2013. Born in 1957 in Miami, Florida.

Education
Emory University, Atlanta, GA, B.B.A. (Accounting) 1979; University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, GA, J.D., 1982.

Career History
Private practice with the law firm of Surrett & Coleman P.A., Augusta, Georgia, from 1982 to 2013; concentrating in domestic relations, criminal defense, bankruptcy and insurance defense.
Served as a Chapter 7 panel trustee for the Southern District of Georgia from 1994 to 2013.

Appointments and Memberships
Chairman of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia in 2008-2009, Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia 2003-2010. President of the Augusta Bar Association 2012-2013; Member, Board of Governors of State Bar of Georgia, 2011 to 2013; National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges.

H. David Cox

David Cox practices bankruptcy law throughout the Western District of Virginia from his offices in Lynchburg, Danville, Staunton, Harrisonburg and Winchester. Prior to entering private practice, David served as a judicial law clerk for the late Hon. William E Anderson. He is the coeditor of the treatise, Bankruptcy Practice in Virginia, coauthored the fourth edition of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s book, Consumer Bankruptcy: Fundamentals of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, and has lectured at numerous regional and national CLE programs related to bankruptcy. David became a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference in 2009, he was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy in March, 2013, and served on the Case Administration Committee of the ABI Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy.

Professor David G. Epstein

David teaches Bankruptcy, Contracts, Business Associations, and UCC courses at the University of Richmond Law School. David previously worked at King & Spalding, Emory University, Haynes & Boone and a “record number” of different law schools.

David has co-authored books on bankruptcy for lawyers and law students and books on other subjects for law students. He has spoken at bankruptcy continuing legal education programs in Georgia and most other states, and his bar review lectures on contracts are shown in all states.

Robert C. Furr

Robert Furr serves as a Panel Trustee for the United States Department of Justice in the Southern District of Florida. He is regularly appointed as a Chapter 11 trustee and has been designated as the Chapter 12 trustee in the Southern District. Mr. Furr has represented numerous businesses in Chapter 7 liquidation and in Chapter 11 reorganizations and individuals in complex chapter 7 and chapter 11 proceedings. Mr. Furr lectures and writes frequently on issues of bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and remedies before National organizations.

Robert Furr was editor of NABTalk, the Journal of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, from 2000 to 2005. He was on the Board of the NABT from 2000 to 2011 and served as President during the 2008-2009 term. He is currently President of the Board of the American Board of Certification, the national board certification organization for Bankruptcy.

Robert Furr received his Juris Doctor from Emory University in 1975. He is admitted and licensed to practice law in Georgia and Florida and all Federal courts in Florida and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. In 1994, Mr. Furr was certified as a Consumer Bankruptcy Lawyer and a Business Bankruptcy attorney and he is listed with an “AV” rating in Martindale Hubbell, is listed in Best Lawyers in America, and is listed in Super Lawyers in Florida.

Mr. Furr is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

Elizabeth A. Green

Elizabeth Green, of BakerHostetler, practices primarily in the areas of bankruptcy and restructuring, and has represented corporate debtors and secured creditors, unsecured creditors, committees, bondholders and trustees in bankruptcy cases of corporate and individual debtors. Elizabeth also has experience with out-of-court workouts, assignments and receiverships, and has represented numerous parties as buyers in 363 sales.

Elizabeth is the leader of the firm's national Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors' Rights team and a member of the Policy Committee, our governing body. She has been inducted as a fellow in the prestigious American College of Bankruptcy, was named one of five Law 360 MVP’s in Bankruptcy in 2016 and is an adjunct professor at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law, where she teaches Advanced Bankruptcy.

Kelly M. Hagan

Kelly M. Hagan is a chapter 7 panel trustee in the Western District of Michigan, and has served as a chapter 11 and liquidating trustee in Michigan. She also serves as a receiver and fiduciary in trust and estate matters. Kelly is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and Oregon State Bar. She previously served as President of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees (President – 2013-2014) and as editor of NABT’s quarterly journal (2008-2011). In the Western District of Michigan, she has served on the ADR Program Committee (2014-2015, Co-chair with the Hon. James W. Boyd), Merit Selection Panel for the Bankruptcy Judgeships for the W.D. of Michigan (2013), and Local Rules Committee (2010-2011 and 2016-present). She is board-certified in consumer bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification (2014-present).

Honorable Wendy L. Hagenau

Judge Hagenau assumed the bench at Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, on May 25, 2010. Prior to her appointment, she was a partner at Bryan Cave Powell Goldstein in Atlanta, which was a combination of Powell Goldstein (a 100-year Atlanta firm) and Bryan Cave. Judge Hagenau graduated from Duke University Law School with honors in 1983. Judge Hagenau is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, and received her B.A. with highest honors from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1980. She served as an advisory board member for the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Law Journal as well as the treasurer and a director of the Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute. She became Chief Judge for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia on October 1, 2017.

Henry E. Hildebrand, III

Henry E. Hildebrand, III has served as Standing Trustee for Chapter 13 matters in the Middle District of Tennessee since 1982 and as Standing Chapter 12 Trustee for that district since 1986. He also is of counsel to the Nashville law firm of Farmer Purcell White & Lassiter, PLLC. Mr. Hildebrand graduated from Vanderbilt University and received his J.D. from the National Law Center of George Washington University. He is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and the Nashville Bar Foundation. He is Board Certified in consumer bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification and serves on its faculty committee. He is Chairman of the Legislative and Legal Affairs Committee for the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees (NACTT). He is on the Board of Directors for the NACTT Academy for Consumer Bankruptcy Education, Inc. and is an adjunct faculty member for the Nashville School of Law and St. Johns University School of Law. In addition, he has been appointed a commissioner to the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Consumer Bankruptcy Review Commission.

Robert J. Keach

Robert J. Keach, a shareholder at Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson, practices in the area of bankruptcy, reorganization and workouts. Mr. Keach's practice focuses on the representation of various parties in workouts and bankruptcy cases, including debtors, creditors, creditors committees, lessors and third parties acquiring troubled companies and/or their assets. Mr. Keach has appeared before the bankruptcy courts in the Districts of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Delaware, the Northern District of California and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Mr. Keach has appeared as a panelist on national bankruptcy, lender liability and creditors’ rights programs, and is the author of several articles on bankruptcy and creditors' rights appearing in the ABI Law Review, Commercial Law Journal and ABI Journal, among other publications. Mr. Keach is admitted to practice in Maine and Massachusetts.

Mr. Keach is currently an Adjunct Professor (Cross-Border Insolvency) at Boston College Law School.

Mr. Keach is the estate representative (and formerly, the chapter 11 trustee) in the cross-border railroad reorganization of Montreal Maine & Atlantic Railway, Ltd. Mr. Keach is the fee examiner as to all professionals retained by the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico. Mr. Keach was also the fee examiner in In re AMR Corporation (the chapter 11 cases of American Airlines and its parent and certain affiliates), Exide Technologies, Mineral Park, and Relativity Media. Mr. Keach has, inter alia, represented ad hoc committees in the Homebanc Mortgage, New Century TRS Holdings, and Nortel Networks cases in Delaware, as well as a public utilities commission in the FairPoint Communications case in the Southern District of New York, and parties in In re Sports Authority Holdings, Inc. (Delaware), In re Verso Corporation (Delaware), In re Heritage Home Group (Delaware), In re The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (Delaware), and In re Toys R Us, Inc. (E.D. Va.). Mr. Keach represents international private equity funds in distressed company acquisitions throughout the U.S.

Professional Affiliations: American Bankruptcy Institute, Past President (2009-2010); Co-chair of the ABI’s Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 (2012-2015); Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy; American Bar Association, Section on Business, Banking and Corporations, Section on Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law (Committee on Enforcement of Creditors Rights) and Section on Litigation; Certified - Business Bankruptcy Law - American Board of Certification (ABC).

David Lefkowitz

David Lefkowitz graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. and earned his J.D. from Emory University School of Law. The Lefkowitz Firm, LLC, represents individuals and corporations in their claims for legal malpractice (legal negligence) and similar claims such as breach of fiduciary duty, executor misconduct and ethical misconduct by attorneys and other fiduciaries. The firm also represents attorneys and law firms with regard to risk management and attorney’s fee disputes. David is an adjunct professor of legal malpractice law, ethics and risk management at the University of Georgia School of Law and is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars. David has offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Athens, Georgia.

Jeff J. Marwil

Jeff Marwil has held lead roles in some of the highest-profile Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases in America. He is the U.S. co-head of Proskauer’s Business Solutions, Governance, Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group, and head of the Chicago office. During his 30+ years of experience in bankruptcies, workouts and corporate restructurings, he has developed a reputation for providing sophisticated strategic advice to companies in distress, and solving challenging legal and business issues.

Jeff represents publicly traded and privately held companies, in and out of court, in the restructuring of complex capital structures and reorganizing their financial affairs and business operations. With his in-depth understanding of the roles and responsibilities of officers and directors of both publicly-traded and privately-held companies, Jeff regularly provides advice on issues of corporate governance and fiduciary duty related to companies in distress, their officers and directors, creditors and their shareholders.

He currently serves as lead counsel for debtors, official committees and trustees in some of the largest cases in America, including Energy Future Holdings Corp, the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, Inc. and ITT Educational Services, Inc. He also regularly represents private credit finance lenders in workouts and restructurings of their distressed credits.

KC Mathews

KC Mathews joined UMB Private Wealth Management in 2002. As Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of UMB Bank, n.a., KC is responsible for the development, execution and oversight of UMB’s investment strategy. He is chairman of the Trust Investment and Asset Allocation Committees and chairman of the Asset Management Policy Committee. KC has more than 25 years of experience in investments analysis and management for individuals, families, business owners and charitable organizations. His commentary has been featured in various national, regional and local media including Bloomberg. KC also contributes regularly to the UMB Blog, at blog.umb.com

Sabrina L. McKinney

Sabrina McKinney is a native of Autauga County Alabama, received her undergraduate degree from Auburn University in 1990 and her J.D. from Jones School of Law in 1993. After law school, she was in private practice where her focus was on litigation, estates, creditor’s rights and the representation of creditors in both state and bankruptcy courts. In 1997 she was hired as Senior Staff Attorney for Curtis C. (Cleve) Reding, Jr., Standing Chapter 13 Trustee for the Middle District of Alabama and served in that capacity until her appointment as the Chapter 12 Trustee for the Middle District of Alabama in August 2016 and as the Chapter 13 Trustee for the Middle District of Alabama in April 2017. She has been a speaker at numerous CLE’s on various bankruptcy and collection issues. She is currently admitted to practice by the Alabama Supreme Court, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States District Courts for the Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama. She has served as an officer and is a past president of the Alabama Bar Association’s Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section and currently serves on the Bar’s Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Data Center (NDC.org). Outside her position as Trustee, she is also very dedicated to her husband’s vocation as a cattle farmer and is active on the family farm. She is currently serving as Regional Vice President of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association.

Jill A. Michaux

Jill A. Michaux is the managing partner of Neis & Michaux, P.A., in Topeka, KS. She specializes in representing consumer debtors and small proprietors in chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy. Her primary focus is chapter 13 bankruptcy. She has been board certified in consumer bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification since 1992. She was a founding member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and served on its board of directors six years. She currently serves as a director of the National Consumer Bankruptcy Rights Center. She was a founder of her local and state bankruptcy bar associations and has served as president of both. In September 2018, she completed a six year appointment by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., on the Advisory Committee on the Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure to the Judicial Conference of the United States. She has practiced law with her husband, Mark W. Neis, since 1984. She was graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor of science in journalism in 1977 and earned her juris doctor with dean’s honors from Washburn University in 1982.

Professor Juliet M. Moringiello

Professor Moringiello is the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at Widener University Commonwealth Law School, where she regularly teaches Bankruptcy, Property, Sales, and Secured Transactions. Her recent bankruptcy articles have been published in the Illinois Law Review, the Washington & Lee Law Review, the Wisconsin Law Review, and the Fordham Law Review. Professor Moringiello is the Immediate Past Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Business Law Section, and served as Chair of the Section’s Task Force for the Enactment of the Uniform Voidable Transactions Act. In 2017, she served as the Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute Distinguished Visiting Professor From August 2017 to August 2018 Professor Moringiello was the host of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s monthly Eye on Bankruptcy webcast. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a Uniform Law Commissioner for Pennsylvania. She earned her B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University, her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, and her LL.M. from Temple University.

Christine Myatt

Christine Myatt chairs the Financial Services/ Bankruptcy Group at Nexsen Pruet, PLLC, a multi-state law firm located in North and South Carolina. She represents a wide variety of banking and financial institutions on real estate, construction, development and tax credit lending transactions and in workouts, debt restructuring and bankruptcy. She also represents a variety of farm credit associations throughout the Southeast and Texas on borrower rights, debt restructuring, bankruptcy, criminal referrals and policy issues related thereto. She further has extensive experience representing trustees, creditor's committees, debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, bondholders, guarantors, and others in numerous bankruptcy and workout cases in North Carolina, Virginia, the Southern District of New York and Delaware. Ms. Myatt has served as a receiver in various state and federal matters on behalf of various creditors and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. She formerly served as a member of the North Carolina Bar Association Board of Governors and chair of the North Carolina Bar Association Bankruptcy Section. She currently is a Fellow in the American Bar Foundation. She is certified as a specialist in Business Bankruptcy by the American Board of Certification and in Bankruptcy Law by the North Carolina State Board of Legal Specialization. She has been named among North Carolina's “Legal Elite” in bankruptcy law by Business North Carolina for seven consecutive years and was 1st in votes in bankruptcy law for 2010. She has been named a North Carolina “Super Lawyer” for Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights Law (2009-2016); a Top 50 Woman Lawyer in North Carolina (2012 -2015); one of the Best Lawyers in America since 2010; and one of the leading lawyers in NC for Bankruptcy by Chambers USA (2012 -2015). Ms. Myatt received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the North Carolina Bar Association Bankruptcy Section in 2015.

Honorable Cynthia A. Norton

Cynthia A. Norton graduated summa cum laude from the University of Kansas in 1981 with a double major in French and Art History. She received her law degree from the same institution in May 1984. She clerked for the Hon. John E. Rees of the Kansas Court of Appeals, and the Hon. James A. Pusateri, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, and was a partner at Lewis Rice & Fingersh in Kansas City, before establishing her own law firm in 1995. As a member of Grimes & Rebein, Judge Norton practiced in bankruptcy and related fields in Kansas and Missouri until being sworn in as a bankruptcy judge in the Western District of Missouri on February 1, 2013. She is the recipient of the Michael R. Roser Excellence in Bankruptcy Award, and the Robert L. Gernon Award for Outstanding Contribution to CLE, as well as a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy. Judge Norton has authored numerous articles and seminar papers, and spoken at conferences all around the country. She and her husband reside in Parkville, Missouri.

Kathy Bazioan Phelps

Kathy Bazoian Phelps is a partner at Diamond McCarthy LLP in Los Angeles and has been a lawyer since 1991. Kathy’s practice involves bankruptcy law, receiverships, fiduciary representation, and fraud litigation, representing litigants and parties in interest in all types of insolvency proceedings. She is particularly knowledgeable about the administration of Ponzi scheme cases and has extensive litigation experience in claims arising in these types of cases.

Kathy has lectured widely and written on bankruptcy and receivership matters, with a focus on Ponzi schemes. Her book entitled The Ponzi Book: A Legal Resource for Unraveling Ponzi Schemes,co-authored with Hon. Steven Rhodes, has garnered national and international attention as the authoritative work on Ponzi scheme law. Some of her other publications include Ponzi-Proof Your Investments: An Investor’s Guide to Avoiding Ponzi Schemes and Other Fraudulent Scams, The Depths Of Deepening Insolvency: Damage Exposure For Officers, Directors and Others, as well as The Ponzi Scheme Blog.

In addition to her roles as lawyer, speaker and author, Kathy also serves as a mediator and is currently on the roster of mediators for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, as well as the Bankruptcy Mediation Panel for the Central District of California and the Bankruptcy Mediation Panel for the District of Arizona.

Kathy is also Editor in Chief of Receivership News, and serves on the Boards of Directors for the American Bankruptcy Institute, California Receivers Forum, Los Angeles/Orange County Chapter, and National Association of Federal Equity Receivers.

Honorable Lisa Ritchey Craig

Judge Ritchey Craig was appointed to the bench on March 24, 2016. Since her appointment, she is serving on numerous committees for the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and has spoken at numerous conferences and seminars.

Prior to her appointment, Judge Ritchey Craig joined the law firm of McCullough Payne & Haan in May of 2004 after serving as a staff attorney for the Standing Chapter 13 Trustee in the Northern District of Georgia for over twelve years. Before that, Judge Ritchey Craig represented secured mortgage lenders in bankruptcy and foreclosure actions throughout Georgia. Immediately after law school, Judge Ritchey Craig clerked for the Honorable Mr. Justice Auld, Queens Bench, London, England. Judge Ritchey Craig has over 25 years of experience in handling bankruptcy matters for a range of financial institutions. She has represented numerous lenders in both core and adversary proceedings in Bankruptcy Court throughout Georgia, Tennessee and Florida.

Judge Ritchey Craig represented numerous financial institutions in Bankruptcy Court with respect to motions for use of cash collateral, section 363 sales, 503(b)(9) issues, preference actions, fraudulent conveyances, and motions for adequate protection or relief from the automatic stay. She frequently litigated in Bankruptcy Court over plan confirmation and other issues.

Judge Ritchey Craig represented financial institutions in appellate litigation at District Court (acting as an appellate court to the bankruptcy court) and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. She represented lenders as sole, co and amicus counsel and successfully litigated bankruptcy issues at these levels.

Judge Ritchey Craig served on The Board of Directors for the SBLI, The Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute. The Board is comprised of Practicing Bankruptcy Attorneys in the Southeast under the founding guidance of The Honorable W. Homer Drake, Jr. Judge Ritchey Craig served on numerous committees on the Board including the executive committee as Treasurer, President- Elect, President and Chair.

Judge Ritchey Craig served the Northern District of Georgia as a pilot participant within the electronic filing of documents with the Bankruptcy Court. She worked with the Court to develop the protocol for certain documents used by practicing attorneys and the Court.

Judge Ritchey Craig is currently serving on the Northern District of Georgia’s bench and bar committee and has worked on comments and revisions to the local rules and plan. The committee consists of practicing attorneys and the Clerk of Court. Its function is to provide a source for the Bench and The Bar to deal with issues related to the practice and the administration of bankruptcy cases in the Northern District of Georgia.

Judge Ritchey Craig received the Louis C. Brown, Jr. award from the Metro Atlanta Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney Group in 2012 for professionalism and significant contributions to the practice of Bankruptcy Law in the Northern District of Georgia.

Judge Ritchey Craig served on the Advisory Board to the ABI, the American Bankruptcy Law Institute. In that capacity, she formulated and assisted in the planning of skills seminars to benefit the local bar. She worked year round with the Board which consists of several active Bankruptcy Court Judges and practicing attorneys to produce two one day seminars annually. Judge Ritchey Craig also was the coordinating editor for the Consumer Corner column for the ABI Journal.

Judge Ritchey Craig writes and speaks on a national and regional basis on bankruptcy topics. She has written and presented programs such as “Select Automobile Lender Issues” and “Appeals” at the State Bar Business and Consumer Bankruptcy Meeting, “Bankruptcy Appeals” for the NACTT Academy, “Best Practices for Creditor’s Attorneys” at the State Bar Business and Consumer Bankruptcy Meeting, “Crossing your T’s; Trying Till” at the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal Symposium, Disposable Income, Commitment Period and 910 Car Claims, Why Can’t We All Get Along, A Reasoned Debate”, “Surrender in Plans, pre and post confirmation issues” and “Effective Brief Writing and Pleading and ‘Non Bankruptcy Causes of Action” at the NACTT annual conference. “Social Media Ethics Issues in Consumer Bankruptcy Ethics” NCBJ, “Recent Changes to Chapter 13 Practice”, “From Bar to Bench” at the Cobb County Bar Association, Numerous Judge’s Panels at Georgia State University School of Law, NACTT Annual Meeting, and Mercer University School of Law.  “Non- Bankruptcy Laws Every Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney Should Know” and “Homeowners Association Fees: Can Bankruptcy Offer A Solution?” at the State Bar Business and Consumer Bankruptcy Meeting.

Tiffany Williams Roberts

Tiffany Williams Roberts is a 2008 graduate with pro bono distinction of Georgia State University College of Law, where she served as the president of the Black Law Students Association, an Urban Fellow for the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth, and pupil of the Bleckley Inn of Court. Roberts also received the American Law Institute-American Bar Association Scholarship, Gate City Bar Association Hall of Fame Scholarship and Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys Foundation Scholarship as a law student.

In 2008, Roberts presented at the International Forum on Legal Education on her research in Durban, South Africa, on the value of mandatory clinical experience to law students. Also in 2008, she published a student note in the Tennessee Journal of Law and Policy based on her research abroad funded by the Study Space Fellowship at the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth, “The Ties That Bind: Capitalizing on the Existing Social Fabric in Public Housing to Revitalize Neighborhoods and Avoid Displacement in Panama City, Panama.”

In 2010, Roberts was appointed by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to sit on a community panel for the selection of the city’s next police chief. Her appointment was based on her leadership role in a local community safety organization. She presently volunteers with several organizations that promote justice, fairness and equity in the criminal justice system.

Roberts serves as the deputy director of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism. he also operates a solo law practice after over two years of practicing felony indigent defense at the Office of the Public Defender, Atlanta Judicial Circuit. Roberts has an interest in clinical legal education and legal ethics and professionalism, particularly as applied in the criminal justice setting.

Jorian Rose

Jorian Rose, of BakerHostetler, represents clients including debtors, borrowers, creditors, investors, sellers, purchasers and others in all stages of complex restructuring transactions, such as in-court and out-of-court reorganizations, debt restructurings, acquisitions and divestitures. With wide-ranging experience representing clients in distressed and non-distressed transactions, he focuses on advising businesses and their stakeholders undergoing transformation. Jorian draws on extensive commercial experience to provide clients with a unique perspective.

Jorian has played a leading role in a number of significant restructuring transactions and related commercial litigations.

Honorable Frank J. Santoro

The Honorable Frank J. Santoro was appointed as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge on February 21, 2008, sitting in Norfolk and Newport News, Virginia. He received undergraduate degrees, with honors, in political science, and economics and finance from Allegheny College in 1976, where he was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. degree from the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in 1979. Prior to his appointment, Judge Santoro was the managing partner of Marcus, Santoro & Kozak, P.C., located in Portsmouth and Chesapeake, Virginia, where his practice concentrated in bankruptcy, corporate reorganizations and corporate finance. He served as standing Chapter 13 Trustee beginning in 1987 and also a Chapter 7 Panel Trustee from December 1981 through May 1990. He was a former law clerk to Judge Hal J. Bonney, Jr. He has been a frequent speaker at seminars and is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. In 2003, Judge Santoro was selected by his peers as the outstanding bankruptcy lawyer in Virginia. Judge Santoro stays busy with his children and grandchildren. He is active in a variety of civic organizations and is an official USTA Ironman.

Daniel H. Slate

Daniel H. Slate has practiced law in Los Angeles for more than 40 years, almost exclusively with respect to insolvency, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy issues. A 1977 graduate of UCLA School of Law, Daniel regularly represents secured creditors and other interested parties in and out of the bankruptcy courts, including customers of or suppliers to businesses in financial distress, entities interested in buying assets from financially challenging situations, and others. He has served as National Bankruptcy Coordinating Counsel for Fannie Mae. As a partner at Buchalter, Daniel has been involved in chapter 11 cases and out-of-court matters throughout the United States. He is a regular contributor to the California Bankruptcy Journal, and has been an editor for years. He is also a frequent speaker on insolvency matters. To relax, Daniel studies Shaolin Karate (he is a second degree black belt) and enjoys traveling with his family and reading.

Bar Admissions
  • California
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Honorable James P. Smith

James P. Smith is the Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Georgia. Judge Smith was appointed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on February 22, 2010. Judge Smith attended the University of Georgia where he received his BBA-Finance degree in 1978 and his MBA and JD (Cum laude) degrees in 1981. Before taking the bench, Judge Smith was a partner with Arnall, Golden & Gregory from 1989 to 2005. In 2005, Judge Smith joined Stone & Baxter as a partner. While in private practice, Judge Smith’s practice concentrated on business litigation and representing debtors and creditors in consumer and business bankruptcy cases. Judge Smith is a frequent speaker and lecturer on bankruptcy topics.

Judge Smith served on the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Georgia and was its Chairman in 2000-2001. He also served on the Review Panel of the State Bar of Georgia in 2003 and was on the State Bar of Georgia Board of Bar Examiners from 2007 to 2010. Judge Smith was named a Georgia Super Lawyer by Atlanta Magazine in 2004 and 2005 and was listed in The Best Lawyers in America - Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditors Rights Law from 2005 through 2009.

Honorable John Waites

The Honorable John E. Waites was appointed as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of South Carolina on June 27, 1994 and was reappointed in 2008. He served as the District’s Chief Bankruptcy Judge from March 1, 2006 until March 1, 2013. He presently serves as President of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ) and a member of the Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System (having been appointed by Chief Justice Roberts in 2013). Judge Waites is also a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and a founding member of the J. Bratton Davis Bankruptcy American Inn of Court. He has been a twelve-year member of the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission of the South Carolina Supreme Court and is a member of the South Carolina Bar’s Pro Bono Board.