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 10 years.
In addition to her duties at Becket & Lee, Alane is a member of the Executive Committee and Vice-President of Publications for the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI). She is on the Board of Directors of the National Creditors Bar Association (NARCA), and a member of the National Association of Chapter Thirteen Trustees (NACTT) and the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees.
Alane has written and lectured extensively on consumer bankruptcy issues for a variety of professional organizations, including the Norton Bankruptcy Law Advisor, NARCA, the NACTT, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, ABI, Commercial Law League of America and a host of local and regional creditor organizations. Recently, 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 Corporate Reorganization and Bankruptcy group at Sidley Austin LLP. 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.
William E. Brewer, Jr
William E. (Billy) Brewer, Jr. has lived and practiced law in Raleigh since 1977, primarily as a sole practitioner or in a small firm. He was a general practitioner from 1977 – 1987. Since 1987, Brewer has concentrated his practice in representing debtors in chapter 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcies. He was certified as a specialist in consumer bankruptcy by the NC State Bar in 1993. He served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) from 1997-2015 and as NACBA’s President from 2011-2012. Billy is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy (2009). In 2014, Brewer received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Bankruptcy Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. He has served as a faculty member at SBLI on numerous occasions.
G. Eric Brunstad, Jr.
G. Eric Brunstad, Jr. is a partner at Dechert, LLP where he serves as co-chair of the firm’s appellate practice group. He has argued 10 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, including matters involving bankruptcy, the First Amendment, fee-shifting, taxation, the Commerce Clause, statutory interpretation, jurisdiction, and arbitration. In addition to the cases he has argued, Eric has worked on over 35 other matters in the Supreme Court, including matters involving bankruptcy, federal licensing, civil rights, procedure, insurance, sovereign immunity, pensions, energy contracts, and defamation. He has also argued and briefed numerous cases in most of the federal courts of appeals, including matters involving insurance, setoff, prepayment premiums, subrogation, and a variety of other commercial law and constitutional topics. Eric has argued two en banc bankruptcy matters in the Third and Eighth Circuits. In addition to his practice, he is currently a Professor (Adjunct) of Law at New York University School of Law, and a frequent Visiting Lecturer in Law at the Yale Law School where he teaches courses on bankruptcy, argument and reason, federal jurisdiction, commercial transactions, secured transactions, and international insolvency law. He began teaching at Yale in 1990, and has also taught at the Harvard Law School. He recently published a textbook entitled “Secured Transactions, Teaching Materials” with his co-author, Jim White.
Eric has been recognized as a leading lawyer in numerous venues, including Leading Lawyer in Appellate Law, The Best Lawyers in America, Connecticut Super Lawyers, International Who’s Who of Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers, and Leading Lawyer in Bankruptcy Law. His scholarly work has been cited or quoted by many courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
Eric’s arguments in the Supreme Court include his argument on behalf of the petitioners in the Milavetz First Amendment matter, Milavetz v. United States, 130 S. Ct. 1324 (2010); the Marshall family in the Anna Nicole Smith case, Marshall v. Marshall, 547 U.S. 293 (2006); his argument on behalf of Travelers in Travelers Cas. & Sur. Co. v. Pacific Gas & Elec. Co., 127 S. Ct. 1199 (2007); and his argument on behalf of Citizens Bank in Marrama v. Citizens Bank of Massachusetts, 549 U.S. 365 (2007).
Samuel K. Crocker
Mr. Crocker was sworn in as the United States Trustee for Region 8 (Kentucky and Tennessee) on July 17, 2011; and appointed United States for Region 20 (Kansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico) in June, 2014. He continues to serve in both regions. During his tenure as U.S. Trustee, in addition to his regional duties, Mr. Crocker has served on the Program’s Independent Trustee Working Group, and as a member of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees (NABT) and National Association of Chapter Thirteen Trustees (NACTT) Liaison Committees. He also has, and continues to serve as a USTP representative on the “Best Practices” committee, created and tasked to examine and determine ways to allow and encourage trustees, debtor counsel, and other regular participants, to practically and fairly work together for the benefit of all bankruptcy system stakeholders.
Prior to his U.S. Trustee appointment, Mr. Crocker engaged in the private practice of law in Nashville, Tennessee for over 25 years. His practice included representation of debtors, creditors and trustees; while he also served from 1984 and continuously thereafter as a member of the standing panel of Chapter 7 Trustees for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.
Mr. Crocker received his BA from Vanderbilt University and his J.D. from the University of Mississippi. He was a long time board member and past president of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees; and a former contributing editor to NABTalk, the Journal of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, for which he authored the article on recent case decisions for 12 years. He co-authored, with Robert Waldschmidt, Impact of the 2005 Bankruptcy Amendments on Chapter 7 Trustees; The American Bankruptcy Law Journal, Volume 79, Issue 2, 2005, and authored Dueling Statutes: Application of Code § §547(e)(2) and 547(c)(1) to Avoidance of Lien Perfection, 2009 Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law.
Mr. Crocker is a former Director of the Mid South Commercial Law Institute, and a frequent speaker on bankruptcy law and practice at local, regional, and national meetings and seminars.
Honorable Mary Grace Diehl
Mary Grace Diehl was appointed to the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia in February 2004. Prior to that time, she chaired the Bankruptcy Group at Troutman Sanders LLP. During her years in private practice, she was consistently named in The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers US: America’s Leading Business Lawyers. She received a B.A. summa cum laude from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York and her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law. Judge Diehl is Immediate Past President of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, and serves on the Boards of the American Bankruptcy Institute and Turnaround Management Association. She is a Fellow and Vice President of the American College of Bankruptcy and a former President of the Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute. She received the Woman of the Year in Restructuring Award in 2008 from IWIRC (International Women in Restructuring Confederation) and the David W. Pollard award for professionalism from the Atlanta Bar in 2013. Judge Diehl has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Emory Law School and is a frequent speaker at educational programs.
Franklin Drake, Esq.
Frank Drake concentrates his practice in the areas of creditors’ rights, creditors’ bankruptcy, and commercial litigation. Frank has worked with credit unions, banking and financial institutions, consumer and commercial lenders, and student loan agencies to enforce contracts, minimize losses, and fight fraud. As federal regulatory compliance has become increasingly complex, he also assists lenders with difficult compliance issues.
He has more than 30 years of legal experience. He was first admitted to practice law in Kentucky in 1978. Since then he has been admitted to practice in North Carolina and West Virginia. In Kentucky he was active in drafting statutory law on judgments and garnishments, the design and use of that state’s judgment execution forms, and policies and procedures concerning foreign judgment registration and land records docketing.
Frank has taught classes on bankruptcy and commercial law for the Indiana Bankers Association at Butler University, the National Association of State-Chartered Credit Union Supervisors and various states’ Credit Union Leagues. He also served as speaker for several student loan lending agencies, credit unions, and state and local bar associations. Additionally, he has held compliance seminars for his clients to update them on the ever-changing creditors laws. Frank is listed as a Best Lawyer in the 22nd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, an established benchmark of legal excellence.
Frank served as Wake Forest Town Commissioner from 2005 to 2013, and currently serves on the board of directors for the Wake Forest Fire Department. In addition to practicing law and speaking on compliance and legal matters across the state and at the national level, Frank is an accomplished cabinetmaker with a true appreciation for the master craftsmanship of yesteryear. As such, Frank is actively involved in community efforts to preserve and restore historic sites and homes, and currently serves on the board of directors for the Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society.
David L. Eades
David Eades heads Moore & Van Allen's Bankruptcy and Restructuring team. Lenders, administrative agents, collateral agents and indenture trustees call on him to represent them in complex workouts and bankruptcy proceedings. David has successfully represented numerous clients in proceedings across the country and across a wide spectrum of industries.
- Member, Board of Directors, Charlotte's Urban Ministry Center.
- Selected as a North Carolina Top Rated Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell.
- Included in Best Lawyers in America for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Bankruptcy Litigation, 1999 – 2017.
- Included in Business North Carolina's Legal Elite list, 2002 – 2016. His primary area of practice is Bankruptcy.
- Included in Chambers Partners USA in North Carolina – Bankruptcy/Restructuring, 2004 – 2016.
- Selected for inclusion to the North Carolina Super Lawyers list in 2006 – 2016. His primary area of practice is Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights.
- B.A., Rhodes College, 1982, with honors; J. R. Hyde Scholar; Phi Beta Kappa
- J.D., Vanderbilt University, 1986; Elliott E. Cheatham Scholar; Board of Editors, Vanderbilt Law Review
- Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
Financial Services Litigation
Carey D. Ebert
Ms. Ebert received her B.A. degree from H. Sophie Newcomb College of Tulane University, cum laude in Public Policy in 1982. She received her J.D. in 1985 from Texas Tech University. She has been a member of the firm, Ebert Law Offices, P.C., since 1989 and is a member of the State Bar College. Ms. Ebert is admitted to the U.S. District Court, Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas, and the United States Supreme Court. She served as a panel Chapter 7 trustee in the Northern District of Texas for over 25 years. She is the Standing Chapter 13 Trustee for the Eastern District of Texas – Plano. She is board certified in Consumer Bankruptcy by the State Bar of Texas and the American Bankruptcy Board of Certification.
Ms. Ebert is President Emeritus of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA). Ms. Ebert served on the Board of Directors from 1999 to 2011. Ms. Ebert has also served as President of the Northeast Tarrant County Bar Association and is a frequent lecturer at Bankruptcy seminars across the country.
Elizabeth A. Green
Elizabeth Green is a Partner at Baker & Hostetler LLP and practices primarily in the areas of bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. She has represented debtors, creditors and committees in a wide range of industries. She has represented debtors in workouts and chapter 11 cases, ranging from oil and gas, hospitality and timeshare, manufacturing, real estate, and healthcare.
Elizabeth is the Chair of Baker’s National Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights Group and is a member of Baker’s Firmwide Policy Committee, the Firm’s governing body. She is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, has been recognized in Chambers, Best Lawyers, Florida’s Legal Elite, Super Lawyers, and was the Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year for bankruptcy, creditor’s rights and restructuring in 2012 and from 2015–2017. In 2016 she was awarded the Turnaround of the Year (Turnaround Atlas Awards) by Global M&A Network for her work with American Eagle Energy Corporation. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
John F. Higgins
John Higgins is a partner in the bankruptcy section and litigation practice group of Porter Hedges. He has represented clients for over 30 years in numerous workouts and Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases in Texas and across the country. Mr. Higgins' practice focuses on corporate reorganization, restructuring, acquisitions and litigation. He has extensive experience in representing entities in their Chapter 11 cases and/or out of court restructurings, creditors' committees, Chapter 11 and 7 Trustees, institutional and corporate creditors and directors and officers. His practice also includes general civil litigation in both federal and state courts.
Mr. Higgins is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, an honorary professional and educational association of the leading bankruptcy and insolvency professionals from around the country. He is also listed as one of America's leading lawyers in bankruptcy/restructuring by Chambers USA, has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law since 2004, and has been listed as a recommended corporate restructuring/bankruptcy lawyer by The Legal 500 since 2013. He has been named "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America in 2013 and 2015 for bankruptcy law. Mr. Higgins was also listed as one of the state's leading lawyers in the Insolvency and Restructuring practice by Who's Who Legal: Texas in 2007 and 2008. Mr. Higgins has been selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers since 2003, Super Lawyers Business Edition since 2011, and Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition in 2009 and 2010. These surveys have also named him as one of the Top 100 lawyers in the State of Texas in 2007 and 2009 and in the Houston Area since 2005.
Mr. Higgins serves on the board of directors of the Turnaround Management Association (Houston chapter) and was the President of the Houston Chapter in 2013. He has served as an adjunct professor of bankruptcy law at the University of Houston Law Center and is a Certified Mediator (Attorney-Mediator Institute, January, 1996).
Reginald W. Jackson
Reggie is a partner in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the bankruptcy practice. He has significant experience in the insolvency field having represented secured creditors, Chapter 11 debtors, trustees, creditors' committees, equity holders, asset purchasers, vendors and suppliers. Reggie's practice also includes all aspects of commercial collections and workouts, including loan restructurings, forbearance arrangements, receiverships and foreclosures.
Career highlights include:
- Serving as president of the American Bankruptcy Institute, 2007-2008
- Served as counsel to the Unsecured Creditors’ Committee in the bankruptcy of Primary Health Systems, a five-hospital health care system, which was filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware before Judge Walrath and successfully negotiating a creditors trust for the benefit of the unsecured creditors
- Served as counsel to the unsecured creditors' committee in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Triad Resources, an oil and gas development company with secured and unsecured debt in excess of $100 million. Negotiated a plan that carved out significant recovery for the unsecured creditors
- Served as counsel to the trust established to implement confirmed plan in Triad Resources. Successfully prosecuted claim to oil and gas interests which enhanced recovery to unsecured creditors
- Served as counsel to a $1 billion farm cooperative, and its related financing arm, in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy and receiving the confirmation of a successful Chapter 11 plan in six months
- Serving as counsel to future claimant’s representative in Chapter 11 proceedings of The Flintkote Company, a former manufacturer of asbestos, pending in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware
- Representing a fortune 500 public company in bankruptcy matters pending nationally
- Representing a national franchisor in connection with restructuring and enforcement of franchise rights in bankruptcy, the purchase of assets from bankruptcy and protecting interests in connection with bankruptcy filing by franchisees
- Representing creditors in significant Chapter 11 proceedings including Lyondell Chemical, Kodak, New Page, AbitibiBowater and Smurfit-Stone Container
- Graduating from the American Bankruptcy Institute and St. Johns Law School bankruptcy mediation training program, the first bankruptcy specific mediation certification program
Reggie is a member of the Ohio State Bar Foundation and the Ohio State Bar Association.
Reggie has spoken on several occasions before the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Annual Spring Meeting and Winter Leadership Conference, the Southeast Bankruptcy Law Institute, the Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar, as well as other local and regional conferences. Topics have included exit financing in Chapter 11 bankruptcies, preference defense, avoiding litigation, out of court workouts, and post confirmation issues.
Reggie received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his B.A. from Cornell University.
Honorable Clifton R. Jessup, Jr.
Clifton R. Jessup, Jr. was appointed the United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Alabama, Northern Division on March 2, 2015. He was formerly a principal shareholder in the Dallas office of the international law firm of Greenburg Traurig, LLP where he concentrated his practice in business reorganization and bankruptcy.
During his 35 plus years of bankruptcy-related practice before taking the bench, Clifton represented secured creditors, unsecured creditors, committees, equity holders, debtors, and trustees in federal bankruptcy cases in over 37 states and Puerto Rico. He also represented purchasers of assets in bankruptcy cases, and served as examiner and mediator in many cases.
Mark C. Leffler
Mark C. Leffler is a shareholder with the Boleman Law Firm, P.C. He is President of the NACTT Academy for Consumer Bankruptcy Education and writes a recurring column for the Academy on post-confirmation issues in Chapter 13. Mark is AV® rated by Martindale Hubbell, he is a frequent speaker on bankruptcy for the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees (NACTT) and Virginia CLE, and he is a Member of the Board of Governors for the VSB Bankruptcy Section. Mark is a native of Williamsburg, Virginia, and received his law degree from Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Dennis P. Lockhart
Dennis Lockhart took office March 1, 2007, as the 14th president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In this role, Lockhart is responsible for all the Bank's activities, including monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, and payment services. In addition, he serves on the Federal Reserve's chief monetary policy body, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC).
From 2003 to 2007, Lockhart served on the faculty of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He also was an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies.
From 2002 to 2007, he served as chairman of the Small Enterprise Assistance Funds, a sponsor and operator of emerging markets venture capital and private equity funds. From 2001 to 2003, Lockhart was managing partner at the private equity firm Zephyr Management LP, based in New York with activity in Africa and Latin America.
Prior to joining Zephyr, Lockhart worked for 13 years at Heller Financial, where he served as president of Heller International Group, which had activities in commercial finance and investment in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. In 2000, he served as chairman of the advisory committee of the U.S. Export-Import Bank.
From 1971 to 1988, Lockhart held various positions, both international and domestic, with Citicorp/Citibank (now Citigroup). Early in his career with Citibank, he worked in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Greece, and Iran. From 1978 to 1986, he served in Atlanta as Citicorp's senior corporate officer and head of corporate banking for the Southeast. From 1987 to 1988, he headed the firm's Latin American debt-to-equity swap investment program, designed to restructure sovereign debt.
Lockhart serves as a director of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Commerce Club and is past chair of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, the Midtown Alliance, and the Carter Center's Board of Councilors. He is a trustee of the Georgia Research Alliance and serves on the advisory board of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.
Lockhart was born in 1947 in Bakersfield, California. He earned a bachelor of arts in political science and economics from Stanford University in 1968 and a master's in international economics and American foreign policy from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in 1971. He also attended the Senior Executive Program at MIT, Sloan School of Management, in 1994. In 2012, he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree by Georgia State University. He served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from 1968 to 1974.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta serves the Sixth Federal Reserve District, which covers Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, and parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The Bank has branches in Birmingham, Jacksonville, Miami, Nashville, and New Orleans.
Corali Lopez-Castro concentrates her practice on bankruptcy and commercial litigation matters. Cori’s practice reflects her extensive experience and expertise with bankruptcy reorganizations and liquidations, receiverships, debt restructuring, and creditors’ rights. She has been involved with the liquidation of four significant bank holding companies in bankruptcy courts around the country and state court. Cori served on the panel of Trustees for the Southern District of Florida between 1998 and 2002, during which she was responsible for the liquidation of assets in bankruptcy cases filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Cori has been a partner at Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton since 1998. She was Managing Partner of the firm from 2011 through 2012. In 2014, Cori was inducted as a Fellow into the 25th Class of the American College of Bankruptcy. The College recognizes individuals for their professional excellence and contributions to the field of restructuring and insolvency.
In 2006 Cori was elected the second woman president of the Cuban American Bar Association, the largest voluntary bar association in Florida.
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 December 2012, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., appointed Ms. Michaux to a three-year term on the Advisory Committee on the Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure to the Judicial Conference of the United States. She was appointed to a second term on the bankruptcy rules committee in 2015. 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 1983.
Cathleen Moran has practiced bankruptcy law in the Silicon Valley of California for 30+ years, representing debtors, creditors, and trustees. She is certified as a specialist in Bankruptcy Law by the Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California and has particular interest in the intersection of bankruptcy law and the fields of family law and tax.
Cathy created Bankruptcy in Brief (www.bankruptcyinbrief.com) in 1998, making it one of the first and still most comprehensive, non technical on line resources for bankruptcy information. She writes a topical bankruptcy blog at www.bankruptcysoapbox.com; a site for new bankruptcy lawyers at www.bankruptcymastery.com and a site for consumers at www.ConsumerLedger.com.
Cathy serves as the Northern California chair of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy. She’s a graduate of Stanford University and Hastings College of Law and a fourth generation Californian.
Honorable Neil P. Olack
Neil P. Olack is the United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi. Prior to taking the bench, he practiced law for 25 years in the areas of bankruptcy, creditors' rights, and workouts.
While in private practice, Judge Olack served on the board of directors of the American Bankruptcy Institute and on the advisory boards of the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review and the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal. He was board certified in business bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification and acted as a member of its board of directors.
Judge Olack has considerable experience teaching bankruptcy, both as an adjunct law professor and an instructor in a masters of business administration program. He also taught at the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. Additionally, he has been a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy issues for professional and continuing legal education programs throughout the United States.
Judge Olack is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. He served as the Fifth Circuit Governor for the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges.
Deryck A. Palmer
Deryck Palmer is the firmwide leader of Pillsbury’s Insolvency & Restructuring practice. He has extensive experience advising domestic and multinational clients on out-of-court workouts, corporate restructurings and bankruptcy cases in a broad range of industries including financial services, healthcare, construction, real estate, energy, and manufacturing. Clients describe Deryck as “an outstanding adviser” and “a sharp and creative attorney," with “a depth of experience that only a few can match,” as noted in Chambers Global and Chambers USA.
Deryck has handled some of the largest and most significant matters in the country during the past three decades, including LyondellBasell Industries, Apollo Health Street, and Citibank in the Lehman Brothers chapter 11 case. Recently, Deryck led the team that helped engineering services firm Berger Group Holdings Inc. create a first-of-its kind reciprocal investment structure that enabled the restructuring and recapitalization of the privately held firm while also preserving senior managers' ownership and control. The work was recognized by Financial Times for "innovation in legal expertise" and by M&A Advisor as the 'Restructuring Deal of the Year.' He was one of the lead counsel to the U.S. Treasury Department in the General Motors restructuring, and was the lead counsel for the Detroit School System, the sixth largest school district in the country, where he guided one of the most successful out-of-court municipal restructurings.
Chambers recently noted that Deryck has built “a great international profile,” and has been “at the forefront of many of the largest and most complex recent US and international insolvencies, and routinely advises clients with interests in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa.” For over 10 years, Deryck served as a foreign advisor on United States bankruptcy law to the Chinese government and was instrumental in the drafting of the PRC Enterprise Bankruptcy Law, and was an International Law Institute delegate to the UNCITRAL Working Group V (Insolvency Law), advising on the development of an international model insolvency structure.
Recognized by Turnarounds and Workouts as one of the nation's top "Outstanding Bankruptcy Lawyers," Deryck is active in the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Turnaround Management Association. He is also active in the American Bar Association's Business Bankruptcy Committee and is a member of both the New York State Bar Association Committee on Bankruptcy and Committee on Courts and the Community. He is a former member of the Committee on Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and former Co-Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association's Healthcare Working Group.
Deryck lectures at many major law schools nationwide and has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School, teaching advanced topics in bankruptcy and corporate reorganization. He is the author or co-author of multiple articles and three books, The PRC Enterprise Bankruptcy Law: The People's Work in Progress, History of Bankruptcy Law in the Second Circuit and Restructuring: The Search for Value in a Troubled Enterprise. In addition, he delivers numerous lectures each year on business reorganization topics, including an annual American Bar Association panel concerning current developments in the field.
Deryck is a member of the Bureau of National Affairs Advisory Board for the Bankruptcy Law Reporter and sits on the Board of Directors for Greater New York Councils Boy Scouts of America, Syracuse University, College of Mount Saint Vincent.
Deryck received the Chancellor's Citation for Exceptional Achievement from his alma mater, Syracuse University, which recognizes outstanding contributions in scholarship, research, teaching, and creative work. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, an honorary association of highly-regarded bankruptcy academics, jurists and professionals.
Neville Reid is a capital partner who co-chairs the Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights Group at Fox, Swibel, Levin & Carroll, LLP in Chicago. He has represented a wide array of clients in all aspects of bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors’ rights cases and transactions for over 25 years, and has been a bankruptcy panel trustee (for chapter 7 and chapter 11 bankruptcy cases) for over 20 years. Prior to joining Fox Swibel in 2009, Neville had practiced in the bankruptcy and creditors’ rights group of Mayer Brown LLP for 19 years, including 13 years as a partner. His clients include receivers and bankruptcy trustees, corporate unsecured creditors, secured lenders, corporate debtors, and corporations seeking to acquire assets from distressed entities. His experience includes administering bankruptcy estates of corporate and individual debtors, negotiating workouts, and litigating in federal and state forums regarding preference, fraudulent conveyance, lender liability and successor liability issues.
Honorable Frank J. Santoro
Frank J. Santoro is a bankruptcy court judge for the Eastern District of Virginia. Judge Santoro was appointed by Chief Circuit Judge Karen J. Williams on February 21, 2008 and sworn in later that day.
Judge Santoro graduated from Allegheny College in 1976, Phi Beta Kappa with degrees in political science, economics and finance, receiving honors in both. In 1979 he graduated from Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary.
Since October 1987 Santoro had been a standing Chapter 13 Trustee for filings in Norfolk and Newport News Divisions of the Eastern District of Virginia. While doing so he supervised the administration of approximately three thousand bankruptcy cases. Judge Santoro also had served as a Chapter 7 Trustee from December 1981 through May 1990.
Ms. Sinsley is the General Counsel & CCO of FactorTrust, Inc. She nationally known for her intelligent, aggressive representation of servicers, creditors, debt collectors and debt buyers, with a focus on developing and improving Compliance Management Systems and handling CFPB, FTC, and Attorneys General investigations and examinations. She is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell.
Ms. Sinsley practiced with Barron, Newburger & Sinsley from 2007 to 2011 and was of Counsel to Barron & Newburger from 2011 to 2016. Prior to that, Ms. Sinsley was Vice President for Asset Acceptance Capital Corp during the time when that company launched its Initial Public Offering. She previously served as General Counsel of DBA International. In this capacity, she negotiated significant legislation impacting the operations of the collections industry.
In 2010, she obtained a rare. Obtained a rare FTC “closing” letter for a large debt collector in the deceased collection industry and in 2011 she had a case brought before U.S. Supreme Court in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) case - Mims v Arrow, which was heard before the U.S. Supreme Court on November 28, 2011.
She is a frequent speaker and author and is a member of the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys, Co-Chair, In-House Counsel Roundtable. She has been a panelist on numerous FTC workshops and has given testimony before numerous state legislatures.
Joseph L. Steinfeld, Jr.
Joseph L. Steinfeld, Jr. is a Co-Managing partner of ASK LLP in the Saint Paul office. Since 2000, ASK has recovered more than $250 million in avoidance claims, filed approximately 18,000 suits and has
tried over 30 cases to judgment. In addition Mr. Steinfeld has a national commercial law practice
with a broad base of clients involved in significant bankruptcy cases in the major bankruptcy venues
of New York, Delaware, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Mr. Steinfeld is also responsible for the firm’s transactional activities and marketing of its services to clients. He leads client assignments for the firm and is nationally recognized in the bankruptcy field. Mr. Steinfeld has more than 30 years’ experience in the bankruptcy, insolvency, commercial and administrative law fields and is a regular lecturer at CLE seminars offered at bar and professional association conferences and at private firms. He has published numerous articles relating to transportation and bankruptcy law and is a frequent lecturer on avoidance law and commercial litigation issues. Mr. Seinfeld’s client base affords him access to creditor committees, trustees and professionals involved in the most significant bankruptcy cases. He has served as expert witnesses on the valuation of avoidance claims and has published several articles in the ABI Journal. He has engaged in more than 100 mediations representing plaintiffs and defendants.
Mr. Steinfeld has extensive litigation and appellate experience and has argued cases before hundreds of district and bankruptcy courts, almost all U.S. Courts of Appeal and has won numerous multimillion dollar verdicts. As primary counsel for the Liquidating Trustee of Montgomery Ward he led a team of eight attorneys and recovered over $40 Million for the benefit of creditors. He performed a similar function for the Liquidating Trustees of Hechinger and the Quebecor World Litigation Trust where he collected more than $50 Million for each estate. He is also currently lead avoidance counsel in many other major cases including, RadioShack, Fresh & Easy Markets, Trump Entertainment, Standard Register, RG Steel, New Page Corp., Dewey LeBoeuf, Jennifer Convertibles, Rhodes Furniture, PPI Holdings, Ascendia Brands, Tom’s Foods, Radnor Holdings (Wincup), Tower Automotive, New Century Finance, Alliance Bancorp, WCI Communities, Jet Direct, Maxjet, and American Business Financial Services, Inc.
He has been primary counsel in more than one hundred published opinions including before the United States Supreme Court, where he argued the case of Reiter v. Cooper, 507 U.S. 258 (1993). Prior to joining ASK LLP in 1996, he was a partner in several Washington, D.C. law firms.
Mr. Steinfeld earned his legal degree from George Washington University, (J.D. 1979), with high honors and his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, (B.A. 1976, magna cum laude).
Nancy J. Whaley
NANCY J. WHALEY is an attorney at law serving as a Chapter 13 Trustee for the Northern District of Georgia where she employs 39 employees and operates a trust of over $75 million dollars. She is the Chapter 12 Trustee for the Northern District of Georgia. Whaley is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. She is the Chair for the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Southeast Conference. Whaley is a member of the Northern District of Georgia Bankruptcy Court’s Bench and Bar Committee and chairs the Chapter 13 Plan sub-committee. Whaley served on the Executive Committee and Co-Chaired the Community Service Committee for the W. Homer Drake, Jr. Georgia Bankruptcy American Inn of Court. She is a Past Chair of the Atlanta Bar Association Bankruptcy Section and a Past Chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Whaley served as President of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers and of the GAWL Foundation. From 2005 to 2011, she served on the Executive Committee for the State Bar of Georgia and since 2000 she has been a member of the Board of Governors. She is the current Chair of State Bar Finance Committee. Whaley is an active member in the Association of Chapter 12 Trustees and the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees and is their representative to the Advisory Committee on Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure. She serves on the NACTT Foundation Board. Whaley taught as an adjunct professor of bankruptcy at John Marshall Law School in Atlanta from 2002 to 2014. She retired from the Air Force Reserve in 2009 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Whaley is a Ronald Reagan Scholar from Eureka College, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts. She earned her Doctor of Law from Emory Law School.
Alice Whitten is Vice President – Senior Counsel in the Wells Fargo Law Department in Minneapolis, MN, where she provides guidance and support for consumer bankruptcy operations across the Wells Fargo enterprise, including mortgage, automobile, credit cards and student lending. She has been with Wells Fargo since 2014. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, she previously served as a Standing Chapter 13 Trustee in the Northern District of Texas for four years and was Senior Vice President – Associate General Counsel with AmeriCredit Financial Services, Inc. (now known as GM Financial) providing legal support for bankruptcy and default services operations.
Alice is a graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law (cum laude) in San Antonio, Texas and the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management. Alice is admitted to practice in Texas and is a Council Member of the Bankruptcy Law Section Counsel of the State Bar of Texas, a member of the Texas Bar Foundation, the ABI and NACTT.