|2019 Annual Conference Speakers|
Elizabeth Abdelmasieh is a senior attorney in the Court Services Office at the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. She provides support to bankruptcy and district courts nationwide and manages the Bankruptcy Administrator Program which operates in Alabama and North Carolina.
Prior to joining the Administrative Office, Elizabeth was a career law clerk at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey after several years in private practice. Elizabeth earned her law degree from New York Law School, has an MBA in Finance and MS in Accountancy from Saint Peter’s University, and a BA in criminal justice from Seton Hall University. She is admitted to the New Jersey bar.
Darlene G. Anderson is currently the Director of Trustee Operations and Paralegal for Trustees Robert C. Furr and Marc P. Barmat, and the Office Administrator for the Law Firm of Furr Cohen.
After attending Youngstown State University, where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Finance and Accounting, Ms. Anderson joined First Federal of the Palm Beaches, where she held the positions of Assistant Vice-President and Assistant Controller for the thrift’s Accounting/Data Control Departments. She received certifications in Cash Management, Accounts Payable, and the General Ledger, as well as Secondary Loan Marketing. In 1992, she joined the law firm of Furr Cohen. as the firm’s Office Administrator and Paralegal/Trustee Assistant to Robert C. Furr, Trustee. Her duties as Director of Trustee Operations for the Trustees include investigating Chapter 7, 11 and 12 bankruptcies in the Southern District, and overseeing all bankruptcy case and financial administration. As Office Administrator, Ms. Anderson is responsible for human resources and the firm’s financial transactions, and is the firm’s current network administrator. Ms. Anderson is also a member of the Bankruptcy Legal Assistant’s Association, the Region 21 Trustee’s Association, the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, and a former five year term board member of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees. Ms. Anderson lectures several times a year on behalf of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, and has participated several times as a guest lecturer for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the United States Trustee’s Chapter 7 Panel Trustee Seminars, held at the National Advocacy Center on the campus of the University of South Carolina. In 2008, Ms. Anderson was interviewed by Ursula Furi-Perry, a college professor and attorney from Massachusetts, who published a book titled “Fifty Legal Careers for Non-Lawyers”. Ms. Anderson is quoted in Chapter 7 “Helping People Out of Sticky Situations: Collections and Bankruptcy Paralegals” about her experience and education in the area of bankruptcy and working for a federal bankruptcy trustee. Ms. Anderson also participated in an educational training video with the Executive Office of the United States Trustee for the benefit of new Chapter 7 panel trustees.
Mr. Birdsell is a graduate of Arizona State University with a BS in Accounting and obtained his CPA licensure in December 1982. He was a partner from 1982 to 1988 in the public accounting firm of Cook, McGee and Birdsell, Scottsdale, Arizona specializing in tax and insolvency issues. In 1988, he was appointed by the Department of Justice to serve as a Chapter 7 Panel Trustee panel for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona and currently still serves as a Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy trustee for bankruptcy court. Mr. Birdsell also severs as a court appointed receiver for the Superior Court of Maricopa County, Arizona. Utilizing his accounting experience, he specializes in tax and accounting issues for Chapter 7 and 11 trustees and debtors in possession. Mr. Birdsell is the CEO of www.bkassets.com; an internet company that sells bankruptcy assets on behalf of the Chapter 7, 11 and 13 Trustees, receiverships and forced sales all over the United States. Mr. Birdsell is a past president and director of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees and currently serves as its Treasurer. He is associated with the American Institute of CPA’s and the Arizona State Society of CPA’s, National Assoc. of Bankruptcy Trustees, American Bankruptcy Institute, Past Treasurer and Director of the Turnaround Management Association – Arizona Chapter. He has served as the past president of the Xavier College Prep’s Dad’s Club and is a current member of the Tempe Diplomats and Tempe Sister Cities.
James W. Boyd was appointed as a United States Bankruptcy Judge, Western District of Michigan, in May 2014. He current presides over bankruptcy matters in Grand Rapids and Traverse City. Prior to his judicial service, he was a partner with the Traverse City law firm of Kuhn, Darling, Boyd and Quandt, PLC. From 1988-2014, he served as a Ch. 7 panel trustee and also served as a Ch. 11 operating and liquidation trustee in many cases. While a trustee, he served on the board of directors of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees from 1999-2013, and was the president of that organization in 2010. Judge Boyd is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Federal Bar Association.
Steve has worked for Jeoffrey L Burtch since 2006 and worked with a former Chapter 7 Trustee for four years prior to 2006. Steve has been a member of NABT since 2002 and served as Trustee’s Assistant Liaison to the Board from 2014 through 2016. He has been active in a number of other local and national professional organizations. Since 2013, Steve has also been providing remote access part time chapter 7 Trustee administrative assistance to additional panel trustees.
Steve also serves on an ad hoc committee with staff from the Region 3 Office of the United States Trustee and District of Delaware. In that capacity, he assists the EOUST with training and compliance issues within Region 3 including as a facilitator at the annual Trustee training meetings and contributing input to the publication of a “newsletter” titled “Uniform Suggestions for Trustee’s Assistants – Guidance on Chapter 7 Trustee Uniform Final Reports Preparation and Submission.”
When not in pursuit of his various professional responsibilities, Steve serves his condo association Council as Vice President, volunteers at the Delaware Food Bank and enjoys travel and spending time with his husband and friends.
Hon. Colleen A. Brown was appointed to serve as the Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Vermont since April 10, 2000, and was reappointed to a second 14-year term October 2014. Judge Brown received a B.A., cum laude, with honors in philosophy, from Colgate University in 1979, and a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Buffalo Law School in 1983.
Prior to beginning her judicial service, Judge Brown was a partner in the law firm of Lawrence, Werner, Kesselring, Swartout & Brown, LLP, where her practice focused on bankruptcy, both debtors’ and creditors’ rights, foreclosure, workouts, and matrimonial bankruptcy issues. She previously served as law clerk to Hon. Beryl E. McGuire, Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of New York, as the Estate Administrator in that court, as the Assistant United States Trustee for the Western District of New York, and as in-house counsel to The Canandaigua National Bank and Trust Company.
Since being appointed to the bench, Judge Brown has served as a member of the Vermont Bar Association’s Professionalism Roundtable, Chair of the Federal-State Law Council for the District of Vermont, Chair of Vermont’s first Rule of Law Conference; Chair of the Federal Judges’ Committee of the National Association of Women Judges. Judge Brown has been very active in the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges since her appointment to the bench, including as the Second Circuit representative to the Board of Governors, a member of two NCBJ Education Committees, Chair of the NCBJ’s U.S. Trustee Liaison Committee, Chair of the NCBJ’s Liaison Committee to the National Association of Women Judges, and Chair of the NCBJ President’s Special Task Force for Cost Containment. She currently serves on the Vermont Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee and Bankruptcy Section, and as a Director on the Boards of the Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Center and Hunger Free Vermont.
Judge Brown formerly served as an associate editor for the American Bankruptcy Law Journal, currently serves as an author for Collier on Bankruptcy, 15th edition revised, and frequently lectures on consumer and farm bankruptcy law. Judge Brown was the recipient of the New York State Bar Association's President's Pro Bono Service Award in 1992 and the Vermont
Scott has been practicing in the bankruptcy/insolvency field for almost 16 years. He concentrates his practice on fiduciary representation, creditor’s rights, bankruptcy litigation and business reorganization. Scott has been a Chapter 7 Panel Trustee since 2011 and has also served in a variety of other fiduciary roles including as Chapter 11 trustee, Examiner, Receiver, and Assignee. Scott is also active in a variety of industry and community organizations and is a past president of the Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida.
Tiffany L. Carroll is currently serving as Acting Assistant Director for the Office of Oversight and Acting U.S. Trustee for Region 15, covering the Southern District of California, the Districts of Hawaii and Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. She became the Assistant U.S. Trustee in the San Diego office, covering the Southern District of California in 2005, after serving as a trial attorney and attorney advisor for the U.S. Trustee Program since 1991.
In December 2000, Ms. Carroll received the Executive Office for U.S. Trustee’s Director’s Award for Excellence in Legal Advocacy. She received her law degree from Seattle University School of Law in Tacoma, Washington, and her undergraduate degree from Pitzer College in Claremont, California.
Larry J. Cohen is a certified specialist in injury and wrongful death litigation who has focused in his more than thirty-three years of law practice on serious medical injury and emotional damages cases, including especially brain injury claims. He received his J.D. from Northwestern University in 1985, and has been admitted to practice in Arizona since 1985. Mr. Cohen also has a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University and has participated in a post-doctoral program in clinical neuropsychology. He has for many years been a member of the adjunct faculty at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University where he has regularly taught courses in professional responsibility, pretrial practice and professional liability. He taught and did research at the University Michigan School of Law and at the University of Illinois-Chicago, taught on the adjunct faculties of the Arizona Summit School of Law, the Arizona School of Professional Psychology, now Argosy University, Midwestern University, and Norwich University. Mr. Cohen speaks nationally to groups of lawyers, other professionals, insurance companies, governmental entities, risk managers and other interest groups about litigation and trial practice matters, legal ethics, alternative dispute resolution, and issues in brain damage, law and medicine and law and psychology. He has received awards from the Maricopa County Bar Association, the State Bar of Arizona and the State Bar of New Mexico for excellence in continuing legal education. He also received a President’s Award from the State Bar of Arizona for contributions in continuing legal education. He has for many years been listed by Southwest Super Lawyers and Arizona’s Finest Lawyers as among the best lawyers in Arizona and among other recognitions recently was recognized by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel as among the top one percent of lawyers in the United States.
Alan R. Crane, Esq. is a partner at FurrCohen. He has extensive experience and regularly represents Chapter 7 trustees, debtors and creditors in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 cases. In addition, Alan has substantial experience in representing parties in family law matters. Alan frequently writes and speaks to various groups and organizations about the intersection of family law and bankruptcy.
Mr. Cullens graduated in 1989 from the University of Notre Dame and 1994 from LSU Law School. He is a founder of Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC. Mr. Cullens represents Insurance Receivers and Bankruptcy Trustees in commercial litigation nationwide including obtaining a $180 million verdict for insurance receivers in Louisiana and Oklahoma and over a $20 million verdict for a Texas bankruptcy trustee against insiders and billionaire John Paul DeJoria for a pump-and-dump. Mr. Cullens is certified as Civil Trial Attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys.
George Cunningham is President of Cunningham & Associates, Inc., a family owned auction company operating since 1947. He is also the founder and Designated Broker for AuctionAZ.com, LLC, Arizona's leading real estate auction company. George is a USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) certified appraiser and auctioneer and is licensed to sell or appraise every type of asset. His years of experience and knowledge in the industry has made C&A the #1 source for bank-owned, foreclosure and bankruptcy assets.
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 formerly served as a Vice President of the American College of Bankruptcy and is 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), the David W. Pollard award for professionalism from the Atlanta Bar in 2013and the Atlanta Bar Woman of Achievement Award in 2017. Judge Diehl has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Emory Law School and is a frequent speaker at educational programs.
Rich Dolder represents policyholders in disputes with their insurance carriers. He concentrates on the law of liability insurance and the carrier's duty to protect its policyholder from legal liability. He practices in Atlanta and is the author of Insurance Bad Faith: The Law in Georgia, now in its third edition.
Judge Dow, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Missouri, appointed 11/10/03, reappointed 11/10/17.
He is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy; a conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference; a member of the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel and chairs the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules.
Deborah Fish has been a partner at Allard and Fish for over 30 years, where her practice encompasses all aspects of corporate reorganizations, bankruptcy and insolvency. She has experience representing Creditors, Debtors, Trustees, Committees, Purchasers, and Preference and Fraudulent Transfer plaintiffs and defendants. Most recently she has been involved in a number of out of court Tier 1 and Tier 2 troubled automotive supplier cases. Additionally, she has an expertise in Health-Care cases and has been appointed as the patient care ombudsmen in hospital, assisted living, and home-health care cases.
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.
Russ has represented creditors, Chapter 11, 7,12 and 13 Trustees, creditors' committees. He is an experienced trial lawyer and has appeared before the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Russ serves as a panel Chapter 7 Trustee for the Western District of Washington and has served from time to time as a Chapter 11 Trustee and state court Receiver.
Russ has served on both the Oregon and Washington State Bar Association's Debtor-Creditor Executive Committees, is a Board member of the National Association of Chapter 7 Trustees and is a former Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative.
Yann Geron has been practicing bankruptcy law since 1988. With nearly three decades of experience in bankruptcy law, Yann has served a variety of clients and interests in bankruptcies, out-of-court restructurings and assignments for the benefit of creditors. Yann heads the firm’s insolvency, restructuring and bankruptcy practice.
Since 1993, Yann has served with distinction as a member of the Panel of Bankruptcy Trustees for the Southern District of New York (Manhattan). In addition to his own cases, Yann has represented a number of other panel and non-panel trustees in New York and other jurisdictions. He has directly handled and supervised numerous litigations in the bankruptcy, district and state courts, from recovery actions to complex fraud cases.
Yann has a robust trustee practice with significant experience in complex wind-downs and liquidations, and in the investigation and prosecution of estate claims, including actions against prior management and recipients of avoidable transfers. He has served as a trustee in Manhattan in thousands of bankruptcy cases, including many cases involving asset values of many millions.
Neil C. Gordon is a partner in the Atlanta office of Arnall Golden Gregory LLP. He served for two years as a law clerk in Atlanta for United States District Court Judge Robert L. Vining, Jr. followed by 37 years in private practice, with the last 34 years being exclusively in the areas of bankruptcy, business reorganization, fraud investigations, and creditors’ rights. Mr. Gordon represents trustees and receivers throughout the country, including in Delaware litigation that recently settled for approximately $40 million.
Mr. Gordon chaired the Bankruptcy Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Association from 1992 to 1993, and has been a panel trustee since 1994, and also serves as a SEC Receiver. Mr. Gordon was first elected to the Board of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees in 2000. He has held every office including President (2011-2012) and for eight years chaired its Amicus Committee. Mr. Gordon has authored or co-authored over 70 scholarly articles and book chapters on bankruptcy law related topics and made over 150 seminar presentations throughout the country. He served for three years ending in April 2015 as the Co-Chair of the ABI’s Legislation Committee. He is a Lifetime Member of the ABI and the NABT President’s Circle, a Master of the Bench in the W. Homer Drake, Jr., Georgia Bankruptcy American Inns of Court, a Full Member of the National Association of Federal Equity Receivers, and a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.
Patricia is a member of the Kansas Bar Association & Bankruptcy & Insolvency Section, United States District Court Bench-Bar Committee, Topeka Area Bankruptcy Council, Kansas City Bankruptcy Bar Association, National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, the American Bankruptcy Institute, & Missouri Bar. Patricia served as Law Clerk to the Honorable John Flannagan, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge; District of Kansas, 1990-1996. Patricia has served as an adjunct professor at Washburn School of Law, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and was named the Best Lawyers' 2018 Topeka Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law "Lawyer of the Year."
D. Edward Hays is a founding member of Marshack Hays LLP. Graduated with honors from California State University at Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business. Graduated from the University of Southern California Law Center and a member of the Hale Moot Court Honors program. Certified Bankruptcy Law Specialist with the State Bar of California. Has been recognized in Super Lawyers every year from 2011 to present. Has been selected on numerous occasions to present lectures on various legal topics including bankruptcy law, family law in bankruptcy cases, labor law in bankruptcy, exemptions, enforceability of spendthrift trusts, and recent developments in bankruptcy law. For full resume: www.marshackhays.com.
Suzanne Hazard is a Deputy Assistant Director in the Office of Oversight, Executive Office for United States Trustees, where she has worked since 1992. Ms. Hazard’s primary responsibilities involve policy work and oversight of private trustees appointed to bankruptcy cases. Her previous employment was in the private sector, as a consultant in business ethics, a vice president / controller for a real estate development firm, a manager for a large internal audit department, and a senior auditor with an international accounting firm. Ms. Hazard received an undergraduate degree in accounting from Cal State University, Fullerton, and a master’s degree in business from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a certified public accountant, licensed by the state of California, and resides in Washington, D.C. She also is a certified fraud examiner (CFE) and holds the chartered global management accountant designation (CGMA).
Soneet R. Kapila, is a founding partner of KapilaMukamal, LLP. For over twenty years, KapilaMukamal has concentrated its efforts in the areas of consulting in litigation support, restructuring, insolvency, fiduciary and creditors’ rights matters. Mr. Kapila is a Federal bankruptcy Trustee and serves as an Examiner, Chief Restructuring Officer, Chapter 11 Trustee, Liquidating Trustee, Corporate Monitor (S.E.C. appointment) and State and Federal Court Appointed Receiver. He has been appointed in numerous matters in the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. He has managed operating businesses in several of these cases. As a Trustee plaintiff, Mr. Kapila has managed complex litigation in significant cases.
Mr. Kapila advises and represents debtors, secured creditors and creditors’ committees in formulating, analyzing and negotiating plans of reorganization. As a recognized expert in fraudulent conveyance, Ponzi schemes and insolvency issues, he has provided expert testimony and extensive litigation support services to law firms involving complex insolvency issues and commercial damages. He has worked in conjunction with the S.E.C., the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Attorney’s Office and has served both as a consultant and expert witness for litigation matters in State and Federal Courts.
Mr. Kapila has spoken to various groups including the American Bankruptcy Institute, New York Law School, St. Thomas University Law School, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees (NABT), Receiver’s Forum, Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the National Business Institute on topics related to insolvency, under-performing businesses and insolvency taxation.
Mr. Kapila is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Bankruptcy Institute. He is a past-President and past-Chairman of the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors and serves on the Board of Directors. Mr. Kapila serves on the Advisory Boards of the ABI SE Regional Conference. He was chairperson of the ABI SE Regional 2016 conference and co-chair in 2015. He previously served on the Advisory Board of the ABI Caribbean Insolvency Symposium. He has authored articles published in the ABI Journal and the Bankruptcy Bar Association and is a contributing author of the book “Fraud and Forensics: Piercing Through the Deception in a Commercial Fraud Case”, published by the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Roberta is the Sr. Paralegal and Office Manager with the law firm of Laderer & Fischer, P.C. located in South Bend, Indiana. She has been married for twenty-six years and has four sons ranging in ages from 21 to 30. She started working in the bankruptcy field with the on-set of electronic filing in 2003. She is responsible for all day to day operations of the firm as it relates to the bankruptcy business, supervising staff and assisting one attorney with the Trusteeship as well as creditor rights, foreclosures and other civil matters.
Roberta has been a member of NABT since 2005. She has been a co-chair and a speaker at multiple conferences, serves as a mentor for the NABT Trustee Assistant's program and is the Trustee Assistant liaison to the NABT Board for 2016-2019.
Experienced in multiple facets of the bankruptcy industry starting in banking with a position in Metrobank’s Bankruptcy Department. Case administration experience is comprised of positions as Trustee Administrator for three trustees in varied environments, from small law firm to moderate bankruptcy law boutique firm, to large law firm and, an accounting firm with national reach. During that time, served my fellow Trustee Administrators in turn as Secretary, Vice President and, President of the Trustee Administrator Group (TAG) in the Los Angeles area. The TAG organization provided support and ongoing education for Trustee Administrators /Assistants in the Central District of California. I have also served the industry on the software vendor side, previously as a Relationship Manager (for Epiq Systems), and currently, as Senior Training Specialist for TrusteSolutions.
Candace (Candy) Little began assisting Trustee, Mark Little, after his appointment to the panel in August 2012, 6 ½ short years ago. Her knowledge of bankruptcy originates from assisting Mark with his Debtor’s practice if needed and assisting in the training of new assistants. During her early college years, she delved into law slightly but found her strengths to be in medicine. Her renewed interest has been invaluable in the studying of the Bankruptcy Code. She has attended all of the NABT meetings except 1 since she became a Trustee’s assistant. Candace Little, CRNA, MSN is a resident of Madisonville, Ky. She is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) and the owner and founder of Paramount Anesthesia Services, LLC. She has advanced studies in math and science as well as in other areas. Candy has been married to her husband, Mark Little, for 12 years. They have 2 adorable dachshunds, Oliver Queen (a DC comic fan) and Bruiser, who allow the Littles to live with them.
When she is not working multiple jobs, she enjoys gardening, fine cooking, playing blackjack and an occasional well-made Manhattan. She is a self-proclaimed travel junkie and would be happy to share some adventures with you.
Mark Little was selected as a chapter 7 panel trustee in 2012 and as a chapter 12 trustee in 2013. He serves on the board of the NABT and is a member of the chapter 12 trustee’s association known as ACT2. Mark graduated from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee in 1977 with a major in political science and a minor in mathematics. At Vanderbilt he was treasurer for Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and President of VUCEPT. He graduated from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law in 1980. While attending law school he was a staff editor on the law review and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa leadership fraternity. After graduation from law school, Mark joined the law firm of Adams, Massamore, & Moore in Madisonville, Kentucky. Mark was called to active duty in the US Army JAG Corp in 1988. He became Air Assault qualified and served in the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division during Desert Shield and Desert Storm and later, while stationed in Belgium, he served as part of NATO. He left active duty in June 1994 and remained in the US Army Reserves until 2001 when he was honorably discharged at the rank of Major. After leaving active duty, Mark returned to private practice in Madisonville, Kentucky establishing the Law Offices of Mark Little. He has served as city attorney for several communities as well as a county prosecutor. Mark has been a guest speaker for the Louisville Bar Association and local organizations promoting the understanding of law and bankruptcy. His community involvement includes serving as an officer on the board of the Owensboro Federal Credit Union and ushering in his church. Mark’s interest in serving his community was nurtured through his involvement in Boy Scouts of which he became an Eagle Scout at the young age of 15 and has served on several Eagle boards of review. Mark continues to serve through the education of law and bankruptcy, assistance to his community, and being a member of the NABT board.
A Baltimore panel Trustee since 1997, Sean is currently the CEO of ACG, focusing on insurance company management, run-off legacy portfolio solutions, receiverships, bankruptcy and corporate governance. He was the trustee for over 20,000 bankruptcy estates and now focuses on providing closure solutions for insurance portfolios and companies. He has served throughout the United States and internationally including the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Barbados and the Bahamas. Sean served as an officer of US Marines. He holds an Engineering degree from the US Naval Academy, an MBA from the University of Southern California and a law degree from the University of Maryland.
Jordan is a member of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group at Quarles and Brady, where his practice focuses on securities, regulatory, and bankruptcy matters. Jordan has also served as lead counsel to receivers appointed in connection with regulatory enforcement actions brought by state and federal regulators.
Richard A. Marshack is a founding member of Marshack Hays LLP. California Bankruptcy attorney since 1982 and Bankruptcy Trustee since 1985. Served as a Receiver, Examiner, Mediator, Special Trustee for Probate Court, Chief Responsible Officer, Disbursing Agent and Provisional Director. Lecturer, instructor, author and speaker including "Art of Negotiations."
As an attorney, his focus is commercial matters arising in bankruptcy proceedings, such as representing debtor/businesses and creditors/creditor committees in reorganization proceedings and representing Bankruptcy Trustees. Richard graduated from University of California, Irvine and California School of Law, Magna Cum Laude. For full resume: www.marshackhays.com.
Serving as Stretto's Education & Training Director, Melinda has broad oversight and responsibility developing the educational programs and training classes for the company's Consumer Bankruptcy division. She has over 20 years of combined experience as assistant to a bankruptcy trustee and CPA, providing forensic accounting services to a trustee firm. Clients depend on Melinda's deep industry expertise and procedural acumen to dissect complicated claims data. She is also recognized as the go-to-person to resolve complex transactions or issues with TFRs, TDRs and wage claims. In addition to conducting how-to sessions on a multitude of topics related to trustee processes and the company's technology solutions, Melinda develops and maintains an online repository of tools and resources designed to streamline administrative operations and increase clients' productivity. She also serves as the Regional Director for Georgia.
Holly S. Miller is an attorney in Philadelphia and concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial bankruptcy and commercial litigation. Holly represents Chapter 7 Panel Trustees in the United States Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and represents Chapter 7 and 11 debtors and creditors in the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania and the District of New Jersey. Holly serves on the Board of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), the Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project (CBAP) and on the Steering Committee for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference.
Bill Miller is the U.S. Bankruptcy Administrator for MDNC. Prior to his appointment, he was a partner at Roberson, Haworth & Reese, PLLC in High Point, NC and a Chapter 7 Panel Trustee. Mr. Miller has been a frequent speaker at the NCBA Annual Bankruptcy Institute, MDNC Bankruptcy Seminar and NABT. He is a member of the NABT, ABI and NCBA. Mr. Miller received his A.B. from Duke University where he has served as President of the Duke Alumni Association and on Duke's Board of Trustees. He received his J.D. from the UNC School of Law.
Dwayne M. Murray is an experienced insolvency attorney with experience to serve as a Chapter 11 Trustee, Chapter 7 Trustee, Creditor Attorney, Debtor Attorney, Liquidator and/or Receiver in bankruptcy related matters. He is heavily involved in the firm’s practice of injury law. Murray has experience handling medical malpractice, wrongful death, automobile and 18 wheeler accidents. Dwayne received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and his Juris Doctorate from the Southern University Law Center. He devotes his free time to fundraising for charitable institutions and mentoring of young men and women to achieve more out of life than the ordinary. Attorney Murray serves on several professional boards and is an adjunct professor of law at the Southern University Law Center.
Jill D. Olsen is a solo-practitioner at The Olsen Law Firm, LLC, practicing primarily in the areas of bankruptcy, collections and commercial litigation, representing both creditors and debtors. She is also a Chapter 7 panel trustee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Missouri. Ms. Olsen is admitted to practice in Missouri, Kansas, the Western District of Missouri, the District of Kansas, as well as the 8th and 10th Circuits. She attended law school at UMKC, graduating with honors in 2000. She was on the Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Committee for the District of Kansas and the Ac-Hoc Advisory Committee for the WDMO Bankruptcy Court. She is also a member of the following bar associations: The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Association of Women Lawyers, Kansas City Bankruptcy Bar Association, Topeka Area Bankruptcy Counsel, American Bankruptcy Institute, National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees, National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, Turnaround Management Association, and is chairperson for the Kansas City Women’s Bankruptcy Association and the ABI Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute.
Christian C. Onsager is with Onsager | Fletcher | Johnson. He has practiced commercial and bankruptcy law since 1975. Some of Mr. Onsager's bankruptcy cases include: Debtor's counsel for Continental Airlines and King's Peak Energy, LLC; Committee counsel in Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. and Cray Computer, Inc.; credit union counsel in Centrix Financial; and trustee's counsel in Office Source, Inc. He has served on the American Bankruptcy Institute board, headed its Business Reorganization Committee and helped found its litigation instruction program. Mr. Onsager is an author, lecturer and expert witness on bankruptcy and commercial matters.
Deb Petersen is active in the Iowa legal communities: Chairing Committees of the Iowa Bar; Real Estate Section Council; Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Grievance Commission; Iowa Title Standards Committee; Iowa Finance Authority, Former Title Guaranty Board; Alzheimer's Association - local and state Board, Community Educator; Past Chair of the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce; Certified Farm Transition Coordinator.
She presently serves as a Chapter 7 Panel Trustee in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Iowa. Her practice is centered around real estate, business, estate planning, trust administration, elder law and probate matters.
Ronald R. Peterson concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial, insolvency and bankruptcy law. A fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, he focuses primarily on representing debtors, trustees, creditors, committees, landlords and secured lenders in Chapter 11 cases. In addition to his insolvency litigation practice, Mr. Peterson counsels clients on a variety of transactional issues, including corporate restructurings.
Since 2003, Chambers & Partners has named him one of the country’s leading lawyers in bankruptcy law. He is AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability. Mr. Peterson is a member of the firm’s Restructuring and Bankruptcy and Bankruptcy Litigation Practices. He is also a member of the Real Estate and Construction Litigation and Corporate Finance Practices and the Real Estate Finance Litigation and Workout Task Force.
Mr. Peterson has been a member of the panel of Chapter 7 Trustees for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division since 1987. He has presided over numerous complex commercial cases, including Stotler & Co, the country’s 10th largest commodities house, and Lancelot Investment, a $1.7 billion Ponzi scheme. Mr. Peterson has also served as examiner in Robert Lund, a large real estate developer and the Chairman of the Creditors’ Committee in Thomas J. Petters, a $3.5 billion Ponzi Scheme. Mr. Peterson is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, Commercial Law League of America and the Business Bankruptcy Committee of the Business Law Section and the Bankruptcy Litigation Committee of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association. He is a Director of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees and is also a member of INSOL (International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals).
Mr. Peterson is a prolific lecturer and writer on bankruptcy and commercial law issues.
Jason Pettie has substantial experience in advising debtors and creditors of their rights under the Bankruptcy Code, and in litigating matters arising in or related to the Bankruptcy Code. Mr. Pettie has represented individuals and businesses filling for bankruptcy protection, and he has extensive experience with cases filed under chapters 7, 11, and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code.
Mr. Pettie began his legal career with the bankruptcy group at Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP, one of Atlanta’s oldest and most prestigious law firms. He left to pursue a judicial clerkship with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, serving terms for the Honorable Audrey R. Evans and Chief Judge Richard D. Taylor. Since 2008, Mr. Pettie has served as a Chapter 7 Trustee for the Northern District of Georgia, administering over 1,000 cases each year. Mr. Pettie received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, and he received his law degree from Howard University.
Patty Radovan has 30 years of experience in the trustee profession and particular expertise in case management workflows, court and banking data interfaces, and U.S. Trustee compliance requirements. She has a national scope of trustee relationships and has consulted with many of the largest offices regarding evolving best practices. Prior to joining Olofson Technology Partners, Patty co-headed the trustee services division at Epiq Systems. She also held former management positions within the bankruptcy departments of Union Bank of California and Bank of America.
Hon. Michael E. Romero was appointed to the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado in 2003, and was appointed as Chief Judge of that Court in 2014. He is also one of the nine judges serving on the Tenth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel. Judge Romero received an undergraduate degree in economics and political science from Denver University in 1977 and his juris doctor degree from the University of Michigan in 1980. Since becoming a judge, he has served on numerous committees and advisory groups for the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, is the past chair of the Bankruptcy Judges Advisory Group, and has also served in the past as the sole Bankruptcy Court representative/observer to the Judicial Conference of the United States, the governing body for the federal judiciary.
Judge Romero just completed his term as the President of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and actively participates in several committees of that body. He also serves on the Executive Board of Our Courts, a joint activity between the Colorado Judicial Institute and the Colorado Bar Association which provides programs to further public understanding of the federal and state court systems. He is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Historical Society of the Tenth Circuit and the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association. In what little spare time he has, Judge Romero can be seen participating in musical theater productions throughout Colorado. While he admits he can sing a bit, his dancing skills leave much to be desired.
Judge Rosania graduated from Rutgers University in 1979 with a B.A., with Honors, and graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1982. After graduating from law school, Judge Rosania served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Jay L. Gueck, former United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Colorado, from 1982 to 1984.
Judge Rosania has specialized in bankruptcy, bankruptcy litigation, and real estate bankruptcy cases since 1984. He was a member of the Panel of Private Chapter 7 Trustees for the District of Colorado from 1985 to 2015. Judge Rosania was a shareholder in the firm of Connolly, Rosania, & Lofstedt, P.C., from June 2001 to December 2015. He was involved in numerous complex bankruptcy cases and has served as a Chapter 11 Trustee, an examiner, counsel to official unsecured creditors' committees, and represented Chapter 11 debtors and returned millions of dollars to creditors over the years.
Judge Rosania has been a frequent speaker on Chapter 7 Trustee and bankruptcy litigation subjects, including: The American Bankruptcy Institute's Winter 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2008 programs; business law classes at the University of Colorado and Colorado State University; the United States Trustee's Office for the District of Colorado; and the Boulder County Bar Association.
Judge Rosania received his appointment as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Colorado on December 30, 2015, memorialized by a formal investiture on February 5, 2016. He is currently a judicial co-advisor for the Local Rules Committee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado and judicial co-chair of the American Bankruptcy Institute's Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference.
Gary is the managing member of GSBB Law's Philadelphia office and an NABT Director. He concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial bankruptcy, commercial litigation and transportation including admiralty and maritime law. Gary serves as a Chapter 7 Panel Trusteefor the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and acts as Trustee in cases in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. He has extensive experience handling bankruptcy matters for creditors, asset purchasers and trustees. Gary also has expertise in admiralty and maritime litigation and transactions with particular emphasis on marine financing and vessel foreclosures. Gary is admitted to practice in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third and Fifth Circuits. He is a member of the Local Rules Committee of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference and the Chair of the NABT Rules Committee.
Martin P. Sheehan has been a Chapter 7 Panel Trustee since 1994. He has held most of the offices with NABT. Martin was President in 2014-2015. He still serves on the Amicus Committee. Martin often speaks on bankruptcy topics.
From 1984-1990, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia. In addition to his bankruptcy practice, today, Martin sometimes defends individuals accused of crimes. He has represented individuals in cases with 20 dead bodies, that is everything from a triple homicide to DUI with death.
Martin won’t claim to have a story about the oddest case ever, he might, but he will claim to have more stories about more odd cases than anyone else. If you ask him to tell such a story, be prepared!
Catherine Steege is a partner with the firm of Jenner & Block LLP. She is co-chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice group, a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference, an adjunct professor at John Marshall Law School and has been a member of the Panel of Trustees for the Northern District of Illinois since 1987. In addition to a traditional bankruptcy practice, she has represented numerous parties in complex bankruptcy litigation matters including her representation of defendants in the Tribune fraudulent conveyance litigation, the Sentinel Management Group Litigation Trustee, the Magnatrax Litigation Trust, the NKK Litigation Trust and the Trustees of Emerald Casino Inc. and Consolidated Industries Corp. She recently argued in the United States Supreme Court on behalf of Wellness International Network in the case Wellness International Network v. Sharif. She represented the examiner in the Lehman Brothers chapter 11 case and authored the sections of the Lehman Brothers Examiner’s Report that considered potential avoidance actions against various financial institutions.
Judge Alan C. Stout was appointed U. S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Kentucky on October 25, 2011. Judge Stout holds court in Louisville and Paducah, Kentucky. Judge Stout was a practicing bankruptcy attorney in both Paducah and Marion, Kentucky, for 30 years. He also served as a Chapter 7 panel trustee for 25 years. Before assuming the bench he served as Crittenden County Attorney for 21 years and Master Commissioner of Crittenden Circuit Court for 5 years. Judge Stout is a graduate of Murray State University (B.S. 1978) and the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University (J.D. 1981). He was admitted to practice law in the State of Kentucky in 1981 and the State of Illinois in 1998. Judge Stout has previously served as President and on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees (NABT). He also previously served as Chairman of the Board of Regents of Murray State University as well as President of the Murray State University Alumni Association. He also previously served on the Board of Directors of Farmers Bank and Trust Company in Marion, Kentucky. In 2005 he received the Gold Medallion Award from the Chase College of Law Alumni Association. While in private practice he achieved the AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Judge Stout is married to Doris Stout. They have three children and six grandchildren.
Bruce Strauss is a panel trustee in the Western District of Missouri since 1986. He has also served as trustee in Eastern District of Missouri and District of Kansas. Regular speaker on bankruptcy and trustee matters. B.A., Park College 1971. MPA (1973) and JD (1977) University of Missouri- Kansas City.
Gena Sullivan is a skilled industry professional with more than 20 years of working knowledge in the bankruptcy field. As a Relationship Manager for Axos Fiduciary Services she applies her extensive experience towards supporting clients with their case administration and United States Trustee requirements. Ms. Sullivan has worked extensively with a wide range of court-appointed fiduciaries including Chapter 7 trustees, Chapter 11 trustees and receivers. In her current role she serves as the main point of contact for training and assisting clients with their software, banking and case management duties. She is based in the Chicagoland area and prides herself for the consistent and high level of consultative support she delivers to her clients. She is married and the proud mother of two spirited children and 5 fur babies!
Kimberley H. Tyson was sworn in May, 2017 to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado. Prior to that, she was in private practice where her practice was concentrated in workouts, bankruptcy, and related commercial litigation. In March 2011, she was appointed to the panel of Chapter 7 trustees in Colorado by the United States Trustee. She is a member of the Colorado Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Subcommittee and is a past chair of the Subcommittee. She is an active member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, serving for many years on the Advisory Board of the annual Rocky Mountain Conference. She is a co-author of several publications and a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy issues. She received her law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1987. She is a former law clerk to the Honorable John K. Pearson of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Kansas and the Honorable Jerry G. Elliott of the Kansas Court of Appeals.
Cheryl Wesler is a CPA with Trustee Resource Group (TRG) and partner with the regional tax firm of Tibble & Wesler. TRG is a bankruptcy firm that specializes in insurance, tax, and accounting for the insolvency industry.
She routinely assist and guides insolvency professionals nationwide in determining the tax liability for their bankruptcy estates in both federal and multi-state matters including the preparation and filing of the tax returns and the prompt determinations.
Most recently, Ms. Wesler, was the accountant employed to advise and complete the bankruptcy estate tax returns for the Supreme Court case of Clark v. Rameker.
Clifford J. White III was appointed Director of the United States Trustee Program in December 2006, after having served as the Acting Director since May 2005. Mr. White has more than 30 years in federal service. Most of his tenure has been with the United States Trustee Program, including formerly as a Deputy Director and as an Assistant United States Trustee. Prior to joining the Program, Mr. White served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General within the Department of Justice, and as an official at two other federal agencies.
He has been recognized with an Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, and was conferred the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive in 2006 and Distinguished Executive in 2009.
Mr. White graduated with honors from the George Washington University and the George Washington University Law School.
A native of Arapahoe, Nebraska, Darcy Williamson earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1979, while playing for the Cornhusker women’s basketball team. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from Washburn University School of Law in 1982. Since graduation, she has practiced law in Topeka, Kansas as a sole practitioner, limiting her practice in recent years to bankruptcy and insolvency law, representing debtors, creditors and trustees. Since 1985, Darcy has also served as a private member of the Chapter 7 Trustee Panel for the District of Kansas. She has been a member of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees (NABT) since 1988. Since 2013, she has served as a NABT board member and has served as the Chair or Co-Chair of the spring seminars or annual conventions. She also chairs the Tax Committee.
For the past 33 years, she has served as an Adjunct Professor at Washburn University, teaching Bankruptcy and Collections in the paralegal program. She has also authored Bankruptcy and Collections, A Paralegal Perspective in association with the National Federation of Paralegals association. Darcy is a member of the Kansas Bar Association, and is the immediate past President of the Insolvency Section of the KBA. She is a member of the Topeka Bar Association, the Wichita Bar Association and is a Director on the Topeka Area Bankruptcy Counsel. Darcy helped author the trustee section of the Kansas Bankruptcy Handbook, Third Edition and Fourth Edition, 2009 & 2017. She has spoken locally and nationally at various bankruptcy seminars and has participated with the Capitol Area Animal Response Team in various animal emergency and crisis sheltering events, such as the Joplin Tornado of 2011.