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ABA Resolutions Task Force

Co-Chairs

Alston, Hon. Christopher M.
Weiss, Sharon Z.
Kress, Kay Standridge

Administration & Courts

Co-Chairs

Bostwick, Hon. Janet E.
Waguespack, David

Mission Statement

To develop programming that addresses non-substantive law, procedures and rules that impact the administration of the bankruptcy courts and of bankruptcy cases, including issues directed to access to courts, jurisdiction, venue, judgeships, and the administration of cases under the various chapters of the Bankruptcy Code, appointment and compensation of professionals, and post-confirmation administration of chapter 11 cases.​

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Co-Chairs

Ross, Judith W.
Wolfson, Scott A.

Asset Sales

Co-Chairs

Engel, Richard W.
Cathell, Dale K.

Avoiding Powers

Co-Chairs

Kucera, Jeffrey T.
Hirsh, Robert M.

Vice-Chair

Coles-Bjerre, Andrea

Mission Statement

The Avoiding Powers Subcommittee of the Business Bankruptcy Committee offers programs and webinars on federal and state fraudulent transfer and preference law. We have recently presented programs on the Uniform Voidable Transactions Act, and we are planning a program that will examine non-uniform provisions that have been enacted by some states.

Bankruptcy Appeals

Co-Chairs

Parker, Hon. Cathleen D.
Golden, Steven W.

Mission Statement

To analyze and explore issues regarding bankruptcy appeals at all stages of the appellate process, from district courts and bankruptcy appellate panels to courts of appeals and the Supreme Court. Those include substantive legal issues of significance to the bankruptcy bench and bar that have or are likely to come before the Supreme Court and lower appellate courts; trends in bankruptcy jurisprudence in those courts; process and justiciability-related issues of special interest to bankruptcy appellate practitioners, such as equitable mootness and appellate standing; empirical investigation into appellate process and outcomes; and best practices for appellate advocacy.  We hope to foster inquiry and debate on these and other topics through discussion, panel presentations, webinars, and writing projects, and welcome new members.

Bankruptcy Committees

Co-Chairs

Bast, Jeffrey P.
Kurth, Mette H.

Mission Statement

Debtors and trustees enjoy a high degree of control under the Bankruptcy Code, and secured lenders enjoy a myriad of statutory rights and protections. The Bankruptcy Committees subcommittee speaks to the interests of equally important and often much larger constituencies of creditors, equity holders and others whose interests may be represented by an official or unofficial committee in chapter 11.  Committees are often concerned not only with maximizing recoveries on unsecured claims or equity interests but often with broader questions regarding the viability of the debtor as a going concern.  We explore, educate, and serve as a resource to our members regarding the myriad of issues facing committees of all types in chapter 11.

Bankruptcy Study & Policy

Co-Chairs

Marchetti, Prof. Peter V.
Miller, Robert W.
Cino, Jessica Gabel
Coles-Bjerre, Andrea

Business Transactions

Co-Chairs

Toby, Sheryl
Ochs, Matt

Mission Statement

Our purpose is to explore, discuss and share information about innovative business transactions utilized in complex restructurings, workouts and bankruptcy matters.

Chapter 11

Co-Chairs

Fallon, Brett D.
Roberts, Clay B.

Vice-Chair

Paranjpye, Aditi 

Mission Statement

The Chapter 11 Subcommittee of the Business Bankruptcy Committee seeks to explore and educate its members regarding all issues affecting reorganizations in a Chapter 11 case, including the role of committees, fees, plans of reorganization, liquidating plans, priorities, cram down, jurisdiction, classification, impairment, and trustees. The Subcommittee also monitors and comments on legislation affecting Chapter 11. The Chapter 11 Subcommittee welcomes involvement from all bankruptcy practitioners and others interested in the reorganization process. The Chapter 11 Subcommittee meets twice annually, once at the Business Law Section Spring Meeting, and once at the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges each October. The Subcommittee presents educational programs at each meeting, which usually qualify for CLE credit.

Claims & Priorities

Co-Chairs

Hage, Paul 
Carmel, Marc J.

Corporate Governance

Co-Chairs

Kelbon, Regina Stango
Kirk, Donald R.

Current Developments Task Force

Chair

Champion, Ashley

Vice-Chairs

Bienenstock, Martin
Smith, Frances
Paranjpye, Aditi
Miller, Robert W.

Derivatives & Digital Assets

Co-Chairs

Lazar, Vincent E.
Rosell, Jason H.

Vice Chair

Castleman, David A. 

e-Newsletter

Editor-in-Chief:

Sabella, Michael

Assistant Editor:

Kraemer, Salene Mazur

Executory Contracts

Chair

Hayes, Monique D.

Government Powers

Co-Chairs

Momoh, Adine S.
Troop, Andrew

Governmental Bankruptcies

Co-Chairs

Klein, Hon. Christopher M.
Maizel, Samuel R.

Healthcare & Nonprofits in Bankruptcy

Co-Chairs

Moyron, Ranie
Rubenstein, Michael D.

Individual, Small Business & Subchapter V

Co-Chairs

Pack, Bradley D.
VerStandig, Maurice "Mac"
Fender, Steven

Insurance

Co-Chairs

Anderson, Margaret M.
Simkulak, Wendy M.

Vice-Chair

Stasak, Ashley

Mission Statement

The Insurance Subcommittee of the Business Bankruptcy Committee seeks to explore the intersection between the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and state insurance laws and regulations. The Subcommittee strives to educate members of the Committee on the unique issues presented by a debtor’s insurance programs. A debtor’s insurance program is of great value to a debtor if properly handled and addressed during the bankruptcy case and through the plan process. For many reasons, insurers are unlike any other creditor in a bankruptcy case and by working with an insurer, a debtor can ensure that claimants with insured claims receive insurance proceeds. However, questions often arise regarding, for example, the handling of insured claims and the debtor’s continuing obligations to its insurer. The Subcommittee has recently sponsored a few educational programs that address these and other issues and intends to offer similar programs at future meetings.​

Intellectual Property

Chair

Lee, Kyung S.

Vice-Chair

Romero, Hon. Michael E.

International Bankruptcy

Co-Chairs

Knapp, John R. Jr.
Maerov, Adam C.

Vice-Chair

Egan, Pamela M.

Kathryn R. Heidt Memorial Award Selection

Co-Chairs

Weiss, Sharon Z.
Hage, Paul
Monzo, Eric J.
Hayes, Monique D.
Cino, Jessica Gabel
Lopez-Castro, Hon. Corali

Leadership & Development

Co-Chairs

Redmond, Patricia A.
Isicoff, Hon. Lauren Myerson
FitzSimon, Hon. Jean K. 
Mayerson, Sandra E.

Legislation & Rules

Co-Chairs

Cooper, Zachary
Wallen, Ben
Still, Andrew

Litigation

Chair

Kinsella, Steven R.

Vice-Chair

Goldblatt, Hon. Craig

BLS Project Match Portal Coordinators

Koffroth, Nicholas
Lee, Kyung S. 
Vincent, Eleanor J. 

Mass Tort & Environmental Claims

Co-Chairs

Charles, Rob
Miller, Geoffrey

Mission Statement

The Mass Tort and Environmental Claims Subcommittee seeks to explore the methods that the Bankruptcy Code presents to resolve mass tort and environmental claims ("mass tort" claims) and reorganize businesses that are beset with such claims.

Membership, Marketing & Webmasters

Co-Chairs

Weiss, Sharon Z.
Tasher, Raychelle
Kraemer, Salene Mazur

Partnerships & Limited Liability Entities in Bankruptcy

Chairs

De Souza, Dain A.
Hartley, Andrea

Vice-Chair

Bienstock, Jill

Planning

Co-Chairs

Golden, Steven W.
Tobin-Presser, Christine
O'Farrell, Leah

Pro Bono Services

Co-Chairs

Stong, Hon. Elizabeth S.
Adeyemo, Megan M.

Vice-Chair

McLemore, Nicole

Professional Ethics

Co-Chairs

Englander, Bradford F.
Miller, Judith Greenstone

Programs

Co-Chairs

Berkoff, Leslie
Riemer, Sandra A.
Sklarz, Jeffrey M.

Publications

Co-Chairs

Adeyemo, Megan M.
Marchetti, Prof. Peter

Vice-Chair

Koffroth, Nicholas

Rules

Chairs

Cathell, Dale K.
Champion, Ashley

Secured Creditors

Co-Chairs

Robson, Hon. Grace
Fournier, David M.

Vice-Chair

Champion, Ashley

Mission Statement

The Secured Creditors Subcommittee is committed to providing substantive programming, education, and resources relative to issues affecting creditors’ rights in bankruptcy cases and other insolvency proceedings. The Subcommittee regularly works with other Business Bankruptcy Subcommittees and BLS Committees to explore various aspects of secured creditors’ rights.

Trustees & Examiners

Co-Chairs

Perkins, Eric R.
Thornton, Laurie M.
Gunn, Hon. Elizabeth R.

Mission Statement

Trustees and examiners perform vital roles in the bankruptcy system. The Trustees and Examiners Subcommittee explores the issues faced by trustees who administer cases under chapters 7, 11, 12, and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code, including those trustees appointed to administer small business cases under subchapter V, and by those who perform as examiners, including fee examiners. Issues addressed include the interaction between these parties and other bankruptcy constituencies, as well as the intersection between the performance of their duties in the bankruptcy context and other areas of the law. The Subcommittee presents programs on a broad range of topics that include basic primers on core functions as well as more in-depth reviews of emerging issues. In doing so, the Subcommittee seeks to promote civility and enhance interactions between trustees and examiners and other key stakeholders in the bankruptcy system, including debtors, creditors, the U.S. Trustees, and the courts, by fostering greater awareness and understanding of the key roles they perform.

UNCITRAL Task Force

Chair

Redmond, Christopher J. 

Vice-Chairs

Clark, Leif
Kargman, Steven T. 
Klein, Hon Christopher M.

Mission Statement

The role and purpose of the UNCITRAL Task Force and Liaison is to coordinate with the United Nations Committee on International Trade Law, Working Group V on Insolvency. The American Bar Association has been recognized as an Non Governmental Organization (NGO) since 1998 and has been an active participant in development of a number of texts on Insolvency Law Reform. The Committee was actively involved in the development of the Legislative Guide on Insolvency Law (approved by the United Nations Genral Assembly in 2004), the Practice Guide on Cross-Border Agreements (approved by the General Assembly in 2010), an addendum to the Legislative Guide involving Corporate Groups (approval before the General Assembly pending) and current work on the areas of directors and officers duties in pre-insolvency and insolvency proceedings and the Center of Main Interests (COMI). In addition a deskbook coordinating all the UNCITRAL insolvency texts is currently being prepared. The Committee is an active participant in all ongoing projects.

Webinars & Podcasts

Co-Chairs

Barreca, Hon. Marc L.
Rubio, Charles M.
Bailey, Hon. Frank J. (ret.)

Young & New Lawyers

Chair

Golden, Steven W.

Vice-Chairs

Leah O'Farrel
McLemore, Nicole
Still, Andrew
Vincent, Eleanor J.
Duncan, Tessola M.

Task Force - Business Law Advisor

Chair

Mooney, Prof. Charles W.

Task Force - Business Law Fellows

Chairs

Kornafel, Joanna M.
Liu, Zhao (Ruby)
Sabella, Michael
Tasher, Raychelle

20/20 Partner Selection

Co-Chairs

Redmond, Patricia A.
FitzSimon, Hon. Jean K.
Tasher, Raychell
Blain, Russell M.