NACBASF Session Spotlight

NACBA25 Highlight

In an increasing number of cases, a Chapter 11 may be a better option for your client than a Chapter 13. Join Dan Press and Brett Weiss as they compare Chapter 13 and Chapter 11, talk about identifying potential issues, and offer strategies to help you discuss Chapter 11 with your client.
Your Presenters
Dan Press
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Daniel Press practices primarily bankruptcy and intellectual property law. A magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, he was an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. He received his B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University. After graduating from law school, Mr. Press served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Jaime Pieras Jr. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. Mr. Press, along with Brett Weiss, are the authors of the leading book on Chapter 11 bankruptcy for individuals, entitled Chapter 11 for Individual Debtors, a Collier Monograph.

Mr. Press practices primarily in the Bankruptcy and Federal District Courts in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, as well as other U.S. Appellate, District and Bankruptcy Courts around the country. He is a State Chair for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, a member of the Section Council of the Consumer Bankruptcy Section of the Maryland State Bar Association, and the Education Director of the Consumer Committee of the American Bankruptcy Institute. In addition to teaching Individual Chapter 11 Bankruptcy through Max Gardner’s Bankruptcy Bootcamps, he is a regular speaker on bankruptcy and related topics at seminars and programs locally and nationwide sponsored by groups such as NACBA, the Virginia Bar Association, Virginia CLE, the Maryland State Bar Association, Minnesota CLE, and the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland.

Brett Weiss

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Brett Weiss, a senior partner at Chung & Press, LLC, has been representing people and businesses in all phases of bankruptcy for over 25 years. He has experience in com¬plex individual Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases, and in Chapter 11 small business restructuring and reorganization. Mr. Weiss lectures nationally on bankruptcy issues. He has spoken before the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, and is a regular speaker before the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association and Maryland State Bar Association. He has testified before the Federal Bankruptcy Rules Committee and has twice testified before Congress on bankruptcy and credit issues. Brett Weiss is the co-author of “Individual Bankruptcy Under Chapter 11” for LexisNexis, and has written “Not Dead Yet: Bankruptcy After BAPCPA,” for the Maryland Bar Journal, as well as hundreds of blogs for the Bankruptcy Law Network.

Mr. Weiss has received international media attention in connection with his work. He was interviewed by Barbara Walters on The View, has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, ABC News with Peter Jennings, the Montel Williams Show, NPR, AARP-TV, the BBC World Service, German state television, and numerous local radio and television programs, and been quoted in Money magazine, The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun, among others. Brett Weiss is the Maryland State Chair for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, a founding member of the Bankruptcy Law Network, on the board of the Maryland State Bar Consumer Bankruptcy Council, and a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Bankruptcy Bar Association of Maryland, and the Civil Justice Network. He has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” every year since 2007 for Maryland and the District of Columbia, and in 2011 received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys for his work on behalf of consumers across the country. Mr. Weiss is admitted to practice before Maryland and District of Columbia federal and state courts, the United States Courts of Appeals for the DC and Fourth Circuit, The United States Tax Court, and the Supreme Court of the United States, and has been practicing law since 1983.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Attend NACBA’s Fall Workshop

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#NACBASEA is only 10 days away! Just think in 10 days you could be on the Enchantment of the Seas with your peers getting ready for an unforgettable educational voyage, but you have to register!

So today, we’re giving you 10 Reasons Why You Should Attend #NACBASEA, October 6th-9th ! Are you ready matey?

  1. You Get to Learn on a Cruise Ship! Fully renovated with exciting new features, Enchantment of the Seas® has it all!  You will enjoy state-of-the-art conference facilities with an array of complimentary amenities found exclusively on-board Royal Caribbean International®.  Enchantment of the Seas®
  2. You Can Still Receive the Early Bird Rate! The Early Bird rate has been extended! So registration is an affordable, $395.00!
  3. Who Doesn’t Love a Launch Party? Before setting sale attend our Pre-Cruise Session from 1-5 than wind down with a Launch Party in Miami at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand Hotel.
  4. Earn CLE: What better way to earn CLE than on a cruise ship?
  5. Networking with Your Peers and Colleagues: Kick back, relax and catch up with your peers after a long day of sessions while the sun sets on the horizon.
  6. Exhibitors: On Friday, visit our exhibitors while you enjoy a kickoff reception!
  7. Stellar Sessions and Speakers: We have a lineup that you won’t want to miss. It’s isn’t all fun, it’s about learning too! Our sessions are relevant and timely to your firm!
  8.  The Resources! All Fall Workshop Registrants will receive, at no additional cost, a copy of NCLC’s Quick Guide to Federal Evidence and Objections(value $35).  Wait there’s more, you’ll receive seven days (7) of complete access to the NCLC Digital Library
  9.  You’re Entered Into a Fabulous Contest! All attendees will be registered for a chance at winning 1 of 10 NCLC Consumer Bankruptcy Law & Practice 2016 Eleventh Edition (value $140).
  10. You Can Make it a Family Affair: Last, but certainly not least you can bring the family! After all you shouldn’t be the only one having a good time right? Check out the many activities your family can enjoy while aboard!

So, can we expect you to attend our first ever NACBA Fall Workshop Cruise? We just gave you 10 good reasons so Register today and let’s get ready to set sail!

Today’s #NACBASF Session Spotlight

Time Records: Getting it Right

Friday, May 20 • 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm


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Honorable Marvin Isgur
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas
Chief Judge
Houston, TX

Marvin Isgur has been a United States Bankruptcy Judge since February 1, 2004. Judge Isgur’s first bankruptcy experience was as an expert witness before the bankruptcy court and then as a principal of a number of real estate partnerships that became chapter 11 debtors.

Judge Isgur received his bachelors degree from the University of Houston in 1974. In 1978, he received an MBA, with honors from Stanford University. Between 1978 and 1990, Judge Isgur was an executive with a large real estate development company in Houston. In 1987, he returned to the University of Houston where he received a law degree (with high honors) in 1990. Between 1990 and 2004, Judge Isgur represented trustees and debtors in chapter 11 and chapter 7 cases. He also represented various parties in 14 separate chapter 9 bankruptcy cases.

Judge Isgur has written over 150 memorandum opinions. He was one of the first judges to issue opinions interpreting the 2005 Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act.

Judge Isgur is a volunteer with the Houston Urban Debate League, a non-profit organization that works in partnership with the Houston Independent School District to bring policy debate to high school students. He is one of the principal organizers of the annual University of Texas Consumer Bankruptcy Conference in Galveston, Texas and is a frequent speaker at continuing education programs.

When his volunteer and court activities permit, Judge Isgur spends his weekends sailing on Galveston Bay.

Miriam Goot

Houston, TX

Miriam Goot was born in Riga, Latvia and moved to Houston, Texas in 1980. Miriam was raised in Houston and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Psychology in 1999. Following graduation, Miriam attended St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, TX. During law school Miriam clerked for a small consumer bankruptcy firm for two years where she realized her desire and passion to practice bankruptcy law. Miriam was a Judicial Intern to the Honorable Leif M. Clark for six months before graduating from law school in 2002. After law school, Miriam returned to Houston and has practiced bankruptcy law with the law firm of Walker & Patterson, P.C. since 2003. Miriam’s practice consists primarily of consumer bankruptcy representation. A large portion of her practice focuses on all forms of bankruptcy litigation in representing debtors, creditors and chapter 7 trustees. Miriam is the vice-chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the Houston Bar Association. She is currently a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Houston Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers. For the last year, Miriam has been a participant in the Honorable David R. Jones’ Bankruptcy litigation class. Miriam is fluent in Russian.

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Advanced Tax and Bankruptcy

Sunday, May 22nd 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Join our experts as they talk about how to resolve some the more vexing tax problems in bankruptcy, including those related to late filed returns and tolling time periods.

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Kent Anderson 

Kent Anderson Law Office
Eugene, OR

ent Anderson has lectured extensively for lawyers, realtors and tax professionals about Tax Liens, Tax Collection Defense, Mortgage Modifications, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, and other Debtor-Creditor matters. He has been a featured speaker at the IRS National Tax Forum, Northwest Bankruptcy Institute, and the NACBA Annual Meeting.  Kent has been active in the NACBA lobbying program for several years and was invited to speak at US Senator Jeff Merkley’s Mortgage and Foreclosure Solutions Summit.  He is the current NACBA Oregon chair and continues to consult with the senator’s office on bankruptcy and foreclosure issues.

Kent established his private practice in 1978 and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, the US Tax Court, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the US Supreme Court.  Mr. Anderson is board certified in Consumer Bankruptcy by the American Board of Certification.  His practice includes tax collection defense, contested audit, and consumer bankruptcy matters.

He is a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, and the Bankruptcy Law Network, LLC, where he currently holds the office of Treasurer. As chair of the Website Committee for the Oregon State Bar Debtor/Creditor Section and member of the local Bankruptcy Pro Bono committee, he contributes his expertise to state bar efforts.  Kent has been a public board member of the Oregon Board of Psychologist Examiners since 2009. He is a contributing author on the LexisNexis Bankruptcy Law Center online forum and has worked with Lexis in developing and testing several versions of its software including its new TopForm 11 bankruptcy document assembly program.

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Larry Heinkel

Heinkel Law Group, PL
Tax & Bankruptcy Attorney
St. Petersburg, FL

Larry Heinkel is a tax and bankruptcy attorney with more than 30 years experience helping businesses and individuals, solve their state and federal tax problems. Mr. Heinkel has been extremely successful in representing his clients before IRS and DOR, and is known throughout Florida as an expert in tax problem resolution.

Larry graduated from the University of Florida with honors in Accounting (B.S.B.A.), Law (J.D.), and Tax Law (LL.M.). He is listed among Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite and is a Member of The Law Review, was published twice and has served as an Adjunct Professor in tax and business law at Rollins College and the University of Central Florida MBA Program.

Mark Segal

Mark Segal, Chartered
Las Vegas, NV

Mark Segal graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance and Commerce with a B.S. in Economics, and received his J.D. and LL.M. in Taxation from New York University. Mr. Segal practices with the law firm of Mark Segal, Chartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, with an emphasis on personal bankruptcy and tax law. His practice also includes all aspects of civil IRS controversy representation. Mr. Segal is admitted to the U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Claims Court, various U.S. District Courts, the United States Supreme Court, and the New York, Arizona, and Nevada State Bars. He served as Special Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, from 1968 to 1973. He is a member of the American Bar Association Taxation, Business Law and Law Office Management Sections; and the State Bar of Nevada Executive Committees on Taxation and Bankruptcy. He served on the Tax Advisory Committee to the National Bankruptcy Review Commission’s Government Working Group in 1997. Mr. Segal has lectured on discharging taxes in bankruptcy at conventions of the National Association of Chapter Thirteen Trustees (NACTT), the State Bar of Nevada, and NACBA’s prior conventions. He has been a member of NACBA since its formation in 1992. Mr. Segal was a 2003 recipient of NACBA’s Distinguished Service Award.

Today’s #NACBASF Session Spotlight

Tough Clients, Tough Discussions

Sunday, May 22 • 8:30 am – 9:30 am

We have all had them!  This session will cover common scenarios and best practices for dealing with tough clients.
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Greggory T. Colpitts
The Colpitts Law Firm
Tulsa, Ok
Mr. Colpitts was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and graduated from Tulsa Memorial High School.  Mr. Colpitts attended Oklahoma State University from 1983 to 1987 when he graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology.

After graduation from Oklahoma State University in 1987, Mr. Colpitts attended the University of Tulsa College of Law and received his J.D. in 1991.  In 1992, Mr. Colpitts continued his legal education at Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, where he received a Master of Laws in Taxation in 1993.

In August 1993, Mr. Colpitts started his own law firm and continues with this firm today.  Mr. Colpitts specializes in consumer bankruptcy (Chapters 7 and 13).  Mr. Colpitts has represented thousands of clients in bankruptcy ranging from straight forward to very complex.  Mr. Colpitts also specializes in bankruptcy litigation including pursuing creditors for automatic stay and discharge injunction violations and making sure debtors get what they bargained for after completing a Chapter 13 bankruptcy.  In an arena where debtors are held to a multitude of onerous requirements, Mr. Colpitts believes that creditors should also be held the standards imposed by the Bankruptcy Code.  Mr. Colpitts is a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys where he serves as the state chair.

In 2012, Mr. Colpitts completed the extensive and rigorous qualification requirements and attained certification by the American Board of Certification as a Consumer Bankruptcy Expert.  With this certification, he joins a prestigious group of very few other Oklahoma attorneys to attain this recognition.

Today’s #NACBASF Session Spotlight

Views From the Bench

Sunday, May 22nd , 9:45 am – 11:00 am

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Hon. Fredrick E. Clement

United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of California
Fresno, CA

Fredrick E. Clement is a United States Bankruptcy Judge seated in the Eastern District of California. Prior to appointment, he represented consumers and small to mid-sized businesses before the Eastern and Northern District Bankruptcy Courts. He holds the designation of Certified Specialist, Bankruptcy Law, from The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Judge Clement is a former Commissioner to the Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission of the State Bar of California. A regular lecturer on insolvency and bankruptcy, he has addressed the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, American Bankruptcy Institute, National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute, the Sacramento Valley Bankruptcy Forum, and the Central California Bankruptcy Association. Admitted to the State Bar of California in 1987, Mr. Clement is an honors graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of Law. He maintains chambers and resides in California’s southern San Joaquin Valley.

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Hon. Frederick P. Corbit

United States Bankruptcy Court, East District of Washington
Chief Bankruptcy Judge
Spokane, WA

Bankruptcy Judge Frederick P. Corbit was sworn in on September 19, 2013 as a bankruptcy judge for the Eastern District of Washington. His courtroom and home are in Spokane. Immediately prior to going on the bench, Judge Corbit practiced law at the Northwest Justice Project (“NJP”). NJP provides civil legal services to persons of limited financial means. Prior to joining NJP in 2007, he was a shareholder in the Seattle office of a large national law firm, and represented many companies and individuals in connection with issues related to the acquisitions and sales of businesses, creditor/debtor matters, and business litigation. He is a frequent lecturer on legal matters and has published numerous articles in legal journals. Judge Corbit received his undergraduate degree from University of Washington and his law degree from UCLA School of Law. He was a law clerk to the Honorable Kenneth S. Treadwell, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Washington.

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Hon. Jim D. Pappas

Judge Pappas is a graduate of Idaho State University and the University of Idaho College of Law in 1977. Prior to his appointment, Judge Pappas practiced throughout the Northwest in the area of commercial and banking law, and all aspects of bankruptcy law representing debtors, creditors, committees and trustees in proceedings under all chapters of the Bankruptcy Code. He was a founder and is a past chair of the Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section of the Idaho State Bar.

Judge Pappas was appointed to the bench in 1990, and was reappointed to a second term in 2004. He served as Idaho’s Chief Bankruptcy Judge from 1993 to 2004. Judge Pappas served on the Ninth Circuit’s Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, a court that reviews decisions made by other bankruptcy courts throughout the Western United States from 2005-2015, serving as Chief Judge from 2010-2013.

Judge Pappas is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, a member of the Board of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, and served as an Associate Editor of the American Bankruptcy Law Journal. By appointment of the Chief Justice, from 2003-2009, Judge Pappas served on the Bankruptcy Judges Education Committee of the Federal Judicial Center designing educational programs for all bankruptcy judges. Judge Pappas lectures and writes extensively concerning bankruptcy law, as well as teaches at the University of Idaho College of Law.

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Chapter 7 Asset Cases

Saturday, May 21 • 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm
Some debtors just can’t keep it all. This panel explores the best practices and traps for the unwary when dealing with Chapter 7 asset cases.
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Ariane Holtschlag
Chicago, IL

Ariane Holtschlag graduated from University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa. Currently, Ariane is an attorney at FactorLaw and practices in the areas of Personal Bankruptcy, Business Bankruptcy, Bankruptcy Alternatives, Bankruptcy Litigation, Creditor’s Rights and Commercial Litigation.

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Cecilia Lee

Lee & High, Ltd
 Reno, NV

Cecilia Lee practices bankruptcy and insolvency law and bankruptcy appellate law in the Reno office of the Denver law firm of Davis Graham & Stubbs, LLP. Peer Review rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell, Cecilia has represented clients in all primary aspects of bankruptcy practice, including debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, committees and trustees in chapters 7, 11, 12 and 13. She has represented clients in all aspects of bankruptcy appeals, including to the United States Supreme Court. Cecilia is certified as a Business Bankruptcy Specialist by the American Board of Certification. A 1980 graduate of Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania with a bachelor of arts with honors in Biology, Cecilia received a master of science degree from the University of Oregon in 1982 before enrolling in Willamette College of Law in Salem, Oregon. Cecilia graduated in the top 15 percent of her class at Willamette in 1986, receiving High Papers in Ethics, Products Liability and Land Use Planning. She served as an Associate Editor of the Willamette Law Review for two years and began arguing cases while in law school to the federal and state courts in Oregon.

In 2014, Cecilia joined Willamette’s law faculty as a professor of bankruptcy law, and also sits on the law school’s advisory board. Cecilia is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s award-winning Committee on Consumer Bankruptcy Law as the ListServe Facilitator, and is a Coordinating Editor of the Consumer Corner of the ABI Journal. Cecilia publishes and lectures on various aspects of business and bankruptcy law.

Cecilia is a member of Silver State Striders and a marathon runner. Before attending law school, Cecilia studied the cello with Orlando Cole of the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. She is currently a member of the Susanville Symphony Orchestra.

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