NACBASF Session Spotlight

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.

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Individual Chapter 11 Topics

Saturday, May 21 • 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

The panel will discuss select topics related to individual chapter 11 cases.
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Judge Laurel E. Davis
Bankruptcy Judge
Las Vegas, NV
Laurel Elizabeth Davis was sworn in as a Nevada Bankruptcy Judge on July 12, 2013. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Davis practiced law for 26 years in Nevada and Arizona. She represented debtors, including individuals; trustees; committees and creditors in bankruptcy proceedings and litigation, commercial litigation, arbitration, workouts and restructuring. She also served as a chapter 11 trustee.

Judge Davis is a Master with the Howard D. McKibben Inn of Court.  From 1993 through 2013, Judge Davis held a business bankruptcy certification from the American Board of Certification, which is accredited by the American Bar Association. In 2011 and 2012, Judge Davis was Chair of the Nevada State Bar Bankruptcy Section. In 2012 and 2013, Judge Davis was recognized by Benchmark Litigation as among the Top 250 Women in Litigation in the Nation, and as a 2012  Rising Star.  Judge Davis regularly writes and speaks on topics, which include ethics, litigation, real estate and bankruptcy.

A native of Utah, Judge Davis received her B.S. in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1983, and her JD, magna cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1987.

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M. Jonathan Hayes
Simon Resnik Hayes, LLP
Sherman Oaks, CA
M. Jonathan Hayes is a bankruptcy specialist certified by the California State Bar Board of Specialization.  He is on the eight-person Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission of the state bar which oversees the bankruptcy specialists including most importantly, certifying those seeking to become specialists or seeking recertification.

Mr. Hayes concentrates his practice in bankruptcy. He has represented many Chapter 11 debtors, businesses and individuals, and effected many successful reorganization plans.

From 2009 through present, Mr. Hayes has filed and oversees approximately 60 Chapter 11 cases for individuals primarily trying to save their homes and other real property. In the past, he has represented three franchisees in the Econo-Lube bankruptcy filing adversary proceedings, demanding more than $10 million in total and settling each successfully. He represented the Creditor’s Committee in the Lucy’s Laundry Mart and SBB Roofing Chapter 11 cases. He was lead counsel for the Creditor’s Committee in the Breath Asure, Inc. Chapter 11 and the B.C. Oil, Inc. Chapter 11.

Mr. Hayes has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of West Los Angeles (previously University of LaVerne School of Law) since 1990 where he has taught Bankruptcy, Business Organizations, Contracts, Advanced Bankruptcy Issues, Commercial Law, and Taxation. Before that he was on the faculty of Whittier School of Law for four years.

Wayne Silver
The Law Office of Wayne A. Silver
Sunnyvale, CA
Wayne Silver is a Certified Bankruptcy Specialist with over twenty-five years of experience. He focuses on personal and business chapter 11 filings as well as bankruptcy related litigation

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Working with LEP Clients

Sunday, May 22nd, 8:30 AM-9:30 AM

This session will cover best practices for representing clients who are not proficient in English including, communication practices, obtaining credit counseling, 341 meetings, and court hearing hassles.
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Public Counsel
Supervising Senior Staff Attorney
Los Angeles, CA
Magdalena Reyes Bordeaux (“Maggie”) is a Senior Supervising Attorney with Public Counsel and manages Public Counsel’s Debtor Assistance Project (“DAP”), the largest bankruptcy pro se program in the country. DAP provides bankruptcy and bankruptcy-related bankruptcy legal assistance and representation to thousands of individuals and families every year.

Maggie has been practicing consumer bankruptcy law for over 15 years and has worked extensively with the Bankruptcy Courts for the Central District of California, Office of the United States Trustee, and private bankruptcy attorneys in developing and implementing ways to make the courts more accessible to pro se litigants. Maggie is an appointed 9th Circuit Lawyer Representative and is an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School. She is an Executive Board Member of the Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Bar Attorney’s Association (“cdcbaa”) and is an active member of the L.A. Country Bar Association Commercial Law & Bankruptcy DAP Committee.

Maggie has written numerous articles on consumer bankruptcy issues and is a frequent speaker at bankruptcy educational panels. She was on the cover of L.A. Lawyer Magazine for her article on expunging a fraudulent bankruptcy from the public record and was featured on KPCC for her work in this area. She has also received several awards recognizing her work and scholarship in the area of consumer bankruptcy law including being the recipient of the President Emeritus Henry J. Sommer Scholarship Award and the Thomas B. Donovan Public Excellence Award Recipient.

Maggie is a graduate of UCLA School of Law and is married to Clifford S. Bordeaux, a consumer bankruptcy attorney and fellow graduate of UCLA School of Law. Maggie and her husband live in La Crescenta with their 9 year old daughter, Maria Isabella Bordeaux (“Bella”).

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Department of Justice, Federal Coordination and Compliance Section, Civil Rights Division
Senior Attorney
Washington, DC
Paul M. Uyehara is a Senior Attorney in the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, in Washington, DC.  He handles discrimination cases (under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964), technical assistance, and outreach for the DOJ Courts Language Access Initiative and chairs the Limited English Proficiency Enforcement Committee of the Title VI Interagency Working Group.  Paul has over 25 years of prior legal services experience in Philadelphia, including some 15 years handling consumer bankruptcy cases under Chapters 7 and 13, was formerly a supervising attorney for the Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project, and maintains his NACBA membership.


Security Clearances & the SCRA

Friday, May 20th, 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Do you represents federal employees, government contractors, or members of the military? This session will review types of security clearances, the impact of bankruptcy,  mitigate of potential effects, and special protections under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.
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Ronald Sykstus
Bond & Botes, P.C.
Managing Partner
Huntsville, AL

Ron Sykstus is the managing partner of Bond, Botes, Sykstus, Tanner & Ezzell, P.C. in Huntsville, Alabama and Decatur, Alabama. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Ron enrolled at the University of Arizona in Tucson for his college education. While in college, he attended the U.S. Marine Corps’ Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia and, following completion, the U.S. Army offered Ron a full academic ROTC scholarship. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army upon graduation, Mr. Sykstus was placed on educational delay by the U.S. Army in order to attend law school at the Northern Illinois University College of Law in Dekalb, Illinois. He graduated in 1987 with his Juris Doctorate degree. Mr. Sykstus then entered active duty as a Captain with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

He served at Fort Bliss, Texas as the lead prosecutor for the 11th ADA Division and the 3rd Armored Calvary Brigade and as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in El Paso, Texas. Ron was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal for his service at Fort Bliss.

Mr. Sykstus was subsequently stationed at Fort McClellan, Alabama as the Senior Defense Counsel with the U.S. Army’s Trial Defense Service. Upon his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, Ron was awarded another Meritorious Service Medal for his service throughout Alabama. Ron then joined the Bond and Botes team of lawyers and has been there ever since.


Get Involved California

Friday, May 20th 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Join former NACBA member, now State Senator Bob Wieckowski to discuss important California legislation that may affect your bankruptcy practice, including continued efforts to increase the California homestead exemption.

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Senator Robert Wieckowski California Senate District 10 Senator Fremont, CA 

Mr. Wieckowski serves as chair of the Environmental Quality Committee. He is also a member of the Senate committees on Business, Professions and Economic Development; Insurance; Judiciary; and Transportation and Housing. He was appointed by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon to serve on the Energy and Environment Committee of the Council of State Governments West.

In his first four years in office, Senator Wieckowski passed 35 bills that were signed into law by Governor Brown. Reflecting his collaborative style, most of these bills were approved with strong, bipartisan support. Statewide organizations have selected him Legislator of the Year and the California Judges Association gave him its “Scales of Justice Award” for his steadfast support for increased court funding. Tech America named him “Legislator of the Year.”

He has launched the Made in California Jobs Initiative to expand California manufacturing, invest in biotechnology research, and fight for small businesses. As part of this initiative, he is touring companies throughout his district to speak to business leaders and their workers about challenges facing their industries.

As a passionate advocate for his community, he has served on numerous boards and commissions. He previously served as Vice Mayor of the City of Fremont.

Mr. Wieckowski is a small business owner and a bankruptcy attorney. He has helped hundreds of families and seniors persevere through economic hardship, keep their homes and live with dignity. He received his B.A. from the University of California and his J.D. from Santa Clara University Law School.

Senator Wieckowski lives in Fremont with his wife, Sue.