Featured Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Dahlia Lithwick

Dahlia Lithwick is an award-winning journalist and author, and Senior Editor at Slate, having written their Supreme Court Dispatches and Jurisprudence columns since 1999. Lithwick also hosts Amicus, Slate’s award-winning biweekly podcast about the law and the Supreme Court. Lithwick earned her BA in English at Yale University and her JD degree at Stanford University and has held visiting faculty positions at numerous Universities. Lithwick’s recent book, Lady Justice: Women, the Law and the Battle to Save America – with its powerful commentary on the political ramifications of Trump’s presidency and its spotlighting of the women lawyers doing the work since his inauguration – became an instant New York Times Bestseller.

Douglas Baird

Douglas Baird is the Harry A. Bigelow Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago and Chair, National Bankruptcy Conference. Baird received his undergraduate degree from Yale University summa cum laude and his J.D. from Stanford. He joined Chicago’s faculty in 1980 and served as its Dean from 1994 to 1999. His book on the history of the law of corporate reorganizations, The Unwritten Law of Corporate Reorganizations, appeared in 2022. His one-volume overview of U.S. bankruptcy law, Elements of Bankruptcy, is now in its seventh edition.

Brian C. Behr

Brian Behr was sworn in as the U.S. Bankruptcy Administrator for the Eastern District of North Carolina on May 3, 2022. Brian previously served as an attorney within the BA’s Office from 2008 until his appointment. Brian earned his B.A. from North Carolina State University and his J.D. from The Catholic University of America.

William Clareman

Billy Clareman is a partner in the litigation department at Paul, Weiss, where he specializes in restructuring litigation matters.

Monica Clark

Monica is a partner in Dorsey and Whitney LLP’s Finance and Restructuring Group and is a Co-Chair of Dorsey’s Bankruptcy Practice Group. Monica is licensed in Minnesota and Iowa and represents financial institutions, unsecured and secured creditors, asset buyers, equipment lessors, and receivers in bankruptcy cases and other insolvency proceedings. She is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Hon. D. Sims Crawford

D. Sims Crawford was appointed to serve as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Alabama on September 1, 2016. Judge Crawford previously served as a Chapter 13 Standing Trustee in the Northern District of Alabama from 2004 until his appointment as a bankruptcy judge. Judge Crawford earned his B.A. from the University of Alabama and his J.D. from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He is currently a member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the Alabama State Bar. He has served on the Bankruptcy Judges Advisory Group (BJAG) and the Human Resource Advisory Council (HRAC) that provide advice to the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. He is currently serving as the bankruptcy-judge representative to the Committee on Codes of Conduct for the Judicial Conference of the United States.

Matthew T. Faga, Esq.

Matthew is a member of Markus Williams Young & Hunsicker LLC and concentrates his practice on commercial restructuring, dissolution, pre-bankruptcy workouts, bankruptcy and insolvency law, with a focus on strategic resolution of client matters. Mr. Faga represents all key stakeholders including corporate debtors and debtors-in-possession, secured and unsecured creditors, trustees, purchasers, and fiduciaries in adversary proceedings and throughout bankruptcy chapters 7, 11, 12, 13 and 15. Mr. Faga also represents federal and state court-appointed asset and entity receivers in receivership actions, workouts and restructurings in Colorado and Wyoming. Mr. Faga also has significant appellate experience in oral advocacy and brief writing at both the state and federal court levels.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Faga was a law clerk for the chief judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado. Mr. Faga was honored as a member of the 2017 inaugural class of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s 40 Under 40 Award. Mr. Faga is certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification.

Hon. Robert J. Faris

Robert J. Faris is the U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Hawaii. He received a B.A. from Reed College in 1980 and his J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, in 1983. From 1983 until 2002, he practiced with a Honolulu law firm. His practice emphasized business restructurings, insolvency, and commercial litigation. He became a bankruptcy judge in February 2002 and was appointed to the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Ninth Circuit in August 2015. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, and the American College of Bankruptcy.

Professor Pamela Foohey

Pamela Foohey is Professor of Law at University of Georgia College of Law. She specializes in bankruptcy, commercial law, consumer finance, and business law. Her work primarily involves empirical studies of bankruptcy and related parts of the legal system. She is a co-investigator on the Consumer Bankruptcy Project, a long-term research project studying persons who file bankruptcy. Professor Foohey’s work in business bankruptcy focuses on non-profit entities, with a particular emphasis on how churches and other religious organizations use bankruptcy. Her two in-progress book projects, forthcoming with University of Chicago Press and University of California Press, draw on data from these two research projects. She also is a co-author for Secured Transactions: A Systems Approach, a leading textbook on the topic.

Professor Foohey is the past chair of several Association of American Law Schools sections, is a co-organizer of the Law & Society Association’s Household Finance CRN, serves on the editorial advisory board of the Law & Society Review, and completed a three-year appointment to the editorial advisory board of the American Bankruptcy Law Journal. She also is an active member of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) and has served as part of the ABI Diversity Working Group since its formation. In 2019, the ABI named her a “40 Under 40” Emerging Leader in Insolvency Practice.

Susan M. Freeman

Susan M. Freeman is a partner at lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, working primarily from its Phoenix, Arizona office. She graduated from New York University School of Law in 1975 as a Root-Tilden-Snow Scholar, and holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, with distinction.

Ms. Freeman is a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference. She is a Fellow and former Director, Vice-President and Secretary of the American College of Bankruptcy. She previously served as Chair of the American Bar Association Business Bankruptcy Committee, and also chaired several Subcommittees. She is a Life Member of the American Law Institute. Ms. Freeman is a frequent author and lecturer, including authoring Chapter 172 of Norton Bankruptcy Law & Practice on Professional Responsibility in Bankruptcy Cases.

In addition to her business bankruptcy law practice, Ms. Freeman is an appellate lawyer, and has briefed over 300 civil appeals and argued over 100, many of which are bankruptcy appeals, including Hall v. United States of America, 132 S. Ct. 1882 (2012). She is a Fellow and former President of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Daniel L. Geyser

Daniel L. Geyser is the Chair of Haynes and Boone’s U.S. Supreme Court practice and a member of its appellate group. He focuses on complex and high-stakes appellate litigation, representing clients in the Supreme Court of the United States and in courts of appeals nationwide. He was named one of Law360’s 2022 “Appellate MVPs,” an honor awarded to only four lawyers in the United States—Dan’s second time winning the award in the past four years.

Dan is widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading Supreme Court and appellate lawyers. He has argued 17 Supreme Court cases in private practice, including two arguments this past Term. He has twice had three cert. petitions granted in a 12-month period (a feat matched by few global firms), and personally handled over 5% of the Court’s merits docket in OT 2018. He has been named to the National Law Journal’s “Appellate Hot List,” earned weekly honors as a Law360 “Legal Lion,” achieved national appellate rankings in Chambers USA and The Legal 500, and been listed among the “veritable who’s who of the Supreme Court bar” (Empirical SCOTUS). His petitions are regularly featured among the “Petitions of the Week” on SCOTUSblog, and he is a three-time winner of NAAG’s Best Brief Award for excellence in brief-writing before the Court. In the past half-decade, Dan ranks among the top five lawyers nationwide for total Supreme Court arguments in private practice, notching “rare victor[ies]” (SCOTUSblog) and “huge win[s]” (Reuters) in cases that industry experts said could not be won.

Beyond the Supreme Court, Dan handles high-stakes appeals nationwide, litigating major cases (for plaintiffs and defendants) in nearly every circuit in virtually every major area of federal law. Dan also handles landmark state-court appeals, including arguing seven times before the Texas Supreme Court.

Hon. Scott M. Grossman

Judge Scott M. Grossman is a bankruptcy judge in the Southern District of Florida, Fort Lauderdale Division. Before his appointment, Judge Grossman was a shareholder with a large international law firm in its global restructuring and bankruptcy practice. He began his legal career in the Attorney General’s Honors Program at the United States Department of Justice, where he was a Trial Attorney in the Tax Division. Judge Grossman earned his J.D. with honors from the George Washington University Law School, and his B.S.Acc., with honors, and M.Acc. degrees from the University of Florida.

Monique D. Hayes

Monique D. Hayes is a renowned business attorney with the rare benefit of experience in both private and public practice. Monique centers her practice of wealth preservation and protection-including corporate restructuring, business succession and estate planning. Her experience includes claim prosecution, asset sales and acquisitions, financial transactions, fraud litigation, restructuring, due diligence, transactional matters, and more.

As a leading attorney, board-certified in Business Bankruptcy Law, Monique has been ranked by Florida SuperLawyers and Florida Trend as a “Legal Elite.” She is a member American Bar Association’s Business Law Section Council. Monique is also a best-selling author and former chair of the International Womens Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), Florida Network and past president of the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association (a National Bar Association affiliate).

Before entering private practice, Monique served as law clerk to Hon. Laurel M. Isicoff, Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Hon. Whitman L. Holt

Whitman L. Holt has served as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Washington in Yakima since November 1, 2019. Before taking the bench, Judge Holt was a partner of Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP in Los Angeles. Judge Holt is the co-author (with Kenneth N. Klee) of Bankruptcy and the Supreme Court: 1801-2014 (West Academic 2015) and of a series of commentaries about bankruptcy and the Supreme Court for the LexisNexis Emerging Issues Analysis project. Judge Holt also is a contributing author for the Collier on Bankruptcy treatise and related standalone publications. Since 2015, Judge Holt has been a Conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference, which is an invitation-only organization dedicated to advising Congress about the operation of bankruptcy and related laws. Judge Holt is a graduate of Bates College (B.A., 2002, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) and Harvard Law School (J.D., 2005, cum laude).

Sally McDonald Henry

Sally McDonald Henry is the John E. Krahmer Endowed Professor of Commercial and Banking Law the Texas Tech University School of Law, where she began teaching in 2012. Before she became a professor, she was a partner in Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’s corporate restructuring group, where she practiced law for many years.

During the years she practiced law, Ms. Henry represented virtually all interested parties in Chapter 11 cases, including debtors, creditors, and trustees, and handled cross-border transactions involving Germany, Mexico, Israel, Argentina, and many other jurisdictions.

A graduate of Duke University and New York University School of Law, she is the author of several books and numerous articles on restructuring topics and has lectured on restructuring topics throughout the world. In 2003, Ms. Henry was the recipient of a New York city-wide award from The Legal Aid Society for her pro bono work. As a teacher, she has been the recipient of a number of awards, including, the Texas Tech Hispanic Law Students’ Professor of the Year and the Texas Tech Black Law Students’ Professor of the Year awards. In 2022, she received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest award for teaching given at Texas Tech University.

Hon. Mary Jo Heston

Mary Jo Heston is a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Washington. Prior to her appointment she was a shareholder in the Seattle and Portland Offices of Lane Powell PC where her practice involved commercial litigation and transactional matters with an emphasis on business reorganizations, international insolvency and the acquisition of troubled businesses and assets. Between 1988 and 1993 Ms. Heston served as the first Region 18 United States Trustee, overseeing bankruptcy cases and fiduciaries in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, and Montana.  She also is a former law clerk to a federal district court judge and a bankruptcy judge and a former estate administrator of the federal bankruptcy court.  Ms. Heston has taught bankruptcy courses for over twenty-five years at both Seattle University School of Law.  She is a 2001 Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and an active participant in both professional organizations and community service organizations and currently serves or has served in leadership positions for the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ), the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees (NABT) International Committee, National Association of Equity Receivers’ International Committee (NAFER), INSOL International, the Washington State Bar Association – Debtor Creditor Section, the Turnaround Management Association (TMA). Judge Heston is a frequent international, national, and regional speaker and author on topics including international insolvency issues, creditors’ rights issues, and commercial and consumer insolvency issues.  Recently Judge Heston’s professional activities have focused on cross border insolvency and international mediation issues and her community service efforts have focused on military and veterans’ issues working on projects through the Pro Bono Committee of ABI’s Veterans and Servicemembers Task Force.

Jon Jay Lieberman

Jon Jay Lieberman is a Partner at Sottile & Barile LLC in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he primarily represents mortgage lenders and servicers as head of the firm’s national bankruptcy litigation and appellate practice. 

        Nationally, Jon serves as both an Associate Editor and a Coordinating Editor of the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, and is co-author of the ABI book “Thorny Issues in Consumer Bankruptcy Cases.” He is former Co-Chair of ABI’s Consumer Bankruptcy Committee for which he was designated Committee Person of the Year, former Co-Chair of ABI’s Legislation Committee, and former Education Director of ABI’s Commercial and Regulatory Law Committee.  Jon currently serves as Special Projects Leader of ABI’s Bankruptcy Litigation Committee.  A former Air Force Officer, he is Co-Chair of Outreach for ABI’s Veterans and Servicemembers Task Force, and is a former member of ABI’s 40 under 40 Selection Committee.  Jon currently serves on the Editorial Board of The Federal Lawyer, the journal of the Federal Bar Association, and is Secretary of FBA’s national Bankruptcy Law Section.

        Locally, Jon is former Co-Chair of the Consumer Bankruptcy Subcommittee of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio Attorney Advisory Committee, and is currently a member of the Chapter 11 subcommittee.  He is a Board Officer of the Southern District of Ohio Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference, and former leader of the Southern District of Ohio’s American Bankruptcy Law Forum.  Jon is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Cincinnati Bar Association, and is former Chair of the CBA’s Real Property Law Committee.  Jon currently serves on the Board of Directors of the World Affairs Council of Cincinnati.

       Jon was a Louise Taft Semple Classics Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of Cincinnati, and of its College of Law.

Hon. Christopher Lopez

Judge Chris Lopez was appointed to serve as a bankruptcy judge for the Southern District of Texas in August 2019.

Before his appointment, Judge Lopez was a member of the Business, Finance & Restructuring Group of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. When in private practice, Judge Lopez focused on representations ranging from top global corporations in mega-restructurings to middle-market debtor and creditor representations.

Judge Lopez lectures across the country on bankruptcy issues. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Judge Lopez currently serves as a council member of the State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Law Section, an advisor to the State Bar of Texas Young Bankruptcy Lawyers Committee, a member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, and a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference.

Robert S. Marticello

Robert S. Marticello is a partner of Raines Feldman Littrell, LLP, focusing his practice on business reorganization and related litigation. He has extensive experience representing a wide range of parties in complex chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and out-of-court restructurings, including debtors, committees, and others. Mr. Marticello has represented clients in a variety of industries and in multiple forums across the United States.

Amy Denton Mayer

Amy Denton Mayer has more than 20 years of restructuring experience and specializes in the representation of debtors, assignors, committees, creditors, trustees, assignees, purchasers, and other parties in bankruptcy cases, assignments for the benefit of creditors, and out of court workouts. She has been particularly active in the representation of real estate developers and home builders, medical practices and physicians, agribusinesses, independent and franchised restaurant chains and other food service companies, and business entrepreneurs.

Mrs. Mayer joined Stichter, Riedel, Blain, & Postler P.A. in March of 2003 and became a shareholder in 2010. While in law school, Mrs. Mayer interned for The Honorable Paul M. Glenn and The Honorable Michael G. Williamson, Bankruptcy Judges, Middle District of Florida.

She also serves as a Subchapter V Trustee in small business cases filed under the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019, as amended. She was appointed by the Office of the United States Trustee in February 2020, and has been appointed as Subchapter V Trustee in over 85 cases to date. In her capacity as Trustee, Mrs. Mayer’s primary role is to facilitate resolution of disputes between the debtor, creditors, and other parties in interest and facilitate the expeditious and economical confirmation of a plan. While the Subchapter V Trustee role carries other statutory and fiduciary duties, which Mrs. Mayer performs, she enjoys working with the parties to find creative solutions to solve financial and legal issues and avoid protracted and expensive litigation.

Thomas T. McClendon

Thomas T. McClendon is a partner with the law firm of Jones & Walden LLC, located in Atlanta, Georgia. Tom represents all parties in Chapter 11 and Subchapter V cases, including debtors, creditors, and other interested parties, and has represented the committee of unsecured creditors and served as liquidating trustee. Tom’s practice has a particular emphasis on representing small businesses and individual business owners in Chapter 11 and Subchapter V cases. Tom obtained the first confirmed Subchapter V plan of reorganization in Georgia and has represented many Subchapter V debtors since the enactment of Subchapter V. Tom clerked for the Hon. Robert G. Mayer, Bankr. E.D. Va. (ret.).

Hon. Colleen McMahon

Colleen McMahon, a Senior United States District Judge in the Southern District of New York, has been on the federal bench since October 1998. She graduated from The Ohio State University (1973) and Harvard Law School (1976) and practiced law at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, where she was the first woman litigator admitted to partnership (1984). She served as an Acting Justice of the New York State Supreme Court from June 1995 until she was confirmed by the Senate for her federal judgeship. She was the Chief Judge of the Southern District from June 2016 until April 2021, and a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States from 2016-2019.

Hon. Eric D. Miller

Eric D. Miller is a United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit. He was appointed on March 4, 2019. His chambers are in Seattle, Washington.

Prior to his appointment, Judge Miller was in private practice in Seattle, where he also served as a part-time lecturer at the University of Washington School of Law. He previously served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States, as Deputy General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, as an attorney on the Appellate Staff of the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and as an attorney-adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Following law school, Judge Miller served as a law clerk to the Honorable Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the Honorable Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Aditi Paranjpye

Aditi represents commercial debtors, creditors and receivers in reorganizations, liquidations, receiverships, and out-of-court workouts across a wide variety of industries at Cairncross & Hempelmann P.S. in the Seattle area.

Mark A. Perry, Esq.

Mark A. Perry is Co-Head of Weil’s Appeals and Strategic Counseling practice and a member of the Firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation practice. He is a veteran U.S. Supreme Court advocate and legal strategist who focuses on complex business cases in trial and appellate courts around the United States.

Mark regularly serves as lead outside appellate counsel to major global companies in their most significant matters. His significant appeals have included most areas of business litigation, including securities, intellectual property, employment, and competition law. He has exceptional experience briefing and arguing cases in the Supreme Court of the United States – including winning landmark decisions in Lucia v. SEC, Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, and Janus Capital Group v. First Derivative Traders – and the federal courts of appeals. Mark also regularly represents clients in federal district courts, frequently serving as litigation strategist in class actions and other complex commercial cases.*

Mark is extremely well-regarded by leading legal industry publications. He is ranked by Chambers USA, where commentators have called him a “master strategist and a brilliant writer” and a “strong advocate” who “pushes hard on the strong points in terms of his briefs and oral advocacy,” as one of the top practitioners nationally for Appellate Law. Mark is also recognized by Legal 500 as a top-ranked national “Leading Lawyer.” He has been named a National “Litigation Star” for both Appellate and General Commercial by Benchmark Litigation, which also has awarded him “Appellate Lawyer of the Year” honors. Additionally, Mark has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America®️ in the fields of Appellate Practice and Securities / Capital Markets Law, by Super Lawyers in the Appellate category, and by IAM Patent – which called him “undoubtedly one of the top appellate specialists in the country” – for his work in the Federal Circuit.

Nancy B. Rapoport

Nancy B. Rapoport is a UNLV Distinguished Professor, the Garman Turner Gordon Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and an Affiliate Professor of Business Law and Ethics in the Lee Business School at UNLV. She clerked for the Honorable Joseph T. Sneed III on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then practiced law (primarily bankruptcy law) with Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco from 1986-1991. Her specialties are bankruptcy ethics, ethics in governance, law firm behavior, and the depiction of lawyers in popular culture. In 2001, she was elected to membership in the American Law Institute, and in 2002, she received a Distinguished Alumna Award from Rice University. She is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. In 2017, she received the Commercial Law League of America’s Lawrence P. King Award for Excellence in Bankruptcy. Boyd law students have honored her three times: she tied for “Faculty Member of the Year” in 2024; she was named “Faculty Member of the Year” (and faculty commencement speaker) in 2021; and she was named “Dean of the Year” in 2013. In 2022, UNLV’s Alumni Association named her the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year.

Patricia Redmond

Patricia A. Redmond, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Shareholder was elected Chair of the American College of Bankruptcy Board of Regents. Trish is the first woman in the College’s history to hold this position.

Trish was inducted as a XV Class Fellow in 2003 and has served as a Regent for the 11th Circuit for the past (3) years. She has also served as Chair of the College’s Distinguished Law Student Committee and as a member of the College’s Foundation Board of Directors from 2005-2011, including as Secretary for a 3-year term.

Trish has served on the Board of Directors and held various leadership roles for the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), the American Bar Association (ABA), the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida (BBASDFL) and the Dade County Bar Association (DCBA).

Trish focuses her practice on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. She has extensive experience representing creditors’ committees, secured creditors and debtors in Chapter 11 cases. Trish is routinely recognized by leading peer and client legal ranking publications including being recognized with the highest ranking (Band 1) in Chambers USA, as a “Top 100”, “Top 50 Women” and “Top 100 Miami” Florida Super Lawyers, and as a “Lawyer of the Year” multiple times in The Best Lawyers in America.

Jennifer Robbennolt

Jennifer Robbennolt, J.D., Ph.D, is the Alice Curtis Campbell Professor of Law, Professor of Psychology, and Co-Director of the Illinois Program on Law, Behavior and Social Science at the University of Illinois College of Law. Professor Robbennolt is an expert in the areas of psychology and law, torts, and dispute resolution. Her research integrates psychological theory and methods into the study of law, legal institutions, and legal practice, focusing primarily on legal decision making and the use of empirical research methodology in law. She is co-author of several books, including The Psychology of Tort Law; Psychology for Lawyers: Understanding the Human Factors in Negotiation, Litigation, and Decision Making; Dispute Resolution and Lawyers; and Empirical Methods in Law.

Gabriel Sasson, Esq.

Gabriel Sasson is a partner in the Financial Restructuring group at Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s New York office. Gabe concentrates his practice on bankruptcy proceedings and out-of-court restructuring transactions. Gabe has extensive experience representing ad hoc groups of bondholders, secured lenders and other creditors, DIP lenders, official committees of unsecured creditors, indenture trustees, equity holders and debtors in connection with in-court and out-of-court restructurings.

In addition, Gabe has experience in the representation of large insurance companies, as creditors, in chapter 11 and chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings.

Jonathan Seymour

Jonathan Seymour is a bankruptcy scholar whose research spans topics in business and consumer bankruptcy law. Seymour’s most recent work focuses on bankruptcy procedure and the governance of bankruptcy cases, examining the distinct legal culture of bankruptcy courts and its effect on the process and practice of bankruptcy on the ground. His work has been published or is forthcoming in the University of Chicago Law Review, the Washington & Lee Law Review, the Illinois Law Review, and the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal.

Seymour joined the Duke Law faculty in July 2022 after serving for three years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the law school. Prior to coming to Duke, Seymour was a senior associate specializing in bankruptcy litigation in the Washington, D.C. office of WilmerHale. His experience included participation in two merits-stage Supreme Court cases as well as a number of courts of appeals cases involving bankruptcy issues; representation of a trade association in connection with a major report proposing reforms to business bankruptcy law; and representation of financial institutions in consumer cases in the bankruptcy courts.

Hon. Brian C. Walsh

Brian Walsh was appointed as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri in January 2023. Before taking the bench, he practiced for more than 25 years in Atlanta and St. Louis, principally in bankruptcy, restructuring, and related fields. He is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

Judge Walsh is a graduate of Duke University and Harvard Law School. He began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Pasco Bowman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Hon. Madeleine Wanslee

Madeleine Carmel Wanslee is a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Arizona in Phoenix. She has served on the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Executive Committee since 2018 (which she currently chairs) and various committees of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. She is a former Chair of the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Judges Education Committee, the Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representatives Coordinating Committee, and the Arizona State Bar’s Bankruptcy Section. She helped to charter and is past President of the Arizona Bankruptcy American Inn of Court. Before joining the bench on March 17, 2014, Judge Wanslee was a Certified Bankruptcy Specialist (American Board of Certification), and argued a bankruptcy appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. She attended the University of Arizona (B.F.A. and B.A.) and Gonzaga University School of Law (J.D.), where she was Executive Editor of the Gonzaga Law Review. Judge Wanslee began her legal career as a law clerk for the Hon. Robert Clive Jones, Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel.