California Dreaming? Make that dream a reality at the annual Winter Leadership Conference, December 1–3, 2016, at the picturesque Terranea Resort. Join your colleagues from throughout the country for three days of networking and outstanding programming, in a fabulous setting just outside of Los Angeles. Learn practical tips and strategies for success, while engaging colleagues and meeting new contacts. Join us for the information and connections you need to flourish in today’s industry environment.
The Winter Leadership Conference is your chance to hear – and meet – the insolvency industry’s top minds. Now in it’s 28th year, the event gathers the best and brightest of the bankruptcy world for two and a half days of exceptional educational sessions. Join us this December to connect with a diverse mix of peers and learn from a variety of experts.
Erwin Chemerinsky is the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, with a joint appointment in Political Science.
Previously, he taught at Duke Law School for four years, during which he won the Duke University Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award in 2006. Before that, he taught for 21 years at the University of Southern California School of Law. Chemerinsky has also taught at UCLA School of Law and DePaul University College of Law.
His areas of expertise are constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights and civil liberties, and appellate litigation. He is the author of eight books, including The Case Against the Supreme Court published in 2014, and more than 200 articles in top law reviews. He frequently argues cases before the nation’s highest courts, including the United States Supreme Court, and also serves as a commentator on legal issues for national and local media. He writes a weekly column for the Orange County Register, monthly columns for the ABA Journal and the Daily Journal, and frequent op-eds in newspapers across the country. In January 2014, National Jurist magazine named Dean Chemerinsky as the most influential person in legal education in the United States.
Chemerinsky holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.
Eugene R. Wedoff served as a bankruptcy judge in the Northern District of Illinois (inChicago) from 1987 to 2015 and as chief judge from 2002 to 2007. He presided over the Chapter11 reorganization of United Air Lines. He was a member of the Advisory Committee onBankruptcy Rules from 2004-2014 and served as its chair after 2010.
Judge Wedoff was the president of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges in2013 and 2014. He also served as a member of the NCBJ’s Board of Governors, as its secretary,and as chair of its education committee.
He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and is serving on its ExecutiveCommittee. He is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and a member of theNational Bankruptcy Conference.
Judge Wedoff is the author of the chapter on professional employment in Queenan,Hendel and Hillinger, Chapter 11 Theory and Practice (LRP Publications, 1994), and has been anassociate editor of the American Bankruptcy Law Journal.
Judge Wedoff is a frequent lecturer and has served as a member of the Federal Judicial
Center’s Committee on Bankruptcy Judge Education. In 2009, he received the Lawrence P.
King Award from the Commercial Law League, and in 1995, he received the Excellence inEducation Award from the NCBJ.
Laura Davis Jones is a name partner and management committee member of the nationalbankruptcy law firm of Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP, and is the managing partner of the firm’s Delaware office. She gained national recognition as debtor’s counsel in the ContinentalAirlines bankruptcy case, and has represented numerous debtors, creditors’ committees, bank groups, acquirers, and other significant constituencies in chapter 11 cases and workoutproceedings. She lectures at national bankruptcy and litigation seminars, and has authored numerous articles. Ms. Jones was named “Deal Maker of the Year” by The American Lawyerand has been profiled on additional occasions in The American Lawyer.
Keith J. Shapiro is Co-Managing Shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s
Chicago office and Co-Chair of the firm’s National BusinessReorganization & Bankruptcy Practice. In recent years, he was Chairmanof the Board and President of the American Bankruptcy Institute, amember of the Board of Directors of INSOL International, and Chair of theChicago Bar Association’s Bankruptcy and Reorganization Committee.
He appears worldwide in corporate bankruptcy matters and workoutsrepresenting troubled companies, financial institutions, creditors’committees, and asset purchasers. Mr. Shapiro has recently playedcentral roles in the bankruptcies of Conseco Finance Corp., KmartCorporation, ICO Global Communications, United Airlines, Fruit of the Loomand many others. Mr. Shapiro has testified before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee onAdministrative Oversight and the National Bankruptcy ReviewCommission on numerous occasions. He is a Fellow of the AmericanCollege of Bankruptcy and is listed in the Chambers & Partners USAGuide and Best Lawyers in America.
Mr. Shapiro holds a law degree from Emory University School of Law anda bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois.
Mike’s practice emphasizes the restructuring of business organizations ranging in size from large publicly heldcompanies to mid-market closely held companies. Since 2006, clients and colleagues interviewed by Chambers USA:America’s Leading Lawyers for Business have ranked Mike as a leading Bankruptcy/Restructuring attorney, notingthat he is a “terrific strategist,” a “bright lawyer and an excellent negotiator,” and a leader with “integrity, good peopleskills, and utilizing a common sense approach”. In addition, Mike has been consistently recognized by The BestLawyers in America ®, The Deal ®, Delaware Super Lawyers ® and Corporate Counsel ® as one of the topbankruptcy lawyers in Delaware and the country.
Having authored dozens of articles, maintained primary responsibility for the firm’s Corporate Restructuring Trend
Watches and Case Alerts, and spoken on a variety of topics regarding corporate restructuring, insolvency andbankruptcy related issues, Mike has kept his finger on the pulse of restructuring precedent/strategy and ensured thathis clients, co-counsel and restructuring contacts are educated and up-to-speed on the state of the law.
James M. Peck is a bankruptcy judge in the Southern District of New York and has beena frequent speaker at leading national and international insolvency conferences includingthose organized by the American Bankruptcy Institute, the National Conference ofBankruptcy Judges, the American College of Bankruptcy, the International InsolvencyInstitute and INSOL International. Judge Peck has served on NCBJ’s Board ofGovernors and on its Education Committee and was Judicial Chair of the ABI’s New
York City Bankruptcy Conference. By invitation, he is a member of the InternationalInsolvency Institute, the Judicial Steering Committee of INSOL International, The WorldBank’s Insolvency and Creditor/Debtor Regimes Task Force and the AdvisoryCommittee on “Safe Harbors” to ABI’s Bankruptcy Reform Commission. Judge Peck isa graduate of Dartmouth College and New York University School of Law.
Kay Standridge Kress is a partner in the Detroit office of Pepper, Hamilton LLP. Prior tojoining the firm, she was an associate attorney at Hertzberg, Jacob & Weingarten P.C.Ms. Kress concentrates in bankruptcy and insolvency matters, and has represented trustees, debtors, creditors’ committees and secured creditors in bankruptcy proceedings and out-of-court workouts, as well as secured creditors in federal receivership actions.Ms. Kress is a member of the American, Michigan and Detroit Bar Associations and ischair of the Debtor/Creditor Section of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, chair ofthe Secured Creditors Subcommittee of the Business Bankruptcy Committee of the American Bar Association, a member of the reclamation task force with the of ABI’sUnsecured Creditors’ Committee and Legal Advisor to Omega Phi Alpha, National Service Sorority. Her published articles include “A Creditor’s Right to ReclamationUnder the Uniform Commercial Code and the Bankruptcy Code,” published in the Michigan Business Law Journal, Vol. XV, No. 4, 12 (1993) and the American Bar Association Newsletter, Young Lawyers Division, Spring 1994, Vol. 1, Issue 3; “ThePerishable Agricultural Commodities Act,” published in the American Bar Association Newsletter, Young Lawyers Division, Fall 1993, Vol. 1, Issue 4, and numerous Last InLine columns in the ABI Journal. In addition, she has spoken at a variety of events,including the American Bar Association Section of Business Spring Meeting, 2003 and2001. Ms. Kress received her B.A. cum laude from Bowling Green State University andher her J.D. degree, cum laude and a member of the Order of the Coif from Wayne StateUniversity Law School, where she was the recipient of the Bronze Key Certificates forAcademic Achievement.
Mark Kronfeld is a Managing Director at BlueMountain Capital Management, LLC, a multi-billion dollar investment firm headquartered in New York, where he focuses on event-driven,distressed and special situations investing with an emphasis on legal, structural, and processvalue-drivers and activism. Prior to joining BlueMountain, Mr. Kronfeld was a partner at OwlCreek Asset Management, L.P. and, before that, a senior analyst at Aurelius CapitalManagement, LP. Mr. Kronfeld has served on numerous ad hoc creditor committees, typically ina leadership role. Prior to his career in finance, Mr. Kronfeld practiced law for approximatelyten years as a bankruptcy lawyer and as a litigator. Mr. Kronfeld also served as a white-collarcrimes prosecutor in the Investigations Division of the District Attorney’s Office in New YorkCity.
Mr. Kronfeld earned his M.B.A. in Finance from New York University’s Leonard N. SternSchool of Business and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law. Mr. Kronfeld receivedhis B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany. Mr. Kronfeld is a guest lecturer at Columbia Business School, Wharton, Duke University’sFuqua School of Business, and University of Virginia. He is also a frequent guest speaker andpanelist on topics in distressed investing and corporate reorganizations and has publishednumerous articles on bankruptcy law and distressed investing. Mr. Kronfeld is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and a member of the advisory committee for ABI’s Commission>to Study the Reform of Chapter 11.
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