2011 Symposium Panelists



 

Consumer Panel
A Brave New World (of Foreclosure)—New Hazards Plaguing Mortgages and their Collective Impact on Consumer Bankruptcy

Professor Jessica Gabel (moderator)
Assistant Professor of Law at Georgia State University's College of Law
Professor Gabel teaches courses on Bankruptcy, Scientific and Forensic Evidence, and co-directs the Externship program. She received her JD magna cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law and her BA summa cum laude from the University of Central Florida. Prior to joining Georgia State University College of Law, Professor Gabel clerked for the Honorable Peter T. Fay, Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She then practiced law with Covington & Burling LLP in San Francisco, California, focusing on bankruptcy and criminal defense. She also taught classes at the University of California Hastings School of the Law.

The Honorable Margaret Mahoney
Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Alabama

Judge Mahoney was first appointed U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Alabama n 1993. She served as Chief Judge from 1996 to 2003 and resumed her post in 2010. Before serving in the state of Alabama, she was a bankruptcy judge in the Southern District of Texas and the District of Minnesota. She was a partner with Weil, Gotshal & Manges prior to taking the bench, and in between stints as Chief Judge for the Southern District of Alabama. She is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, a former editor-in-chief of the American Bankruptcy Law Journal and a former member of the board of governors of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. Since 2009, she has served as an editor of Collier on Bankruptcy. Judge Mahoney received her BA from the College of St. Catherine, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and her JD with honors from the University of Minnesota Law School.

The Honorable John K. Olson
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Florida

Judge Olson was appointed U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Florida in 2006. Judge Olson graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College. He later graduated from Boston College Law School where he was on the law review. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Olson was a shareholder in the Tampa office of Stearns Weaver Miller. He served as the Chair of the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar and currently chairs the Avoiding Powers Subcommittee of the Business Bankruptcy Committee of the American Bar Association.

Richard Thomson
Partner at Clark & Washington, P.C.

Richard Thomson received his undergraduate degree from State University of New York in 1980 and his JD from the University of Georgia in 1984. For many years, Richard has contributed to both consumer bankruptcy and legal professionalism in Atlanta through training programs, seminars and other activities. In 2010, he co-chaired the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Atlanta Consumer Bankruptcy Skills Training and spoke at the David Pollard Award Luncheon and Consumer Bankruptcy Seminar.

Peter Ticktin
Partner at The Ticktin Law Group, P.A.

Peter Ticktin received his first law degree in the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. He relocated to Florida and graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law where he was elected into the Order of the Coif. Peter’s practice includes defending homeowners in foreclosure proceedings, and he has been at the forefront of the debate surrounding the current foreclosure crises. He has been the subject of several front page stories in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, etc. and was interviewed by Katie Couric of CBS, to discuss the Foreclosure debacle and is credited with unearthing the Banks’ Robo-signers.

Corporate Panel
Fradulent Conveyances: More than Just a Theoretical Rist in Structuring Loans and Guarantees

Gary W. Marsh (moderator)
Partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP.

Gary Marsh focuses on general commercial litigation, bankruptcy, workouts and debtor/creditor law. He represents creditors and debtors in Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings, out of court restructurings and debtor/creditor litigation. He also represents court appointed receivers, examiners and trustees. Gary has published scholarly articles on stalking horse bidders and reopening of bankruptcy auctions and serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Emory University School of Law. He also serves as the director of the Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute. Prior to practicing, Gary received his BA cum laude from American University and his JD from the Emory University School of Law.

William Q. Derrough
Managing Director at Moelis & Company
From 1998 until 2008, Bill Derrough was Co-Head of Jefferies & Company’s Recapitalization and Restructuring Group where he focused on recapitalizations, restructurings, financing and corporate advisory and led over 50 transactions representing more than $60 billion in transaction value. Bill also served as co-head of the Jefferies’ New York office. Prior to joining Jefferies, Bill was a principal with the San Francisco-based private investment firm of Doyle & Boissiere, where he was responsible for identifying and executing controlling equity investments in underperforming companies and assisting them in their operational turnarounds. From 1991 until 1997, he was in Los Angeles and New York with Chanin and Co., most recently as Senior Vice President, specializing in restructurings, recapitalizations and distressed M&A. Bill is a Director of the American Bankruptcy Institute, a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, a member of the International Insolvency Institute, a Director of Lambda Legal, and has served as faculty for seminars and conferences of the Federal Judicial Center, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, American Bankruptcy Institute, regional bar associates and various industry associations. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Thomas J. Hall
Partner at Chadbourne & Parke, LLP

Thomas Hall is co-head of the commercial litigation practice. He is a leading trial attorney (over 40 trials to verdict and arbitrations to award) with extensive experience in a broad range of complex commercial litigation matters, including banking, securities, intellectual property, energy, project finance, construction, real estate, insurance, corporate governance, partnership and contract disputes. He has handled all aspects of litigation and alternative dispute resolution throughout the United States and abroad. Benchmark's 2010 Guide to America's Leading Litigators recognized Thomas as among the 75 leading commercial litigators in the country and among the 25 leading bankruptcy litigators in the country. He received his B.A. from Rutgers and his JD from Fordham University School of Law where he managing editor of the Fordham University Law Review.

Alan W. Kornberg
Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP

Alan Kornberg is the chair of the Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization Department and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. He handles Chapter 11 cases, cross-border insolvency matters, out-of-court restructurings, bankruptcy-related acquisitions, bankruptcy-related litigation and insolvency-sensitive transactions. He has served as the Second Circuit Regent of the American College of Bankruptcy and was the Chair of the Committee on Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York from 2005 to 2008. Prior to practice, Alan received his A.B. magna cum laude from Brandeis University and his JD from New York University School of Law.

Patricia Redmond
Shareholder at Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.

Patricia Redmond’s practice focuses on bankruptcy with a concentration on creditors' rights and insolvency counseling in Bankruptcy Court and in out-of-court workouts. She has extensive experience representing trustees, creditors' committees, secured creditors and debtors in Chapter 11 cases. She is presently the Vice President for Development of the American Bankruptcy Institute and a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. Patricia is the current Vice Chair of the Business Bankruptcy Committee of the American Bar Association. Prior to practice, Patricia received her BA and JD from the University of Miami.

Ethics Panel
If I Knew Then What I Know Now—Lessons in Ethics and Professional Responsibility for New Bankruptcy and Insolvency Practitioners

Dean A. James Elliot (moderator)
Associate Dean of the Emory University School of Law
Dean Elliott practiced law in Atlanta with the firm of Alston & Bird for 28 years prior to teaching at Emory. He is a past president of the State Bar of Georgia and has served on several Supreme Court commissions dealing with professionalism and lawyer discipline. Professor Elliott is a co-founder of Georgia's legal services program and is a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, as well as the American and Georgia Bar Foundations. He teaches Legal Professionalism, Banking and Commercial Real Estate Finance. Prior to practicing, Professor Elliot received his BA and JD from Emory University. He also received his MBA from Kennesaw State University.

The Honorable Wendy L. Hagenau
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Georgia
Judge Hagenau was appointed U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Georgia in 2010. She received her B.A. with highest honors from the University of Tennessee. She received her JD with honors from Duke University School of Law. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Hagenau was a partner at Bryan Cave, previously Powell Goldstein, in Atlanta. Her numerous recognitions include being named a Georgia Super Lawyer. She has also contributed to the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal as an advisory board member and a moderator for the 2006 symposium.

Jenny Mittelman
Deputy General Counsel for the State Bar of Georgia

Jenny Mittelman is the Deputy General Counsel for the State Bar of Georgia. She prosecutes and supervises the prosecution of disciplinary cases. She is an adjunct faculty member at the Georgia State University College of Law where she has taught Professional Responsibility. She regularly speaks at seminars and trainings regarding professional responsibility of attorneys. Jenny graduated from Emory University School of Law.

James S. Rankin Jr.
Partner at Parker, Hudson, Rainier & Dobbs, LLP.
James Rankin is a partner in the Bankruptcy practice group and primarily represents asset-based lenders and lender groups in connection with Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases in the Southeast, Delaware and New York. He also participates in workouts, forbearance arrangements, foreclosures and state and federal receiverships. He has served as counsel for Chapter 11 trustees and debtors with respect to reorganization and liquidation of businesses and investigation of alleged Ponzi schemes. James has published articles on loan workouts and the current foreclosure crisis and served as a lecturer at the Emory University School of Law. Prior to practicing, James received his BA from Duke University and his JD from Emory University School of Law.

The Honorable Alan S. Trust
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of New York

Judge Trust was appointed U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of New York in 2008.
Judge Trust received his bachelor's degree from Syracuse University summa cum laude where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his JD cum laude from New York University School of Law where he was a member of the New York University Law Review and the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award in Property & Commercial Paper. He is the Chair Elect of the Bankruptcy Section of the Federal Bar Association, a member of the
Editorial Board of the ABI Journal, and an adjunct professor of law at St Johns University School of Law. Judge Trust has also published scholarly works on Chapter 11 sales and legal ethics in bankruptcy.