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2020 Annual Bankruptcy Practice Institute - Springfield

Total Credits: 6.0 MCLE, 1.0 Ethics, 1.0 Elimination of Bias, 6.0 Kansas Credit, 1.0 Kansas Ethics

Practice Area:
Bankruptcy |  Civil Practice & Procedure |  Elimination of Bias |  Ethics |  Tax
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Springfield, Missouri
Available Dates:

Fri, Mar 27, 2020 - 09:00am to 03:45pm CDT - Springfield, Missouri


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8:30 – 9:00 AM | Registration 

9:00 – 9:50 AM | Case Law Update & Current Developments 
Speakers: Hon. Cynthia A. NortonU.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of MissouriShari K. Groce DeArmonGroce & DeArmon, PC, Springfield 

9:50 – 10:05 AM | Break 

10:05 – 10:55 AM | Stay Violations & Discharge Injunctions – post Taggart
Speakers: Rachel L. FoleyFoley Law, PC, Independence; Jonathon D. NicolBryan Cave Leighton Paisner, LLP, Kansas City

10:55 – 11:45 AM | New Bankruptcy Legislation 
Speakers: John C. ReedPletz & Reed, PC, Jefferson City; Sherri L. WattenbargerOffice of the United States Trustee, Western District, Kansas City 

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM | Lunch | included with program

1:00 – 1:50 PM | Advocacy Skills 
Speakers: Hon. Donald E. Burrell, Jr.Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District, Springfield; Sharon L. StolteSandberg Phoenix & von Gontard PC, Kansas City

1:50 – 2:40 PM | Chapter 13 Issues 
Speakers: Joseph C. Jeppson VIJeppson Law Office, LLC, Kansas City; Lisa C. BillmanSouthLaw, PC, Overland Park, KS; Holly N. Malone-Zukaitis, Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee for the Western District of Missouri, Kansas City

2:40 – 2:55 PM | Break 

2:55 – 3:45 PM | #MeToo, Bias & Bullying   
Speaker: Hon. Cynthia A. Norton   

3:45 PM | Adjourn 



Lisa Billman's Profile

Lisa Billman Related seminars and products:

South Law PC

Lisa Billman received her BSEd from the University of Missouri, and her J.D. from the University of Kansas. Upon graduation, she practiced at a small litigation firm. She has specialized in consumer bankruptcy law since 2014. Ms. Billman is admitted in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and the District of Nebraska.

Hon. Donald E. Burrell's Profile

Hon. Donald E. Burrell Related seminars and products:

Missouri Court of Appeals

Hon. Donald E. Burrell received his B.S. in Finance from Southwest Missouri State University 1982, and his J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1991. He practiced at Morrison & Hecker, clerked for U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil, and was a sole practitioner. He was elected Circuit Judge in 1998 and appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals in 2007.

Rachel Foley's Profile

Rachel Foley Related seminars and products:


Foley Law, PC

Rachel Foley began her bankruptcy career with the United Auto Workers representing GM and Ford employees in Chapter 13 and 7’s.  Rachel was the only bankruptcy attorney for the Missouri auto workers and it was not unusual for her to manage 3 – 4 times the regular attorney caseload at any given time. This provided a vast array of case scenarios, experience and knowledge that Rachel continues to pull from today.  Where ever the client was located, the Union ensured the auto worker would have representation, including but not limited to being incarcerated in Leavenworth Federal Prison. 

Rachel has been recognized for her constant commitment to the representation of debtors.  Rachel is the inaugural winner of the K. Colleen Nunnelly Award by the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and recognized by her peers as being the Best of the Kansas City Bar in the area of bankruptcy.  These recognitions are in addition to being named to the Pro Bono Wall of Fame by the Missouri Bar Association.


Joseph Jeppson's Profile

Joseph Jeppson Related seminars and products:


Jeppson Law Office, LLC

Joe Jeppson is a consumer bankruptcy attorney who has been representing debtors under Chapter 7 and 13 since 2007. He has been certified as a specialist in consumer bankruptcy by the American Board of Certification and has been owned and operated the Jeppson Law Office since 2011.

Holly Malone-Zukaitis Related seminars and products:

Office of Chapter 13 Trustee

Holly Malone-Zukaitis is a Staff Attorney for Richard V. Fink, the standing Chapter 13 Trustee for the Western District of Missouri. She has been with the trustee’s office since March 2008. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Jonathon Nicol's Profile

Jonathon Nicol Related seminars and products:

Nicol Mediation LLC

Jonathon Nicol practices in the Commercial Disputes and the Employment and Labor groups, and is part of the firm’s Appellate Group. He focuses his practice on commercial litigation and business disputes before state and federal courts from pre-trial assessments through trial and appeal. Mr. Nicol’s litigation experience includes all aspects of the litigation process, including case strategy, discovery and depositions, dispositive motion practice, court hearings and oral arguments, jury and bench trials, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and a nationwide appellate practice.


Hon. Cynthia Norton's Profile

Hon. Cynthia Norton Related seminars and products:

United States Courthouse

Hon. Cynthia A. Norton received her law degree in 1984. She was appointed to the bench on February 1, 2013. She is the recipient of the Michael R. Roser Excellence in Bankruptcy Award, and the Robert L. Gernon Award for Outstanding Contribution to CLE.

John Reed's Profile

John Reed Related seminars and products: 1

Pletz & Reed, P.C.

John Reed is a stockholder in Pletz and Reed, P.C., Jefferson City. He has served on the Bankruptcy Panel of Trustees for the Western District of Missouri since 1992. He is a 2012 recipient of the Michael R. Roser Excellence in Bankruptcy Practice Award.

Sharon Stolte's Profile

Sharon Stolte Related seminars and products: 1

Sandberg Phonix & Von Gontard P.C.

Managing Attorney of the Kansas City office, Sharon Stolte brings more than 25 years of experience in business and commercial litigation. Sharon’s legal practice focuses on bankruptcy. She has represented creditors in all aspects of creditor rights litigation, claim objection litigation, collateral realization, mechanic liens, collections, foreclosures and replevin litigation.

Sherri Wattenbarger's Profile

Sherri Wattenbarger Related seminars and products:

U.S. Trustee's Office, Western Dist. of Missouri

Sherri L. Wattenbarger is a trial attorney with the Office of the U.S. Trustee in Kansas City, Missouri, having joined the office in 1997. She is a past recipient of the Roser Award for Excellence in Bankruptcy Law from the Missouri Bar for her contributions to bankruptcy law.

Daniel J. Casamatta's Profile

Daniel J. Casamatta Related seminars and products: 1

U.S. Trustee's Office, Western Dist. of Missouri

Daniel J. Casamatta, in his 33rd year with the U.S. Trustee Program (USTP), is the Acting U.S. Trustee in Region 13 and the Assistant U.S. Trustee in Kansas City. He had previously managed the Grand Rapids office and served as Chief of the USTP's national training center in South Carolina.

Dana Chamin Cutler's Profile

Dana Chamin Cutler Related seminars and products: 1

James W. Tippin & Associates

Dana Tippin Cutler is a partner in her family's law firm, James W. Tippin & Associates. She graduated from UMKC School of Law in 1989 and from Spelman College with a B.A. in 1986. Dana is a Past-President of The Missouri Bar (Sept 2016-Sept 2017). She is a member of the American Bar Association; Jackson County Bar Association; and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. She was recently elected to the Council for the National Conference of Bar Presidents. Dana's practice is concentrated primarily in education law (charter and hybrid schools in Missouri) and defense litigation.

Hon. Brian Fenimore's Profile

Hon. Brian Fenimore Related seminars and products: 1

United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Missouri

Before becoming a bankruptcy judge on August 31, 2017, Brian T. Fenimore led the bankruptcy team at Lathrop Gage LLP for more than 20 years, representing debtors, creditors, and many other parties in interest. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1988 with a degree in Agricultural Economics, and the University of Michigan Law School in 1990. After graduating from law school, he clerked for the Honorable Arthur B. Federman.

Margaret "Meg" Reuter's Profile

Margaret "Meg" Reuter Related seminars and products: 1

Associate Clinical Professor & Director of Field Placement Programs

University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law

Meg Reuter is associate clinical professor at University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she runs the field placement program. She previously taught at Indiana University, Brooklyn Law School, and New York Law School. She has co-authored books on experiential curriculum design and conducted empirical research on lawyering skill development.

Sarah Tomlinson's Profile

Sarah Tomlinson Related seminars and products: 1

Law Clerk for Hon. Charles E. Rendlen III, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Missouri

Sarah Tomlinson serves as a law clerk to the Hon. Charles E. Rendlen, III for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the E.D.Mo. She received her J.D. from Saint Louis University. She is the Co-Chair for Special Projects for the ABI Veterans Task Force and a contributing author to the ABI Journal.

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