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Fri, Mar 13, 2020 - 09:00am to 03:45pm CDT - St. Louis, Missouri
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Moderator: Laura Toledo, Lathrop Gage, LLP, St. Louis
8:30 – 9:00 AM | Registration
9:00 – 9:50 AM | Case Law Update & Current Developments
Speakers: Hon. Kathy A. Surratt-States, Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Missouri; Adam G. Breeze, Watton Law Group, St. Louis; Kathryn A. Klein, Riezman Berger, PC, St. Louis; Eric C. Peterson, Spencer Fane LLP, St. Louis
9:50 – 10:05 AM | Break
10:05 – 10:55 AM | Stay Violations & Discharge Injunctions – post Taggart
Speakers: Christopher D. Lee, Millsap & Singer, LLC, St. Louis; Sarah E. Tomlinson, Law Clerk for Hon. Charles E. Rendlen III, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Missouri; Abigail B. Willie, Professor, Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis
10:55 – 11:45 AM | New Bankruptcy Legislation
Speakers: Bonnie L. Clair, Summers Compton Wells LLC, St. Louis; Paul A. Randolph, U.S. Department of Justice, St. Louis; Thomas H. Riske, Carmody MacDonald PC, St. Louis
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM | Lunch | included with program
1:00 – 1:50 PM | Advocacy Skills
Speakers: Sonette T. Magnus, Lewis Rice LLC, St. Louis; Marshall C. Turner, Husch Blackwell LLP, St. Louis; Gary L. Vincent, Attorney at Law, Sunset Hills
1:50 – 2:40 PM | Chapter 13 Issues
Speakers: Diana S. Daugherty, Office of the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee, Eastern District of Missouri, St. Louis; Corrine E. Edwards, Walters & Edwards, LLC, St. Charles; John P. Miller, Dunn & Miller, PC, Chesterfield; Bryan T. Voss, Adams Law Group, St. Peters
2:40 – 2:55 PM | Break
2:55 – 3:45 PM | #MeToo, Bias & Bullying
Speaker: Kimber H. Baro, Baro Law Firm, Florissant; Tracy A. Brown, Law Office of Tracy A. Brown, PC, St. Louis; Leonora S. Long, Law Offices of Leonora S. Long, St. Louis
3:45 PM | Adjourn
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Kimber Baro received her JD degree from St. Louis University in 1984. She has been representing clients in consumer bankruptcy cases for 30 years. In 2014 she formed Baro Law Firm with her son Adam. She is licensed in the EDMO, the Eighth Circuit and the US Supreme Court.
Adam Breeze is an associate attorney and has vast experience in consumer bankruptcy and related litigation. He has served as an expert witness on the duties of care required by bankruptcy counsel. He also has experience in all facets of civil litigation. Mr. Breeze received his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law in 2007 and his undergraduate degree in Computer Information Systems and Management from Park University in 2002 while on active duty in the United States Air Force. Mr. Breeze is admitted to practice in the state courts of Missouri, Illinois (provisionally), and Arizona (inactive), as well as the Eastern and Western Federal District Courts of Missouri and the Southern District of Illinois.
Tracy A. Brown’s office has been devoted exclusively to the Bankruptcy practice. She has extensive experience in representing individual debtors in Chapters 7 and 13. She has also represented corporations in Chapter 7 liquidations. Ms. Brown graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a B.S.B.A. degree in Accounting and moved to Houston, Texas to work in the financial accounting department of an oil and gas company. While working there, she obtained her CPA license in 1989. She left the accounting practice to attend law school at the University of Houston where she earned a J.D. degree. In 1995 she moved to St. Louis and shortly thereafter became immersed in the Bankruptcy practice. She was appointed to serve as a Bankruptcy Panel Trustee in 2003. She is admitted to practice in the US Tax Court, US Court of Federal Claims, District Courts in Texas and Missouri and the US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.
Bonnie L. Clair “fixes broke” by advocating for creditors and debtors in bankruptcy cases and adversary proceedings, handling debtors’ and creditors’ rights matters both inside and outside of court, and counseling businesses on legal compliance, procedures, and due diligence. She speaks and publishes regularly on bankruptcy and commercial law, serves on the Missouri Bar’s Fee Dispute Resolution Committee, and sings and cracks jokes in the Lawyers Association of St. Louis’s annual Gridiron show. Outside of the law, Ms. Clair enjoys trivia, poker and food and wine. If you think that you saw her on Jeopardy! in 2006, on Who Wants to be a Millionaire in 2002, or even on Food Heaven in 2017, you are correct!
Diana Daugherty was appointed Standing Chapter 13 Trustee in Bankruptcy for the Eastern District of Missouri effective March 2017. Prior to her appointment, Diana served as the senior staff attorney for the prior Chapter 13 Trustee. Diana received her JD. from St. Louis University.
Corrine Edwards graduated from Washington University in St. Louis. She then obtained her law degree from St. Louis University. She then worked for two years as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Phelps County. Corrine returned to St. Louis to work in bankruptcy and open her law firm six years ago.
Kathy Klein has represented creditors in all aspects of bankruptcy since 1991, primarily consumer cases. Kathy practices in the bankruptcy courts of Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and North Dakota. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri and her law degree from Saint Louis University.
Christopher Lee is an attorney at the Millsap and Singer, LLC a firm that specializes in creditor’s right. He is licensed to practice in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, and Kentucky. Christopher is a 2010 graduate from Saint Louis University, where he was published in the Public Law Review.
Leonora Long is recently retired from her career as a trial attorney with the United States Trustee Program. During her tenure she served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney and was a frequent lecturer at the Department of Justice National Advocacy Center. She currently is in private practice. She is the 2008 recipient of the Robert E. Brauer Award for Innovations in Bankruptcy and the 2016 recipient of the Roser Award for Excellence in Bankruptcy Practice.
Sonette Magnus counsels clients through all phases of commercial litigation, including pre-suit evaluations, discovery, mediation, expert witness preparation, trial preparation and when advisable, trial. Sonette represents clients in courts throughout the State and Federal Courts in United States. Sonette is a former law clerk to Chief Bankruptcy Judge Kathy A. Surratt-States.
John P. Miller is a partner at Dunn & Miller. Mr. Miller practices in the areas of Real Estate, Bankruptcy, and Estate Planning. Mr. Miller represents financial institutions in matters under Chapters 7 and 13. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Missouri, the EDMO, the SDIL.
Eric Peterson is an attorney with Spencer Fane LLP. He represents clients in financial litigation, turnarounds, and commercial bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy insolvency proceedings, such as receiverships, assignments for the benefit of creditors, commercial collection matters, and out-of-court debt restructurings. He is an experienced litigator, defending banks and large corporations in relation to a wide array of commercial claims and trade disputes.
Paul A. Randolph has served as the Assistant United States Trustee for the Eastern District of Missouri since 2004, and as the Acting United States Trustee for Region 8 (Tennessee and Kentucky) since his appointment by the Attorney General in April 2018. He was a Trial Attorney for nearly 15 years in the U.S. Trustee's office in Phoenix, Arizona, a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for bankruptcy fraud matters, and Acting Assistant U.S. Trustee for the Peoria office of Region 10. Mr. Randolph received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1987 and his B.S. with Honors from Lindenwood University. He was engaged in the private practice of law with a large Arizona law firm prior to joining the U.S. Trustee. Mr. Randolph has engaged in outreach and community service during his career including as a board member of the Haven of Grace Women’s Shelter in St. Louis, the Mound City Bar Association, and the non-profit Cinema St. Louis. He has also served on the church council of his local church for several years. Mr. Randolph has worked throughout his career to advance inclusion and diversity initiatives in the legal practice. His recognitions include a U.S. Department of Justice Pro Bono Service Award and a distinguished member award from Region VIII of the National Bar Association.
Thomas H. Riske is a partner with Carmody MacDonald P.C. He represents debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees and bankruptcy trustees and regularly handles all aspects of complex bankruptcies, workouts, reorganizations, debt restructuring, appellate bankruptcy litigation, and other matters related to debtors’ and creditors’ rights and remedies.
Hon. Kathy A. Surratt-States received her B.A., cum laude, from Oklahoma City University in 1988 and J.D. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis in 1991. She clerked for Bankruptcy Judge James J. Barta from 1991 to 1993 and then joined Campbell & Coyne, P.C. She joined Ziercher and Hocker. P.C. in 1998 and became partner in 2000. Ziercher & Hocker, P.C. merged with Husch & Eppenberger, L.L.C., now known as Husch Blackwell where she practiced until her appointment to the Bankruptcy Court in 2003. She also served on the Panel of Bankruptcy Trustee for the Eastern District of Missouri from 1997 to 2003.
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.
Gary Vincent is counsel for two Chapter 7 Trustees, Tracy A. Brown and Kristin J. Conwell. Before his current positions, he was a member of Husch Blackwell LLP's financial services industry team where he represented creditors in a variety of bankruptcy related matters.
Bryan T. Voss is an attorney at Adams Law Group in St. Peters, Missouri. He practices in bankruptcy, representing debtors in chapter 7 and 13. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.
Abigail Willie has served as law clerk to Judge Charles E. Rendlen, III since 2006. Prior to that, she served as law clerk to Judge Raymond W. Gruender of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (2005-06) and as law clerk to Judge George P. Kazen of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas (2000-01). She also practiced corporate insolvency law for several years at Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. in Dallas, Texas. Ms. Willie graduated from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 2000, and from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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