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2022 Annual Bankruptcy Institute | Virtual

Total Credits: 6.3 MCLE, 1.0 Ethics, 1.0 Elimination of Bias, 6.0 Kansas Credit, 1.0 Kansas Ethics



9:00 – 9:55 AM | CASE LAW UPDATE 
Speakers: Hon. Brian T. Fenimore
, Chief Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Missouri, Kansas City; Hon. Bonnie L. Clair, United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Missouri, St. Louis     

9:55 – 10:00 AM | BREAK            

Speaker: Hon. Cynthia A. Norton
, United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Missouri, Kansas City        

10:53 – 11:00 AM | BREAK

11:00 – 11:50 AM | CHAPTER 13 (please choose one)  
Eastern District Session:
Speakers: Diana S. Daugherty
, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee, Eastern District of Missouri, St. Louis; Daniel A. West, SouthLaw, PC, St. Louis; Jonathan E. Brent, Jonathan Brent Attorney at Law, St. Louis  

Western District Session:
Speakers: Dana M. Estes
, Office of the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee, Western District of Missouri, Kansas City; J. Paige Wright, Licata Bankruptcy Firm, Springfield; Pamela R. Putnam, Armstrong Teasdale LLP, Kansas City

11:50 AM -– 12:30 PM | LUNCH             
(please choose one)
Eastern District Session:
Speakers: Tracy A. Brown
, Law Office of Tracy Brown, PC, St. Louis; David A. Sosne, Summers Compton Wells LLC, St. Louis; David A. Warfield, Thompson Coburn, LLP, St. Louis 

Western District Session:
Speakers: Hon. Dennis R. Dow
, United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Missouri, Kanas City; Eric L. Johnson, Spencer Fane, LLP, Kansas City; Adam E. Miller, Office of the United States Trustee, Kansas City

1:20 – 1:30 PM | BREAK
Speakers: Hon. Kathy A. Surratt-States
, Chief Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Missouri, St. Louis; Wendi Alper-Pressman, Lathrop GPM, LLP, St. Louis; Robert E. Eggmann, III, Carmody MacDonald PC, St. Louis

2:20 – 2:30 PM | BREAK

Speakers: Christopher T. Borniger,
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the United States Trustee, Overland Park, KS; Joe Jeppson, Jeppson Law Office, LLC, Kansas City; Michelle M. Masoner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, Kansas City    


Wendi Alper-Pressman's Profile

Wendi Alper-Pressman Related seminars and products

Lathrop GPM, LLP

Wendi Alper-Pressman’s principal focus is on the representation of both borrowers and lenders in connection with construction financing, asset-based loan facilities and commercial real estate loans. Most recently, Wendi has represented law firms in connection with negotiating and structuring of litigation finance transactions and prepared non-consolidation opinions for special purpose entities in securitized loan facilities.  
She has represented developers, business owners, regional banks, national banks, community banks and finance companies in loan workouts and restructurings, forbearance agreements, foreclosures, bankruptcy proceedings, enforcement actions, lender liability and other litigation. Wendi’s bankruptcy experience ranges from the preparation of routine filings on behalf of unsecured creditors to the development and implementation of sophisticated strategies on behalf of secured creditors, equipment lessors, landlords and official unsecured creditors’ committees, including retiree committees. She has represented purchasers of distressed assets both in and outside of bankruptcy proceedings, and has litigated dischargeability complaints, preferences and fraudulent conveyance actions, issues relating to the allowance of claims, validity of liens and executory contracts.

Christopher Borniger's Profile

Christopher Borniger Related seminars and products

Office of the United States Trustee (U.S. Department of Justice)

Chris Borniger is a trial attorney with the U.S. Trustee’s Kansas City office. Before turning to law, Chris spent five years as an editor at The Dallas Morning News. He has a journalism degree from the University of Kansas and a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Jonathan Brent's Profile

Jonathan Brent Related seminars and products

Jonathan Brent Attorney at Law

Tracy Brown's Profile

Tracy Brown Related seminars and products

Law Office of Tracy Brown, P.C.

Tracy A. Brown has managed her own firm for over 25 years and is licensed in Missouri and Texas. She specializes in Bankruptcy and Tax Resolution. In 2003 she was appointed as a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Panel Trustee in the Eastern District of Missouri. She has a Texas CPA license. 

Hon. Bonnie Clair's Profile

Hon. Bonnie Clair Related seminars and products

United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Missouri

Judge Bonnie L. Clair sits on the bench of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Judge Clair previously spent many years in private practice representing creditors and debtors in bankruptcy, commercial, and consumer finance matters; she also spent time in-house at a large financial institution and served in the Attorney General’s Honors Program of the United States Department of Justice as an attorney with the Office of the United States Trustee.

Judge Clair currently serves on the Conference News and Elections Committees of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. Before taking the bench, she served on the Region X Disciplinary Committee for the Missouri Bar, mediated and investigated proceedings for the Missouri Bar’s Fee Dispute Resolution Committee, and contributed to the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Seventh Circuit Volo updates. However, no one wants to talk about any of that once they find out that she was on Jeopardy! in 2006 and Who Wants to be a Millionaire? in 2002. 

Judge Clair received her law degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where she was an articles editor for the Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law (now the Journal of Law & Policy) and a national competitor in the New York City Bar Moot Court Competition. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University, where she served on the editorial and business boards of The Chronicle, debated varsity and camped in “Tent 2” in the Krzyzewskiville line during the 1989-1990 basketball season.

Diana Daugherty's Profile

Diana Daugherty Related seminars and products

Ch. 13 Bankruptcy Trustee for the Eastern District of Missouri

Diana Daugherty was appointed Standing Chapter 13 Trustee for the Eastern District of Missouri on March 1, 2017, and served as staff attorney for John V. LaBarge, Jr., the prior Standing Chapter 13 Trustee. Diana was the 2008 recipient of the Missouri Bar's Roser Award for Excellence in Bankruptcy Practice.

Hon. Dennis Dow's Profile

Hon. Dennis Dow Related seminars and products

United States Bankruptcy Court, W.D.

Hon. Dennis Dow, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Missouri, appointed 11/10/03, and reappointed 11/10/17.

He is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy; a conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference; a member of the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel and chairs the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules.

Robert Eggmann's Profile

Robert Eggmann Related seminars and products

Carmody MacDonald P.C.

Robert E. Eggmann received his Bachelor of Arts from St. Louis University in 1986 and received his Juris Doctorate from St. Louis University School of Law in 1989. Mr. Eggmann is an attorney in the St. Louis, Missouri based law firm Carmody MacDonald P.C. Mr. Eggmann practices in the fields of bankruptcy, restructuring, creditor’s rights, commercial litigation and financial transactions. He has extensive experience in the field of the representation of Chapter 11 debtors and creditors’ committees. Mr. Eggmann also serves as a Chapter 7 panel trustee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Illinois and a Sub Chapter V trustee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of Illinois. 

Dana Estes's Profile

Dana Estes Related seminars and products

Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee

Dana M. Estes has been a Staff Attorney for Richard V. Fink, the standing Chapter 13 Trustee for the Western District of Missouri since 2004. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from William Jewell College in 1993 and her J.D. from Washington University School of Law in 1998. 

Hon. Brian Fenimore's Profile

Hon. Brian Fenimore Related seminars and products

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.

Joseph Jeppson, VI VI's Profile

Joseph Jeppson, VI VI 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.

Eric Johnson's Profile

Eric Johnson Related seminars and products

Spencer Fane, LLP

Eric Johnson is a partner at Spencer Fane and is the co-practice group leader for the Banking and Financial Services Group and practice group leader for the Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights Group.

Eric represents clients in bankruptcy, non-bankruptcy insolvency proceedings, such as receiverships and foreclosure proceedings, out of court workouts and restructurings, and other related insolvency matters. He also represents clients in complex insolvency related litigation, including bankruptcy avoidance actions and other adversary proceedings and contested matters. Eric also is a member of the panel of Chapter 7 trustees for the Western District of Missouri and is currently serving as a federal equity receiver.

With a strong commitment to the bar and legal education, Eric is currently serving as the chair of The Missouri Bar’s Business/Corporate Division and as a board member of the Kansas Bar Association Bankruptcy and Insolvency Section. In the past, Eric has served as the co-chair for The Missouri Bar’s Bankruptcy Creditor-Debtor Rights Committee, president and board member for the Kansas City Bankruptcy Bar Association, and the president of the Kansas Bar Association Bankruptcy and Insolvency Section, and as a member of the Bench Bar Committees for the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Kansas and the Western District of Missouri. Eric has also served on various subcommittees for The Missouri Bar including the subcommittee related to the Missouri Commercial Receivership Act.

Eric is also very active in the American Bankruptcy Institute, the nation’s largest association of bankruptcy professionals. Eric currently serves on the ABI Board of Directors and on the advisory board for the Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute, an annual program jointly sponsored by the ABI and the University of Missouri – Kansas City. In the past, Eric served as co-chair for the Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute, the co-chair, education director and communications director for the Secured Creditors Committee, and as the membership director for ABI’s Bankruptcy Litigation Committee. Eric served on the 2019 Steering Committee for ABI’s 40 under 40 program.

Eric was recently selected into The American College of Bankruptcy, Class XXXII (2021). His selection for the College recognizes his professional excellence and contributions to the fields of bankruptcy and insolvency.

Eric received his B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa and his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2001.

Michelle Masoner's Profile

Michelle Masoner Related seminars and products

UMB Bank N.A.

Michelle Masoner practices primarily in the area of commercial litigation, corporate restructuring, bankruptcy, and debtor-creditor rights. She represents creditors and debtors in complex restructurings and Chapter 7 and 11 bankruptcies, as well as related civil litigations and appeals. Ms. Masoner has represented secured and unsecured lenders, special servicers of securitized commercial mortgages, indenture trustees, landlords, investors, and debtors. In addition, she has represented a number of commercial and lending clients in real estate and commercial litigation cases in both state and federal courts in a number of other jurisdictions.

Ms. Masoner worked with Bryan Cave for nine years before serving as a federal bankruptcy court law clerk to Judge Robert D. Berger of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Kansas for six years. Before attending law school, Ms. Masoner spent several years working for the media in Texas as a news producer and anchor. She is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law teaching debtor-creditor law.

Ms. Masoner received her B.S.J. in 1990 at the University of Kansas, her M.S.J. in 1991 at Northwestern University, and her J.D. in 1997 from the University of Texas.

Adam Miller's Profile

Adam Miller Related seminars and products

Office of the United States Trustee

Adam E. Miller has been a trial attorney with the Office of the United States Trustee in Kansas City, Missouri since 2007 where he is involved in administering and litigating cases under all Chapters of the Bankruptcy Code.  Previously, he served on detail in the Office of General Counsel for the Executive Office of United States Trustees where he advised program leadership and field offices on numerous issues of bankruptcy law.  Currently, he serves on the program’s working group responsible for supervising the collateralization and safekeeping of more than $3 billion in bankruptcy estate assets. 

Before joining the United States Trustee Program, he was in private practice with the consumer bankruptcy firm of Morgan, Allen and King in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and clerked for the Hon. Yvonne Kauger on the Oklahoma Supreme Court.  He has a B.A. degree from Oklahoma State University; a J.D. degree from Oklahoma City University (summa cum laude) where he served as the Acting Managing Editor of the Oklahoma City University Law Review; and an LL.M. degree from the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law at the Boston University School of Law where he served as the Graduate Editor of the Review of Banking and Financial Law.  He is a member of the bars of the state of Oklahoma and Missouri; the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the 8th and 10th Circuits and the United States Supreme Court and also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law where he teaches classes in Bankruptcy and Banking Law.

Hon. Cynthia Norton's Profile

Hon. Cynthia Norton Related seminars and products

United States Courthouse

Judge Cynthia A. Norton practiced bankruptcy law in Kansas and Missouri before being appointed as a bankruptcy judge for the W.D. of Missouri effective February 1, 2013. Judge Norton has received awards for her contributions to CLE and is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy. 

Pamela Putnam's Profile

Pamela Putnam Related seminars and products

Armstrong Teasdale LLP

For over a decade, Pamela has represented both debtors and creditors in bankruptcy cases in Kansas and Missouri. Her current practice at Armstrong Teasdale consists primarily of representing large creditor clients in various bankruptcy matters, including motions for relief, plan objections, claim filing, valuation disputes, and providing general advice. 

David Sosne's Profile

David Sosne Related seminars and products

Summers Compton Wells LLC

Hon. Kathy Surratt-States's Profile

Hon. Kathy Surratt-States Related seminars and products

US Bankruptcy Court

Judge Surratt-States was sworn in as U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri on March 17, 2003 and appointed Chief Judge on February 1, 2013.

Judge Surratt-States received her B.A., cum laude, from Oklahoma City University and her J.D. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.

David Warfield's Profile

David Warfield Related seminars and products

Thompson Coburn, LLP

David is a 30-year veteran of the financial restructuring world who provides practical, straight-forward advice to all types of institutions that interact with a distressed business.
As the lead attorney for multiple high-profile matters, David is skilled at managing complex restructurings and unraveling the competing interests of all relevant parties. In both in-court bankruptcies and out-of-court workouts, David has led work on many complex, multi-party matters, including one recent case involving a large-scale fraud and tens of thousands of consumer claims. His clients include debtors, senior secured lenders, bondholders, creditors' committees, receivers and asset purchasers.
Tapping his business education, David looks for creative solutions that satisfy the diverse constituencies of a distressed business. He puts a premium on speed, as value erodes and options diminish nearly every day in a financial restructuring. David's quick thinking and persistence helps clients preserve value and plan for the future even as "the ice cube melts."

Daniel West's Profile

Daniel West Related seminars and products

SouthLaw, PC

Dan joined the firm in May 2000 and is a Shareholder and Managing Attorney over the St. Louis, Missouri operation. He is currently licensed to practice law in Missouri and is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri and the Federal District of Kansas and the Federal District of Nebraska. He obtained his B.A. in Finance from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1994. He obtained his law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1997.
Dan has concentrated his practice of law representing secured creditors in bankruptcy and related litigation, primarily in the Eastern District of Missouri since 1997. He is a noted speaker at various industry conferences and an author in regional and national publications.

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