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Onsite Program

2024 Annual Bankruptcy Institute - Kansas City

Total Credits: 7.2 MCLE, 1.2 Ethics, 7.0 Kansas Credit, 1.0 Kansas Ethics

Practice Area:
Bankruptcy |  Ethics
Courtyard Kansas City at Briarcliff - Kansas City, Missouri



8:30-9 a.m. | Registration

9-10 a.m. | Case law update
Speakers: Hon. Brian T. Fenimore
, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Missouri, Kansas City; Dewanna L. Newman, Castle Law Office, Kansas City; Camber L. Jones, Spencer Fane LLP, Springfield

10-10:10 a.m. | Break 

10:10-11:10 a.m. | Chapter 13 hot topics
Speakers: Dana M. Estes
, Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee, Kansas City; Jonathan D. Bhend, Bhend Law Offices, Joplin; Hunter Gould, SouthLaw PC, Overland Park, KS
Updates on a variety of topics related to Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

11:10-11:20 a.m. | Break

11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m. | New Article 12 and amended Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code
Speakers: Mark T. Benedict
, Husch Blackwell LLP, Kansas City; Michelle Masoner UMB Bank NA, Kansas City
During this session, we will review updates to the Uniform Commercial Code.

12:20-1:30 p.m. | Lunch (provided)

1:30-2:30 p.m. | The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire…Landlords' and tenants' rights
Speakers: Michael Wambolt
, Anderson & Associates, Kansas City; Rachel L. Foley, Foley Law PC, Independence; Jesi N. Stanley, Stanley Law LLC, Blue Springs 

2:30-2:40 p.m. | Break

2:40-3:40 p.m. | The plans, they are a changin'…Plan modification
Speakers: Holly N. Malone-Zukaitis
, Office of Chapter 13 Trustee, Kansas City; Ryan A. Blay, WM Law, Lawrence, KS; Zach H. Hemenway, Stinson LLP, Kansas City
This presentation will discuss best practices in plan modifications, focusing on statutory consideration, and common challenges and issues arising in the post-confirmation modification context. Case law developments and local rule expectations will be addressed.

3:40-3:50 p.m. | Break

3:50-4:50 p.m. | Civility in the practice of bankruptcy
Speakers: Hon. Cynthia A. Norton
, United States Courthouse, Kansas City; Garrett Pratt, University of Missouri School of Law, Columbia

4:50 p.m. | Adjourn

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Mark Benedict's Profile

Mark Benedict Related Seminars and Products

Husch Blackwell LLP

With more than 25 years of experience, Mark uses his comprehensive understanding of the Bankruptcy Code to assist all parties involved in the restructuring process in achieving their business objectives, including debtors, bank and nonbank lenders, trade creditors, vendors and strategic buyers of distressed assets.

In debtor representations Mark has distinguished himself as a practical problem-solver capable of addressing all facets relating to his clients’ challenges in a coordinated and strategic manner, including Chapter 11 reorganizations and out-of-court restructurings. Mark has a demonstrated ability in helping clients tackle complexity in order to restage their business operations. Most recently, he advised the owner of several casinos in multiple states in an out-of-court debt restructure; he ran the Chapter 11 sale of a chain of retail and specialty pharmacies; and he negotiated a Chapter 11 plan for a yellow pages delivery company.

Jonathan D. Bhend's Profile

Jonathan D. Bhend Related Seminars and Products

Bhend Law Offices

Jonathan Bhend was born and raised in Joplin, Missouri. He received his JD from University of Missouri, Kansas City in 2002. He owns his own practice in Joplin Missouri. The main focus of his practice is in bankruptcy law, specifically chapters 13 and 7. In addition to his private practice, Jonathan is also the Public Defender at the municipal court for the city of Joplin.

Ryan Blay's Profile

Ryan Blay Related Seminars and Products

WM Law

Ryan is a partner at WM Law, where he manages the firm's Chapter 11 and Chapter 12 department. He is currently the president of the Kansas City Bankruptcy Bar Association and serves as a laiason to the Attorney Advisory Group for the Western District of Missouri Bankruptcy Court.

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.

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.


Hunter Gould's Profile

Hunter Gould Related Seminars and Products

SouthLaw, P.C.

Hunter joined the Firm in May 2022 and is a Senior Attorney for the Bankruptcy Department located in the Overland Park, Kansas office. He is currently admitted to practice law in Missouri and Iowa and is also admitted to practice before the Federal District of Kansas and the Federal District of Nebraska. He obtained his B.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri in 2009. He obtained his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School in 2012.
Hunter currently focuses his practice on representing financial institutions and creditors' rights in bankruptcy and related litigation.

Zachary Hemenway's Profile

Zachary Hemenway Related Seminars and Products

Stinson LLP

Zach represents clients in bankruptcy proceedings and litigation, engaging fully on the most complicated issues to find solutions and strategies that are creative, practical, and elegant. He ensures that his clients can explore every available option to determine the best way to protect and pursue their rights.
In briefing and before judges, Zach presents make-or-break issues efficiently and effectively, both within these core litigation and bankruptcy cases and across a variety of matters where clients and colleagues benefit from his e-discovery expertise. 
In addition to his bankruptcy and litigation work, Zach has assisted clients across a wide range of internal and external investigations, including negotiating with government agencies on scope and making internal presentations to boards, officers, and general counsels.


Camber Jones's Profile

Camber Jones Related Seminars and Products

Spencer Fane LLP

Camber Jones is a member of the firm’s Banking and Financial Services Group.  Camber has experience representing debtors and creditors in bankruptcy and restructuring proceedings in multiple jurisdictions, including, initiating and defending adversary proceedings, investigating and conducting large-scale claims reconciliations, negotiating settlements, and negotiating, drafting, and reviewing commercial contracts.
Camber also represents her clients in non-bankruptcy insolvency proceedings, such as receiverships, out of court workouts and restructurings, and other related insolvency matters. With a background in litigation, Camber assists in the representation of clients in general commercial litigation matters.
Camber received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she served as a senior editor on the Journal of Constitutional Law and earned a Certificate of Management from the Wharton School of Executive Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to his retirement, Camber served as an intern for the Honorable William A. Thorne, a judge on the Utah Court of Appeals.

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.

Michelle Masoner's Profile

Michelle Masoner Related Seminars and Products

UMB Bank N.A.

Michelle Masoner is Legal Counsel with UMB Bank N.A. She practiced primarily in the area of commercial litigation, corporate restructuring, bankruptcy, and debtor-creditor rights for over 20 years in private practice. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law.

Dewanna Newman's Profile

Dewanna Newman Related Seminars and Products

Castle Law Office

Dewanna was born and raised in rural mid-Missouri. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Legal Studies from Missouri Western State University in 2002. After years of working as a paralegal, she attended the University of Missouri- Kansas City School of Law, where she received her Juris Doctorate in 2011.
Dewanna began her legal career after undergrad working as a Debtor’s Bankruptcy paralegal and later transitioned to an associate attorney working on creditor’s rights, landlord/tenant issues as well as other Plaintiff’s cases. Her true passion; however, is to help others, and she is proud to be back at the place where she started her career over 17 years ago, Castle Law Office of Kansas City.
Dewanna is licensed to practice law in both Kansas and Missouri. She is also admitted to practice before the federal courts of Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri as well as the District of Kansas and Nebraska. She is also a member of The Missouri Bar, Jackson County Bar Association and the Volunteer Attorney Project.

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.

Garrett Pratt's Profile

Garrett Pratt Related Seminars and Products

University of Missouri School of Law

Professor Garrett Pratt is an adjunct associate professor teaching Law of Tax Exempt Organizations. He is currently a senior attorney for the Large Business & International Division of the IRS Office of Chief Counsel in Kansas City where he litigates tax shelter and other complex tax cases before the U.S. Tax Court. Garrett is passionate about mentoring and advising law students as they navigate the process of becoming a lawyer.
Garrett began his legal career clerking for U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Brian T. Fenimore in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. During his clerkship, Garrett earned his Tax LL.M. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. He also co-authored a bankruptcy law review article that was cited by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
Following his bankruptcy clerkship, Garrett practiced law at Lathrop GPM LLP where he represented for-profit and tax-exempt organizations before the IRS handling a variety of income tax matters. He assisted dozens of nonprofit organizations obtain and maintain their 501(c)(3) status with the IRS and advised nonprofit officers and directors on corporate governance issues. He also supervised and mentored junior associate attorneys and summer associates in the firm’s business transactions practice group.

Jesi Stanley's Profile

Jesi Stanley Related Seminars and Products

Stanley Law LLC

Founder of Stanley Law, LLC., Jesi Stanley has spent over a decade protecting the rights of tenants. Jesi has achieved significant victories for her clients, both inside and outside of the courtroom. Jesi is a skilled and experienced trial attorney who will both defend tenants from improper claims against them and also seek damages against those who cause them harm. Jesi’s dedication to tenant defense and consumer protection forms the heart and soul of Stanley Law. Jesi’s expertise and extensive trial experience set her apart from other attorneys, along with her determination to advocate passionately and persistently for each and every client. Jesi believes that fighting for tenants with tenacity, honesty and courage can bring integrity to our communities, restore justice to our court system, and combat unfairness suffered by so many. Jesi fights passionately for every client through skillful, bold, compassionate advocacy.

Michael Wambolt's Profile

Michael Wambolt Related Seminars and Products

Anderson & Associates

Mike brings two decades of well-rounded litigation experience to cases in a wide variety of complex matters, including handling all aspects of numerous bankruptcy, foreclosure, and creditors’ rights proceedings.

Mike also has broad experience representing lenders in commercial loan defaults, fraud, and lender liability issues. He applies his extensive range of knowledge and experience to develop litigation strategies that minimize risk and protect our clients’ interests.

Mike earned his J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, and a B.A. in political science from University of Nevada – Reno. Outside of work, Mike enjoys ocean kayaking and teaching confectionary.

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Courtyard Kansas City at Briarcliff

4000 North Mulberry Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64116, United States
(816) 841-3300