April 26, 2016



Rich Karlgaard, Publisher, Forbes

Entrepreneur-turned-publisher, columnist, author, television commentator, private investor and board director, Rich Karlgaard offers a unique vantage point on the trends driving the business and investment climates. His insights help audiences see the global marketplace with new eyes.

Karlgaard is the publisher of Forbes magazine, where he also writes a biweekly column, “Innovation Rules”, known for its witty and honest assessment of technology trends and current business issues. He’s a regular panelist on cable news’ most popular business show, Forbes on FOX, and is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s op-ed page. A successful entrepreneur and past winner of Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year Award,” Karlgaard understands firsthand the difficulties of navigating in today’s business climate and the opportunities available to those who have the courage to reach out for them. His assessment of technology trends, U.S. and global economic forces, and current business and political issues gives audiences solid insights they can use to make better business and investment decisions.

With a remarkable ability to connect with audiences, Karlgaard shows his quick mind and even quicker sense of humor during lively, unscripted question and answer periods. Unfailingly gracious, Karlgaard puts forth his insights for others to consider in a way that helps them see the events that are changing their world—especially the impact of Washington politics—on business and innovation.

In his book, The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success, Karlgaard shares a surprising third element in addition to visionary strategy and superb execution that’s required to gain the competitive advantage. Karlgaard is also the co-author of Team Genius: The New Science of High-Performing Organizations.

Tickets For the ABI Luncheon:

Tickets for the Friday, October 28, 2016 at 1 pm ABI Keynote Luncheon featuring Rich Karlgaard and the presentation of the William L. Norton, Jr, Judicial Excellence Award may be purchased as a part of your NCBJ Conference Registration.  Luncheon tickets may also be added to an existing NCBJ registration by modifying your registration using the confirmation number and receipt that you received following your initial registration.


Presents Six Roundtables

In Conjunction with the National Conference Of Bankruptcy Judges Conference
Friday, October 28, 2016 – Marriott Marquis San Francisco


9:00-10:00 am

Equitable Mootness in the 21st Century:  The New Parameters

# 1 Yerba Buena 10-13

All Circuit Courts recognize the doctrine of equitable mootness, but application of the doctrine differs.  What can you do to win an appeal based on equitable mootness?  What can you do to defeat it?  Come join our roundtable discussion on everything you need to know about the current state of the law on equitable mootness as well as best practices for addressing the doctrine in a bankruptcy appeal. 

Robbin L. Itkin, Moderator
Liner LLP; Los Angeles

Joseph D. Frank
FrankGecker LLP; Chicago

Timothy Graulich
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; New York

Berry D. Spears
Locke Lord LLP; Austin, Tex.

Christopher A. Ward
Polsinelli; Wilmington, Del.

Best Ethical Practices for the Consumer Attorney

# 2    Golden Gate C1- C2

The panel of experienced ethics lawyers and judge will discuss current topics from the ever-evolving world of consumer bankruptcy ethics. This discussion will highlight ethics trends, current cases and suggested best practices for lawyers involved in consumer bankruptcies. It will help you stay ahead of ethical issues affecting your practice.

Richard P. Carmody, Moderator
Adams and Reese LLP; Birmingham, Ala.

Richard D. Nelson
Cohen, Todd, Kite & Stanford, LLC; Cincinnati

Hon. Cynthia A. Norton
U.S. Bankruptcy Court (W.D. Mo.); Kansas City

Claire Ann Resop
Steinhilber Swanson Resop & Sipsma; Oshkosh, Wisc.

10:30-11:30 a.m.

The ABI’s “Elite Eight” of the Most Important Supreme Court Bankruptcy Cases Ever

# 3    Yerba Buena 10 – 13

Miss the NCAA basketball tournament this year?  This roundtable panel will pick its own “national champion” from among the most important bankruptcy-related Supreme Court cases ever.  Brackets will be released the day of the program.

Richard B. Levin, Moderator
Jenner & Block LLP; New York

Hon. Hannah L. Blumenstiel
U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Calif.); San Francisco

Hon. Daniel P. Collins
U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Ariz); Phoenix

Reginald W. Jackson
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP; Columbus, Oh.

Brian L. Shaw
Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC; Chicago

Addressing Environmentally Contaminated Property: A Primer

# 4 Golden Gate C1- C2

What issues do companies or trustees face in bankruptcy when they own environmentally contaminated real property? Who are the responsible parties? Can prior owners be held responsible? When can environmentally contaminated property be abandoned or liability arising from such property be discharged?  And how does a debtor or CRO deal with these issues?  The panel will address these issues and others as they arise in small, middle-market, and mega-cases.

John W. Lucas, Moderator
Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP; San Francisco

Dion W. Hayes
McGuireWoods LLP; Richmond, Va.

Boris J. Steffen
RSM US LLP; Mc Lean, Va.

Daniel D. Sparks
Christian & Small LLP; Birmingham, Ala.

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

# 5 Yerba Buena 10 – 13

Hot Consumer Topics

This roundtable will cover recent developments in consumer cases at the bankruptcy and appellate levels.

Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff, Moderator (retired)
Sole practice; Oak Park, Ill.

Margaret A. Burks
Office of the Trustee; Cincinnati

Ariane Holtschlag
The Law Office of William J. Factor, Ltd.; Chicago

Hon. Laurel Myerson Isicoff
U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Fla.); Miami

Where the Work Is

# 6 Golden Gate C1 – C2

As the old saying goes “Times are tough all over”.  Come join and participate with this panel of nationally recognized professionals as they lead a roundtable discussion of the latest trends and services in the restructuring industry.  Hear their prognostications of the type and industries where work will develop in the near future.

Edward T. Gavin
Gavin/Solmonese LLC; Wilmington, Del.

James A. Peko
Grant Thornton LLP; New York

Teri Stratton
Piper Jaffray Co.; El Segundo, Calif.

Allen D. Wilen, CPA, CFA, CIRA
EisnerAmper LLP; Iselin, N.J.