Ethics And Professional Compensation Committee


Post date: Friday, January 05, 2024

The Ethics and Professional Compensation Committee had a tremendous 2023! We strived to continue to provide our members with enlightening and useful substantive information, while also offering enjoyable and valuable social and networking opportunities.

Post date: Friday, January 05, 2024
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Elias Marwan Yazbeck [1]

The Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019, also known as SBRA (Pub. L. No. 116-54), became effective on Feb. 19, 2020. This legislation allows a small business debtor to choose, during the filing process, to proceed under subchapter V within chapter 11.

Post date: Friday, January 05, 2024

Increasingly, consumer bankruptcy lawyers will be using AI in the future. It therefore is incumbent upon them to develop procedures and policies for its use and in billing for such services. Doing so will be a combination of art and science controlled by both ethical and practical considerations.

Post date: Friday, October 27, 2023
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Elias Marwan Yazbeck

Due process is a fundamental right, reiterated in the foundational documents of the U.S. [2] All lawyers are taught and tested on the requirements of due process, both in a procedural and substantive context.

Post date: Friday, October 27, 2023

On April 17, 2023, the Fifth Circuit issued a decision that demonstrated considerable deference to the bankruptcy court’s determination that a senior lender affiliated with the debtor remained a “good faith purchaser” when submitting a credit bid to purchase the debtor’s real property. [2]

Post date: Monday, August 21, 2023

AI chatbots like OpenAI’s ChatGPT clearly have the potential to become useful tools in a lawyer’s toolbox. Of course, lawyers using AI chatbots, like lawyers using any other tools, must be mindful of their ethical obligations, including not only the duty to verify the accuracy of the results of legal research, but also the duty to maintain client confidentiality.

Post date: Wednesday, October 26, 2022
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Sarah Primrose, Esq.

Thomas (“Tom”) Girardi, a former plaintiff’s attorney in Los Angeles, California, and the founder of the law firm Girardi & Keese (d/b/a Girardi Keese), was once known as the inspiration behind the film “Erin Brockovich” and for his high-profile representation of the families of victims of the Lion Air crash in 2018.

Post date: Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Lateral movement among law firm partners and associates has boomed. In 2020, the number of associates moving firms was up 149% and the number of partners moving was up almost 43%. [1] In 2021, the number of lawyers switching firms was up 111% over 2020.

Post date: Monday, May 09, 2022
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Barbara M. Smith, CPA, CIRA, CFF, CBDV

From its inception, the National Ethics Task Force [1] was charged with answering the question of whether there is a need for national ethics rules, standards and general practice guidance in the bankruptcy context.

Post date: Monday, May 09, 2022
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Timothy J. Anzenberger

The Ethics and Professional Compensation Committee had an active 2021, and we are excited to carry that energy into 2022.


Mon, 2023-04-24

This panel will focus on disputes regarding engagement as counsel and payment of fees. The panel will cover such issues as unbundling of services, bifurcated fee arrangements and conflicts of interest. The panelists also will discuss a number of ethical issues that have arisen in recent cases.

Tue, 2019-11-12

Panelists will discuss ethical issues relating to due diligence and debtor and creditor actions online as well as practice pointers for engaging in social media.

Fri, 2017-12-01

Hosted by the Ethics and Professional Compensation and Commercial and Regulatory Law Committees Social media and privacy are areas of opportunity — and concern. Today’s law practice requires that care be taken in both areas. This panel will explore the impact of privacy and social media issues on security, ethics and compensation.

Sat, 2017-04-22

This panel hosted by Ethics & Professional Compensation and Technology & Intellectual Property Committees will navigate the use and impact of the media in any bankruptcy case can pose challenging ethical dilemmas that are only exacerbated in highprofile cases. The panelists will explore these issues and share some of their personal insights and stories.

Fri, 2016-04-15

Beware of the Traps: Ethical and Fiduciary Issues for Committee Members and Professionals

Fri, 2015-04-17

Trustee Selection in Commercial Bankruptcy Cases: Who Wins the Battle to Control the Estate?

Ms. B. Summer Chandler
LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center
Baton Rouge, LA
(404) 307-2754

Mr. Adam D. Herring
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
Atlanta, GA
(404) 322-6143

Ms. Daniela Mondragon
Communications Manager
Reed Smith LLP
Houston, TX
(713) 469-3622

Ms. Leanne McKnight Prendergast
Education Director
Pierson Ferdinand LLP
Jacksonville, FL
(904) 479-6612

Ms. Hayley J. Franklin
Newsletter Editor
Stewart Robbins Brown & Altazan
Baton Rouge, LA
(225) 571-8414

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