Young And New Members Committee


Post date: Friday, September 07, 2018

What is an interested party? Consider these everyday scenarios: An unsupervised child encounters a take-one-piece-only Halloween bucket; a teacher administers a your-bonus-rides-on-these-results test; or a football team pays a doctor to conduct in-game concussion evaluations. These conflicts raise concerns about the ability of the conflicted party to be fair and impartial.

Post date: Friday, September 07, 2018

Corporate governance battles spill into bankruptcy courts and at times serve as the genesis for bankruptcy petition filings.

Post date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Throughout 2017 and continuing into 2018, the Young and New Members Committee (the “Y&NM Committee”) leadership produced a variety of helpful materials and programs, and continued to encourage new and young ABI members to become more active in the organization. Just some of those highlights are discussed below.


Conference Programs

Post date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Zachary J. Gregoricus

Like their for-profit counterparts, nonprofit corporations face a variety of challenges throughout their corporate life cycles, some of which may lead an organization to pursue reorganization under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code.[1] One of the issues that arises during a nonprofit’s reorganization is whether its board of directors m

Post date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Bernie Madoff investment scandal unleashed a slew of lawsuits, and at first glance, SPV OSUS Ltd. v. UBS AG[1] may seem like just another drop in the bucket. However, this case is notable for its expression of the Second Circuit’s rather extraordinary view of “related to” bankruptcy jurisdiction.

Post date: Tuesday, March 06, 2018

[1]Fee applications are an inescapable aspect of bankruptcy practice.

Post date: Friday, September 22, 2017

The Seventh Circuit’s recent decision in Secure Leverage put to bed nearly five years of litigation on the question of what contracts are sufficiently “similar to” futures contracts under § 761(4) of the Bankruptcy Code to receive the highest priority of repayment in a commodity broker liquidation.[1] The court held that in or

Post date: Friday, September 22, 2017

Part I of this article identified several important issues that arise when crowdfunded companies file for bankruptcy. Among the most foreseeable dilemmas is that only a handful of crowdfunding backers would file a proof of claim, allowing equity-holders to recover an unduly high share of the debtor’s assets.

Post date: Thursday, August 24, 2017

In April of 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) sued Ocwen Financial Corporation (Ocwen) and its affiliates for supposed systematic deficiencies in their mortgage servicing business.

Post date: Thursday, August 24, 2017

Editor's note: Part I of this article was published in the July 2017 edition of the Young and New Members Committee newsletter, and can be found on the committee's website.


Mr. David R. Doyle
Cozen O'Connor
Chicago, IL
(312) 474-1648

Ms. Christina Sanfelippo
Cozen O'Connor
Chicago, IL
(312) 474-4455

Ms. Gabrielle G. Palmer
Communications Manager
Onsager | Fletcher | Johnson LLC
Denver, CO
(720) 457-7059

Mr. John T. Baxter
Education Director
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
Nashville, TN
(615) 664-5323

Ms. Bodie B. Colwell
Education Director
Preti Flaherty
Portland, ME
(207) 791-3245

Ms. Amber M. Carson
Membership Relations Director
Gray Reed & McGraw LLP
Dallas, TX
(214) 629-4025

Mr. Christian A. Pereyda
Membership Relations Director
Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C.
Birmingham, AL
(205) 254-1854

Mr. John Richard O'Connor
Newsletter Editor
Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger LLP
Chicago, IL
(630) 308-2487

Ms. Alexandra CC Schnapp
Newsletter Editor
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia
Atlanta, GA
(404) 215-1005

Mr. Joseph M. Esmont
Special Projects Leader
Cleveland, OH
(216) 861-7835

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