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43rd Annual Bankruptcy Institute

8:00        Welcome and Opening Remarks

Hillary B. Crabtree, Moore & Van Allen PLLC, Charlotte
Michael L. Martinez, Grier Wright Martinez PA, Charlotte

8:05        Best Practices for Managing Debtor Cases from Beginning to End

Heather W. Culp, Essex Richards PA, Charlotte
Brandi R. Snyder, Law Offices of Stroupe & Snyder, Reidsville

Two experienced attorneys with high-volume debtor practices provide practical insight into managing a successful debtor practice.

8:50        Break

9:00        Healthcare Bankruptcies

Brian Bonaviri, Grant Thornton LLP, Charlotte
Andrew H. Sherman, Sills Cummis & Gross PC, Newark, NJ
Thomas W. "Tom" Waldrep Jr., Waldrep LLP, Winston-Salem

Discover legal and practical problems that have arisen in North Carolina healthcare bankruptcies that are not only intriguing but also offer beneficial learning that translates for a variety of bankruptcy matters.

10:00      Break

10:10      Subchapter V Update

Michael T. Bowers, Middlewarth Bowers & Co., Charlotte
Richard P. Cook, Cape Fear Debt Relief, Wilmington

Two members of the newly created Subchapter V trustee pool offer insight into how Subchapter V cases have played out in practice. During this session, speakers discuss recently answered and unanswered questions about the new statute.

10:55      Break

11:05      Ethics and Technology*‡

Edward C. Boltz, Law Offices of John T. Orcutt, Durham
Pamela P. Keenan, Kirschbaum Nanney Keenan & Griffin PA, Raleigh

Listen as the panelists identify legal and ethical challenges of using DocuSign and other means of signing documents electronically.

12:05      Lunch Break

Remarks from the Bench (Optional Event)
This session does not provide MCLE credit.

Chief Judge Laura T. Beyer, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District, Charlotte
Chief Judge Stephani W. Humrickhouse, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District, Raleigh
Chief Judge Lena M. James, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District, Winston-Salem

Participants have the option of attending a discussion via Zoom among Judge Beyer, Judge Humrickhouse and Judge James on their perspectives of the current state of bankruptcy proceedings in North Carolina. 

Click here to join via Zoom (Zoom Dial-in | 408 638 0968 | Meeting ID: 921 4930 6029# | Passcode: 704604). Session runs from 12:15-12:45. 
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12:50      Litigation Skills: Deposing and Cross-Examining Expert Witnesses

Garland S. Cassada, Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Charlotte
William P. "Bill" Janvier, Janvier Law Firm PLLC, Raleigh

Learn about the best practices for effective depositions and cross- examinations of opposing expert witnesses in the context of an evidentiary hearing before the bankruptcy court.

1:50        Break

2:00        Ramifications of the CARES Act on Business and Consumer Debtors

William A. "Andy" Barbee, GreerWalker LLP, Charlotte
Koury L. Hicks, Law Offices of John T. Orcutt, Raleigh

Journey into the multitude of challenges and issues that have arisen for businesses and consumers obtaining relief under the CARES Act and the impact of such relief on a pending or future bankruptcy filing.

2:45        Break

2:55        Receivership Statute Update

Kenneth M. Greene, Carruthers & Roth PA, Greensboro
James S. "Charlie" Livermon III, Womble Bond Dickinson, Raleigh
Margaret R. Westbrook, K&L Gates LLP, Raleigh

Examine the newly enacted receivership statutes and how administering receiverships in North Carolina will change going forward.

3:55        Break

4:05        Technology: Effective Presentation Remotely‡

John R. "Jack" Miller, Rayburn Cooper & Durham PA, Charlotte
Rebecca F. Redwine, Hendren Redwine & Malone PLLC, Raleigh

Gain practical skills and strategies for efficiently and effectively appearing at court hearings and 341 meetings from behind a computer.

5:05        Adjourn

*Indicates portion providing Ethics/Professional Responsibility credit
‡Indicates portion providing Technology Training credit

Thank you

Thank you for joining us for 43rd Annual Bankruptcy Institute!

Contributors

  • William A. "Andy" Barbee

    William A. "Andy" Barbee, CPA/ABV/CFF, CIRA is the partner of the firm's Litigation and Business Valuation Practice of GreerWalker LLP in Charlotte. He has more than 20 years of experience working in litigation, business valuation, forensic accounting, fraud investigation, bankruptcy, and restructuring. Andy has experience working with counsel and has prepared expert reports on a wide range of issues including damage calculations, business valuation, shareholder disputes, solvency analysis, fraud investigations, preferential/fraudulent conveyances, and viability analysis. Andy has served clients in many industries including the following: Manufacturing, Health Care, Finance (sub-prime lending), Insurance, Technology and Real Estate. Andy is a Certified Public Accountant, North Carolina Certificate # 21659.

    Andy is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), AICPA Forensic and Valuation Services Section and the National Funding Association. Andy received his B.B.A. degree Florida Atlantic University in1989 and his Master of Accounting from Florida International University in 1991.

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  • Edward C. "Ed" Boltz

    Edward C. "Ed" Boltz is a partner at the Law Offices of John T. Orcutt PC in Durham. He enjoys consumer bankruptcy because he can directly help clients obtain justice, financial security, and debt relief even against the massive power of banks and other financial institutions. Ed has represented clients in not only Chapter 7 and 13, but also in related consumer rights litigation, including fighting abusive mortgage practices and developing solutions for student loans.

    Ed received his B.A. degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1993 and his J.D. degree from George Washington University in 1996. He is a member of the NC State Bar, where he has been certified as a specialist in consumer bankruptcy law. He is admitted to practice before the Districts Courts in both the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina.

    Ed is a frequent speaker on bankruptcy issues at both national and local seminars, including at NACBA Conventions and Workshops, past NCLC Workshops, and the North Carolina Bankruptcy Institute.

    Click here for more information about Ed.

  • Brian Bonaviri

    Brian Bonaviri is a Managing Director in Grant Thornton's Advisory practice located in Charlotte. He specializes in financial modeling, strategic planning and review, business plan development and assessment, and corporate bankruptcy advisory.

    Brian has over 10 years of advisory experience across a range of industries including healthcare, higher education, not-for-profit, financial services and commercial real estate. His primarily responsibilities have included advising on financial distress, developing 13-week cash flows, developing three statement integrated financial models, assisting clients during restructuring and bankruptcies and assisting with the development of bankruptcy reporting.

    During his time with Grant Thornton, Brian has advised numerous health care clients, including Highmark Inc., Mission Health, University of Maryland Medical Systems, Jefferson Health System, Casa Grande Regional Medical Center, Oconee Regional Medical Center, Morehead Memorial Hospital and several behavioral health providers and senior living facilities.

    Brian holds his M.B.A. and B.S.B.A. degrees from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Brian is a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor. He is also a member of the Turnaround Management Association and American Bankruptcy Institute and serves on its Healthcare Committee.

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  • Michael T. Bowers

    Michael T. Bowers is a partner at the accounting firm of Middleswarth, Bowers & Co, LLP in Gastonia, North Carolina. Mr. Bowers is a licensed CPA and attorney in North Carolina. He is Accredited in Business Valuations by the AICPA. Mr. Bowers graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a BA in accounting, Winthrop University with an MBA, and from Charlotte School of Law. Mr. Bowers practice is focused on non-traditional accounting. His primary practice is on bankruptcy accounting and taxation issues as the bankruptcy accountant in both chapter 7 and chapter 11 cases, primarily in the Western District. Mr. Bowers also provides business valuations and forensic accounting services for bankruptcy estates and other matters such as ponzi schemes and equitable distribution. Mr. Bowers currently serves as a Subchapter V pool trustee.

    Mr. Bowers lives on Lake Wylie with his wife Leianne.

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  • Garland S. Cassada

    Garland S. Cassada is a member of Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson PA in Charlotte. He practices in the areas of commercial and corporate litigation, and insolvency, corporate reorganization and debt restructuring matters. He has particular experience in the representation of purchasers of and investors in distressed businesses and assets and is a leader on restructuring issues related to companies with asbestos and other mass tort liability. Garland has been a frequent speaker at bankruptcy seminars, including a LexisNexis Wall Street Forum on Asbestos where he spoke about structuring transactions to avoid successor, fraudulent transfer and veil piercing liability.

    Garland previously served on an ad hoc committee, chaired by The Honorable Judge Edward R. Becker, to assist the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. Senate in drafting bankruptcy-related provisions for S.852 (Fairness in Asbestos Resolution Act of 2005).

    Garland is a member of the Bankruptcy Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. He received his B.A. degree with distinction from the University of Virginia in 1981 and his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1984.

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  • Richard P. Cook

    Richard P. Cook is the owner and managing attorney of Cape Fear Debt Relief, a boutique bankruptcy firm located in Wilmington, NC. Founded in 2011, Cape Fear Debt Relief represents individuals and small businesses in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 cases before the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts in Eastern North Carolina.

    In February 2020, Richard was named a Chapter 11, Subchapter V Trustee for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Richard is one of only three attorneys in Wilmington recognized by the North Carolina State Bar as a Board-Certified Specialist in both Business and Consumer Bankruptcy Law. Richard formerly served on the board of the North Carolina State Bar Association's Bankruptcy Section Council from 2013 to 2016. He has also served as the Circuit Chair for the Fourth Circuit for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.

    A proud double Tarheel, Richard received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003 and 2007, respectively. Prior to founding Cape Fear Debt Relief, Richard was an associate attorney with Butler & Butler, LLP in Wilmington, NC, and prior to that, an associate attorney with Brock & Scott, PLLC in Winston-Salem, NC.

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  • Hillary B. Crabtree

    Hillary B. Crabtree is a member of Moore & Van Allen PLLC in Charlotte. She brings considerable bankruptcy experience, corporate law and restructuring experience to her clients, which have been drawn from such areas as energy, airlines, auto, manufacturing, biopharmaceutical, and retail sales.

    Hillary assists clients with reorganizations, finance transactions, contractual matters and general corporate law. In addition, she has extensive bankruptcy experience representing lenders, landlords, manufacturers, suppliers, vendors and debtors in reorganization proceedings. Crabtree is adept in handling commercial real property foreclosures and receiverships for secured lenders. Moreover, she has regularly represented administrative agents and collateral agents in syndicated credit facilities and other financial institutions in secured lending transactions and structured finance/securitization transactions.

    Hillary is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, American Bankruptcy Institute and the International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation – Carolinas Chapter. She received her B.A. degree from Davidson College 1992 and her J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law in 1999.

    Click here for more information about Hillary.

  • Heather W. Culp

    Heather W. Culp founded Essex Richards' bankruptcy practice. She has practiced law for over 20 years and the majority of her caseload involves bankruptcy, insolvency and other debtor/creditor relations, and commercial litigation. Heather is a member of the Panel of Chapter 7 Trustees for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of North Carolina, appointed by the Bankruptcy Administrator to oversee and administer Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases. She serves as a substitute trustee in commercial foreclosures in the greater Charlotte metropolitan area, as a receiver in state court cases and as an attorney for receivers.

    Heather graduated with a bachelor's degree in English literature, with honors, from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1994 and earned her J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1997. She is a reliable volunteer with bar associations and pro bono agencies. Heather is serving a three-year term on the Board of Trustees for the North Carolina State Bar Plan for Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA) and a three-year term as chair of the North Carolina Bar Foundation's Programs Committee and in the accompanying seat on the Foundation's Board of Governors.

    Click here for more information about Heather.

  • Thomas C. Flippin

    Thomas C. Flippin is the attorney owner of the Law Offices of Thomas C. Flippin PC in Elkin. He focuses on offering exceptional service in the areas of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Bankruptcy Law and Debt Relief.

    Thomas earned his B.S. from Appalachian State University in 1997 and his J.D. from Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, in 2000.

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  • Kenneth M. Greene

    Kenneth M. Greene is a director and shareholder with the Greensboro, North Carolina law firm of Carruthers & Roth, P.A. He graduated from Washington & Lee University in 1967, magna cum laude, and received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1970 where he was the associate editor of the Virginia Law Review and inducted into The Order of the Coif. After serving in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the United States Navy, he joined Carruthers & Roth, P.A. in 1974. He is a past president and current fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. He has served on two task forces established by the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, one that created a model agreement governing the control of deposit accounts and another that created a model intercreditor agreement for first and second lienholders. He has served on the governing council of both the Business Law Section and the Bankruptcy Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. He was awarded the Business Law Section Distinguished Service Award in 2010, and in 2019 he was awarded the Bankruptcy Section Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a former co-chair of the Legal Opinion Committee of the Business Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and was a member of a taskforce of the Bankruptcy Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association that drafted the North Carolina Commercial Receivership Act that was enacted by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2020.

    Click here for more information about Kenneth. 

  • Koury L. Hicks

    Koury L. Hicks is a Board-Certified Specialist in Consumer Bankruptcy Law and has been practicing bankruptcy law with the Law Offices of John T. Orcutt since 2008. He is a member of the Bankruptcy Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. He co-authored the 2012 and 2017 editions of the North Carolina Bankruptcy Practice Manual chapter on Means Testing. He received his B.S. degree from the University of New Mexico in 2001 and his J.D. degree from the University of New Mexico in 2006.

    Click here for more information about Koury. 

  • William P. "Bill" Janvier

    William P. "Bill" Janvier is with Janvier Law Firm PLLC in Raleigh. Bill has helped individuals and businesses file successful bankruptcy cases throughout North Carolina. He works with business of all types, and has filed bankruptcy cases for builders, developers, restaurants, retail chains, farms, medical practices, distributors, shopping centers, office buildings, technology companies and high income individuals.

    Bill's hard work and passion have earned him several distinctions over the course of his career including an AV Rating* through Martindale-Hubbell and having his name listed in Super Lawyers, a part of Thomson Reuters, every year since 2006, Legal Elite every year since 2006 and Best Lawyers in America every year since 2007. Bill has served as Chairman of the Bankruptcy Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, has served on the local rules committee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina for over 10 years, and serves as a Director for the Eastern Bankruptcy Institute. He is certified as a specialist in business and consumer bankruptcy by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.

    Bill graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1992.

    Click here for more information about Bill. 

  • Pamela P. Keenan

    Pamela P. Keenan is a partner with Kirschbaum Nanney Keenan & Griffin PA in Raleigh. She concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial litigation and creditors' rights in both the state and federal courts throughout North Carolina, with special expertise in representing lenders for the automobile industry in various types of litigation, including bankruptcy, replevin actions, lienholder petitions in state and federal forfeiture actions, and defending various consumer claims under state and federal consumer protection statutes against such lenders. Pamela is a member of the Wake County, North Carolina and Texas Bar Associations, American Bankruptcy Institute and the North Carolina Creditors Bar Association. She received her B.A. degree with highest honors from the University of Texas/Arlington in 1984 and her J.D. degree from Southern Methodist University in 1987.

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  • James C. "Jim" Lanik

    James C. "Jim" Lanik is a partner at Waldrep Wall Babcock & Bailey PLLC in Winston-Salem. Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner at Waldrep LLP and an associate and then member at Roberson, Haworth & Reese, PLLC focusing on business bankruptcy and municipal law.

    Jim is Board Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the North Carolina State Bar and by the American Board of Certification. He has represented trustees, creditors, and debtors in all aspects of business bankruptcy cases. Jim is currently on the panel of Chapter 7 Trustees for the Middle District of North Carolina. Jim acts as a receiver in state court matters in addition to his Chapter 7 trustee practice.

    Jim is also the Town Attorney for Midway, North Carolina, a small town in northern Davidson County which was incorporated in 2006.

    Jim is active as a volunteer with the Wyndham Championship, the Piedmont Triad's PGA Tour event. He is also a supporter of Autism Unbound and the ARC of High Point.

    Jim earned his B.A. from Lawrence University of Wisconsin in 1992 and his J.D. from University of Denver College of Law in 1995.

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  • James S. "Charlie" Livermon III

    James S. "Charlie" Livermon, III is a partner with the law firm of Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP in its Raleigh, North Carolina office. He graduated from the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University in 1999, and is a board certified specialist in business and consumer bankruptcy. In 2015, he was awarded Business North Carolina magazine's Legal Elite Top Lawyer in Bankruptcy. He has twice served on the governing council of the Bankruptcy Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and currently serves as the co-chair of the Legislative Committee of the Bankruptcy Law Section. He was a member of a taskforce of the Bankruptcy Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association that drafted the North Carolina Commercial Receivership Act that was enacted by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2020.

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  • Michael L. Martinez

    Michael L. Martinez is a member of Grier Wright Martinez PA in Charlotte. His principal areas of practice are Bankruptcy, Debtor/Creditor and Business Workouts, Corporate and Business Law.

    MIchael is a Board-Certified Specialist in Business Bankruptcy Law by the North Carolina State Bar. He is a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar Association, North Carolina Bar Association (Member, Bankruptcy Law Section), American Bankruptcy Institute and the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees.

    Michaeal received his B.A. degree cum laude in Political Science and English with a Concentration in Film and Media Studies, from the University of Florida in 2006) and his J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law in 2009.

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  • John R. "Jack" Miller

    John R. "Jack" Miller graduated in 1997 from the University of Virginia with a B.A. degree in Environmental Sciences and his J.D. degree from Wake Forest School of Law in 2002. He began career with Rayburn Cooper & Durham, P.A., in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2002, and has been a shareholder with RCD since 2009. Jack is a board-certified specialist in Business Bankruptcy Law, certified by both the North Carolina Board of Specialization and the American Board of Certification. Jack primarily represents businesses and official committees in chapter 11 proceedings, and much of his work pertains to borrower-side out of court workouts and restructurings for businesses. He is a frequent speaker on business bankruptcy-related issues and has been on the Business North Carolina Legal Elite and SuperLawyers lists for about the last ten years.

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  • Kristen S. Nardone

    Kristen S. Nardone is the founder and practicing lawyer at Nardone Law Firm in Concord. She is the only attorney in Cabarrus or Rowan counties that is certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a Specialist in Consumer Bankruptcy Law.

    A lifelong North Carolinian, Kristen was born and raised in Brevard. She attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro earning a BA degree, summa cum laude, in 1998 then law school at Wake Forest University where she was a recipient of the Wake Forest University Law Faculty Scholarship.

    Kristen has served as a law clerk for two federal bankruptcy judges – the Honorable J. Craig Whitley of Charlotte, North Carolina and the Honorable Thomas W. Waldrep, Jr. of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Since 2001, Kristen has concentrated primarily on bankruptcy matters representing debtors, creditors, and trustees in all aspects of consumer and business bankruptcy proceedings.

    Kristen is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. During her career, she has published articles on bankruptcy topics in national publications and authored a chapter in the North Carolina Bankruptcy Practice Manual.

    Kristen is the mother of twin girls. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, Pilates, and reading.

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  • Jeffrey E. "Jeff" Oleynik

    Jeffrey E. "Jeff" Oleynik is a partner at Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard LLP in Greensboro. He is a seasoned business litigator handling a wide range of corporate disputes, many of which end up in bankruptcy court. Jeff represents clients on disputes involving ownership, management and control of companies, and is frequently involved in antitrust matters.

    Jeff often litigates antitrust issues, but also consults with clients on how to avoid "crossing the line" and creating antitrust and noncompetition issues on the front end, prior to any dispute with a competitor or vendor.

    Separate and apart from handing litigation over unfair competition issues, Jeff also consults clients about business practices and compliance with both federal and state antitrust laws and regulations such as Hart Scott Rudino, including analysis of Hart Scott Rudino as applied to sale of a company or joint venture of companies in the same industry.

    Jeff earned his B.A. from William & Mary in 1980 and his J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law in 1983.

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  • Rebecca F. Redwine

    Rebecca F. Redwine is a Board-Certified Specialist in Business Bankruptcy. Ms. Redwine earned a Phi Beta Kappa key from North Carolina State University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2004. She then graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2007.

    Ms. Redwine is a partner at Hendren, Redwine & Malone, PLLC, focusing in the areas of Bankruptcy and Civil Litigation. She is also a certified mediator and has served as a receiver. Ms. Redwine is a council member and treasurer of the North Carolina Bar Association Bankruptcy Section Council and served as co-chair of the Pro Bono Committee for Council. Ms. Redwine has spoken at several bankruptcy seminars, regarding Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 bankruptcies. Ms. Redwine has been recognized for several years in Super Lawyers magazine as a North Carolina Rising Star and as Legal Elite in Bankruptcy. For the 2021 issue, Ms. Redwine was named the Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers for her work in bankruptcy and creditor rights.

    Click here for more information on Rebecca.

  • Ciara L. Rogers

    Ciara L. Rogers is a partner at Oliver & Cheek PLLC in Raleigh.

    Before joining Oliver & Cheek, Ciara was a law clerk to the Honorable J. Rich Leonard and the Honorable Randy D. Doub of the Eastern District of North Carolina Bankruptcy Court. She also served as a magistrate judge under the Supreme Court of Virginia from 2009 to 2010. Ciara also interned with the Bankruptcy Administrator of the Eastern District of North Carolina, in 2008.

    Ciara received her B. S. degree in Political Science from Averett University and her J. D. from North Carolina Central University School of Law. She is a member of the NC and Virginia Bar Associations. Her focus is on Debtors' and Creditors' Rights, Chapter 11 Bankruptcy and Representing Chapter 11 and 7 Bankruptcy Trustees, General Litigation, and Employment Law.

    Click here for more information about Ciara.

  • George F. Sanderson III

    George F. Sanderson III is the principal at The Sanderson Law Firm PLLC in Raleigh. For 20 years, George has advised individuals and companies on a wide array of business bankruptcy and business litigation matters. He was a partner in one of the top boutique law firms in North Carolina and has been associated with two other nationally recognized law firms. He has appeared in courts and arbitration tribunals in North Carolina and throughout the country.

    George's bankruptcy experience includes representing debtors, creditors, officers, directors, and trustees in numerous corporate Chapter 11 and 7 bankruptcies. He has counseled clients on restructurings, loan workouts, asset purchases and sales, lease assumptions and rejections, preferences, fraudulent transfers, vendor claims, officer and director liability, and lender liability issues.

    George's litigation experience includes disputes involving corporate lending, corporate control, receiverships, foreclosures, unfair and deceptive trade practices, covenants not to compete, antitrust, securities, liens, and real estate appraisal and other asset valuation issues.

    George earned his A.B., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University in 1995 and his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1999.

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  • Andrew H. Sherman

    Andrew H. Sherman is a member of Sills Cummis & Gross PC in Newark, New Jersey. He is Chair of the Firm’s Creditors' Rights/Bankruptcy Reorganization Practice Group. He has represented clients in a broad range of complex business reorganizations, debt restructurings and insolvency matters throughout the country. In addition to advising companies experiencing financial difficulties, Mr. Sherman routinely represents lenders and other parties in financings and acquisitions involving troubled companies. He has focused his practice on representing investment management firms in debt restructuring matters, commercial workouts, and Chapter 11 cases. In addition, he has represented parties in significant commercial litigation in the New York and New Jersey federal and state courts.

    Andrew is a member of the American, New York State and Essex County Bar Associations. He is also a member of the Turnaround Management Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute.

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  • Brandi R. Snyder

    Brandi R. Snyder is a partner with Stroupe & Snyder Law in Reidsville. Her specialties are bankruptcy and debtor/creditor law. She has worked primarily as a Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney since August 2008. My main office is in Reidsville, NC, but I also maintain an office in Henderson, NC. In 2014, I expanded my practice and began representing clients in matters involving juvenile law, real estate, estate planning and administration, Creditor's rights/debt collection, Social Security Disability, traffic offenses, adoptions, small business formations, and civil litigation.

    Brandi received her B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Averett University in 2004 and her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2008.

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  • Thomas W. "Tom" Waldrep Jr.

    Thomas W. "Tom" Waldrep Jr. is one of the founders of Waldrep Wall Babcock & Bailey PLLC in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He practices business bankruptcy and regularly represents secured creditors, debtors, committees, and trustees. Mr. Waldrep was a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina. Mr. Waldrep's healthcare experience dates to the 1990s. He has served as debtor's counsel and as Chapter 11 trustee for numerous ALFs, SNFs, and hospitals; litigated with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; and served as buyer's counsel for the purchase of ALFs, SNFs, and hospitals, in and out of bankruptcy. While on the bench, he presided over several cases involving ALFs, SNFs, and home health care companies. He has served as outside general counsel for one of the largest senior healthcare companies in the United States. Mr. Waldrep is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the National Association of Federal Equity Receivers, and the Turnaround Management Association. He served the North Carolina Bar Association in several different capacities, including as Chair of the Bankruptcy Section and as a member of the Board of Governors. Mr. Waldrep is a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars and law schools and has written several law journal articles on insolvency issues. He received his B.A. from Purdue University in 1979 and his J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law in 1983, where he served as Managing Editor of the Indiana Law Journal. Click here for more information about Tom.

  • Margaret R. Westbrook

    Margaret R. Westbrook is a partner with K&L Gates LLP serving the Raleigh, RTP and Charlotte offices of the Firm. Currently, she serves as the US practice group coordinator for the Firm's Restructuring and Insolvency Practice Group. She represents and litigates for secured and unsecured creditors in restructuring and insolvency matters both in and out of the state and federal courts in North Carolina, and in other jurisdictions including New York and Delaware. Ms. Westbrook advises transactional clients with respect to insolvency risks and debt restructuring. She represents purchasers and sellers of debt and assets from financially distressed companies in a variety of structures, including foreclosure sales, Article 9 sales and Chapter 11 Section 363 sales. She has extensive experience with agricultural and health care insolvency proceedings.

    Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Westbrook served as law clerk to the Honorable J. Rich Leonard, Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of North Carolina, and received her B.A. and J.D., with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ms. Westbrook served as Chair of the Local Rules Committee for the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina from 2010-2019. She serves on the Board of the Southeastern American Bankruptcy Institute and is serving as the Vice Chair of both the Turnaround Management Association Carolinas Chapter and the North Carolina Bankruptcy Section Council. She is listed in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America and NC Legal Elite for her work representing clients in her restructuring and bankruptcy practice.

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