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44th Annual Bankruptcy Institute

8:00        Welcome and Introductions

8:05        Disciplined Listening

Michael Reddington, InQuasive Inc, Charlotte

The success lawyers achieve in the courtroom is reliant on the truthfulness of the information they receive outside the courtroom. Lawyers who take the time to enhance their strategic observation and persuasive questioning skills increase their success while insulating themselves from unpleasant surprises. Learn how to apply disciplined listening techniques to your client, intake and witness interview as well as your mediation and courtroom room examinations.

9:05        Break

9:15        Post-COVID: What Happened and What Happens Next

Marc E. Gustafson, Bell Davis & Pitt PA, Charlotte
Neil D. Jonas, Brock and Scott PLLC, Charlotte
Jill C. Walters, Womble Bond Dickinson (U.S.) LLP, Raleigh

The world changed in 2020, and when and where those changes end is still a mystery. This panel takes a look back into the past at what we went through and what they see for the future.

10:30      Break

10:40      The Ins and Outs of Exemptions

Kristen S. Nardone, Nardone Law Firm, Concord
George F. Sanderson III, The Sanderson Law Firm PLLC, Raleigh

All individual debtors need to navigate the system of exemptions, both before and during a case. Explore the intricacies of exemptions, exemption planning and objections to exemptions, and discuss recent challenges to the validity of some common exemptions.

11:40      Lunch Break

12:00-12:45 | Optional Judges Panel

Chief Judge Lena M. James, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, Winston-Salem
Chief Judge David M. Warren, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Raleigh
Judge J. Craig Whitley, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of North Carolina, Charlotte

Hear from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court judges of the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina as they discuss topics of interest and importance to the bench.

This session does not provide MCLE credit. A separate zoom link to access this session will be provided.

1:00        Emotional Bankruptcy: Real Talk About the Impact of Mental Health

Courtney D. Leak, North Carolina Lawyer Assistance Program (NCLAP), Charlotte

Emotional bankruptcy is the cost of ignoring our mental wellness. This presentation addresses the symptoms of emotional bankruptcy, discusses how to prevent or reverse emotional bankruptcy, and shares easy and sustainable practices that assist us in living a better life.

2:00        Break

2:10        Practice Tips by District

Joseph A. “Jody” Bledsoe III, Chapter 13 Trustee, New Bern
Benjamin E. "Ben" Lovell, Chapter 13 Office, Durham
A. Cotten Wright, Grier Wright Martinez PA, Charlotte

As most NC practitioners know, each district has its own ways of doing certain things. This panel looks at those differences and how to navigate through them.

3:10        Break

3:20        Discharge of Criminal Fines, Restitution and the Like

Edward C. "Ed" Boltz, The Law Offices of John T. Orcutt, Durham
Melissa E. Swaby, The Law Offices of John T. Orcutt, Raleigh

As bankruptcy practitioners, we are used to seeing the typical debts, but some debtors have atypical debts such as fines and restitution. Listen as the presenter addresses strategies for dealing with, and possibly discharging, these sorts of debts.

4:05        Break

4:15        Effects of Chapter 11 Cases on Third Parties: Injunctions, Third-Party Releases and More

Brian R. Anderson, Fox Rothschild LLP, Greensboro
Clint S. Morse, Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Greensboro

A Chapter 11 case can affect third parties in myriad ways, some intentional and some unintentional. This presentation dives into these issues and the strategies for parties-in-interest to deal with them.

5:15        Adjourn
† Indicates portion providing Substance Abuse/Mental Health credit



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The 44th Annual Bankruptcy Institute features a discussion of current and developing issues facing North Carolina bankruptcy practitioners.

Contributors

  • Brian R. Anderson

    Brian R. Anderson is a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP in Greensboro. He concentrates his practice on bankruptcy, creditors' rights and commercial litigation. Brian regularly represents banking and financial institutions, credit unions, businesses, contractors, secured and unsecured creditors, trustees, executors and guarantors before state and federal courts. Brian also provides strategic counsel on a wide range of bankruptcy issues, including complex Chapter 11 cases, avoidance actions, adversary proceedings and out-of-court workouts.

    Brian is a Board Certified Specialist in Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification and the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. He also serves as a United States Bankruptcy Trustee for the Middle District of North Carolina.

    Prior to joining Fox Rothschild, Brian was a member of the Bankruptcy and Financial Services Group at a Mid-Atlantic regional law firm. He also clerked for the Honorable Thomas W. Waldrep, Jr. of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.

    Brian earned his B.S. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002 and his J.D., cum laude from American University, Washington College of Law, in 2008.

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  • Joseph A. "Jody" Bledsoe III

    Joseph A. "Jody" Bledsoe III was appointed as a Chapter 13 Standing Trustee for the Eastern District of North Carolina on April 4, 2014, where he is the Trustee for the New Bern and Fayetteville Divisions. He replaced retiring Interim Trustee Robert R. Browning, and Standing Trustee Trawick H. "Buzzy" Stubbs.

    Jody is originally from Fayetteville, and received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from North Carolina State University in Raleigh in 1989. He received his J.D. from the UNC School of Law in 1992.

    Jody began is legal career as an associate with his aunt, Carol A. Morrison, who was at that time a consumer debtors' attorney. Jody credits his aunt for teaching him the bankruptcy "basics," and for giving him a strong foundation on which to build a career in bankruptcy.

    Among the cases Jody successfully argued as a consumer debtors' attorney are In re Alexander, 344 B.R. 742 (Bankr. E.D.N.C 2006)(adopting the mechanical approach to determining projected disposable income) and Musselman v. eCast Settlement Corp., 384 B.R. 801 (E.D.N.C. 2008)(holding, among other things, that the IRS' Local Expense standards are fixed allowances). After becoming Trustee, Jody successfully argued against the findings in Musselman in In re Harris, 522 B.R. 804 (Bankr. E.D.N.C. 2014).

    The cases of which Jody is most proud are In re Ingram, No. 06-02714-8-RDD, 2006 WL 6070518 (Bankr. E.D.N.C. Nov. 20, 2006); In re Bowden, No. 11-06168-8-SWH, 2012 WL 589657 (Bankr. E.D.N.C. Feb. 22, 2012); and In re Pryor, 479 B.R. 694 (Bankr. E.D.N.C. 2012). In em>Ingram, the Court allowed the Debtor to use a different six-month period for determining his CMI, after he suffered a substantial reduction in income immediately prior to his Chapter 13 filing.Bowden effectively restored the "ride-through" option for Debtors in Chapter 7. And in Pryor, the Court held that, in an adversary proceeding filed by the Debtors against a creditor for alleged violations of the automatic stay, state law claims asserted by the Debtors were not preempted by the National Bank Act of 1864.

    In his spare time, Jody loves to perform on stage, having appeared in several scripted stage productions over the years, and also performing short- and long-form improvisation.

    Jody has been happily married to his wife, Kimberly, for 25 years, who Jody says is his strength and inspiration. Together, they have a daughter and son.

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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.

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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.

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  • 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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  • Marc E. Gustafson

    Marc E. Gustafson is with Bell Davis & Pitt PA Charlotte. He has been litigating for 19 years. He focuses his practice on litigation, employment law, and mediation.

    Marc frequently advises clients on employment contracts, including non-compete, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure restrictions. He also counsels clients on a host of employment issues, including discrimination claims, charges of wrongful termination, FMLA leave, reasonable accommodations under the ADA, and wage and hour law violations.

    In the courtroom, Marc represents clients in state and federal courts in lawsuits involving non-competition, trade secrets, race, gender and age discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, whistleblowing, wage and hour claims, and breach of employment contracts. Marc practices in the state, federal and appellate courts in North Carolina and Georgia and regularly appears before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, the North Carolina Industrial Commission, and the North Carolina Employment Security Commission.

    Marc has represented shareholders, managers, executives, and corporations in matters involving breaches of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of trade secrets, usurpation of corporate opportunities, breaches of contract, and fraud. Marc has also represented both employers and executives in internal investigations.

    Marc has had articles published in NC Lawyers Weekly, Deal Lawyers, and the Charlotte Observer. He has also been featured by the Charlotte Business Journal and the North Carolina Bar blog. Marc is a Business North Carolina Legal Elite, Super Lawyer and Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rated attorney.

    Marc is also active in the community, having served as an Elder at First Presbyterian Church, the Chair of the Mecklenburg County Bar Labor and Employment Section and the Chair of the Public Art Commission He has also served on the board of the Arts and Science Council, the UNC Board of Visitors, the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Common Grounds Farm Stand, the 24 Foundation, and the Spokes Group. Marc is an Eagle Scout.

    Marc and his wife, Jane, have two young boys, Knox and William.

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  • Chief Judge Lena M. James

    Chief Judge Lena M. James is a federal bankruptcy judge for the United States bankruptcy court, Middle District of North Carolina in Wintson-Salem. She was appointed to the court on August 14, 2013, and her current term will expire on August 13, 2027.

    Prior to joining the court, James was an attorney at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice and also as a law clerk for Catharine Aron.

    Judge James earned her B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1992 and her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill in 1998.

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  • Neil D. Jonas

    Neil D. Jonas is an attorney at Brock and Scott PLLC in Charlotte.

    Neil earned his B.S. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003 and his J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2003.

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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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  • Courtney D. Leak

    Courtney D. Leak, North Carolina Lawyer Assistance Program (NCLAP), Charlotte

  • Benjamin E. "Ben" Lovell

    Benjamin E. "Ben" Lovell, Chapter 13 Office, Durham

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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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  • Clint S. Morse

    Clint S. Morse is a partner at Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard LLP in Greensboro. He is an experienced litigator who thrives in the courtroom. He represents a wide range of clients on issues related to intellectual property, bankruptcy, and general corporate disputes.

    Clint earned his B.S., with distinction in mathematics, from James Madison University in 2004 and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2008.

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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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  • Michael Reddington

    Michael Reddington, CFI, is President at InQuasive Inc in Charlotte. He is an expert at moving people from resistance to commitment. As a Certified Forensic Interviewer he achieved the highest professional designation available in the field of interview and interrogation and spent over a decade training investigators around the world on the successful application of non-confrontational interview and interrogation techniques. Never one to be satisfied with his achievements, Michael arrived at two key realizations while expanding his observation and persuasive skill sets. First, the very best leaders and the very best interrogators capitalize on the same two core skills - vision and influence. Second, the cognitive processes that lead customers to commit to saying "I'll buy it", employees to commit to saying "I'll do it" and suspects to commit to truthfully saying "I did it" are all nearly identical. These realizations caused Michael to recognize he could teach executives how to reduce missed opportunities and increase commitments to action. As a result, he developed the Disciplined Listening Method, transitioned to serving as an executive resource and founded InQuasive, Inc. Michael created the Disciplined Listening Method by integrating current business communication research and best practices with components of four non-confrontational interview and interrogation techniques. The resulting educational content represents a new and in-depth approach to applying strategic, ethical observation and persuasion techniques across the spectrum of business conversations

    Michael has been invited by companies, government agencies and executive groups to facilitate his programs across the United States, Canada, The United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He has led over one thousand programs and educated over ten thousand participants from over 50 countries. He leads programs and advisory sessions designed to teach participants to activate the truth in the areas of leadership communication, sales, negotiation, conflict resolution, customer service, candidate interviews, family conversations and public speaking/influential instruction.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • Melissa E. Swaby

    Melissa E. Swaby in an associate Attorney at The Law Offices of John T. Orcutt in Raleigh.

    Melissa was born on the island of Jamaica, but largely grew up in Albany, New York. The third of six children, Melissa obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Poltical Science from Hartwick College in upstate, New York and later obtained her law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio.

    After passing the North Carolina bar exam in 2014, Melissa began her career practicing consumer bankruptcy law representing Debtors. Thereafter, Melissa spent three years representing Creditors in bankruptcy court. Melissa joined the Law Offices of John T. Orcutt in February 2020 to continue her work representing Debtors in their journey toward a fresh start.

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  • Jill C. Walters

    Jill C. Walters is a partner at Womble Bond Dickinson (U.S.) LLP in Raleigh. Jill's practice also includes lender representation in receiverships, commercial workouts, restructures, and note sales and in collection, foreclosure, and claim and delivery actions.

    Jill has more than a decade of experience guiding financial institutions, alternative finance companies, and corporate clients of all sizes through the bankruptcy and restructuring process. She regularly represents secured and unsecured creditors in bankruptcy cases filed under all chapters of the United States Bankruptcy Code and has experience representing clients of all sizes in adversary proceedings across the country. Jill provides value to her clients by taking the time to learn each client's unique business and working collaboratively with her clients throughout the entire bankruptcy process.

    Jill serves in a leadership capacity for several professional organizations including the International Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation-Carolinas Network, the National Democratic Institute, and the North Carolina Bar Association. She is also active in the Raleigh community, serving on the board of directors of Note in the Pocket and on Haven House Services' event committees, among others.

    Jill earned her B.A. from Lake Forest College in 2004 and his J.D. from Michigan State University in 2007.

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  • Chief Judge David M. Warren

    Chief Judge David M. Warren was appointed as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina in Raleigh on October 4, 2013 and took the oath of office on February 7, 2014. He succeeds Judge J. Rich Leonard who is now the Dean of the Norman A. Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University.

    Judge Warren was a partner at Poyner Spruill LLP in Raleigh and Rocky Mount for over 27 years and concentrated his practice in the areas of bankruptcy and commercial law. Judge Warren received his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Wake Forest University and his Juris Doctorate degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law. After law school he began a two year clerkship with the late Honorable Thomas M. Moore who with the Honorable A. Thomas Small drafted legislation that became Chapter 12 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.

    Judge Warren served on the Panel of Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustees for the Eastern District of North Carolina for 24 years and is a past Chair of the Bankruptcy Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. He served on the Local Rules Committee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina for over 10 years and served as Chair for over 7 years.

    Judge Warren is a certified specialist in business and consumer bankruptcy law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization and the American Board of Certification.

    While in private practice he was recognized as a Tier 1 attorney in the Bankruptcy/Restructuring area for North Carolina by Chambers USA 2009-2013, as a "Legal Elite" in the area of Bankruptcy Law by Business North Carolina magazine in 2006, 2008, 2010-2012 and 2014, and as a "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyer magazine in 2009-2014. He was also recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization law in 2013 and 2014.

    He is a former national president of Kappa Alpha Order, a national college fraternity headquartered in Lexington, VA and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the North-American Interfraternity Conference. He also serves as a trustee of the Kappa Alpha Order Educational Foundation, chair of the Turner W. Battle Scholarship Trust and as a director of DiabetesSisters, a national non-profit organization supporting women with diabetes.

    Judge Warren and his wife Keena, who is a marketing director for K&L Gates, LLP, live in Raleigh. Judge Warren's chambers are located at the Century Station Post Office and Courthouse in downtown Raleigh.

    Judge Warren is teaching the Business Reorganization class that Dean Leonard developed and taught for several years.

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  • Judge J. Craig Whitley

    Judge J. Craig Whitley is a judge for the United States bankruptcy court, Western District of North Carolina, in Charlotte, appointed in 1994.

    Prior to his appointment, Judge Whitley practiced almost exclusively in the bankruptcy area representing debtors, creditors and trustees. He also served as a chapter 7 trustee in the Western District of North Carolina.

    Judge Whitley earned his bachelor's degree at Davidson College and his J.D. from Wake Forest University.

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  • A. Cotten Wright

    A. Cotten Wright is a founding member of Grier Wright Martinez in Charlotte. She joined Grier & Furr as an associate in 2002 following a one-year judicial clerkship with The Honorable George R. Hodges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

    Cotten is a member of the chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee panel for the Western District of North Carolina. She also represents business debtors, debtors-in-possession, trustees, and creditors in bankruptcy matters and assists business owners with out-of-court workouts and liquidations. Cotten has served as a court-appointed receiver in cases brought in U.S. District Court. She is licensed to practice in North Carolina and is a certified mediator.

    Cotten earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Jacksonville University in 1973 and his J.D. from University of North Carolina in 2001.

    Before enrolling in law school, Cotten served as the chief development officer of Hubbard House Inc, the domestic violence center that serves northeast Florida, where she was responsible for raising the agency's annual operating budget, and provided staff leadership for a $4.7 million capital campaign. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Cotten is a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville.

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