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Day 1 | 45th Annual Bankruptcy Institute

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2022

8:25        Welcome and Introductions

8:30        Chapter 5 Actions and Bankruptcy Litigation

Robert A. Cox Jr., Hamilton Stephens Steele + Martin PLLC, Charlotte
James C. "Jim" Lanik, Waldrep Wall Babcock & Bailey PLLC, Winston-Salem
Michael J. Parrish, Ward and Smith PA, New Bern

Complex and important litigation frequently arises in bankruptcy cases. Such litigation is often brought by bankruptcy trustees and debtors-in-possession using the special statutory powers that the Bankruptcy Code provides. This panel shares an overview of current developments in bankruptcy litigation in North Carolina's three federal districts.

9:45        Break

9:55        Bankruptcy Administrator Update

Shelley K. Abel, U.S. Bankruptcy Administrator for the Western District of NC, Charlotte
Brian C. Behr, U.S. Bankruptcy Administrator for the Eastern District of NC, Raleigh
William P. Miller, U.S. Bankruptcy Administrator for the Middle District of NC, Greensboro

The United States Bankruptcy Administrator's office plays a vital role in the oversight of bankruptcy cases in North Carolina. Our state's three bankruptcy administrators explain how their offices manage bankruptcies and detail the BA's role in recent important bankruptcy cases.

10:55      Break

11:05      The Emergence of Subchapter V

Samantha K. Brumbaugh, Ivey McClellan Siegmund Brumbaugh & McDonough LLP, Greensboro
Ciara L. Rogers, Waldrep Wall Babcock & Bailey PLLC, Raleigh

With the recent increase in its availability, debtors have increasingly turned to the small business bankruptcy provisions of Subchapter V of the Bankruptcy Code. In this session, two experienced business bankruptcy practitioners discuss the increasing use of Subchapter V in bankruptcy reorganizations.

12:05      Lunch Break

12:25      Bankruptcy Section Annual Meeting

Daniel C. Bruton, Bell Davis & Pitt PA, Winston-Salem, 2022-2023 Section Chair, presiding

12:50      Remarks From the Bench
               This session does not provide MCLE credit.

Chief Judge Laura T. Beyer, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of NC, Charlotte
Chief Judge Lena M. James, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of NC, Winston-Salem
Judge Pamela W. McAfee, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of NC, Raleigh

1:35        Break

1:45        North Carolina Hemp and Cannabis Law

Tyler J. Russell, Ward and Smith PA, Raleigh

This session provides an overview of the regulatory framework for the growth and processing of hemp and cannabis in North Carolina and the legal and economic challenges that industry participants face.

2:45        Break

2:55        Breakout Sessions:

Business Track: Business Bankruptcy Hot Topics

Jarret P. Hitchings, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, Charlotte
Jill C. Walters, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP, Raleigh

In this session, experts in business bankruptcies discuss hot and emerging topics in corporate bankruptcy practice.

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Consumer Track: Dealing With Home Equity in Consumer Cases

Jeremy Harn, The Offices of John T. Orcutt, Raleigh
Neil D. Jonas, Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee, Charlotte

The recent fluctuation in home prices has created special issues in consumer bankruptcy cases. Hear discussion on how bankruptcy courts across districts have attempted to address those issues.

3:55        Break

4:05        Breakout Sessions:

Business Track: State Court Receiverships

Anna S. Gorman, Grier Wright Martinez PA, Charlotte
Margaret R. Westbrook, K&L Gates LLP, Raleigh

Recent changes to North Carolina's receivership law have made state court receiverships an increasingly viable alternative to bankruptcies. Panelists discuss their experience in navigating state court receiverships and when receivership may be a viable alternative to bankruptcy.

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Consumer Track: Consumer Bankruptcy Hot Topics

Heather W. Culp, Essex Richards PA, Charlotte
Brandi L. Richardson, Brandi L. Richardson, Attorney at Law, Reidsville

In this session, seasoned consumer bankruptcy practitioners discuss hot and emerging topics in bankruptcy cases brought by individuals.

5:05        Adjourn for the Day

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2022

8:25        Announcements

8:30        Bankruptcy Issues That Arise in State Court

Ashley A. Edwards, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, Charlotte
Christopher J. Waivers, White & Allen PA, New Bern

Bankruptcies are administered in federal courts, but bankruptcies often impact state court proceedings. The panelists identify bankruptcy-related issues that often arise in state court and how to deal with those issues.

9:30        Break

9:40        Managing Privilege Issues in Bankruptcy*

Jennifer B. Lyday, Waldrep Wall Babcock & Bailey PLLC, Winston-Salem
Kathleen M. O'Malley, Stevens Martin Vaughn & Tadych PLLC, Raleigh

This session addresses the unique privilege issues that arise in counseling clients contemplating bankruptcy and subsequently arise in bankruptcy cases and related bankruptcy litigation.

10:40      Break

10:50      Technology Tips and Tricks

Damon T. Duncan, Duncan Law LLP, Greensboro

The speaker provides a multitude of technology tips and tricks to assist the busy bankruptcy practitioner.

11:50      Adjourn

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

Description

This year's Bankruptcy Institute features a wide array of current and developing issues facing North Carolina bankruptcy practitioners.

Contributors

  • Shelley K. Abel

    Shelley K. Abel is U.S. Bankruptcy Administrator for the Western District of NC in Charlotte. She is a North Carolina State Bar board-certified specialist in bankruptcy law.

    Shelley earned her A.B. in History and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

    Click here for more information about Shelley.

  • Brian C. Behr

    Brian C. Behr is U.S. Bankruptcy Administrator for the Eastern District of NC in Raleigh. He is a North Carolina State Bar board certified specialist in business and consumer bankruptcy law and a North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission certified superior court mediator.

    Brian earned his B.A. in Political Science and International Politics from North Carolina State University and his J.D. from The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.

    Click here for more information about Brian.

  • Chief Judge Laura T. Beyer

    Chief Judge Laura T. Beyer is the chief judge for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of NC in Charlotte. She is the first woman to be appointed to the Federal Bench in the Western District of North Carolina.

    Before joining the court, Chief Judge Beyer was an attorney with the firm Smith Helms Mulliss & Moore LLP and permanent law clerk to Judge George R. Hodges.

    Chief Judge Beyer received her undergraduate degree from Davidson College and her J.D. from University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill.

  • Samantha K. Brumbaugh

    Samantha K. Brumbaugh is a partner at Ivey McClellan Siegmund Brumbaugh & McDonough LLP in Greensboro. She actually splits her time 50/50 between the Greensboro and Eden offices. She practices in the areas of domestic law, litigation and bankruptcy/restructuring.

    Sam earned her B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her J.D. from Florida Coastal School of Law.

    Click here for more information about Sam.

  • Donald R. Buie

    Donald R. Buie is in private practice with The Law Office of Donald R. Buie in Winston-Salem. He concentrates his practice in the areas of serious auto accidents, wrongful death, and personal injury. He also does work in the areas of consumer bankruptcy, DWI / traffic, wills, estates and civil litigation.

    Donald has been practicing in Winston-Salem since 1981. He has experience in litigation before all levels of the state courts of North Carolina, Civil and Criminal. He is admitted to practice in the Middle and Western Districts of the United States District Court. He regularly practices in The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.

    Donaled earned his A.A. from Wingate College, his B.A. in Political Science from Elon College and J.D. North Carolina Central University in Durham.

    Click here for more information about Donald.

  • Robert A. Cox Jr.

    Robert A. Cox Jr. practices with Hamilton Stephens Steele + Martin PLLC in Charlotte. He brings over twenty years of experience in the legal areas of restructuring, bankruptcy, and insolvency. He is board certified as a specialist in the area of Business Bankruptcy Law. He has represented corporate debtors, creditors' committees, secured creditors, unsecured creditors, distressed asset acquirers, lessors, and equity holders in bankruptcy cases and out of court restructurings in matters throughout the United States. He also has substantial experience in representing parties in bankruptcy related litigation, having prosecuted and defended dozens of bankruptcy adversary proceedings. As part of HSSM's Bankruptcy, Restructuring + Creditors' Rights practice group, he focuses on assisting companies (big and small) in out of court work outs, restructurings, and, to the extent necessary, Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings. He also represents creditors, distressed asset acquirers, and other parties in interest in bankruptcy and insolvency related matters.

    Robert is active in the Bankruptcy Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, having served as the Chair of the section from 2011-12, and is currently the co-chair of the Business Subcommittee. He is also committed to pro bono and community service, serving on the board of Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, as a "Champion" for driver's license restoration in the Charlotte Pro Bono Triage project, and on the board of Arts+, a 50 year old non-profit organization focused on providing arts education to students of all ages, skill levels, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

    Robert earned his B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law.

    Click here for more information about Robert.

  • Heather W. Culp

    Heather W. Culp is a bankruptcy and commercial litigation attorney with Essex Richards PA in Charlotte. She 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 aB.A., cum laude, with departmental honors, in English literature from Miami University (Oxford, OH) and earned her J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

    Heather is a reliable volunteer with bar associations and pro bono agencies. She 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.

  • Damon T. Duncan

    Damon T. Duncan is a bankruptcy and workers' compensation attorney at Duncan Law LLP in Greensboro. Duncan Law LLP has offices located across the state in Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-Salem and Salisbury.

    In addition to practicing in the areas of bankruptcy and workers compensation, Damon has served as the chair of the Law Practice Management & Technology section of the North Carolina Bar Association, secretary of the Greensboro Bar Association and has been named as a "Rising Star" and "Business Elite" in North Carolina.

    Damon is also a part of the adjunct faculty at Elon University School of Law. He teaches a class during the winter term covering law practice management.

    Damon earned his B.A. in Communications (Corporate emphasis) from Elon University and his J.D. from Elon University School of Law.

    Damon and his wife Melissa attended undergraduate and law school together before opening up the Greensboro and Winston-Salem offices of Duncan Law LLP. His father, Terry Duncan, originally opened the firm in Charlotte and has been a practicing bankruptcy attorney for over 25 years. Damon started working in his father's firm when he was 12 years old starting off licking stamps (this was before they were self-adhesive) and stuffing envelopes, carrying files down to the courthouse to be filed (this is before they were filed electronically) and eventually started talking to clients and helping with their preliminary needs. They truly are a family-run law firm.

    Click here for more information about Damon.

  • Ashley A. Edwards

    Ashley A. Edwards is a partner with Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP in Charlotte. She serves as the practice leader for Parker Poe's Financial Restructuring & Insolvency Group. She has successfully represented creditors in all aspects of commercial debt collection and loss mitigation, including loan restructuring, bankruptcy, litigation, and post-judgment execution. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies, national, regional, and community banks, nontraditional lenders, finance companies, lessors, and manufacturers.

    Ashley also advises and represents clients from various industries in the purchase and sale of assets under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code, Chapter 11 plan confirmation, and the assumption and rejection of contracts. In particular, she has extensive experience defending national companies against preference and fraudulent transfer actions in a wide variety of jurisdictions. She is board certified in business bankruptcy by the American Board of Certification (ABC).

    Prior to joining Parker Poe, Ashley clerked for the Honorable J. Craig Whitley of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of North Carolina.

    In addition, Ashley serves on the Southeastern Advisory Board of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Next Generation Committee of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, the council of the North Carolina Bar Association Bankruptcy Section, and is the vice chair of the Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE) North Carolina chapter. She is also a member of Parker Poe's Pro Bono Committee and averages more than 80 hours of pro bono services each year.

    Ashley earned her B.A., cum laude, in Economics and Spanishg from Wake Forest University and her J.D. from Emory University.

    Click here for more information about Ashley.

  • Anna S. Gorman

    Anna S. Gorman is a staff attorney at Grier Wright Martinez PA in Charlotte. She concentrates on bankruptcy/workouts for troubled businesses and individuals associated with those businesses. She represents state and federally appointed receivers and trustees. She defends parties in bankruptcy litigation including preferential transfer and fraudulent transfer actions.

    Anna earned her B.S. in Finance and Marketing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her J.D. from Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law.

    Click here for more information about Anna.

  • Jeremy Harn

    Jeremy Harn is an associate attorney at The Offices of John T. Orcutt in Raleigh. His practice is limited to consumer and business debtor bankruptcy law, and consumer protection.

    Jeremy earned his B.A. in Political Science, with distinction, from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and J.D., cum laude, from Campbell University School of Law.

    Click here for more information about Jeremy.

  • Jarret P. Hitchings

    Jarret P. Hitchings is a restructuring attorney at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP in Charlotte. He is a member of the firm's Corporate and Finance Transactions Department specializing in restructuring, insolvency and special situations. In particular, Jarret's practice focuses on distressed asset litigation, including federal bankruptcy and state court liquidation proceedings. He is active in matters across the county and internationally on behalf of debtors, creditors, fiduciaries, and foreign representatives in the United States. He has significant experience practicing in the country's principal business courts including the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Delaware, Southern District of New York and the Southern District of Texas, as well as Delaware's Court of Chancery.

    Prior to joining the firm, Jarret was a litigation and restructuring partner in the Delaware office of another large international law firm. He is a member of the INSOL International and a member of Class X of the International Insolvency Institute's NextGen Leadership Program. Since 2016, he has authored, either individually or as a co-author, numerous articles that have been published in The Legal Intelligencer, Law360, ABI Journal, Delaware Business Court Insider and INSOL World.

    Jarret earned his B.A. in International Relations and Affairs from Penn State University and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law.

    Click here for more information about Jarret.

  • Chief Judge Lena M. James

    Chief Judge Lena M. James is a federal bankruptcy judge for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of NC in Winston-Salem.

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

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

  • Neil D. Jonas

    Neil D. Jonas is the staff attorney for the Chapter 13 Trustee in Charlotte. Prior to his current position, Neil accumulated nearly 10 years of experience representing mortgage lenders in consumer bankruptcy cases. Neil has also represented bankruptcy trustees as well as both creditors and debtors in Chapter 11 reorganization cases.

    Neil is an active member of the North Carolina Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section. In addition, he is a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy topics.

    Neil received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina in and his J.D. degree from Wake Forest School of Law.

    Click here for more information about Neil.

  • 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 and his J.D. from University of Denver College of Law.

    Click here for more information about Jim.

  • Jennifer B. Lyday

    Jennifer B. Lyday is a partner at Waldrep Wall Babcock & Bailey PLLC in Winston-Salem. Prior to joining the firm, she was a partner at Waldrep LLP and an associate at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP, focusing on corporate Chapter 11 representations and related state court debtor-creditor representations.

    Jennifer has represented secured creditors, distressed businesses, unsecured creditors’ committees, trustees, and buyers of assets in bankruptcy sales. She is currently on the panel of Subchapter 5 Chapter 11 Trustees for the Middle District of North Carolina. Jennifer has also counseled clients in complex civil litigation. Her civil litigation experience includes officers and directors' liability, personal injury, premises liability, wrongful death, and professional negligence defense.

    Jennifer also has experience with managing the many legal challenges that arise in the operation of hospitals and assisted living facilities. She also has experience in various types of healthcare transactions.

    In addition, Jennifer has significant pro bono experience, particularly in helping domestic violence victims obtain 50-B protection orders, working with Legal Aid of North Carolina. She also regularly represents parents of children abducted and taken into the United States in Hague Convention cases.

    Jennifer earned her B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from Wake Forest University and her J.D. from William & Mary School of Law.

    Click here for more information about Jennifer.

  • Lance P. Martin

    Lance P. Martin is an attorney at Ward and Smith PA in Asheville. He represents creditors in bankruptcy, collections, foreclosures, Uniform Commercial Code security agreement enforcement, and structured liquidations and workouts. He also represents clients in drafting and negotiating a wide variety of contracts, loans, and workout agreements.

    Lance is certified by the American Board of Certification and the North Carolina State Bar as a Board Certified Specialist in Business Bankruptcy Law. He litigates at all levels of state and federal court, with an emphasis on commercial and corporate fraud, fraudulent transfers, unfair and deceptive trade practices, floor-plan financing, lender liability, factoring, and lease arrangements. He also serves as a Chapter 11 Subchapter V Trustee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

    Lance earned his B.S., summa cum laude, in History and Political Science from Spring Hill College and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Tulane University Law School.

    Click here for more information about Lance

  • Judge Pamela W. McAfee

    Judge Pamela W. McAfee is a judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of NC in Raleigh. Prior to she was staff attorney for Judge Joseph Callaway.

    From November 2013 through December 2015, Judge McAfee was a mediator with McAfee Mediation, focusing on dispute resolution primarily in the areas of bankruptcy, debtor-creditor disputes, business disputes, lender liability, and mortgage issues. Immediately prior to starting McAfee Mediation, she was a partner with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, concentrating her practice in bankruptcy, creditors' rights, and financial services litigation. She served as a staff attorney for the Honorable A. Thomas Small from 2001-2009, and for the court as a whole from September 2009-March 2010, at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Immediately after graduating from law school, she clerked for Judge J. Rich Leonard at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. She also worked for 5 years with Moore & Van Allen PLLC as a commercial litigator and for a short time raised venture capital as Director of Business Development for a closely-held software company.

    Judge McAfee earned her B.A. from University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

  • William P. Miller

    William P. Miller is U.S. Bankruptcy Administrator for the Middle District of NC in Greensboro. As Bankruptcy Administrator, he leads the U.S. Bankruptcy Administrator Program (USBA), an agency of the Judiciary, in the Middle District of NC.

    Prior to, Bill was a managing member of the High Point law firm of Roberson Haworth & Reese. His practice concentrated in the areas of bankruptcy law, commercial real property and municipal law.

    Bill earned his A.B. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and his J.D. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Click here for more information about Bill.

  • Kathleen M. O'Malley

    Kathleen M. O'Malley is an associate at Stevens Martin Vaughn & Tadych PLLC in Raleigh. She focuses her practice on bankruptcy and bankruptcy litigation, as well as appellate advocacy. She has represented clients in appeals in both the state and federal courts. Kathleen represents bankruptcy clients primarily in Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 bankruptcies, as well as related debtor/creditor litigation and appeals.

    Kathleen was selected as a North Carolina Rising Star by Super Lawyers in the field of business bankruptcy from 2020-2022.

    Kathleen is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina State Bar, the New Hanover County Bar Association, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, and the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation.

    Kathleen is an alumna of St. John's University in Jamaica, NY, where she earned a B.S. in Biology. She worked as a paralegal in both New York and North Carolina, working the fields of real estate, civil litigation, and elder law, prior to attending Campbell University School of Law. She graduated, cum laude, from Campbell University School of Law. After graduating, she clerked for the Honorable Linda Stephens, Judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Prior to joining Stevens Martin Vaugh & Tadych, she worked with the Janvier Law Firm in Raleigh.

    Click here for more information about Kathleen.

  • Stephanie Osborne

    Stephanie Osborne is a partner at Northen Blue LLP in Chapel Hill. She is an experienced bankruptcy attorney who represents commercial debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 proceedings and individual debtors in Chapter 7, Chapter 13, and Chapter 11 proceedings. Her practice also includes bankruptcy litigation and representation of creditors and creditors' committees in bankruptcy proceedings. She also provides workout representation outside of bankruptcy court and assists in collection work.

    Stephanie served as law clerk to the Honorable A. Thomas Small of the Eastern District of North Carolina, Bankruptcy Court from 2000 to 2002. She also was an instructor for North Carolina Wesleyan in 2001, North Carolina A&T State University in 2000, and Forsyth Technical Community College in 1999.

    Stephanie is a volunteer with the Middle District of North Carolina Bankruptcy Court's pro bono program.

    Stephanie earned her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Kentucky and her J.D. from Wake Forest University.

    Click here for more information about Stephanie.

  • Michael J. Parrish

    Michael J. Parrish is a litigation attorney at Ward and Smith PA in New Bern. He is a civil litigator with a diverse practice before various federal and state courts, including bankruptcy courts and the North Carolina Business Court. He has significant experience at all stages of litigation in cases involving a broad range of commercial, organizational and business, contract, landlord-tenant, collections, trusts and estates, tax, and bankruptcy issues. Michael also frequently handles appellate matters in those areas. He finds creative strategies to assist his clients in pursuing their goals through the court system and alternative means for dispute resolution.

    Michael earned his B.A. from the The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Wake Forest School of Law.

    Click here for more information about Michael.

  • Brandi L. Richardson

    Brandi L. Richardson is a bankruptcy lawyer at Brandi L. Richardson Attorney at Law in Reidsville.

    Click here for more information about Brandi.

  • Ciara L. Rogers

    Ciara L. Rogers is a partner at Waldrep Wall Babcock & Bailey PLLC in Raleigh. Her practice focuses on Debtors' and Creditors' Rights, Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Representing Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustees, serving as a Subchapter-V Trustee, General Litigation, and Employment Law.

    Before joining Waldrep Wall Babcock & Bailey, PLLC, Ciara was an attorney with the Law Offices of Oliver & Cheek. Prior to that, she 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. During law school, she interned with the Bankruptcy Administrator's Office in the Eastern District of North Carolina.

    Ciara received dual B.S degrees in History and Political Science from Averett University and her J.D. from North Carolina Central University School of Law. She is a member of the North Carolina and Virginia State Bars and the North Carolina Bar Association. Ciara is also certified as a specialist in business bankruptcy by the North Carolina State Bar.

    Click here for more information about Ciara.

  • Tyler J. Russell

    Tyler J. Russell is a member of the Ward and Smith PA in Raleigh. Tyler co-chairs the firm's Hemp Law practice group. He regularly works with clients involved in all levels of hemp and CBD industries and guides the firm's practice in those efforts.

    Tyler is passionate about the hemp and cannabidiol ("CBD") industries, their products, and their people. He co-chairs the firm's Hemp Law practice group, and he represents clients in all aspects of the hemp and CBD industries – both in North Carolina and beyond. His clients include farmers and growers, processors, extractors, product manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, and retailers. He also assists clients who are involved in the industry but do not directly "touch the plant" – including brokers, consultants, marketing agencies, lenders and financial institutions, and other suppliers and vendors.

    In his hemp and CBD practice, Tyler regularly provides advice and counsel to his clients on Federal, state, and local legal and regulatory compliance matters, and he regularly represents clients in all types of agribusiness, transactional, and corporate deals and agreements within the industry. He is also actively engaged in state-level lobbying and public activism efforts in support of the industry, its companies, and their products. The hemp and CBD industries are unique, and Tyler and the firm's Hemp Law team are committed to helping the people and businesses within them.

    Tyler also works with other regulated industries – including breweries, distilleries, and wineries – to address permitting needs, compliance issues, distribution and supply chain matters, and negotiations and interactions with local, state, and federal governmental and regulatory agencies.

    Tyler is a member of the American, North Carolina and Wake County Bar Associations. He received his B.A. degree from Virginia Military Institute and his J. D. degree, summa cum laude, from North Carolina Central University School of Law.

    Click here for more informaton about Tyler.

  • 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 and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.

    Click here for more information about George.

  • Lisa P. Sumner

    Lisa P. Sumner is a member at Nexsen Pruet LLC in Raleigh. She has been helping creditors protect and enforce their rights in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia for more than two decades by structuring deals to avoid risk and maximize recovery, pursuing effective collection strategies, and defending against lender liability claims. Clients seek Lisa's counsel to appoint receivers on behalf of creditors, evaluate the option of an involuntary bankruptcy, or for guidance in out-of-court workouts, loan modifications and forbearance agreements. In bankruptcy cases Lisa's clients frequently engage her to prosecute contested claims, seek stay relief, negotiate and challenge Chapter 11 plans, defend preference, fraudulent transfer and other adversary proceedings, oppose discharge of debts incurred through fraud or for student loans, and represent buyers seeking to purchase a debtor's assets through the Section 363 sale process.

    Recognizing that litigation isn't always her client's best option, in the area of alternative dispute resolution Lisa has participated in numerous successful mediation conferences and completed training in the collaborative law process pursuant to the NC Collaborative Law Act.

    Lisa earned her B.A. in Political Science and French from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her J.D. from Duke University School of Law.

    Click here for more informaton about Lisa.

  • Christopher J. Waivers

    Christopher J. Waivers is an associate at White & Allen PA in New Bern. He practices in the areas of civil litigation and bankruptcy.

    Chris earned his degree, magna cum laude, in Finance from from East Carolina University and his J.D., cum laude, from Campbell Law School. While at Campbell, he was an Articles Editor on the Campbell Law Review, a member of the moot court team, and the recipient of book awards – which are awarded each semester for the highest grade in a particular class – for Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Business Organizations, and Administrative Law. During law school, Chris also completed internships at the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the Wake County Trial Court Administrator's Office, and the United States Attorney's Office.

    Click here for more informaton about Chris.

  • Jill C. Walters

    Jill C. Walters is a partner at Womble Bond Dickinson (U.S.) LLP in Raleigh. Her 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 and her J.D. from Michigan State University.

    Click here for more information about Jill.

  • Margaret R. Westbrook

    Margaret R. Westbrook is a partner in the Raleigh office of K&L Gates LLP. She has two distinct areas of practice: restructuring and insolvency and campaign finance. Currently serving as the U.S. practice group coordinator for the restructuring and insolvency practice group within the firm, she represents secured and unsecured creditors in restructuring and insolvency matters both in and out of the state and federal courts in North Carolina, in other U.S. jurisdictions including New York, Delaware, Texas and Virginia.

    Margaret 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 handled a variety of cross-border matters involving informal restructurings and formal Chapter 15 proceedings. She has extensive experience with agricultural cases, including Chapter 12 proceedings, and with healthcare insolvency issues both in and outside of formal insolvency proceedings. In 2021, Margaret became a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy.

    Prior to joining the firm, Margaret served as law clerk to the Honorable J. Rich Leonard, Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of North Carolina, 1996-1998.

    Margaret received her B.A. in Public Policy and History from the University of North Carolina and her J.D., with honors, from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

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