Chapter 11 Training Program

(NEW) MONTHLY CHAPTER 11 LUNCH SERIES STARTING JANUARY 31, 2024
 
Have you ever thought about taking on a Chapter 11 case as debtor’s counsel but are worried that you don’t know enough? Are you interested in learning more about Chapter 11 cases and practices and having the opportunity to exchange ideas on this topic? Join members of the bankruptcy bar and bench for an informative monthly Chapter 11 lunch series focused on practical tips for representing debtors and other parties in Chapter 11 cases including: pre-bankruptcy strategies in representing debtors, client interview tips, and helpful forms and insights on initiating Chapter 11 cases, best practices for first day motions, how to avoid and deal with potential conflict and employment and compensation issues, negotiating cash collateral orders and borrowing order issues, finding financing and dealing with secured creditors and issues pertaining to Subchapter V. Don't miss out on the opportunity to gain knowledge about the process for initiating a case from client intake through issues arising post-confirmation. 
 
Materials for the programs, as well as other helpful materials for practitioners, will be posted on this page. While the content of these programs is focused on beginners, all levels of practitioners are welcome and will benefit from participation.
 
Meetings will be held on the last Wednesday of each month at noon, beginning January 31, 2024, at the United States Courthouse, 700 Stewart Street, Courtroom 7106, Seattle, WA 98101. Attendance by Zoom will also be available by joining at the link posted below.
 
Meeting Dates:
Jan 31, 2024 12:00 PM
Feb 28, 2024 12:00 PM
Mar 27, 2024 12:00 PM
Apr 24, 2024 12:00 PM
May 29, 2024 12:00 PM
 
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Below is a preview of the first two sessions.

January 31, 2024: Chapter 11 Initial Considerations: Chapter Choice, Suitability, and Alternatives to Filing.
Speakers: Alan Wenokur, Wenokur Riordan PLLC
Faye Rasch, Wenokur Riordan PLLC
Christine Tobin-Presser, Bush Kornfeld LLP
 
February 28, 2024: Initial Considerations including Employment Issues and First-day Motions in Chapter 11
Speakers: Dominique Scalia, DBS Law
Kevin O'Rourke, Southwell & O'Rourke P.S.
Laurie Thornton, Office of the United States Trustee
 
March 27, 2024: Motions for use of Cash Collateral and other lender issues
Speakers: Todd Tracy, The Tracy Law Group
Mallory Satre, Snell & Wilmer
Michael Sperry, Schweet Linde & Rosenblum
 
This series is being co-sponsored by the Washington Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. A special thanks to them and the members of Chapter 11 Training and Mentorship Working Group:
 
Judge Mary Jo Heston                 Cat Reny
Judge Marc Barreca                    Jimmy Zack
Judge Whitman Holt                    Christy Tobin-Presser
Judge Chris Alston                      Thomas Buford    
Judge Gary Spraker (AK)            Thomas Neeleman
Gina Zadra Walton                      Todd Tracy
Laurie Thornton                           Geoff Groshong
Matt Johnson                              Cabot Christianson (AK)                      
Brett Wittner                                Alan Wenokur
Kathleen Shoemaker                  Kevin O’Rourke (Spokane)
Austin Barron (AK)                      Dominique Scalia
Shashi Vijay                                Bill Malaier
Aditi Paranjype                           Tuella Sykes
Manish Borde                             Lisa Tse
Jamie McFarlane                        Davis Leigh
Richard Keeton                          Jesus Palmiero
Brian Hallaq                               Cynthia Rios
Darcel Lobo                               Matt Iwama
Latife Neu                                  Mark McClure
 
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Resources:

Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Basics