Bankruptcy Skills Workshop

June 9, 2017 - Register Here

The 27th Bankruptcy Skills Workshop presents a unique perspective on consumer bankruptcy practice in the Southern District of Florida. Highlights of this year’s program include the Judges’ panel discussing recent cases. Additionally this year’s program offers new panel discussions on individual chapter 11 practice and legal ethics and technology for the bankruptcy lawyer. The chapter 7 segment of the program will cover practice tips from the perspective of a panel trustee, counsel for debtors, creditors, and trial counsel for the UST. Additional topics of discussion will cover criminal referrals, tax dischargeability and prebankruptcy planning.  The Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court, staff and Judges’ judicial assistants will give useful filing tips. The chapter 13 segment will present a primer on chapter 13 practice and getting it right the first time.  Join the Conversation: #BSWMiami


8:00 – 8:30 AM    Registration

8:30 – 9:30 AM    Chapter 7 Practice from the Perspective of a Chapter 7 Trustee, Office of the United States Trustee, and Counsel for Debtors and Creditors
Topics include: The role of the U.S. Trustee in chapter 7 cases, how chapter 7 trustees examine and resolve cases with non-exempt property issues, treatment and discharge of a debtor’s tax debt, and stay relief for creditors. 
Panel discussion featuring: Magda Abdo-Gomez, principal of The Law Offices of Magda Abdo-Gomez; Robert A. Angueira, Chapter 7 Trustee in the Miami Division; Heidi A, Feinman, trial counsel Office of the United States Trustee; Robert Meyer, principal of Robert C. Meyer. PA; Scott Weiss, attorney at Choice Legal Group, P.A.
Moderated by: Scott Brown, partner at Bast Amron LLP

9:30 – 10:30 AM        Introduction to Individual Chapter 11 Practice: Tricks and Traps  Topics include: Spotting chapter 11 clients in initial interview, steps in starting the case and developing a plan, role of the debtor-in-possession, and differences between chapter 11 and chapter 13 plan confirmation.
Panel discussion featuring:  David Rosendorf, partner at Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton; Steven D. Schneiderman, trial counsel Office of the United States Trustee; Zach B. Shelomith, partner at Leiderman Shelomith Alexander + Somodevilla, PLLC
Moderated by: Kelly Roberts, attorney at The Bankruptcy Law Offices of James Schwitalla, PA

10:30 – 10:45 AM    Coffee Break

10:45 – 12:15 AM       Bankruptcy Judges’ View from the Bench - Panel Discussion
bankruptcy related United States Supreme Court decisions and developing case law in the Southern District of Florida
Panel Discussion featuring: The Hon. A. Jay Cristol; The Hon.; Laurel M. Isicoff, Chief Judge; The Hon. Robert A. Mark
Moderated by: Patricia A. Redmond, shareholder at Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.

12:15 – 1:00 PM    Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 PM     Clerk of Court:  Practice and Procedures in the Southern District of Florida 
Topics include: Updates on statistics, budget, space and facilities, and current and future initiatives.  A courtroom deputy/judicial assistant panel will also review filing and calendaring tips, submission of orders, and Guidelines for Courtroom Decorum, and digital audio recording (DAR) requirements. 
Panel discussion featuring:  Joe Falzone, Clerk of Court; Jose Rodriguez, Chief Deputy; Courtroom Deputies and Judicial Assistants 

2:00 – 2:15 PM    Coffee Break

2:15 – 3:00 PM    Chapter 13 Primer with Question & Answer Session
Panel discussion featuring: Michael Frank, partner at Brooks, Frank and De La Guardia; Jeffrey S. Fraser, Managing Bankruptcy Attorney, Albertelli Law; Nancy Neidich, Standing Chapter 13 Trustee for Miami Dade and Monroe Divisions; Robin F. Weiner, Standing Chapter 13 Trustee for Broward and West Palm Beach Divisions;
Moderated by: Ashley Popowitz, Managing Florida Bankruptcy Attorney at McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC

3:00 – 4:00 PM      Ethics and Technology Program: Double Trouble?  Dual Roles, Double Billing & Alternative Facts--Legal Ethics for the Bankruptcy Lawyer
Program presented by Jan Jacobwitz, Program Director of the Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program, and program interns, Nicole Chipi, Anibal Manzano, and Sabrina Rishmague.    


Register Here


Friday, June 9, 2017 
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


The Storer Auditorium at
University of Miami School of Business
5250 University Drive
Coral Gables FL


7.5 FL CLE credits, including 1.0 in ethics pending approval 



Contact 305-284-6276 or

“How to Basics” Program Focus

Attorneys new to the field and seasoned practitioners benefit from the program’s format of panel discussions followed by question and answer segments.

  • Chapter 7 segment on preparation of bankruptcy schedules and exemption planning, due diligence and documents for supporting exemptions, and litigation and negotiations with Chapter 7 Trustee.
  • Chapter 13 panels on starting a chapter 13 practice, interviewing client, screening clients for the MMM program, the new bankruptcy forms, means test, and Chapter 13 Trustees’ guide for attendance at 341 meeting of creditors and confirmation hearings.
  • Judges View from the Bench on bankruptcy related decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court and developing case law in the Southern District of Florida.
  • Southern District Bankruptcy Clerk of Court and deputy/judicial assistant panelists on filing and calendaring tips, submission of orders, and Guidelines for Courtroom Decorum, and digital audio recording (DAR) requirements.
  • Bankruptcy Ethics panel on permissible, problematic and prohibited attorney conduct.


Registration fees support the Louis Phillips Scholarship Fund. Course materials, lunch, and parking are included in the cost of registration. Take advantage of early registration for a discounted price! We look forward to you joining us in the 27th Annual Bankruptcy Skills Workshop.

Early Registration Fee (by May 12, 2017): $290.00
Registration Fee (After May 12, 2017): $320.00
Miami Law Alumni Registration Fee: $290.00
Government Employee Fee: $25.00

Steering Committee

The Hon. A. Jay Cristol, Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge Emeritus, Southern District of Florida; Barbara L. Phillips, Esq., Jerry M. Markowitz, Esq., Kelly K. Roberts, Esq., and Daniel N. Gonzalez, Esq.

All proceeds from the Workshop will benefit the Louis Phillips Scholarship Fund at the University of Miami School of Law.

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