2018 Faculty

Hon. Susan D. Barrett

Susan Barrett was appointed as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Georgia in March 2006. She served as Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Georgia from 2010 until 2017. She currently serves on: the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, as the Eleventh Circuit representative; Georgia’s Eleventh Circuit Judicial Council Bankruptcy Committee representative; and the Southern District of Georgia Bankruptcy Lawyer Advisory Committee. She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law.

Jeffrey Bjork

JEFF BJORK is a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP and a member of the Restructuring, Insolvency and Workouts practice. Over the course of his nearly 20 years in practice, Jeff has represented clients in all aspects of restructuring, including debtors (public company and privately held), distressed investors, sellers and purchasers of financially-troubled companies, bond insurers, debt syndicates and bondholder groups. He has experience in large-scale cross-border restructurings and insolvencies involving the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe and has advised clients in distressed situations across industries, including gaming/hospitality, print and film media, real estate, manufacturing, casual dining, automotive and retail. Jeff frequently represents bond insurers, bond holders and other stakeholders in municipal debt restructurings, including through chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code and under PROMESA.



Hon. Paul Bonapfel

Paul W. Bonapfel has been a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Georgia since 2002. Prior to his appointment, he practiced law in Atlanta, Georgia, with Lamberth, Bonapfel, Cifelli & Stokes, P.A., now known as Lamberth, Cifelli, Ellis & Nason, P.A. As an attorney, Judge Bonapfel represented all types of parties in bankruptcy cases, including consumer and business debtors in liquidation cases, business debtors in reorganization cases, chapter 7 and 11 bankruptcy trustees, creditors’ committees, and creditors in both consumer and business cases.

Judge Bonapfel is a co-author, with Judge W. Homer Drake, Jr., and Adam M. Goodman, of Chapter 13 Practice and Procedure (Thomson/West). A fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, he has served as chairperson of the Bankruptcy Sections of the State Bar of Georgia and the Atlanta Bar Association and was a director and president of the Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute, which presents an annual seminar on bankruptcy law and procedure. He teaches a course at Mercer Law School in Macon, Georgia, on consumer bankruptcy practice.

Judge Bonapfel received his B.A. cum laude from Florida State University in 1972 and his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1975, where he was Notes Editor of the Georgia Law Review. He was a judicial law clerk for United States District Judge Wilbur D. Owens, Jr., in Macon, Georgia.

G. Eric Brunstad, Jr.

G. Eric Brunstad, Jr. has argued 10 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including matters involving the First Amendment, bankruptcy, taxation, the Commerce Clause, statutory interpretation, jurisdiction and arbitration.

In addition to the cases he has argued, Mr. Brunstad has worked on more than 35 other matters in the Supreme Court, including matters involving federal licensing, civil rights, procedure, insurance, sovereign immunity, pensions, energy contracts, and defamation. He has also argued and briefed numerous cases in most of the federal courts of appeals, including matters involving insurance, setoff, prepayment premiums, subrogation, and a variety of other commercial law topics. In addition to his practice, he is a Professor (Adjunct) of Law at NYU School of Law and a frequent visiting lecturer at Yale Law School where he teaches courses on bankruptcy, secured transactions, commercial law, argument and reason, and federal courts. He began teaching at Yale in 1990 and has also taught at the Harvard Law School.

Mr. Brunstad is widely published, and is a contributing author for the Collier treatise on bankruptcy law. He has been recognized as a leading lawyer in numerous directories and publications, including Benchmark Litigation, The Legal 500 US,Leading Lawyer in Appellate Law, The Best Lawyers in America, International Who’s Who of Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers, and Leading Lawyer in Bankruptcy Law. Recently, he was named the Best Lawyers 2015 Appellate Practice, Bankruptcy and Reorganization "Lawyer of the Year" in Hartford. His scholarly work has been cited or quoted by many courts, including the Supreme Court.

Mr. Brunstad’s appearances before the Supreme Court include his argument on behalf of the Marshall family in the Anna Nicole Smith case, Marshall v. Marshall, 547 U.S. 293 (2006); his argument on behalf of Travelers in Travelers Cas. & Sur. Co. v. Pacific Gas & Elec. Co., 127 S. Ct. 1199 (2007); and his argument on behalf of Citizens Bank in Marrama v. Citizens Bank of Massachusetts, 127 S. Ct. 1105 (2007).

Mr. Brunstad was a member of the Dechert litigation team recognized as part of the Financial Times’ 2013 Top U.S. Innovative Law Firms for their “standout” work acting as lead counsel for an ad hoc group of creditors in connection with the highly contested cross-border restructuring of approximately US$1.6 billion in defaulted senior notes issued by Mexico's largest glass manufacturer, Vitro S.A.B. de C.V. This precedent-setting case marked the first time that U.S. courts clarified the standards and requirements for global businesses that file for Chapter 15 bankruptcy.

Jessica Gabel Cino

Jessica Gabel Cino, associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of law, teaches courses on forensic evidence, forensic medicine, bankruptcy and contracts. Her primary research focuses on fraud and ethics at the intersection of law and science. Cino has been interviewed by PBS Nova, National Public Radio, TruTV, RT America, and other news outlets. Shehas lectured throughout the United States, Poland, China, Taiwan and Australia.

Cino received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law and her B.S., summa cum laude, from the University of Central Florida. While in law school, she co-founded and served as the executive director for the Wrongful Convictions Project, which assisted defendants with claims of actual innocence. The project continues and is a fully-funded Innocence Clinic.

Prior to joining Georgia State Law, she clerked for Judge Peter T. Fay of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. She then practiced law with Covington & Burling LLP in San Francisco, focusing on white collar crime, bankruptcy, and pro bono death penalty work. While at Covington, Cino taught classes at the University of California Hastings School of the Law.

Cino presents on forensic evidence, criminal law, business law, bankruptcy and trial strategy. She also has written on a wide-range of topics, including the validity of forensic evidence genetic testing, forensic DNA identification, trial and jury tactics, bankruptcy fraud, lender liability, legal ethics and bioethics.

Cino is a frequent contributor of opinion pieces for various publications. In addition to being the author of a treatise titled The Law of Lender Liability, she is co-author of the Bankruptcy Appeals Manual, published by the American Bankruptcy Institute. In 2009, she received the American Bar Association’s Kathryn R. Heidt Memorial Award for her service, scholarship and practice, and in 2010 received a publication award from the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Cino consults on various criminal and bankruptcy matters and has engaged in numerous pro bono criminal defense representations. She successfully appealed a wrongful conviction and death sentence in Mississippi, resulting in her client’s freedom.

David Cox

David Cox practices bankruptcy law throughout the Western District of Virginia. Prior to forming his firm, Cox Law Group, PLLC, David served as a judicial law clerk for the late Hon. William E. Anderson. He is the coeditor of Bankruptcy Practice in Virginia and a frequent panelist at CLE programs related to bankruptcy. David is a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference and a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. In 2017 David began serving as a member of the committee on General Administration and the Bankruptcy Estate for the ABI Commission to Study the Reform of Consumer Bankruptcy.

Hon. D. Sims Crawford

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Alabama, Birmingham

Judge Crawford was appointed to serve as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Alabama, Southern Division, on September 1, 2016. Judge Crawford previously served as the Chapter 13 Standing Trustee for the Northern District of Alabama, Southern Division, from 2004 until his appointment as a bankruptcy judge. Prior to his appointment as Chapter 13 Trustee, Judge Crawford served as the Trustee's staff attorney for 7 years. Before that, he was engaged in the private practice of law in Birmingham, Alabama.

Judge Crawford served as Chair of the Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section of the Birmingham Bar Association in 2007 and he served on the Board of the Birmingham Bar Foundation in 2008-2009. He served as the President of the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees (NACTT) in 2016, after serving as an officer and a board member of that organization for 7 years. He was also a member of several NACTT committees. Judge Crawford has spoken at more than 60 bankruptcy seminars on a local, regional, and national level. He also taught Debtor-Creditor Law for 5 years as an adjunct instructor for the ABA paralegal certification program at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He is currently a member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, and a judicial member of the American Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the Alabama State Bar.

Judge Crawford earned his B.A. from the University of Alabama and his J.D. from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.

Reginald Dawson

Reggie Dawson is currently a Senior Vice President in the Credit Resolution Group of Wells Fargo Bank. In this role, he is responsible for the active management of a portfolio of distressed loans including restructuring credit agreements, the implementation of recapitalizations both in and out-of-court, coordination of replacement financing and M&A transactions, loan sales, and debt for equity exchanges. Reggie has managed credits in a variety of industries including Media, Gaming, Energy, Textiles, Restaurants, and Consumer Finance. Reggie joined Wells Fargo in 1998. Prior to that, he worked at BankBoston for more than 10 years in Corporate Lending and Workout with BankBoston’s Media & Communications Group and the Asset Recovery Group respectively.

Reggie is a graduate of the University of Georgia and resides in Brookhaven, Ga with his wife Renee.

Hon. Mary Grace Diehl

Mary Grace Diehl was appointed to the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia in February 2004. Prior to that time, she chaired the Bankruptcy Group at Troutman Sanders LLP. During her years in private practice, she was consistently named in The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers US: America’s Leading Business Lawyers. She received a B.A. summa cum laude from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York and her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law. Judge Diehl is Immediate Past President of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, and serves on the Boards of the American Bankruptcy Institute and Turnaround Management Association. She is a Fellow and formerly served as a Vice President of the American College of Bankruptcy and is a former President of the Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute. She received the Woman of the Year in Restructuring Award in 2008 from IWIRC (International Women in Restructuring Confederation), the David W. Pollard award for professionalism from the Atlanta Bar in 2013and the Atlanta Bar Woman of Achievement Award in 2017. Judge Diehl has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Emory Law School and is a frequent speaker at educational programs.

David Eades

David Eades has over 30 years of experience as a financial restructuring and bankruptcy lawyer. Lenders, administrative agents, collateral agents and indenture trustees call on him to represent them in complex workouts and bankruptcy proceedings. Eades has successfully represented numerous clients in workouts and bankruptcy proceedings across the country and across a wide spectrum of industries. Eades served as team leader for Moore & Van Allen's Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring practice from 1993 through 2016.


Hon. Barbara Ellis-Monro

Barbara Ellis-Monro was appointed to the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia in June, 2012. Judge Ellis-Monro is a 1984 graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She received her J.D. in 1992 from the University of Georgia School of Law, cum laude, and was a member of the Order of the Coif. Judge Ellis-Monro served as law clerk to the Honorable George L. Proctor (deceased), United States Bankruptcy Judge, Middle District of Florida (1993-1995). After her clerkship she joined the Atlanta law firm, Macey Wilensky Cohen Wittner & Kessler, LLP (nka Macey Wilensky Kessler & Hennings LLP) and then, in early 1999, Judge Ellis-Monro joined the firm of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP. In January 2009, Judge Ellis-Monro moved her practice to a small boutique firm, Ellenberg, Ogier, Rothschild & Rosenfeld, PC (which became Ogier, Rothschild, Rosenfeld & Ellis-Monro in early 2011). In each of these positions, Judge Ellis-Monro’s practice was primarily concentrated in the representation of chapter 11 debtors, chapter 7 trustees and creditors under all chapters of the Code. Judge Ellis-Monro was a founding member of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation- Georgia Network, served as a board member for the bankruptcy section of the State Bar of Georgia and as a board member for the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers.

Susan F. Freeman

Susan Freeman is a partner who concentrates her practice on business bankruptcy and on appeals of all kinds. She is the only lawyer invited to membership (and leadership) in both the American College of Bankruptcy and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. Susan has briefed and argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, and she is frequently invited to present materials and speak at seminars in Arizona and nationally.

Susan is certified by the Arizona State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in bankruptcy law. With experience serving as individual counsel and as co-counsel, she helps in all aspects of business bankruptcy cases.

Susan has also served as the mediator in complex bankruptcy disputes and as an expert witness on behalf of professionals or trustees in Chapter 11 cases, including disputes over professionals’ actions and qualifications.

In the area of appeals, Susan has briefed over 300 appeals and argued over 100 of them, primarily in Arizona appellate courts and the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, but also in other jurisdictions across the country. She is listed as counsel of record in over 150 reported decisions, including complex bankruptcy cases, commercial, tort, ERISA, tax and employment cases.

Susan often assists counsel from other firms who were responsible for litigation at the trial level, and has presented the views of many entities as amicus curiae. She has served as a judge pro tem on the Arizona Court of Appeals and a faculty member of the Arizona and National Appellate Practice Institutes. In addition, Susan has assisted clients by observing and advising other lawyers during trial to present and preserve arguments for potential appeals.

William Guerrieri

William Guerrieri is a partner in the Restructuring Group of Kirkland and Ellis. William has considerable experience representing distressed companies in chapter 11 reorganizations and out-of-court restructurings. His practice also includes representing distressed investors, financial sponsors, and corporations with respect to distressed companies, asset acquisitions, and other special situations.

Hon. Wendy L. Hagenau

Judge Hagenau assumed the bench on May 25, 2010. Prior to her appointment, she was a partner at Bryan Cave Powell Goldstein in Atlanta, which was a combination of Powell Goldstein (a 100-year Atlanta firm) and Bryan Cave. Judge Hagenau graduated from Duke University Law School with honors in 1983. Judge Hagenau is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, and received her B.A. with highest honors from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1980. She served as an advisory board member for the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Law Journal as well as the treasurer and a director of the Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute. She became Chief Judge for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia on October 1, 2017.

Elizabeth Hardy

Elizabeth A. Hardy received an A.B. in Government from Georgetown University and in 1988 received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Law, serving on the Moot Court Board. She practiced law in the private sector and as a trial attorney for the Office of U.S. Trustee in Lexington, KY before moving to Macon, GA in 2004. Ms. Hardy currently serves as the Assistant United States Trustee for the Middle District of Georgia.

Henry E. Hildebrand III

Henry E. Hildebrand III devotes the majority of his practice to bankruptcy law. Mr. Hildebrand has served as Standing Trustee for Chapter 13 matters in the Middle District of Tennessee since 1982 and as Standing Chapter 12 Trustee for that district since 1986.

Mr. Hildebrand graduated from Vanderbilt University and received his J. D. from the National Law Center of George Washington University. He is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. He is also a fellow of the Nashville Bar Association. He is Board Certified in consumer bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification and serves on its faculty. He is Chairman of the Legislative and Legal Affairs Committee for the National Association of Chapter Thirteen Trustees. In that capacity, he has testified before various Congressional Committees and before the Rules Committee of the Judicial Conference. He has filed several amicus briefs on behalf of the trustees in the U. S. Supreme Court and in various Courts of Appeal. He is also on the Board of the NACTT Academy for Consumer Bankruptcy Education.

Mr. Hildebrand is an adjunct faculty member of the Nashville School of Law and St. Johns University Law School, as well as a founder and on the faculty of the Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Practice Institute.

He is a regular contributor to the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, the Academy for Consumer Bankruptcy Education (a Consider Chapter 13 organization), and The Quarterly, a newsletter dealing with consumer bankruptcy issues.

Formerly in private practice, Mr. Hildebrand is Of Counsel to Farmer Purcell White & Lassiter, PLLC, and continues to serve as the Standing Chapter 12 and 13 Bankruptcy Trustee for the Middle District of Tennessee. He also provides counsel on reorganization issues to selected clients.

Samuel R. Maizel

Samuel Maizel is a partner in Dentons' Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy group. His practice includes bankruptcy matters and financial restructuring in- and out-of-court in all industries, but he leads the firm's healthcare industry restructuring efforts nationwide. In chapter 11 cases, he has served as lead counsel to debtors, trustees, and creditors' committees, as well as serving as a trustee, examiner, patient care ombudsman, and consumer privacy ombudsman. He has represented many buyers and sellers of assets in chapter 11 cases. In chapter 9 cases, Sam has represented local hospital districts and other governmental units, as debtor's counsel and as counsel to creditors' committees.

Before joining Dentons, Sam was a partner in a national bankruptcy firm, and previous to that he represented the federal government in bankruptcy, district, and appellate courts nationwide as a trial attorney in the US Department of Justice's Commercial Litigation Branch. He has also served in US Army's The Judge Advocate General's Corps, including service in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, for which he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. Previously he served as an Infantry Officer in the 101st Airborne Division and the 3rd US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard).

Sam has lectured extensively, is widely published, and been interviewed on television and radio on bankruptcy topics. Every year since 2007, he has been named a "Super Lawyer" in an annual region-wide peer survey, an honor bestowed on only 5% of Southern California attorneys; holds an AV Preeminent Peer Rating, Martindale-Hubbell's highest recognition for ethical standards and legal ability; and was named a "Best Lawyer in America" for Healthcare in the 21st edition of Best Lawyers in America. He is based in Los Angeles.

Sabrina L. McKinney

Sabrina McKinney is a native of Autauga County Alabama, received her undergraduate degree from Auburn University in 1990 and her J.D. from Jones School of Law in 1993. After law school, she was in private practice where her focus was on plaintiff’s litigation, decedent’s estates, creditor’s rights and the representation of creditors in both state and bankruptcy courts. In 1997 she was hired as Senior Staff Attorney for Curtis C. (Cleve) Reding, Jr., Standing Chapter 13 Trustee for the Middle District of Alabama and served in that capacity until her recent appointment as Trustee. Mrs. McKinney was appointed as the Chapter 12 Trustee in August 2016 and as the Chapter 13 Trustee for the Middle District of Alabama in April 2017. She has been a speaker at numerous CLE’s on various bankruptcy and collection issues. She is currently admitted to practice by the Alabama Supreme Court, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States District Courts for the Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama. She has served as an officer and is a past president of the Alabama Bar Association’s Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section and currently serves on the Bar’s Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee. Outside her position as Trustee, she is also very dedicated to her husband’s vocation as a cattle farmer and is active on the family farm. She is a frequent agricultural advocate and volunteers her time to speak and work to help educate the public on the safety and nutrition of our nation’s BEEF supply. She is currently serving as Immediate Past President of the Autauga County Cattlemen’s Association and has recently been appointed as Regional Vice President of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association.

Jill A. Michaux

Jill A Michaux is the managing partner of Neis & Michaux, P.A., in Topeka, KS. She specializes in representing consumer debtors and small proprietors in chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy. Her primary focus is chapter 13 bankruptcy. She has been board certified in consumer bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification since 1992. She was a founding member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and served on its board of directors six years. She currently serves as a director of the National Consumer Bankruptcy Rights Center. She was a founder of her local and state bankruptcy bar associations and has served as president of both. In December 2012, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., appointed Ms. Michaux to a three-year term on the Advisory Committee on the Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure to the Judicial Conference of the United States. She was appointed to a second term on the bankruptcy rules committee in 2015. She has practiced law with her husband, Mark W. Neis, since 1984. She was graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor of science in journalism in 1977 and earned her juris doctor with dean’s honors from Washburn University in 1983.

Alan Pope

Joining Moore & VanAllen in 1995, Alan Pope primarily counsels financial institutions in corporate workouts and bankruptcies and in structuring intercreditor arrangements. He applies substantial experience to representing administrative agents and collateral agents in syndicated credit facilities and other financial institutions in secured lending transactions.


John Rao

John Rao is an attorney with the National Consumer Law Center, where he focuses on consumer credit, mortgage servicing, and bankruptcy issues. Mr. Rao frequently appears as a panelist and instructor at bankruptcy and consumer law trainings and conferences, and serves as an expert witness in court cases. He has testified in Congress on bankruptcy and mortgage servicing matters. Mr. Rao is a contributing author and editor of NCLC's Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Practice; and a co-author of NCLC’s Foreclosures and Mortgage Servicing and Bankruptcy Basics. He is also a contributing author to Collier on Bankruptcy and the Collier Bankruptcy Practice Guide. Mr. Rao served as a member of the federal Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules from 2006 to 2012, appointed by Chief Justice John Roberts. He is a conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference, fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, member of the editorial board of Collier on Bankruptcy, board member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, Commissioner on the American Bankruptcy Institute's Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy, and former board member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Patricia A. Redmond

Patricia A. Redmond, Esquire is a shareholder in the Bankruptcy and Restructuring department of the Miami, Florida office of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. She has practiced in the insolvency field in Miami for more than 30 years and has appeared in many reorganizations and out-of-court workouts in all industries. Ms. Redmond is a fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy and has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America under Bankruptcy Debtor/Creditor Rights since 1995. Is a past president of the Board of the American Bankruptcy Institute. She also has been recognized as a Band I attorney by Chambers. She has been listed as a top lawyer in the South Florida Legal Guide and in the Florida Trend Legal Elite. Ms. Redmond received the IWIRC Woman of the Year award in Restructuring in 2013 and the Leaders in Law award from the University of Miami School of Law in 2014. Ms. Redmond graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 1979 and is presently admitted to practice before the Bars of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the state of Florida. She is an adjunct professor at the

University of Miami School of Law where she received the Outstanding Professor Award in 2003 and 2011.

Neville Reid

Neville Reid is a capital partner who co-chairs the Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights Group at Fox Swibel Levin & Carroll LLP in Chicago. He has represented a wide array of clients in all aspects of bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors’ rights cases and transactions for over 25 years, and has been a bankruptcy panel trustee (for chapter 7 and chapter 11 bankruptcy cases) for over 20 years. Prior to joining the Firm in 2009, Neville had practiced in the bankruptcy and creditors’ rights group of Mayer Brown LLP for 19 years, including 13 years as a partner. His clients include receivers and bankruptcy trustees, corporate unsecured creditors, secured lenders, corporate debtors, and corporations seeking to acquire assets from distressed entities. His experience includes administering bankruptcy estates of corporate and individual debtors, negotiating workouts, and litigating in federal and state forums regarding preference, fraudulent conveyance, lender liability and successor liability issues.

The breadth of Neville’s practice – involving each of the constituencies in workout and bankruptcy cases, including debtors, trustees, secured lenders and unsecured creditors, and buyers of distressed assets – and his transactional and litigation experience in complex matters, enables him to effectively devise and implement strategies to achieve optimal results for clients in an efficient manner. In addition, as one of a select group of bankruptcy trustees in Chicago for over 20 years, Neville is from time to time appointed by bankruptcy judges in Chicago to oversee the liquidation of Chicago-area companies for the benefit of secured and unsecured creditors. In that capacity he has developed a practical sense of how to uncover avoidable transfers, investigate insider fraud, and pursue claims and optimize the value of assets for creditors, as well as how best to negotiate on behalf of creditors dealing with other bankruptcy trustees.

Neville received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard College. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School. Prior to joining Fox Swibel, Neville had practiced in the bankruptcy and creditors’ rights group of Mayer Brown LLP for 19 years, including 13 years as a partner.

Lee Roland

R. Lee Roland, IV focuses on representing consumer debtors and small proprietors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy with the Law Offices of John T. Orcutt, P.C. in Raleigh, North Carolina. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from North Carolina State University, a Master of Business Administration with distinction from the New York Institute of Technology, and a Juris Doctor cum laude from Campbell University School of Law. While in law school, he was awarded the American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence and worked as an extern for the Honorable Sanford L. Steelman, Jr. at the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the Honorable J. Rich Leonard at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. In practice, he most recently litigated an issue involving the interpretation of 11 U.S.C. § 707(b)(2) before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which held that § 707(b)(2) permits a debtor to take the full National and Local Standard amounts for expenses even though the debtor's actual expense are less. Lynch v. Jackson, 845 F.3d 147 (4th Cir. 2017). 

Professor Michael Sabbath

Professor Michael Sabbath currently is the holder of The Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute/W. Homer Drake, Jr. Endowed Chair in Bankruptcy Law. He received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1972, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. from Emory University School of Law in 1975, where he served as an editor of the Emory Law Journal and was a member of the Order of the Coif. He earned an LL.M. degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1985. Michael worked from 1975-1978 in the litigation section at the Atlanta law firm of Jones, Bird & Howell (now Alston & Bird), and has been teaching at Mercer University School of Law since 1978. He also has been a visiting professor at Emory University School of Law, Wake Forest University School of Law, and at the University of Georgia School of Law. Michael was the associate dean at Mercer University School of Law from 1995-2002, and served as the law school=s interim dean from 2002-2004. He currently teaches in the areas of contracts, commercial law, and bankruptcy, and has done writing and speaking in these areas. He has served the State Bar of Georgia as Reporter for the Subcommittees on Uniform Commercial Code Articles 2A and 4A, as well as revised Articles 3, 4 and 8.

Hon. James R. Sacca

On October 21, 2010, James R. Sacca was sworn in as a bankruptcy judge for the Northern District of Georgia. He is a 1983 graduate of the University of Richmond and a 1986 graduate of the Emory University School of Law. Judge Sacca began his legal career at what was then known as Macey Wilensky Cohen Wittner & Kessler, LLP. After becoming a partner there, he left the firm in 2000 to help establish the bankruptcy group at what was then known as Altman, Kritzer & Levick, P.C. in Atlanta. In 2002, Judge Sacca went to Greenberg Traurig, LLP to help establish the bankruptcy and financial institutions practice group in Atlanta. He remained at Greenberg Traurig until he took the bench.

Hon. Frank Santoro

The Honorable Frank J. Santoro was appointed as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge on February 21, 2008, sitting in Norfolk and Newport News, Virginia. He received undergraduate degrees, with honors, in political science, and economics and finance from Allegheny College in 1976, where he was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. degree from the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in 1979. Prior to his appointment, Judge Santoro was the managing partner of Marcus, Santoro & Kozak, P.C., located in Portsmouth and Chesapeake, Virginia, where his practice concentrated in bankruptcy, corporate reorganizations and corporate finance. He served as standing Chapter 13 Trustee beginning in 1987 and also a Chapter 7 Panel Trustee from December 1981 through May 1990. He was a former law clerk to Judge Hal J. Bonney, Jr. He has been a frequent speaker at seminars and is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. In 2003, Judge Santoro was selected by his peers as the outstanding bankruptcy lawyer in Virginia. Judge Santoro stays busy with his children and grandchildren. He is active in a variety of civic organizations and is an official USTA Ironman.

James Sottile, IV

Jim Sottile has tried more than 30 cases to decision, including matters involving fraudulent conveyances, alter ego/veil piercing, complex contract disputes, and securities fraud. In addition to his trial work, he regularly defends clients in investigations by the SEC and other financial regulators, including the New York Department of Financial Services. Jim recently represented The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in reaching a highly favorable settlement with the SEC concerning disclosures in municipal bond offerings.

Before joining Jones Day in 2016, Jim represented the principals of a major nursing home business in defeating at trial claims seeking to hold them liable for more than $1 billion in tort judgments on alter ego and veil piercing theories. He also was lead trial counsel for the Tribune Company's Committee of Unsecured Creditors in defeating challenges to the Committee's settlement of fraudulent conveyance claims against Tribune's lenders arising from Tribune's leveraged buyout.

Jim has been named a notable insurance practitioner in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers since 2005 and has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (insurance law) since 2011. He is also a former adjunct professor at Georgetown University where he taught securities litigation.

Roger Tutterow

Roger Tutterow is Professor of Economics at Kennesaw State University. He also serves as Director of the Econometric Center, an applied research center housed in KSU’s Coles College of Business. His analysis of the economic, business and political environments have been featured in a variety of media including Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Arizona Republic, Florida Times-Union, Kansas City Star, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Orlando Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Wichita Eagle and on CNN, CNBC, NBC, Bloomberg Television, NPR’s “Marketplace” and “All Things Considered,” CNN-Radio as well as by regional electronic and print media. In addition to his work in academia, Dr. Tutterow has served as a consultant on financial economics and statistical modeling for corporate clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to closely held businesses. He also serves as Chief Economic Advisor for the Henssler Financial Group, an Atlanta-based investment advisory firm and as a strategic advisor to Georgia Oak Partners, an Georgia-focused private equity firm. He has provided expert testimony on economic, financial and statistical matters in state and federal court, before the Georgia General Assembly and before the Georgia Public Service Commission. Dr. Tutterow has given several hundred speeches to professional groups in over 30 states and Canada on topics in the economic, business and political arenas. For the last four years, he has been selected by Georgia Trend magazine as a “notable Georgian". In 2003, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue appointed Dr. Tutterow to serve on the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, a capacity that he continues to serve in for current Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. In 2010, he was named to the Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians which conducted a comprehensive review of Georgia’s Tax Code. In addition, Dr. Tutterow has served on the Georgia Child Support Commission, on the Board of Trustees of Berry College, the Board of Directors of Vinings Bank, the Southern Region Board of Directors for the American Red Cross Blood Services and the Board of Directors for Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Atlanta. A Georgia native, Dr. Tutterow holds a B.S. in Decision Science from Berry College and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Georgia State University. Prior to joining Kennesaw State University, Dr. Tutterow held faculty and administrative appointments at West Virginia University, Georgia State University and Mercer University. He has also served as a visiting professor at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and at the Institute for Industrial Policy Studies in Seoul, South Korea.

Jack Williams

Jack F. Williams is a tenured Full Professor at Georgia State University College of Law and the Center for Middle East Studies in Atlanta, Georgia. Williams is also a Principal in the Restructuring, Disputes & Valuation Advisory Services Group with Baker Tilly Virchow and Krause, LLP. His areas of interest include bankruptcy and business reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, business valuations in dispute, forensic accounting, commercial law and damages models, corporate finance, capital markets, fraud and anti-corruption, Islamic banking and finance, taxation, public finance, and law and statistics.

Williams is a member of the Board of Advisors of the St. John’s University School of Law LLM Program in Bankruptcy. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Law Review.

Williams is the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors Scholar in Residence. He also served as the inaugural Robert M. Zinman ABI Scholar in Residence in 2001 and returned to that post in 2008. In 2009, Williams was recognized by the ABI with its Annual Service Award (2009), honoring the ABI member whose contributions over the past year have been extraordinary. He is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy and a Fellow in the Bankruptcy Policy Institute at St. John’s University School of Law.

Williams has a BA in Economics from the University of Oklahoma, a JD (High Honors) from the George Washington University National Law Center, and a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Leicester. Williams presently serves on the Board of the Department of Human Services for the State of Georgia.