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Overview of Business Bankruptcy Law: Chapter 11

Total Credits
2.5 - 3.3
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Gain an understanding of the type of bankruptcy that most businesses and corporations file from a panel of experts.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to Chapter 11, Business Bankruptcy: Origins and Pre-Filing
  • Committees
  • Initial Debtor Interview
  • Formation Meeting
  • Leases and Case Administration
  • Surviving a Motion to Dismiss
  • Exit Strategy
  • The Chapter 11 Plan
  • Disclosure Statements

Lecturer Bios

Gabriel del Virginia, Esq

Practice Areas: Bankruptcy.
Admitted: 1986, New Jersey; U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; 1990, New York and U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
Law School: Rutgers University School of Law, J.D., 1984
College: Rutgers University, B.A., 1981
Member: The Association of the Bar of the City of New York; American Bankruptcy Institute.
Biography: Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon. Vincent J. Commisa, Chief Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey, 1985-1986. Adjunct Professor, Brooklyn College, 1994-1996.
Languages: Italian.
Born: Paterson, New Jersey, April 30, 1958

Todd E. Duffy, Esq.

For nearly two decades attorney Todd Duffy has helped individuals and businesses work through financial difficulties to get their affairs back on track. Leveraging many approaches – including the protections offered by the bankruptcy process – he restores order to situations that may seem out of control.

With extensive experience on both debtor and creditor sides of the equation, Mr. Duffy has a uniquely strategic perspective and an ability to maneuver skillfully and quickly, both of which are essential to businesses and people facing restructuring. The goal is always to help clients get the outcomes they want, from continuing in business to retaining valued personal property to recovering monies owed. To this end, Mr. Duffy devotes an unusual amount of personal attention to each client, and also serves as a valued resource for other professionals.

Mr. Duffy's focus on bankruptcy and restructuring issues began at a prestigious Philadelphia law firm. Later, Mr. Duffy served as law clerk to the Honorable Stephen D. Gerling, Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of New York. He is a veteran of several major New York firms, including Greenberg Traurig LLP and Rosenman & Colin (now Katten, Muchin Rosenman LLP). In 2005 he co-founded Duffy & Atkins LLP.

Bruce L. Weiner

Bruce Weiner (Partner) has been practicing bankruptcy law since he was admitted to the bar in 1978. In addition to his 30 years experience representing debtors, creditors and those being sued by bankruptcy trustees, Mr. Weiner has been involved in hundreds of trustee litigation cases since he joined Rosenberg Musso & Weiner in 1994. Bruce Weiner is known for thinking fast on his feet, his ability to handle complex cases, caring client representation, attention to detail, excellent writing skills and courtroom demeanor, and tenacity.

Here are some highlights of the thousands of bankruptcy cases that Bruce Weiner has successfully handled: Mr. Weiner has successfully argued three cases before the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit:

1. Musso vs. Ostashko, ( ) this case involved the complicated interplay between divorce and bankruptcy. On appeal, Mr. Weiner successfully proved the assets belonged to the bankruptcy trustee, not to the spouse who had been awarded them by the state court.

2. He successfully represented a debtor in a case against Caesar's Palace Casino, ( ) not only discharging his gambling debt, but forcing the casino to pay fees for violating the automatic stay.

3. Fisher case: (link to: In re Fischer , 53 Fed. Appt. 129, 2002 WL 31505620 (2nd Cir. NY) Trustee case involving multiple parcels of real estate and complex issues. Bruce Weiner is married with 2 children.

Areas of Practice: Bankruptcy Law Litigation Percentage: 40% of Practice Devoted to Litigation Bar Admissions: New York, 1978 U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1981 U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1981 U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1990 Education: Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri, 1977 J.D. Law Review: Washington University Law Review, Member, 1976 - 1977 Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1973 A.B. Published Works: Seminar Course Book, Consumer Bankruptcy (Co-Author) St. Johns School of Law Consumer Bankruptcy Seminar Two Recent Second Circuit Cases Involving Fraudulent Debtors, ABI Commercial Task Force Newsletter, April, 2007 Co-author, Zero tolerance for Commercial Bankruptcy Fraud, ABI Journal, Dec05/Jan 06, Featured Article Co-author, Judicial Code 959(b) and its Relation to the Automatic Stay, ABI Journal, November, 1997

Rosenberg, Musso & Weiner, LLP 26 Court St Suite 2211 Brooklyn, NY 11242-1125 Phone: (718) 530-0210 Toll Free: (866) 402-8476

Douglas A. Amedeo

Douglas A. Amedeo attended Rutgers Law School, where he served on the Rutgers Law Review, was elected to the Order of the Coif and graduated cum laude. After passing the New York bar, he practiced law in New York City as a commercial litigator at Willkie Farr & Gallagher and Greenberg Traurig, over time transiting his practice to one centered on business bankruptcy and related debtor-creditor litigation. Along the way, he also became a member of the New Jersey bar, practicing law at Porzio, Bromberg and Newman in Morristown, New Jersey prior to returning to New York as co-founder of the law firm, DuffyAmedeo, LLP. A former chair of the Bankruptcy Committee of the New York County Lawyer’s Association, he has represented clients in all manner of roles as debtors and creditors in bankruptcy proceedings and related litigation.

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