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When Debtors Get Indicted: The Interaction of Bankruptcy and Criminal Law

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Join NYCLA’s Bankruptcy Law Committee for a panel discussion of the legal issues which may arise when a client has committed criminal acts before a bankruptcy case filing. The Panel is composed of highly experienced attorneys, both bankruptcy and criminal, that will provide practical advice for addressing a sensitive and complex intersection of the law."

The Panel will discuss such topics as:

  • the administration of the case,
  • the types of debts which may not be dischargeable, and
  • an attorney's duties to the client, the bankruptcy trustee and the Bankruptcy Court.

Lecturer Bios

Norma E. Ortiz, Esq.

Norma E. Ortiz has been practicing bankruptcy law since graduating from N.Y.U. School of Law in 1987. She has a broad and diverse background and handles a wide variety of bankruptcy cases. Norma honed her skills in business bankruptcy Chapter 11 cases by serving as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Trustee’s Office, and clerking for the former Chief Bankruptcy Judge of the Southern District of New York Arthur J. Gonzalez.

She joined her father’s law firm and expanded her bankruptcy practice to include personal bankruptcy cases. Norma also helps those in need of representation in bankruptcy lawsuits and creditors in bankruptcy cases.

Norma believes strongly in helping others and has dedicated time to teaching other lawyers and clients about the benefits of bankruptcy. She has lectured on bankruptcy issues for the Bar Association of the City of New York, the American Bar Association, the Puerto Rican Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute, Brooklyn Law School, Law Line, and numerous other organizations.

She has also volunteered her time to serve as the Chair of the Bankruptcy Committee of the N.Y.S. Bar Association’s Business Law Section, as a member of the Chapter 11 Lawyer’s Advisory Committee to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York, as a member of the Second Circuit’s Committee on Civic Education, and co-chairs the Bankruptcy Committee for the Queens County Bar Association and NYCLA.

James P. Pagano, Esq.

James P. Pagano (“JPP”) is engaged in the practice of law in the areas of bankruptcy, insolvency and creditor’s rights and real estate transactions. (the “Practice Areas”)

After graduation from FORDHAN UNIVERSITY with a B. A. in 1971, he graduated from NEW YORK LAW SCHOOL (“NYLS”) in 1975. He was admitted to practice before the courts of the State of New York, and to the District Courts of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York in 1976. He is also admitted to the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and to the United States Supreme Court.

His experience in bankruptcy began upon his appointment as an Assistant Attorney General of the State of New York, working in the Litigation Bureau, representing state agencies in bankruptcy proceedings and in the Consumer Frauds & Protection Bureau, representing consumers in cases where businesses had filed for bankruptcy, He then moved to a law firm, where a retired Professor of Bankruptcy Law at NYLS was the senior partner.

Attorneys from that law firm, including JPP, thereafter joined a law firm, where a retired Bankruptcy Judge was a senior partner. In 1984, he commenced his own practice, where he continues to work in the Practice Areas. He is currently the Co-Chair of the Bankruptcy Law Committee at the New York County Lawyers Association (“NYCLA”) and the Queens County Bar Association. He previously served in that position at NYCLA

He is a member of the NYLSA Alumni Association Board of Directors. He is a Past President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Columbian Lawyers of the County of Queens.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Apartment Corporation in which he resides

Joseph D. Nohavicka, Esq.

With over 28 years of experience in the law, Joseph D. Nohavicka (Joe) is fully-qualified to take on any kind of case at any given moment. Joe’s practice focuses on criminal defense, employment, commercial, insurance, ethics, and general appellate trial and pre-trial litigation in state and federal courts. Joe heads the firm’s diverse and sophisticated criminal practice which encompasses all aspects of criminal law.

P&N, LLP, handles an eclectic caseload comprised of civil and criminal litigation including commercial disputes, construction, torts, insurance coverage, corporate disputes, employment law, real estate, securities, bankruptcy, and criminal matters. The firm has a strong presence in all the state and federal trial courts in New York City, Westchester County and Long Island, and has recently litigated a commercial matter to a successful verdict in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. The firm has handled multiple matters litigated in the Appellate Divisions for the Third, Second and First Departments; all were successful. P&N, also handled matters successfully in the following tribunals: NLRB, SEC, LIBOR, NYDOL, New York State Department of Licensing; New York State Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board; New York State Division of Human Rights; New York City Department of Buildings; New York City Environmental Control Board; New York City Commission on Human Rights; U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Our firm has also represented individuals during investigations conducted by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and the New York State Department of Insurance.

Joe is acknowledged in the profession for his performance in the courtroom, and he is also a prolific legal commentator with multiple publications in the New York Law Journal and the New York State Bar Journal.

Joe is also an Arbitrator in Small Claims Civil Court of the City of New York, Bronx County (2009 Arbitrator of the Year), and a Certified New York PIP Arbitrator, Arbitration Forums, Inc., New York District (Appointed 2004) (arbitration of disputes between insurance companies with respect to coverage issues, property damage and personal injury protection benefits loss transfer) (2004 Arbitrator of the Year).

He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1994.

Salvatore LaMonica, Esq.

SALVATORE LaMONICA is a partner and co-founder of LH&M. After graduating from law school, he was employed at the Manhattan District Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service. From 1989 to 1991, Salvatore served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dorothy Eisenberg, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of New York. From there, he became a partner at Jaspan Schlesinger Silverman & Hoffman, located in Garden City, New York, as a member of their bankruptcy and workout department. In 1998, he started LH&M with the other founding partners. Salvatore is a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy and bankruptcy-related issues.

On March 4, 2009, Salvatore was appointed to the panel of Chapter 7 trustees of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

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