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NAFER 2019 Annual Conference

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Speakers

  • Alan Buie
  • Beth Jo Zeitzer
  • Byron Moldo
  • Christopher Davis
  • Ferdose al Taie
  • Gonzalo Zeballos
  • Hon. Darrin Gayles
  • Hon. John Tuchi
  • Hon. Neil Wake
  • Hon. Robert Scola
  • Irving Picard
  • Jill Nicholson
  • Kathy Bazoian Phelps
    Kathy Bazoian Phelps
    Diamond McCarthy LLP | Los Angeles, CA

    Kathy Bazoian Phelps is lawyer at Diamond McCarthy LLP and has been practicing law since 1991, with experience in bankruptcy law, fiduciary representation, and fraud litigation. She is particularly knowledgeable about fraud detection and the administration of Ponzi scheme cases in bankruptcies and receiverships. She has served as a bankruptcy trustee and federal equity receiver.

    Kathy is a frequently requested speaker on topics ranging from bankruptcy, financial compliance, fraud detection, and Ponzi schemes. She applies her knowledge across a wide variety of industries ranging from financial institutions to real estate-related businesses.

    In addition to her roles as lawyer, speaker and author, Kathy also serves as a mediator and is currently on the mediation and arbitration rosters for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, as well as the Bankruptcy Mediation Panel for the Central District of California and the Bankruptcy Mediation Panel for the District of Arizona.

  • Ken Epstein
  • Kevin Duff
    Kevin Duff
    Rachlis Duff & Peel, LLC | Chicago, IL

    Kevin Duff begins his term as President of NAFER at the 2018 Annual Meeting. Mr. Duff is a member of Rachlis Duff Adler Peel & Kaplan, LLC, a commercial litigation law firm in Chicago, Illinois. He has trial and appellate experience in a variety of complex commercial litigation and receivership matters. Mr. Duff has significant experience in litigation involving Ponzi scheme and other similar illegal, illicit, fraudulent, and sham transactions, including pursuing a spectrum of remedies to recover money and other assets from defendants and third-parties in such circumstances. He serves as a receiver and receiver’s counsel in actions brought by the SEC, CFTC, and private litigants.

  • Kristina Johnson
  • Mark Conlan
  • Melanie Damian
    Melanie Damian
    Damian & Valori LLP | Miami, FL

    Melanie Damian is a Co-Founder of the law firm of Damian & Valori LLP where she represents public and private companies and individuals in a variety of complex business and securities litigation. She regularly serves as a court-appointed Federal Equity Receiver and Distribution Agent and serves as a Receiver, Monitor in state court matters. Ms. Damian is a Past Chair of the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar.

    Ms. Damian is active in child advocacy and is a co-founder of Educate Tomorrow, a nonprofit dedicated to helping foster youth and disadvantaged youth achieve independence through education. She also serves as Chair of the Board of the SEED School of Miami, South Florida’s first college-preparatory, public boarding school.

    In late 2019, Ms. Damian will become the President of the Florida Forum of the International Women’s Forum (IWF), an organization of preeminent women of significant and diverse achievement whose members come together across to share knowledge and ideas.

    Ms. Damian has received several acknowledgments throughout her career including the 2018 Women Making History Award and the 2012 Mattie Belle Davis Award from the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. She was the recipient of the 2011 Pro Bono Award for Child Advocacy from the Dade County Bar Association; and The Florida Bar President’s 2008 Pro Bono Service Award. She was named one of the 2017 Top 50 Women Lawyers and Top 100 Attorneys in Florida by Super Lawyers®.

  • Michael Rachlis
  • Neville Reid
  • Peter Davis
  • Richard Foelber
    Richard Foelber
    CFTC, Office of Cooperative Enforcement | Washington, DC

    Richard Foelber currently holds the position of Chief of the Office of Cooperative Enforcement at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Mr. Foelber engages in joint prosecutions involving unlawful derivatives and securities practices with other federal and state criminal and civil agencies. In connection with these prosecutions, Mr. Foelber has served as lead trial counsel in CFTC civil prosecutions and as a Special Appointed Assistant U.S. Attorney in related federal criminal cases. Mr. Foelber previously served as Chief Trial Attorney in the CFTC’s Division of Enforcement and Counsel to the Chairman of the CFTC. He also served as a Special Counsel in the U.S. Senate where he worked on legislation reforming the laws governing the financial markets. Prior to joining the CFTC, Mr. Foelber engaged in financial litigation and appellate practice with a law firm in Chicago.

  • Robert Mosier (Producer)
    Robert Mosier (Producer)
    Mosier & Company, Inc. | Costa Mesa, CA

    Robert P. Mosier is President and Chief Executive Officer of Mosier & Company. His specialty since 1974 has been turnarounds and dissolutions. Total Court assignments exceed 600 cases in a variety of capacities ranging from President and CEO, Chief Responsible Officer, Receiver, Trustee, Examiner, Examiner with Expanded Powers, and Provisional Director. He has served as the Court’s own Referee, Special Master, and Expert Witness.

    Mr. Mosier has also served as a court-approved President & CEO of two Chapter 11 Debtors. Mr. Mosier is also a frequent lecturer on the subject of Receivership and insolvency.

  • Ron Greenspan
  • Ron Peterson
  • Steve Bobo
  • Terry Goddard
  • Todd Ranta

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Oct 17 2019
  • Time: All Day

Location

Omni Montelucia Resort
4949 E Lincoln Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Date

Oct 17 2019
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2019 Annual Conference

Opportunity awaits you in beautiful Scottsdale, AZ where you will have the chance to interact with well-known receivers, their attorneys and other professionals, judges and regulators, to learn about cutting edge resources. Come early on Thursday to participate in the Fourth Quarter of the Receiver Training Camp, offered to new practitioners to the world of receivership. Stay through until Saturday afternoon when our panel of esteemed judges will address common topics from pre-appointment of a receiver through dismissal.

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This Annual Conference offers you an opportunity to engage with leading professionals by exhibiting your services and developing relationships with key decision makers. Your participation showcases your company’s commitment as a valuable business partner within our organization. We can’t have a successful conference without your key input and participation, so we’ve created multiple opportunities for contribution at every level.

CONFERENCE AGENDA

See the top-shelf education provided at the 2019 Annual Conference in the Conference Brochure.

Conference Materials

Conference materials are available via the Conference APP. NAFER Members may also access HERE.

Travel Discounts

NAFER is pleased to offer special flight discounts with Delta & United to all conference attendees.

Hotel Information

Our 8th Annual Conference will be held in the gorgeous Omni Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. This picture-perfect getaway brings the essence of Spain to the heart of Arizona and offers luxurious accommodations, a world-class spa, Spanish-inspired cuisine, breathtaking Camelback Mountain views, all in a prime location near award-winning golf courses, shopping, recreation and nightlife.

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Hourly Schedule

Thursday October 17th

10:30am - 12:30pm
In-Person Committee Meetings
1:00pm - 2:00pm
RTC: The Fourth Quarter | Claim Administration
NAFER’s finest will once again share their playbooks in this year’s fourth quarter version of the Receiver Training Camp. This program, designed to both introduce new practitioners to the world of receivers and also to provide insights to more seasoned receivers, will cover claims, distribution, and concluding a receivership. The panelists also will discuss approaches to claims allowance, notice, processing, and analysis, and delve into some of the thornier issues receivers encounter with claims processes. Our panel of experts will also discuss distribution planning, potential methodologies, and major challenges receivers may encounter with distribution plans. Finally, the panel will discuss planning, tips, checklists, and pitfalls for bringing a receivership to a successful conclusion. This is an educational opportunity you will not want to miss!
Speakers:
Geoff Winkler, Kathy Bazoian Phelps, Kevin Duff, Melanie Damian, Ron Greenspan
2:30pm - 3:30pm
RTC: The Fourth Quarter | Distribution Plans
NAFER’s finest will once again share their playbooks in this year’s fourth quarter version of the Receiver Training Camp. This program, designed to both introduce new practitioners to the world of receivers and also to provide insights to more seasoned receivers, will cover claims, distribution, and concluding a receivership. The panelists also will discuss approaches to claims allowance, notice, processing, and analysis, and delve into some of the thornier issues receivers encounter with claims processes. Our panel of experts will also discuss distribution planning, potential methodologies, and major challenges receivers may encounter with distribution plans. Finally, the panel will discuss planning, tips, checklists, and pitfalls for bringing a receivership to a successful conclusion. This is an educational opportunity you will not want to miss!
Speakers:
Geoff Winkler, Kathy Bazoian Phelps, Kevin Duff, Melanie Damian, Ron Greenspan
4:00pm - 5:00pm
RTC: The Fourth Quarter | Closing the Case
NAFER’s finest will once again share their playbooks in this year’s fourth quarter version of the Receiver Training Camp. This program, designed to both introduce new practitioners to the world of receivers and also to provide insights to more seasoned receivers, will cover claims, distribution, and concluding a receivership. The panelists also will discuss approaches to claims allowance, notice, processing, and analysis, and delve into some of the thornier issues receivers encounter with claims processes. Our panel of experts will also discuss distribution planning, potential methodologies, and major challenges receivers may encounter with distribution plans. Finally, the panel will discuss planning, tips, checklists, and pitfalls for bringing a receivership to a successful conclusion. This is an educational opportunity you will not want to miss!
Speakers:
Geoff Winkler, Kathy Bazoian Phelps, Kevin Duff, Melanie Damian, Ron Greenspan
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Welcome Reception

Friday October 18th

8:00am - 8:45am
Breakfast
8:45am - 9:15am
Opening Remarks
9:15am - 10:15am
Can That Be Included Too? Expanding the Scope of the Receivership
So you have your receivership estate, and may even have some “low hanging fruit” claims and hard assets to liquidate for creditors, but your “receiver sense” tells you that there are very questionable transactions, often undisclosed, that can be unraveled to augment your estate for the benefit of claimants. This panel will explore the theories and strategies that will help you do that. Our discussion will include an examination of the following tools: pursuing other persons or entities as “alter egos” of the debtor or wrongdoer; seeking to “substantively consolidate” other entities with the debtor; generally expanding the scope of the receivership to include other entities or persons; deconstructing multiple layers of corporate ownership to identify hidden assets or claims; pursuing successor or transferee liability against third parties; and seeking to recover assets from foreign entities that may have had questionable transactions with the debtor before the receivership. This promises to be an engaging, interesting and practical discussion for receivers.
Speakers:
Byron Moldo, Jesus M. Suarez, Kristina Johnson, Neville Reid, Richard Foelber
11:00am - 12:00pm
Good Cop/Bad Cop: Dealing with Law Enforcement
This panel will focus on how a Receiver coordinates with Regulators and Law Enforcement from Day 1 and throughout the life of a Receivership. We will explore both examples of what has worked well and what practices to avoid. We will also discuss techniques for coordinating with Judicial Authorities internationally.
Speakers:
Alan Buie, Christopher Davis, Ferdose al Taie, Gonzalo Zeballos, Todd Ranta
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Lunch
12:30pm - 1:00pm
Keynote Address – Part 1
Terry Goddard
Speakers:
Terry Goddard
1:00pm - 1:30pm
Keynote Address – Part 2
Q&A with Irving Picard
Speakers:
Irving Picard
1:45pm - 2:45pm
Get the Dirt on Real Estate Receiverships
This panel will provide information and discuss multiple real estate topics that often create complex and involved questions and situations, and usually require thoughtful and creative approaches, procedures, and results. Universally, successfully managing and ultimately completing these elements of real estate receiverships requires an accumulated knowledge and familiarity with not only certain federal and state regulations, but also current and well-established real estate practices and tactics. EB-5 rescue capital: When an EB-5 investment fund project is troubled, the receiver often must balance completing a possibly unfeasible project with having investors losing their vehicle to obtain U.S. residency. Secured Claims: When administering a receivership estate for the benefit of all partiesin-interest, the receiver will likely confront the usually protected and priority claims of secured parties. Real Estate Sales: Selling receivership real estate assets requires skill and knowledge about valuing and marketing all types of property. It also requires having a well-developed understanding and knowledge of federal sale requirements, how to carefully create and conduct over bidding sessions, and, when needed, obtaining free and clear title. This panel will provide information and discuss multiple real estate topics that often create complex and involved questions and situations, and usually require thoughtful and creative approaches, procedures, and results. Universally, successfully managing and ultimately completing these elements of real estate receiverships requires an accumulated knowledge and familiarity with not only certain federal and state regulations, but also current and well-established real estate practices and tactics. EB-5 rescue capital: When an EB-5 investment fund project is troubled, the receiver often must balance completing a possibly unfeasible project with having investors losing their vehicle to obtain U.S. residency. Secured Claims: When administering a receivership estate for the benefit of all partiesin-interest, the receiver will likely confront the usually protected and priority claims of secured parties. Real Estate Sales: Selling receivership real estate assets requires skill and knowledge about valuing and marketing all types of property. It also requires having a well-developed understanding and knowledge of federal sale requirements, how to carefully create and conduct over bidding sessions, and, when needed, obtaining free and clear title. Nonregulatory Receiverships: A U.S. District Court is often a better forum than a local state court for a nonregulatory receivership because of established federal law and regulation. However, without an experienced plaintiff regulator, administering the receivership can include unexpected and sometimes difficult situations.
Speakers:
Amy Longo, Beth Jo Zeitzer, Joshua del Castillo, Kenton Johnson, Mark Conlan
3:15pm - 4:15pm
Complex Litigation Issues
This panel will discuss complex litigation issues facing receivers including funding of litigation through mediation and litigation. First, we will cover recent developments and noteworthy cases pertaining to fraudulent transfer law. Among them, a receiver’s ability to recover unconventional assets such educational payments, taxes and fines paid by an insolvent party. Next, we will discuss receivership litigation funding and finding cost-effective ways to pursue the recovery of assets in receiverships with limited resources. The focus of our discussion will include commercial litigation funding, how the funding process works, the types of structures that may be available and important ethical and professional considerations. Lastly, we will discuss the important role that mediation and arbitration play in resolving receivership disputes. Specifically, when should a receiver consider mediation or arbitration as an option, when must a receiver arbitrate, and how a receiver can best prepare for the dispute resolution process.
Speakers:
Hon. Steven Rhodes, Jill Nicholson, Ken Epstein, Michael Rachlis
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Evening Reception

Saturday, October 19th

7:00am - 8:00am
Breakfast
8:00am - 8:45am
Member Meeting
9:00am - 10:00am
A Closer Look at the Creditors and How to Deal with Them
The panel will drill down on the details of some of the more difficult issues relating to claims in Federal equity receiverships. Because Federal District Courts have broad discretion over distribution schemes in equity receiverships, there are few absolutes regarding the treatment of claims and many variables to consider. The panel will answer the question who exactly is a victim? The panel will discuss whether or not different groups of creditors can and should be treated equally, including distinctions between victim creditors and non-victim creditors and whether to give priority to certain groups. Differing results in distinct factual settings will be considered, as well as whether such priority schemes could prompt more involuntary bankruptcy filings. Next the panel will explore the ramifications of the recent Fifth Circuit decision in the SEC v. Stanford, including its treatment of investor claims and the need to allow non-creditors the right to participate in the distribution from the estate. Offset and holdback issues will also be discussed. Finally, the panel will discuss account ownership and special issues presented in the Madoff case. These will include how to define the legal owner of the account and whether accounts with common beneficial ownership can and should be aggregated. How should claims buyers be treated - as account owners or as something else? Should distributions be made to feeder funds or only to the ultimate investors in them? The panel will include a discussion of unique issues in SIPC versus Federal equity receiverships.
Speakers:
Irving Picard, JonMarc Buffa, Peter Davis, Ron Peterson, Steve Bobo
10:15am - 11:30am
Judges Panel
This panel will cover questions such as: What does the Court want to see in the candidate? What does the Judge expect from the receiver from the outset with a sharp focus on the generally hostile takeover of the business? How often does the Judge want to hear from the receiver at the outset of the case and as the case moves forward in time? Does the receiver have any “inherent” powers that do not need to be spelled out in the order, or is it best to have all actions of the receiver approved by the Court in advance? Under what conditions would the Court not grant the preliminary injunction? If the receiver is going to pursue litigation, should the receiver first get permission from the Court and will the matter be handled by the appointing Court? How often should the receiver come to the Court for approval of fees? Does the Court have an interest in sharply defining the duties of the receiver versus receiver’s counsel?
Speakers:
Hon. Darrin Gayles, Hon. John Tuchi, Hon. Neil Wake, Hon. Robert Scola, Robert Mosier (Producer)
Geoff Winkler
Geoff Winkler
American Fiduciary Services LLC | Portland, OR
Geoff Winkler is the Director of Financial Crimes for Bates Group, based in Portland, Oregon. Mr. Winkler leads a team of legal and financial industry professionals who specialize in managing complex investigations, forensic accounting, fiduciary and insolvency services, and securities litigation support. He has extensive experience testifying as an expert witness and has served as CFO, COO and GM in dozens of State and District Court receiverships, corporate monitorships, chapter eleven bankruptcies, and in other cases as a fiduciary and insolvency expert. Mr. Winkler has lectured extensively on the topics of fraud, anti-money laundering, business law, and business ethics and has published dozens of articles on topics ranging from elder care abuse to SEC reforms and managing expert witnesses to analyzing new DOL rules. Prior to joining Bates Group, Mr. Winkler was Director of Case Management for Grassmueck Group, a fiduciary and insolvency services firm engaged in the resolution of securities law violations, unlawful trade practices, AML violations, ownership disputes, fraud investigations and fiduciary cases. Mr. Winkler is also an Adjunct Professor of business law, business ethics, and American government for Chemeketa College.
Kathy Bazoian Phelps
Kathy Bazoian Phelps
Diamond McCarthy LLP | Los Angeles, CA
Kathy Bazoian Phelps is lawyer at Diamond McCarthy LLP and has been practicing law since 1991, with experience in bankruptcy law, fiduciary representation, and fraud litigation. She is particularly knowledgeable about fraud detection and the administration of Ponzi scheme cases in bankruptcies and receiverships. She has served as a bankruptcy trustee and federal equity receiver. Kathy is a frequently requested speaker on topics ranging from bankruptcy, financial compliance, fraud detection, and Ponzi schemes. She applies her knowledge across a wide variety of industries ranging from financial institutions to real estate-related businesses. In addition to her roles as lawyer, speaker and author, Kathy also serves as a mediator and is currently on the mediation and arbitration rosters for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, as well as the Bankruptcy Mediation Panel for the Central District of California and the Bankruptcy Mediation Panel for the District of Arizona.
Kevin Duff
Kevin Duff
Rachlis Duff & Peel, LLC | Chicago, IL
Kevin Duff begins his term as President of NAFER at the 2018 Annual Meeting. Mr. Duff is a member of Rachlis Duff Adler Peel & Kaplan, LLC, a commercial litigation law firm in Chicago, Illinois. He has trial and appellate experience in a variety of complex commercial litigation and receivership matters. Mr. Duff has significant experience in litigation involving Ponzi scheme and other similar illegal, illicit, fraudulent, and sham transactions, including pursuing a spectrum of remedies to recover money and other assets from defendants and third-parties in such circumstances. He serves as a receiver and receiver’s counsel in actions brought by the SEC, CFTC, and private litigants.
Melanie Damian
Melanie Damian
Damian & Valori LLP | Miami, FL
Melanie Damian is a Co-Founder of the law firm of Damian & Valori LLP where she represents public and private companies and individuals in a variety of complex business and securities litigation. She regularly serves as a court-appointed Federal Equity Receiver and Distribution Agent and serves as a Receiver, Monitor in state court matters. Ms. Damian is a Past Chair of the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar. Ms. Damian is active in child advocacy and is a co-founder of Educate Tomorrow, a nonprofit dedicated to helping foster youth and disadvantaged youth achieve independence through education. She also serves as Chair of the Board of the SEED School of Miami, South Florida’s first college-preparatory, public boarding school. In late 2019, Ms. Damian will become the President of the Florida Forum of the International Women’s Forum (IWF), an organization of preeminent women of significant and diverse achievement whose members come together across to share knowledge and ideas. Ms. Damian has received several acknowledgments throughout her career including the 2018 Women Making History Award and the 2012 Mattie Belle Davis Award from the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. She was the recipient of the 2011 Pro Bono Award for Child Advocacy from the Dade County Bar Association; and The Florida Bar President’s 2008 Pro Bono Service Award. She was named one of the 2017 Top 50 Women Lawyers and Top 100 Attorneys in Florida by Super Lawyers®.
Ron Greenspan
Byron Moldo
Jesus M. Suarez
Kristina Johnson
Neville Reid
Richard Foelber
Richard Foelber
CFTC, Office of Cooperative Enforcement | Washington, DC
Richard Foelber currently holds the position of Chief of the Office of Cooperative Enforcement at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Mr. Foelber engages in joint prosecutions involving unlawful derivatives and securities practices with other federal and state criminal and civil agencies. In connection with these prosecutions, Mr. Foelber has served as lead trial counsel in CFTC civil prosecutions and as a Special Appointed Assistant U.S. Attorney in related federal criminal cases. Mr. Foelber previously served as Chief Trial Attorney in the CFTC’s Division of Enforcement and Counsel to the Chairman of the CFTC. He also served as a Special Counsel in the U.S. Senate where he worked on legislation reforming the laws governing the financial markets. Prior to joining the CFTC, Mr. Foelber engaged in financial litigation and appellate practice with a law firm in Chicago.
Alan Buie
Christopher Davis
Ferdose al Taie
Gonzalo Zeballos
Todd Ranta
Terry Goddard
Irving Picard
Amy Longo
Amy Longo
SEC | Los Angeles, CA
Amy Jane Longo is the Regional Trial Counsel for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Los Angeles Regional Office, where she both supervises and first-chairs federal court litigation to enforce the federal securities laws, as well as prosecuting SEC administrative proceedings. Representative matters include, for example, actions for financial fraud, insider trading, offering frauds, Ponzi schemes, trading suspensions, market manipulation, and actions against investment advisers, brokers, accountants, attorneys, and other regulated entities and individuals. Prior to joining the SEC, Amy was a litigation partner in a global law firm, practicing in the areas of securities and financial services litigation and electronic discovery.
Beth Jo Zeitzer
Joshua del Castillo
Joshua del Castillo
Allen Matkins LLP | Los Angeles, CA
Joshua del Castillo is a creditors' rights and receiverships partner at Allen Matkins, and has been representing receivers in federal and state courts for nearly 15 years. Joshua has been recognized for pioneering innovative legal solutions for receivers on issues ranging from asset recovery and disposition to data gathering and information retrieval, including unique approaches to resolving privilege disputes between receivers and entity principals and pre-receivership professionals. Joshua also has significant experience in commercial litigation and bankruptcy, and maintains a developing regulatory compliance practice. The unique relationships he has cultivated in the receiverships space, and his familiarity with to up-to-the-minute developments in receiverships and creditors' rights law, have enabled him to develop original solutions to both age-old and novel problems, mitigating client risks and improving client results.
Kenton Johnson
Kenton Johnson
Robb Evans & Associates LLC | Sun Valley, CA
Since January 1996, Mr. Johnson has been a member of Robb Evans and Associates LLC. Mr. Johnson works with the other members of the organization to administer and carry out the daily activities of more than 300 receiverships and liquidations that the firm is managing or has completed. Case management includes commercial and industrial, multi-family and residential property management and sales, fraud investigation, asset tracing, asset enhancement, management and liquidation, and supervision of litigation. Industries and types of businesses include manufacturing, contracting, health care, shopping centers, wholesale distribution, multi-level marketing, worldwide Internet and credit card commerce, and the U.S. agency of an international bank. Mr. Johnson is a current director and past Co-Chair of the California Receivers Forum. He has participated as a speaker and panelist at Loyola Receivership Conferences in Los Angeles. Mr. Johnson is a founding member and current director of NAFER and participates on committees and as a panelist at annual conferences.
Mark Conlan
Hon. Steven Rhodes
Hon. Steven Rhodes
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge (Ret.) E.D. Michigan | Ann Arbor, MI
STEVEN RHODES was a United States Bankruptcy Judge in the Eastern District of Michigan (Detroit) for nearly 30 years until his retirement on February 18, 2015. He served as its chief judge from 2002-2009. He was also appointed to the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Sixth Circuit from 1997-2004 and 2008-2011, serving as its chief judge from 2002-2004. In 1995, he was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. From 2005-2009, he was Vice President for Research of the American Bankruptcy Institute. On April 3, 2009, the ABI awarded him its Distinguished Service Award. He is a co-author, with Kathy Bazoian Phelps, of “THE PONZI BOOK: A LEGAL RESOURCE FOR UNRAVELING PONZI SCHEMES,” published by Matthew Bender LexisNexis (March 2012), as well as several law review articles. He has spoken at many seminars and conferences organized by the American Bankruptcy Institute, Federal Judicial Center, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and other professional organizations. In July of 2013, the chief judge of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals appointed him to preside over the bankruptcy case of the City of Detroit. In February 2015, Crain’s Detroit Business honored him as one of its 2014 Newsmakers of the Year. Also, Michigan Lawyers’ Weekly named him 2014 Lawyer of the Year. In September 2015, the Commercial Law League of America awarded him its Lawrence P. King Award for Excellence in the Field of Bankruptcy. On March 1, 2016, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder appointed him to be the emergency manager for the Detroit Public Schools, serving until December 31, 2016. Judge Rhodes is now associated with the Detroit office of JAMS, providing mediation and arbitration services.
Jill Nicholson
Ken Epstein
Michael Rachlis
JonMarc Buffa
JonMarc Buffa
Commodity Futures Trading Commission | Washington, DC
JonMarc Buffa is a Senior Trial Attorney in the Office of Cooperative Enforcement at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Mr. Buffa engages in federal court prosecution of violators of the federal derivatives laws. He was the CFTC’s responsible counsel on the $7 billion fraud case CFTC v. Walsh (WG Trading). Mr. Buffa previously served as Special Counsel and Policy Advisor to former CFTC Commissioner Scott D. O'Malia where he advised the Commissioner on the implementation and promulgation of regulations pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Act. In addition to his work at the CFTC, Mr. Buffa is a longtime adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to joining the CFTC, Mr. Buffa was an attorney at three major national and international law firms. He is a graduate of Notre Dame Law School and Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.
Peter Davis
Ron Peterson
Steve Bobo
Hon. Darrin Gayles
Hon. John Tuchi
Hon. Neil Wake
Hon. Robert Scola
Robert Mosier (Producer)
Robert Mosier (Producer)
Mosier & Company, Inc. | Costa Mesa, CA
Robert P. Mosier is President and Chief Executive Officer of Mosier & Company. His specialty since 1974 has been turnarounds and dissolutions. Total Court assignments exceed 600 cases in a variety of capacities ranging from President and CEO, Chief Responsible Officer, Receiver, Trustee, Examiner, Examiner with Expanded Powers, and Provisional Director. He has served as the Court’s own Referee, Special Master, and Expert Witness. Mr. Mosier has also served as a court-approved President & CEO of two Chapter 11 Debtors. Mr. Mosier is also a frequent lecturer on the subject of Receivership and insolvency.