Speaker Bios

Timothy Wan

Smith Carroad Levy Wan & Parikh, Commack, NY

Timothy Wan, Esq. is Senior Partner and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Smith Carroad Levy Wan & Parikh, a division of the Wan Law Group. Mr. Wan’s areas of expertise include managing the creditor’s rights and collection law practice, serving as General Counsel to various small businesses in the local business community, and spearheading practice in the area of entertainment law, music law, copyright, and intellectual property.

Mr. Wan was admitted to the New York State Bar in January 2001, after graduating from Brooklyn Law School for his Juris Doctor where he was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, and from Vassar College with a double B.A. in Political Science and Theatre in 1997.

Mr. Wan is currently the President of the Commercial Law League of America. He also serves as the President of the New York State Creditors Bar Association. Mr. Wan is a two time Past President of the Infinite Exchange Chapter of BNI, a member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, and a member of the International Association of Commercial Collectors. Mr. Wan is a published author of the New York chapter of the textbook, Judgment Enforcement published by Aspen Publishing, and is a featured columnist and on the Board of Associate Editors for Commercial Law World. He is also the attorney advisor to the Commack High School Mock Trial team, and regularly lectures on topics regarding creditor’s rights, collection law, business change management, improving business efficiency, and legal strategy.

Alternative Fee Arrangements and the Different Ways Forwarders and Receivers Can Send and Receive Cases
Monderator, Wednesday, May 12 @ 12:15pm – 1:15pm CT

Ted Hamilton

Wetherington Hamilton PA, Tampa, FL

Ted Hamilton is a partner of Wetherington Hamilton PA. His practice concentrates on Corporate Law, Secured Transactions, Community Association Law, Commercial Litigation, Collections, Real Estate Transactions, Civil Trial Practice and Real Estate Litigation. Attorney Hamilton has been in private practice his entire career. After graduating from the University of Florida Law School in 1991, he went into private practice in Tampa where he grew up. His sustained growth in his firm, has occurred as a result of diversification, recognizing talent and treating both clients and employees fairly.

The Sale of a Business and Fraudulent Transfers
Wednesday, May 5 @ 11:00am – 12:00pm CT

Richard Payne

Morrison & Payne, Toronto, ONT

Richard Payne is the Chair of the Creditors’ Rights Section of the Commercial Law League of America and is a Canadian Barrister and Solicitor practicing law at the law firm of Morrison and Payne in Toronto. His practice includes a large volume of commercial collections and assisting the long arm of the law to extend into Canada.

Triadic Panel
Wednesday, May 5 @ 12:15pm – 1:15pm CT

Robert Ash

Windham Professionals, Inc., Fair Lawn, NJ

Robert Ash is a seasoned veteran of the collection industry; with over 20 years’ experience in Accounts Receivable Management, Consumer Collections and Commercial Debt Collections. His longstanding career with AMS began in 1997 when Robert joined the collection team. After six
years of delivering exceptional recovery results and service to AMS’ clients, Robert was promoted
to Legal Department Manager. Robert’s financial expertise and strong communication skills provide a seamless transition from collections to litigation. As a member of the Commercial Law League of America (CLLA) and active participation within the CLLA’s Eastern Regional Committee, Robert has developed and cultivated close associations with a network of collection attorneys throughout the country, ensuring AMS’ clients have the best representation to meet their legal needs.

Triadic Panel
Wednesday, May 5 @ 1:30pm – 2:30pm CT

Alternative Fee Arrangements and the Different Ways Forwarders and Receivers Can Send and Receive Cases
Monderator, Wednesday, May 12 @ 12:15pm – 1:15pm CT

Wanda Borges

Borges & Associates, LLCSyosett, NY

Wanda Borges, Esq. is the principal member of Borges & Associates, LLC, a law firm based in Syosset, New York. For more than thirty-nine years, Ms. Borges has concentrated her practice on commercial litigation and creditors’ rights in bankruptcy matters, representing corporate clients
and creditors’ committees throughout the United States in Chapter 11 proceedings, out of court settlements, commercial transactions and preference litigation. She is a member and Past President of the Commercial Law League of America and has been an Attorney Member of its National Board of Governors, a Past Chair of the Bankruptcy Section Executive Council, a past member of the executive council of its Eastern Region and is currently the Immediate Past Chair of its Creditors’ Rights Section Executive Council. She is the President of the Commercial Law League Fund for Public Education. She is a member of several bar associations, including the American Bar Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute. Ms. Borges serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Commercial Collectors, of which her firm is an associate member. She is an internationally recognized lecturer and author on various legal topics including Bankruptcy Issues such as fraudulent conveyances, 503(b)(9) claims and preferences, the Uniform Commercial Code, ECOA, FCRA, antitrust law, and current legal issues such as Credit Card Surcharge issues, Social Media, Cybersecurity and Ethics for the Trade Credit Grantor. In November 2010, Ms. Borges received the “Robert E. Caine Award for Leadership” from the Commercial Law League of America. In April 2015, Ms. Borges received a “Woman of Distinction” award from St. Catharine Academy,
her high school alma mater. Ms. Borges has been included in the New York Super Lawyers –
Metro Edition list (Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights) each year since 2009.

Electronic Signature Acts (Uniform and Otherwise): Recent Changes and Current Case Law
Wednesday, May 5 @ 1:30pm – 2:30pm CT

Lorna Walker

Law Office of Sweet & Walker, PC, San Francisco, CA

Lorna Walker is the principal of Sweet & Walker, a Professional Corporation. She has practiced law in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 25 years. Ms. Walker received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Idaho in 1988 and graduated summa cum laude. Ms. Walker received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Utah School of Law in 1991. Ms. Walker is a frequent speaker on creditor’s rights topics. She has spoken about foreign judgment enforcement, credit applications, complex litigation issues, and personal guarantees. Ms. Walker is actively involved in several outside organizations.

Electronic Signature Acts (Uniform and Otherwise): Recent Changes and Current Case Law
Wednesday, May 5 @ 1:30pm – 2:30pm CT

Robert Charbonneau

Agentis, PLLC, Coral Gables, FL

Robert Charbonneau is a founding member of the firm, Agentis, PLLC. He concentrates his
practice in troubled loan workouts, business restructuring and dispute resolution and insolvency matters. Bob has particularly broad experience representing statutory committees, including creditors’ committees, and funds purchasing distressed debt.

The Small Business Reorganization Act-Subchapter V: A Year Later
Wednesday, May 5 @ 2:45pm – 3:45pm CT

Zach Shelomith

Leiderman Shelomith Alexander + Somodevilla, PLLC, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Zach Shelomith is a founding Member of Leiderman Shelomith Alexander + Somodevilla,
PLLC, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He handles corporate and personal bankruptcy matters,
Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors, bankruptcy litigation and student loan law. Zach is Board Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law and Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification. Zach is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, has been recognized by Chambers USA for Bankruptcy/Restructuring and has been listed in the Florida Super Lawyers, South Florida Legal Guide Top Lawyers and Florida Trend Legal Elite lists. Zach has published materials for and has spoken at a number of local, national and international seminars, as well as pro bono workshops, on topics such as individual and corporate Chapter 11 cases, Subchapter V cases, consumer bankruptcy and student loan law. Zach is a past president of the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida, and he is also a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. Zach also serves on the Executive Council of the Bankruptcy Law Section of the Commercial Law League of America as Secretary and serves
as the Co-Chairperson of the Broward County Bar Association Bankruptcy Law Section. Zach
co-authored the book Individual Chapter 11, published by the American Bankruptcy Institute and has contributed to other articles of interest in the bankruptcy community. Prior to forming the firm, Zach served as a Judicial Intern to the Honorable A. Jay Cristol, Chief Bankruptcy Judge Emeritus for the Southern District of Florida. Zach obtained a B.B.A. from the University of Miami and a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law, where he was awarded the American Bankruptcy Journal Prize. Zach resides in Cooper City, Florida with his wife and two children.

The Small Business Reorganization Act-Subchapter V: A Year Later
Wednesday, May 5 @ 2:45pm – 3:45pm CT

Legislative Forum
Wednesday, May 12 @ 11:00am – 12:00pm CT

Eric Van Horn

Spencer Fane, Dallas, TX

Eric Van Horn is a partner in the Dallas office of Spencer Fane LLP, a national business law
firm with offices throughout the country. Eric assists clients nationwide with all aspects of
bankruptcy, reorganizations, negotiations, collection actions, multijurisdictional insolvencies,
and corporate liquidations. His work in complex Chapter11 and Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases
has involved representing committees of unsecured creditors and investors, debtors, trustees,
secured lenders, landlords, and general unsecured creditors (including critical vendors and
suppliers). He also defends clients against bankruptcy preference and fraudulent transfer (claw
back) lawsuits and assists clients in bidding on and acquiring assets out of bankruptcy cases.
His specific industry experience includes clients in oil and gas, manufacturing, health care,
restaurant, manufacturing, retail and technology industries. Eric served as a judicial law clerk
to the Honorable Leif M. Clark, retired bankruptcy judge in the Western District of Texas, San
Antonio. He graduated from The University of Texas School of Law and served as a Research
Assistant for Professor Jay L. Westbrook.

The Small Business Reorganization Act-Subchapter V: A Year Later
Wednesday, May 5 @ 2:45pm – 3:45pm CT

Ben Farrow

Anderson Williams & Farrow, Montgomery, AL

Ben Farrow was born in west Texas and raised in Colorado, Idaho and Louisiana attending
Tulane University and the Louisiana State University for Law School. He worked as deckhand
on the Mississippi River and in the Gulf of Mexico to pay for college and law school. After
graduation and passing the Louisiana State Bar in 1992 he began his legal career as an
Admiralty lawyer in New Orleans. He subsequently moved to Alabama and passed the Alabama
Bar exam in 2000. He practiced as an insurance defense attorney for a few years and then
found work at his current firm in 2002, becoming a partner in 2006. In 2015 he obtained his
license to practice in Mississippi and the firm opened its Jackson office that same year. Ben’s
involvement with the Commercial Law League of America started with his current firm when
he was introduced to the League by some colleagues. He was astonished at how well it fit his
practice. He subsequently became interested in leadership in CLLA and was appointed the
Education Chair. He has held that role for the last two years.

Legal Ethics in the Movies
Thursday, May 6 @ 11:00am – 12:00pm CT

Brad Lohner

Priority Credit Management Corp., Richmond Hill, ONT

Brad Lohner started as a newbie collector in 1986 and has since owned and sold one of
Canada’s largest consumer agencies then switched to commercial debt recovery and founded
Priority Credit Management Corp. in 2005. In 2008, Brad purchased Account Adjustment
Bureau in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Today, Brad is now retired, with management teams running
the day-to-day operations in the US and Canada, and currently occupies the position of Vice
President of the International Association of Commercial Collectors.

Mistakes I Made as a Beginner Collector
Thursday, May 6 @ 12:15pm – 1:15pm CT

Nicole Stricker

Messer Strickler, Ltd., Chicago, IL

Nicole Stricker is a seasoned litigator focusing her practice in the defense of consumer financial
services litigation throughout the country. This includes representing clients in both individual
and class actions involving state and federal consumer protection laws, including the Fair Debt
Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”), Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), Telephone Consumer
Protection Act (“TCPA”) as well as similar state laws. Her clients include corporations, lending
institutions, collection agencies, asset purchasers, lawyers as well as individuals. While she
always strives to win prior to trial, Ms. Strickler has successfully defended numerous bench
and jury trials on behalf of her clients, including class claims. She is routinely solicited to speak
before national industry trade organizations, and in publications, concerning issues affecting
the credit and collection industry. Additionally, she has substantial experience representing her
clients before state regulators, such as the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional
Regulation, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Ms. Strickler has also successfully
represented clients in numerous cases on appeal in various appellate courts, and even as
amicus curiae before the United States Supreme Court. Apart from her financial services
practice, Ms. Strickler also defends corporations and individuals in claims brought under state
and federal employment laws including Title VII, Section 1983, the Illinois Wage and Payment
Act, and the Illinois Unemployment Insurance Act. In this practice, she has tried cases to
successful verdict, in addition to serving as a sounding board for her client’s compliance issues.

The TCPA: Where We Were Then, Where We Are Now, and Where We Hope to Be Soon
Thursday, May 6 @ 1:30pm – 2:30pm CT

Ron Peterson

Jenner & Block, LLP, Chicago, IL

Ron Peterson, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago, Illinois. He concentrates his practice in the
areas of commercial, insolvency and bankruptcy law. Mr. Peterson has presided over numerous
complex commercial cases, including Stotler & Co., the country’s 10th largest commodities
house, and Lancelot Investors Fund, L.P., a $1.7 billion Ponzi scheme. He is the Chairman of the
Creditors’ Committee in Thomas J. Petters, a $3.5 billion Ponzi scheme. Mr. Peterson served as
the examiner in the chapter 11 case of Robert Lund, a large real estate developer. Mr. Peterson
has been a member of the panel of Chapter 7 Trustees for the Northern District of Illinois,
Eastern Division, since 1987. He is the past President of the National Association of Bankruptcy
Trustees. Mr. Peterson is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and a member of the
American Bankruptcy Institute. He is a member of the Business Bankruptcy Committee of the
Business Law Section and the Bankruptcy Litigation Committee of the Litigation Section of the
American Bar Association. He is a member of the International Association of Restructuring,
Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals, and the Commercial Law League of America. In 2014,
the Commercial Law League of America awarded Mr. Peterson the Lawrence P. King Award.

Annual Case Law Update from the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal
Thursday, May 6 @ 2:45pm – 3:45pm CT

Peter Califano

Cooper, White & Cooper, LLP, San Francisco, CA

Peter Califano has over 30 years of experience representing creditors and debtors in
all aspects of insolvency-related matters, including bankruptcy and state law insolvency
proceedings, litigation and related business transactions. He has special expertise in
representing parties in non-bankruptcy alternatives such as assignments for the benefit of
creditors, receiverships and dissolutions, along with equipment leasing and financing. Mr.
Califano has successfully represented a wide range of individuals’ and institutional clients’
interests. He currently is the chair of Cooper’s Bankruptcy & Insolvency Group.
Mr. Califano is active in the bankruptcy bar leading several national and regional bankruptcy
organizations and is a frequent speaker and writer on bankruptcy-related topics. In September
2011, he testified in Washington, D.C. before the Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and
Administrative Law of the House Judiciary Committee on bankruptcy venue reform. He remains
active on the issue and helped to draft the Bankruptcy Venue Reform Act of 2018 (S. 2282),
introduced on January 8, 2018, by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
As President of the California Bankruptcy Forum, in 2013 he helped to develop and create the
Pro Bono Project, a statewide program to assist indigent debtors with access to the courts.
Since 1997, Mr. Califano has been a member of the Panel of mediators for the U.S. Bankruptcy
Court for the Northern District of California’s Dispute Resolution Program and since 2008 he has
been a member of the Early Neutral Evaluators’ Panel for the U.S. District Court for the Northern
District of California. Mr. Califano is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale Hubbell. He is currently
the Past President for the Commercial Law League of America where he continues to support
the partnership between the International Association of Commercial Collectors and the CLLA.

Legislative Forum
Wednesday, May 12 @ 11:00am – 12:00pm CT

David Goch

Webster, Chamberlain & Bean, Washington, DC

David Goch specializes in representing trade associations and other industry groups. He serves his association clients in a variety of diverse areas, including corporate, tax, antitrust, governance, intellectual property, standards and certification, employment matters, and government relations. He attends client Board of Directors meetings on a regular basis. David also advocates on behalf of clients before State and Federal agencies, successfully resolving association antitrust investigations
by the Federal Trade Commission and actions by State Attorneys General. David participates in standards writing efforts with the American National Standards Institute and through the International Standards Organization (“ISO”) as a US delegate for manufactured goods. He also oversees the firm’s state charitable solicitation registration program. David’s teaching and lecturing experience include presentations before numerous associations; the American Society of Association Executives; the Washington Nonprofit Legal and Tax Conference; and at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Institute” program held around the US, including Stanford University, UCLA, University of Arizona, and the University of Georgia.

Legislative Forum
Wednesday, May 12 @ 11:00am – 12:00pm CT

Daniel C. Kerrick

Hogan McDaniel, Wilmington, DE

Daniel C. Kerrick is an experienced litigator representing creditors of all size, type and
geographic origin in Delaware and Pennsylvania. His experience includes preventative legal
counseling, comprehensive litigation advice and services, accounts receivable advice and
management, and timely and efficient enforcement of judgments. He litigates matters in every
court in the State of Delaware, including Chancery Court and Bankruptcy Court. Mr. Kerrick
represents a wide variety of clients in contract and UCC actions, complex commercial disputes,
corporate fiduciary litigation, business litigation and control disputes. He also represents clients
in connection to dissolution and asset recovery. Mr. Kerrick is a published author and speaks
regularly about issues affecting creditors’ rights and remedies. Areas of Practices: Commercial
Bankruptcy, Commercial Litigation, Real Estate.

Legislative Forum
Wednesday, May 12 @ 11:00am – 12:00pm CT

Seizing Stock
Thursday, May 13 @ 1:30pm – 2:30pm CT

Donna Sweet

Continental Recovery and Filing Solutions (CRF), Simi Valley, CA

Donna J. Sweet is the Legal Forwarding Supervisor for CRF Solutions.  She began her career with CRF over 20 years ago. She has been an active participant in the CLLA for many years and currently serves on the Board of the Western Region.

Alternative Fee Arrangements and the Different Ways Forwarders and Receivers Can Send and Receive Cases
Wednesday, May 12 @ 12:15pm – 1:15pm CT

Tony Terry

Continental Recovery and Filing Solutions (CRF), Simi Valley, CA

Tony Terry began his career in the accounts receivable industry in 1986. He co-founded Continental Recovery Services (CRF Solutions) in 1991. Together with the addition of key personnel along the way, he helped build the company into a successful third party accounts receivable management firm. He held the position of Executive Vice President Chief Operations Officer until November 2005 when he was named President.

His mission is to continue to work with the management staff to deliver the type of superior service and results that has become the trademark of the company.

Alternative Fee Arrangements and the Different Ways Forwarders and Receivers Can Send and Receive Cases
Wednesday, May 12 @ 12:15pm – 1:15pm CT

Ray Wendolowski

Bernstein-Burkley, P.C., Pittsburgh, PA

Raymond Wendolowski, the Partner-in-Charge of Bernstein-Burkley’s Creditors’ Rights group, is zealous and dogmatic in his approach to helping clients get their money.

“I understand the frustration that comes with not being paid for work or services performed, and I will do my best to help my clients get paid,” Ray says.

To demonstrate this commitment, Ray stays in frequent contact with clients, and even if he is not immediately available, he is quick to respond to schedule a time to talk. In fact, Ray believes one of the biggest achievements of his career is his ability to successfully keep clients happy while maintaining a work/life balance that allows him to spend time with his family.

Alternative Fee Arrangements and the Different Ways Forwarders and Receivers Can Send and Receive Cases
Wednesday, May 12 @ 12:15pm – 1:15pm CT

Chris Young

Business & Technology Law Group (“BTLG”)

Chris Young is President-Elect of the CLLA and the managing member of the Business & Technology Law Group (“BTLG”). BTLG is a Maryland general business law firm, with a focus on commercial litigation, for entrepreneurs and small to mid-size organizations. Chris’ legal practice is concentrated in business litigation and general counsel to business management. As a litigator, Chris has represented clients at every level of Maryland’s court system, and in Maryland’s Federal courts.

Alternative Fee Arrangements and the Different Ways Forwarders and Receivers Can Send and Receive Cases
Wednesday, May 12 @ 12:15pm – 1:15pm CT

Ryan Hatton

Gurstel Law Firm PC, Golden Valley, MN

Ryan Hatton joined Gurstel Law Firm, PC in 2018 as a Senior Counsel in the Commercial
Transactions and Litigation Department and is based in the Firm’s Minnesota office. Ryan is a
business attorney focused in the areas of commercial transactions and litigation, construction
law and immigration petitions. Ryan’s nearly twenty-year legal career spans all facets of the
construction and real estate development industries. He has a comprehensive commercial
practice, representing developers, lenders, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers.
His areas of core competency include: Entity selection and formation; contract drafting and
negotiations; defending constructions defect claims; assisting in project closeout; prosecuting
payment claims via orders, mechanic’s liens, payment bonds and statutory prompt payment
claims; obtaining insurance coverage for contractors; bid disputes; regulatory compliance
for contractors (including handling investigations by federal and state governments); DBE
accreditation; immigration compliance and petitions; commercial landlord representation; real
estate investor representation; secured creditor representation; and real estate development.
Ryan is licensed in both Minnesota and Iowa. He is an active member of the Construction
Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association and served as the section’s Chair in 2018 –
2019. Ryan has participated in the creation and implementation of legislative bills related to the
construction industry, as well as the preparation of Amicus briefs to the Minnesota Supreme
Court on behalf of the industry. Ryan regularly represents clients in contested arbitration and
district court proceedings, as well as appellate courts.

UCC Filings, Mechanics’ Liens
Wednesday, May 12 @ 1:30pm – 2:30pm CT

Candice Kline

Saul Ewing, LLP, Chicago, IL

Candice Kline is a partner at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr focused on bankruptcy and
restructuring situations and litigation. She serves in leadership at various bar and trade
associations and is a member of the CLLA’s Bankruptcy Section Executive Council. Candice
has an MBA and JD and began her legal career after many years in global commercial banking
and business, including startups. She practices in Illinois and Ohio with a nationwide docket in
complex commercial matters.

COVID, Calamity and the Code: New Challenges in Distressed Real Estate
Wednesday, May 12 @ 2:45pm – 3:45pm CT

Jack Rose

Rosenberg & Estis, PC, New York, NY

Jack Rose has three decades of experience in bankruptcy and distressed situations having
been actively involved in many of the nation’s largest bankruptcies, representing lenders,
financial institutions, domestic and foreign banks, acquirers, investors, debtors and creditors,
landlords and tenants. His experience with distressed real estate and real-estate-owning
entities in bankruptcy includes his representation of Olympia and York and VMS NHP in their
chapter 11 bankruptcies. Jack also has significant experience in international and cross-border
insolvencies, restructurings and workouts. Prior to joining Rosenberg & Estis, Jack was a partner
at the Law Offices of Jack J. Rose in Bronxville, New York where he represented investors,
creditors, shareholders and debtors in a boutique environment connection with investments
and restructurings. In addition, Jack has served as a mediator and court-appointed Chief
Restructuring Officer. and was previously with the firms of Ashurst LLP, White & Case,
Rogers & Wells (now Clifford Chance) and Weil Gotshal and Manges.

COVID, Calamity and the Code: New Challenges in Distressed Real Estate
Wednesday, May 12 @ 2:45pm – 3:45pm CT

Stan Hammerman

Hammerman & Hultgren, PC, Phoenix, AZ

Stan Hammerman earned his bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and his Juris
Doctor from Ohio Northern University. He was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 1975
and started his own firm in 1977. Hammerman & Hultgren, P.C. specializes in collection law in
both the commercial and retail areas of law. Mr. Hammerman is a frequent speaker at seminars
on collection law for the State Bar of Arizona, Maricopa County Bar Association, and other
organizations. He previously served on the Civil Study Committee for the Maricopa County
Superior Court and the Committee on Civil Rules of Procedure for Limited Jurisdiction Courts.
He is currently serving as a Member of the Arizona Commission on Access to Justice.
Mr. Hammerman has been a member of the Commercial Law League of America since 1995
and is also a member of the International Association of Commercial Collectors and the National
Creditors Bar Association. He has been selected for inclusion in the Southwest Super Lawyers
publication every year since 2010. Both Mr. Hammerman and his firm are AV-rated.

Collecting Outstanding Receivables: How to Make More Money for
Your Business in Challenging Times

Thursday, May 13 @ 11:00am – 12:00pm CT

Tina Ziegler

Hammerman & Hultgren, PC, Phoenix, AZ

Tina Ziegler is an Advanced Certified Paralegal at the law firm of Hammerman & Hultgren, P.C.
in Phoenix, AZ which specializes in collection law. She has worked for the firm since October
1994 and is the paralegal to Partner, Stanley M. Hammerman. Ms. Ziegler earned her associate
degree in Legal Assisting from Phoenix College, graduating with high distinction in May 1995. In
December 2002, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Applied Sciences from Arizona State
University, graduating summa cum laude. Ms. Ziegler has extensive knowledge of collection
law and the process of obtaining and enforcing a judgment. She has spoken both locally and
nationally about collection law and civil trial practice since 2001. Ms. Ziegler is a Past President
of the Maricopa County Bar Association’s Paralegal Division and was selected as the Paralegal
Member of the Year by the Division in 2012 and 2014. In 2016, she was selected as the MCBA’s
first non-attorney recipient of the Robert R. Mills Member of the Year Award. She was also one
of the first non-attorney Members to be elected to the MCBA’s Board of Directors. Ms. Ziegler
is the founder of the Legal Professionals Unite volunteer group.

Collecting Outstanding Receivables: How to Make More Money for
Your Business in Challenging Times

Thursday, May 13 @ 11:00am – 12:00pm CT

Larry Butterfield

Specialized Attorney Services, Inc., Louisville, KY

Lawrence H. Butterfield, Jr. has been involved in the credit & collection industry for 45 years.
Currently he is President of 2 companies, Specialized Attorney Services, Inc. & A I Legal
Solutions, Inc. SAS is a full-service process serving firm and A I Legal uses artificial intelligence
to provide document preparation and e-filing services. Butterfield is also President of LB & LN
Company Ltd. The company owns 2 farms in Tanzania, growing avocados and cashews,
utilizing sustainable farming techniques. LB & LN also grows corn beans and corn as well as
store food for later distribution. Larry is an avid reader, enjoys sports especially University
of Louisville athletics. He volunteers his time, money, and talents to numerous organizations
in his hometown of Louisville.

Going Paperless and the Compliance Issues Involved
Thursday, May 13 @ 12:15pm – 1:15pm CT

Lauri Hudson

Hudson Law Offices PC, Turnersville, NJ

Lauri Hudson is the owner of Hudson Law Offices located in Turnersville, NJ, a practice she
founded over twenty-three years ago. Hudson Law Offices solely concentrates in creditor’s
rights and collection law. Ms. Hudson was admitted to the NJ and PA bars in 1989 after
attending Rutgers Law School in Camden, New Jersey where she graduated with honors.
She is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the NJ Creditors Bar Association,
the IACC, and has been a member of the CLLA since 1997. She sat on the National Education
Committee and was an attorney member of the Eastern Region. Since 2006 Ms. Hudson has
been the President of The Road Company Theater Group, a regional nonprofit theater company
that owns the historic Grand Theatre in Williamstown, NJ. She was the recipient of a Lifetime
Achievement award from New Jersey Act for her work in the arts community and also received
a 2016 Encore Award from the South Jersey Cultural Alliance for her dedication and involvement
in the arts.

Going Paperless and the Compliance Issues Involved
Thursday, May 13 @ 12:15pm – 1:15pm CT

Hon. Janet Baer

US Bankruptcy Court, Northern Illinois District, Chicago, IL

Hon. Janet Baer is a Bankruptcy Judge in the United Stated Bankruptcy Court for the Northern
District of Illinois-Chicago. She has been on the bench in Chicago since March 2012. Prior to being
appointed to the bench, Jan was a restructuring lawyer for over 25 years and involved in some
of the most significant chapter 11 bankruptcy cases in the country. The majority of her practice
focused on the representation of large publicly held debtors in both restructuring and chapter
11 matters. Jan was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Winston & Strawn and Schwartz, Cooper,
Greenberger & Krauss. Judge Baer is a member of the ABI and NCBJ Boards, the CARE Advisory
Board and the Chicago IWIRC Network Board as well as several committees. She is a frequent
speaker for the ABI, ABA, Chicago Bar Association, IWIRC and NCBJ. Judge Baer also regularly
acts as the Presiding Judge for the Northern District of Illinois in Naturalization ceremonies.

Perspective from the Bench: Bankruptcy Judges Address Latest Challenges Facing
Debtors and Creditors

Thursday, May 13 @ 2:45pm – 3:45pm CT

Hon. (Ret.) Judith K. Fitzgerald

US Bankruptcy Court (Retired), Pittsburg, PA

Hon. (Ret.) Judith K. Fitzgerald, Retired U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Judith K. Fitzgerald has been
blessed with an exciting, challenging and intellectually stimulating career. As a Judicial Law Clerk,
Assistant U.S. Attorney, Bankruptcy Judge, Professor of Law, Practitioner at Tucker Arensberg,
Arbitrator, Mediator, Author and Expert Witness, she has experienced a wide variety of legal
disciplines and administrative responsibilities. Judi is a Professor in the Practice of Law at the
University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she teaches Bankruptcy and Advanced Bankruptcy.
She is active in national and local professional organizations including the American Bankruptcy
Institute, the Commercial Law League of America, the American Law Institute, the American
College of Bankruptcy and the American Inns of Court. Among other offices, she has served
as President of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and as Chair of the Bankruptcy
Judges Advisory Committee to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Judi has received
numerous awards and recognitions including the American Inns of Court Bankruptcy Alliance
Distinguished Service Award and the Commercial Law League’s Lawrence P. King Award for
Excellence in Bankruptcy. Judi consults and lectures in matters involving trial strategy, evidence,
procedure, contracts, bankruptcy and professional responsibility, and participates on several
committees and boards dedicated to fostering legal education and improving access to justice.
She is a member of professional organizations dedicated to advancing and
improving mediation and currently serves as co-chair of the ABI Mediation
Education Committee.

Perspective from the Bench: Bankruptcy Judges Address Latest Challenges Facing
Debtors and Creditors

Thursday, May 13 @ 2:45pm – 3:45pm CT

Hon. Paul W. Bonapfel

US Bankruptcy Court, US Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia, GA

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.

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