Pharmaceutical Cases, Intersection of IP and Bankruptcy, SBRA, Real Estate Cases and More to Be Discussed at ABI’s 2020 Annual Spring Meeting in Apri

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Alexandria, Va. – RealEstateRama – The American Bankruptcy Institute’s (ABI) 2020 Annual Spring Meeting returns to the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C., April 23-25. ABI’s largest annual conference features timely concurrent sessions tailored for commercial and consumer practitioners. A special edition of the popular “ABI Talks” session kicks off this year’s program with presentations from G. Eric Brunstad of Dechert Llp (Hartford, Conn.), Hon. Steven W. Rhodes (Ret.) of JAMS (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Cate Long of the Puerto Rico Clearinghouse (New York). A special plenary session on April 24 features restructuring twins and ABI members Demetra Liggins and Bemetra Simmons as they show attendees how to step up their “A-Game” through mentoring and being mentored. Former ABI Executive Director Samuel J. Gerdano will be honored at this year’s conference with a special luncheon showcasing his three decades of service. Up to 12.5/15.5 hours of CLE/CPE credit are available, along with ethics credit totaling 2.25/2.5 hours.

Sessions at the 2020 Annual Spring Meeting include:

  • “Too Many Hats”: The Peculiar Problems and Challenges When an Equity Sponsor/Secured Lender Is Also a DIP Lender and Stalking-Horse Buyer in a Chapter 11 Case
  • Is It or Is It Not Property of the Estate? Section 541 Conundrums
  • Supreme Court Update and Circuit Splits on Consumer Issues
  • Peace Bridge, or Bridge of Sighs? Cross-Border Mediation of Insolvency-Related Disputes
  • Opportunities and Challenges Associated with Early-in-the-Case § 363 Sales
  • Witness Preparation: A Roundtable Discussion
  • Consumer Commission Report Top 10 Wish List
  • Special Issues in Real Estate Bankruptcy Cases
  • Be Careful What You Ask For: Risks and Benefits of Involuntary Bankruptcy Filings
  • Current Issues Facing Creditors’ Committees
  • Technology and Ethics: Protecting Your Sale Process, Your Online Presence — and Your Hide
  • Great Debates 2.0
  • Advanced Issues on Cash-Flow Projections in Restructuring Cases
  • Advanced Chapter 13 Topics
  • Litigating Against Directors and Officers in Bankruptcy
  • The New Small Business Reorganization Act: How It Works and the Types of Debtors that Will Benefit from It
  • The Intersection of Intellectual Property Rights and Bankruptcy: How to Protect Your Intangible Assets in Bankruptcy Cases
  • A Few Good Lawyers: Best Behavior, Use of Technology and Other Taboos — A Discussion by ABC Judges
  • Hot Topics with Bill Rochelle
  • In and Outs of RESPA
  • Anatomy of a Pharmaceutical Case
  • Do This, Not That: Ethics Roundtable
  • Claims Traders: Sharks or Saints?
  • “But I Am Afraid of Needles”: Fearlessly Navigating the Sale of Health Care Assets

For the full schedule with the speakers for each session at ABI’s Annual Spring Meeting, please click here.

Press interested in attending the conference should contact ABI Public Affairs Officer John Hartgen at 703-894-5935 or .


ABI is the largest multi-disciplinary, nonpartisan organization dedicated to research and education on matters related to insolvency. ABI was founded in 1982 to provide Congress and the public with unbiased analysis of bankruptcy issues. The ABI membership includes nearly 11,000 attorneys, accountants, bankers, judges, professors, lenders, turnaround specialists and other bankruptcy professionals, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information. For additional information on ABI, visit For additional conference information, visit

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