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Bankruptcy & Insolvency Litigation Committee


The Bankruptcy and Insolvency Litigation Committee is one of 40 practice areas open to all members of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation. Joining the committee entitles a member to a number of benefits. The committee’s leadership is made up of experienced bankruptcy litigators from the United States and Canada, working to keep bankruptcy litigators fully up-to-date on the substantive and procedural aspects of bankruptcy litigation—both in the bankruptcy courts and in state or federal courts to the extent affected by bankruptcy and insolvency laws—including the use of alternative dispute resolution techniques in bankruptcy, the impact of bankruptcy on pending complex civil litigation, and ethics.

To accomplish this goal, the committee provides its members with these benefits:

  • Bankruptcy Litigation, a quarterly publication;

  • networking opportunities with leading practitioners;

  • discounted CLE programs;

  • invitations to substantive meetings and social events;

  • online access to circuit notes, past issues of Bankruptcy Litigation, and other helpful information;

  • opportunities to write for committee publications, speak on committee panels, participate in the activities of our subcommittees;

  • roundtable discussions on current topics.

Whether you want to receive Bankruptcy Litigation, learn from and network with top bankruptcy litigators, contribute to our programs and publications, or all of the above, join us. With the transition of all section committee newsletters going electronic, the ABA has lifted the limit of three committees/task forces for Section of Litigation members. Accordingly, there is no better time than now to join.

To join, you must first be a member of the ABA and also a member of the ABA Section of Litigation.


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Bankruptcy Litigation: Spring 2016

The latest issue of the Bankruptcy Litigation newsletter is now available.

Seeking Contributors

The Bankruptcy & Insolvency Litigation Committee is looking for authors for articles about bankruptcy and related cases. Please contact Marcos Ramos or Dan DeFranceschi for more information.

Publications Subcommittee

The publications subcommittee is in charge of the committee's newsletter, website, and listserv. We encourage members to submit their own original articles to the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Committee newsletter and/or website; inform us of their original articles published elsewhere to which we can direct members through links on this webpage or provide articles for inclusion on the website; provide us directly with updated links to products, services, and websites that they have found particularly interesting or useful in their practice; and give us suggestions for possible programs, events, or other activities. And, of course, we invite all members to contact us if they are interested in becoming personally involved in subcommittee or committee activities.

Message from the Chairs

2016–2017 looks like it will be an exciting year for the Bankruptcy & Insolvency Litigation Committee. We have talented subcommittee chairs who joined us at the Section’s Fall Leadership Meeting in Nashville and have been active in helping us plan out an eventful year. We are committed to delivering at least one member benefit per month (e.g., a newsletter, a Roundtable, or a Sound Advice piece), and if you are interested in getting involved in the committee, please let us know and we will plug you in. Both the Sound Advice (which is a 5- to 10-minute audio piece), and the Roundtable programs (a 30- to 60-minute conference call about a specific topic) are simple to organize and are great ways to get involved. In addition, our publications (both the newsletter and on the webpage) are always looking for new article ideas and authors. This year, we are excited about the addition of a book chair to our subcommittee leadership, and we welcome any book ideas or suggestions from our committee membership. Our subcommittee chairs are an excellent resource for information about the committee and how members can get involved—take a look at the subcommittee chair roster. Be on the lookout in the coming months for information about upcoming events, including Roundtables, Sound Advice pieces, and CLE events. We are pleased to lead such an active and engaged committee and look forward to another excellent year.

Mark A. Platt and Melissa Root

Cochairs, Bankruptcy & Insolvency Litigation Committee


The cochairs would like to thank the subcommittee chairs and task force chairs for their willingness to serve:

  1. Business Litigation: Robert Fishman and Jay Geller
  2. Consumer Litigation: Richardo I. Kilpatrick, Debbie Langehenning, and Ford Elsaesser
  3. Appeals: Demetra Liggins and Gregory W. Werkheiser
  4. Publications: Dan DeFranceschi (Executive Editor, Newsletter), Ryan Manns (Editor, Listserv), Gordon e. Gouveia and Marcos A. Ramos (Assistant Editors, Website), Diane DeWitt Moore and Peter Roberts (Assistant Editors, Newsletter)
  5. ABA Committees Liaison: Camisha L. Simmons
  6. Programs: Melissa M. Hinds
  7. Legislative: Michael M. Krauss
  8. Membership: Debra L. Innocenti (Chair) and “Erik” Weiting Hsu (Vice-Chair)
  9. Expert Testimony Handbook Task Force: Robin Russell and Alexander “Sasha” Aganin 
  10. Bankruptcy Litigation Handbook Task Force: Charles Beckham
  11. Twombly Task Force: Aram Ordubegian
  12. Ponzi Scheme Task Force: Ronald R. Peterson
  13. Conflicts and Ethics: William S. Katchen (Chair) and Kerry A. Moynihan (Vice-Chair)
  14. Diversity: Omar J. Alaniz  and Kerriann Mills
  15. ABA/NCBJ Programs: David Weinstein
  16. Practice and Procedure:  Paul M. Ellis

Spread the word about our committee and encourage your colleagues to become members and join.

Chris Hanson

Philadelphia, PA


Find contact information for committee and subcommittee chairs:


Bankruptcy & Insolvency Litigation Leadership

Cochairs Publication Chairs

Melissa Root

Chicago, IL

Curtis Miller

Wilmington, DE

Daniel J. DeFranceschi

Wilmington, Delaware

Marcos Ramos

Wilmington, Delaware