Do This, Not That: Ethics Roundtable

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 77 minutes
Recorded Date: December 04, 2020
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  • Disinterestedness Requirements and Retaining Professionals
  • Potential for Malpractice Involved with waiving Stern Objections
  • Improper Advice for Client's on Forms of Payment
  • Improper Use of Appearance of Counsel
  • Candor to the Court and Interested Parties
  • Disciplinary Sanctions
Runtime: 1 hour, 17 minutes
Recorded: December 4, 2020


Bankruptcy lawyers are confronted with daily decisions that may have ethical traps. This panel of experts will identify some of these traps and show you how to avoid them.

This program was recorded as part of ABI's 2020 Virtual Winter Leadership Conference on December 4th, 2020.

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American Bankruptcy Institute


Brian Shaw

Cozen O'Connor

3Brian L. Shaw is a member the Cozen O’Connor’s national Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Restructuring Practice and has almost thirty years of experience representing debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, creditor and equity committees, Chapter 7 and 11 trustees, and plaintiffs and defendants in bankruptcy and creditor rights related litigation.

Mr. Shaw was previously a member of Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC, is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and formerly served as the President, Chairperson of the Board of Directors and Vice-President of Membership of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), and sat on ABI’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Mr. Shaw is also a past Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Bankruptcy and Reorganization Committee. Mr. Shaw has authored and co-authored numerous articles in national, industry publications such as the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Norton Bankruptcy Law Letter, The Bankruptcy Strategist, Business Credit and Credit Today, and has spoken on a variety of bankruptcy related topics at national and regional conferences.

Mr. Shaw is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law and is admitted to practice in the State of Illinois, as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois, Central District of Illinois, Eastern District of Wisconsin, Western District of Michigan and Northern District of Indiana, the United States Courts of Appeal for the Third, Seventh and Eighth Circuits and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Elizabeth M. Lally

Goosmann Law Firm

Elizabeth M. Lally is a partner with Goosmann Law Firm, a full-service law firm with locations in Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska. Ms. Lally is also a Chapter 11, Subchapter 5 Trustee for Region 12 covering parts of Iowa and South Dakota. Ms. Lally’s focus is complex litigation with an emphasis on commercial banking, insolvency, and restructuring. Ms. Lally has experience representing Chapter 11 debtors, Chapter 7 and 11 trustees, secured creditors, and unsecured creditor committees. She is licensed to practice in federal and state courts in Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana as well as federal courts in Colorado. Ms. Lally is a regular speaker at regional conferences on bankruptcy topics.

Mark T. Benedict

Husch Blackwell, LLP

Mark T. Benedict is a partner with the law firm of Husch Blackwell LLP in the firm’s Food and Agribusiness Strategic Business Unit and represents client across the country from the firm’s Kansas City office. Mark has more than 25 years of bankruptcy experience representing all parties in chapter 11 proceedings, having worked in multiple industries including healthcare, energy, aviation, transportation and retail. His current emphasis is on buyer side distressed mergers and acquisitions.

Mark began his career as the law clerk for the Hon. Frank W. Koger, Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Missouri, during the Food Barn Stores Inc. bankruptcy in Kansas City, Mo. Building on that early grocery experience, Mark has focused a substantial portion of his practice during the past decade on food industry and agricultural Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. This has involved matters from “field to table” and throughout the supply chain, including issues under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) and the Packers and Stockyards Act (PASA).

Mark is Board Certified in Business Bankruptcy by the American Board of Certification. He is a graduate of Boston College School of Law and is admitted in Missouri and Kansas and multiple federal jurisdictions, including the Supreme Court of the United States.

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