Ethics in Bankruptcy

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 71 minutes
Recorded Date: September 09, 2017
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  • Judicial Authority in Bankruptcy
  • Court Conduct
  • Honesty and Candor
  • Counsel's Reliance on Client's Representation
  • Mediation Conduct
  • Business Conflicts
  • Senior and Junior Lawyers
  • The Intersection between State Ethics Rules on Fee Entitlement
  • Bankruptcy Court's Role Over Fees and Distribution of Property of the Estate
  • Ethical Conduct in Bankruptcy Cases
Runtime: 1 hour and 11 minutes
Recorded: September 9, 2017


Recent court decisions on legal ethics of which you should be aware. Join our interactive discussion on the latest examples of unethical behavior — you may be surprised by what you hear.

This program was recorded on September 9th, 2017.

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American Bankruptcy Institute


Robbin L. Itkin

Sklar Kirsh, LLP

Robbin L. Itkin is a partner with Sklar Kirsh, LLP in Los Angeles, and is also a mediator, trustee and advisor. Among her high-profile clients are entertainers, producers, directors, writers and athletes, company CEOs and board members, as well as private and public companies in the entertainment, sports, real estate, hospitality, manufacturing, energy, retail, transportation and other industries.

Ms. Itkin has successfully restructured billions of dollars of debt in out-of-court restructurings and in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. She frequently speaks at educational conferences regarding commercial, bankruptcy and other matters including women’s issues, and has provided legal commentary for television and radio shows. She appeared on NBC’s Los Angeles affiliate, where she discussed her representation of season ticket-holders in the Los Angeles Dodgers bankruptcy case. She has also offered commentary on other television news outlets, including “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” the “Today Show,” where she spoke on women in the workplace, and C-SPAN, where she interviewed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. The Century City Bar Association named

Ms. Itkin “Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year” for 2013, and she has been named among the Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers as well as among the Top 50 Women Southern California Super Lawyers. She also is listed as a “Top 100” in Who’s Who in LA Law and is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America.

Ms. Itkin currently serves as a Board Member Emeritus for the City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Cancer Research Institute, as a board member for the Los Angeles Women’s Leadership Council, and as a board member for the Los Angeles Chapter of Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE). She received her B.A. in 1981 from the University of California, Los Angeles and her J.D. in 1984 from the University of Southern California.

Edward T. Gavin

Managing Director & Founding Partner
Gavin/Solmonese LLC

Ted Gavin is a Certified Turnaround Professional and the managing partner of Gavin/Solmonese LLC. He has over 20 years of experience working with distressed companies and their stakeholders in diverse industries, including retail, transportation, regulated and non-regulated manufacturing, pharmaceutical and healthcare, professional services, construction, and metal-forming. He has served in leadership roles in engineering, manufacturing, information technology, and regulatory affairs functions. Ted has extensive experience in strategic planning and process re-engineering, with hands-on management experience in nonprofit, for-profit, and public sector operations. Ted testifies frequently as an expert witness on matters such as ordinary course of business issues in preference litigation, as well as on fiduciary duties of management in distressed companies.

Scott C. Clarkson

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Central District of California

Scott C. Clarkson is a Federal Bankruptcy Court judge for the United States bankruptcy court, Central District of California. He was appointed on January 20, 2011, by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. His current term will expire on January 19, 2025.

Prior to his appointment, Clarkson was a Clerk to United States District Judge William Hungate and a Legislative Assistant to the United States Representative Harold L. Volkmer, 95th Congress to 97th Congress.[2] He later practiced bankruptcy law and litigation for twenty years in Los Angeles.

Clarkson received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University in 1979 and his J.D. from George Mason University in 1982.

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