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Intro to Chapter 13

Level: Beginner
Runtime: 69 minutes
Recorded Date: November 05, 2021
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  • Why is Chapter 13 great?
  • Starting Out
  • Creditor Concerns
  • Plan Confirmation
  • Complex Cases & Attorney Fees
  • Post-Confirmation
  • Confirmation Pitfalls
Runtime: 1 hour, 9 minutes
Recorded: November 5, 2021

For NY - Difficulty Level: For newly admitted attorneys (transitional)


If you are newer to chapter 13 practice, you won’t want to miss this panel. Join a judge, chapter 13 trustee, and debtor and creditor counsel as they show you how to navigate a chapter 13 case from both debtor and creditor perspectives. The discussion will include plan drafting and modification, claims filing, objecting to confirmation, dismissal, conversion, and getting paid in chapter 13 cases, as well as an overview of the tools you must take advantage of to make a chapter 13 work.

This program was recorded as part of ABI's 2021 Consumer Practice Extravaganza Virtual Conference on November 5th, 2021.

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American Bankruptcy Institute
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Julie Philippi

Standing Chapter 13 Trustee
Western District of New York in Buffalo

Julie Philippi is the standing chapter 13 trustee for the Western District of New York in Buffalo, and has spent most of her career representing consumer debtors in chapter 7, 12 and 13 cases. Prior to her appointment, she was a staff attorney for Rod Danielson, chapter 13 trustee for the Riverside Division of the Central District of California, from 2002-07.

Ms. Philippi also has experience in chapter 11 cases, bankruptcy litigation and chapter 7 trustee representation. She was formerly certified as a specialist in Bankruptcy Law by the State Bar of California and is Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification.

Ms. Philippi received her B.A. in international studies from the University of South Carolina and her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law.

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Rebecca R. Garcia

Chapter 13 Trustee
City of Oshkosh, WI

Rebecca R. Garcia is a chapter 13 trustee in Oshkosh, Wis. She was appointed on Dec. 1, 2014, as the standing chapter 13 trustee and April 1, 2016, as the standing chapter 12 trustee.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Garcia was a staff attorney for Mary B. Grossman, the chapter 13 trustee in Milwaukee from 2002-14. She has been practicing in the area of consumer bankruptcy since 1996. Prior to 2002, she represented debtors in consumer cases.

Ms. Garcia is a past member of the board of the Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Creditors Rights Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin and a member of the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees. She received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin Platteville in 1992 and her J.D. from Marquette University in 1996.

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Sean Ferry

Managing Bankruptcy Attorney
Robertson, Anschutz, Schneid, Crane & Partners, PLLC

Sean Ferry is a managing bankruptcy attorney with Robertson, Anschutz, Schneid, Crane & Partners, PLLC in San Diego. He previously was a contract attorney and law clerk with Bruce Wilson, APLC and a law clerk with Scheufler Law.

Mr. Ferry received his B.A. in political theory from Michigan State University and his J.D. from California Western School of Law.

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Hon. Brian D. Lynch

Bankruptcy Judge
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Washington

Hon. Brian D. Lynch is a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Washington in Tacoma, sworn in on June 1, 2010. He served as chief bankruptcy judge from Oct. 1, 2014, to Sept. 30, 2019.

Judge Lynch is the chair of the NCBJ’s Liaison Committee with the U.S. Trustee. He is also the Ninth Circuit representative to the Bankruptcy Judges Advisory Group. In 2018, Judge Lynch was selected by the NACTT to receive the Hon. Ralph Kelley Award for contributions to the chapter 13 community and the NACTT. Prior to his service as a bankruptcy judge, he was the chapter 13 trustee for the Portland Division of the District of Oregon bankruptcy court and the standing chapter 12 trustee for Oregon.

Prior to that, practiced in the fields of bankruptcy law and creditors’ rights. Judge Lynch received his J.D. in 1975 from Georgetown University Law Center.

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Randy Nussbaum

Sacks Tierney, P.A.

For almost 40 years, Randy Nussbaum has assisted individuals and businesses with complex bankruptcy protection (debtor and creditor), transaction, and litigation matters. He especially enjoys helping his clients achieve their business and financial objectives using innovative legal strategies.

Randy is a Certified Bankruptcy Specialist (Arizona Board of Legal Specialization) and a Certified Business Bankruptcy Specialist (American Board of Certification). His peers have honored him with multiple peer rankings for his professional, civic and charitable achievements. Randy has been named to Super Lawyers’ “Top 50 Arizona” list of attorneys multiple times and has been selected by The Best Lawyers in America? every year since 2010. Best Lawyers also selected Randy as its 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” (Scottsdale) in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights.

Randy has represented secured and unsecured creditors, surety companies, creditor committees, lessors, professional athletes, doctors, lawyers, and trustees in Chapter 7, 11, and 13 proceedings, including adversary actions (bankruptcy litigation). The cases have involved such diverse matters as real estate, construction, manufacturing, trucking, asset-based lending, bankruptcy related to divorce, and high-value, complex individual bankruptcies.

Committed to community service, Randy is a 1990 graduate of Scottsdale Leadership. He has volunteered for that organization for more than 28 years, serves on its Advisory Board, and is a recipient of the prestigious Frank W. Hodges Alumni Achievement Award. Randy serves on the advisory boards for the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Historical Society, and Scottsdale Community College. He served as a Sterling Awards Jurist, Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, and received the Chamber’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award. Recognized for his life-long commitment to community service, in 2018 Randy joined the distinguished roster of honorees inducted into the Scottsdale History Hall of Fame.

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