The Ethics Quick Hits - Bankruptcy

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 60 minutes
Recorded Date: July 24, 2020
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  • Ethical Issues in Filing a Small Corporate Ch. 7 Case
  • Limited Representation in the Corporate Ch. 7 Bankruptcy Context
  • Ethical Issues - Trustees Retaining Counsel
  • The Ethics and Practice of Working Remotely
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: July 24, 2020


The panelists will cover a host of topics, ranging from ethical issues surrounding micro-business chapter 7 cases, confidentiality and ethical issues related to working remotely, to limited representation and obligations of counsel in bankruptcy. You'll also hear a trustee's perspective on conflicts, retention and employing special counsel.

This program was recorded as part of American Bankruptcy Institute's Southeast Virtual Bankruptcy Workshop held on July 24th, 2020.

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American Bankruptcy Institute


David A. Wender

Alston & Bird, LLP

David A. Wender is a partner with Alston & Bird’s Financial Restructuring & Reorganization Group in Atlanta, where he represents a variety of clients in complex bankruptcy cases, out-of-court workouts, debt restructurings, asset-dispositions and claims-reconciliation procedures. He represents purchasers, sellers and other parties in § 363 sales, debtors in possession, secured and unsecured creditors, and creditors’ committees.

Mr. Wender received his B.S. in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis in 1998 and his J.D. from Emory University School of Law in 2003.

Henry C. Shelton, III

Adams & Reese, LLP

Henry C. “Hank” Shelton, III is a partner with Adams and Reese LLP in its Memphis, Tenn., office and leads the firm’s Commercial Restructuring and Bankruptcy Team. He focuses on business litigation and bankruptcy, as well as workouts and reorganizations, and he advises businesses in the Southeast and has represented both creditors and debtors in bankruptcy and insolvency matters. In addition, he assists banks and other financial institutions in maximizing the value of distressed assets.

Mr. Shelton received his B.A. from Wesleyan University and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University.

Jennifer B. Lyday

Waldrep Wall Babcock& Baily, PLLC

Jennifer B. Lyday is a partner at Waldrep LLP in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Prior to joining the firm, she was an associate at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP, where she focused on corporate chapter 11 representations and related state court debtor/creditor representations.

Ms. Lyday has represented secured creditors, distressed businesses, unsecured creditors’ committees, and trustees in business bankruptcy cases. In addition, she has significant pro bono experience working with Legal Aid of North Carolina.

Ms. Lyday received her B.A. in 2006 from Wake Forest University and her J.D. in 2009 from the William & Mary School of Law.

Hon. Scott M. Grossman

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida

Hon. Scott M. Grossman is a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Florida in Fort Lauderdale, appointed on Oct. 2, 2019.

Prior to his appointment, he was a shareholder with a large international law firm in its global restructuring and bankruptcy practice and represented distressed companies, debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, official committees, trustees, landlords and purchasers of distressed assets.

Judge Grossman received his B.S. Acc. with honors and M.Acc. in 1996 from the University of Florida, and his J.D. in 1999 with honors from George Washington University Law School.

Ashley A. Edwards

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP

Ashley Edwards has successfully represented creditors in all aspects of commercial debt collection and loss mitigation, including loan restructuring, bankruptcy, litigation, and post-judgment execution. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies, national, regional, and community banks, nontraditional lenders, finance companies, lessors, and manufacturers.

She also advises and represents clients from various industries in the purchase and sale of assets under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code, Chapter 11 plan confirmation, and the assumption and rejection of contracts. In particular, she has extensive experience defending national companies against preference and fraudulent transfer actions in a wide variety of jurisdictions.

Ashley also represents clients in a broad range of business litigation in federal and state courts, as well as mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. She has defended principals and officers in derivatives lawsuits and against claims of fraud, embezzlement, and racketeering. She is also experienced in issues related to insider trading and corporate structure.

A seasoned litigator, Ashley is admitted to practice before all U.S. Bankruptcy and District Courts in North Carolina and Georgia, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Prior to joining Parker Poe, Ashley clerked for the Honorable J. Craig Whitley of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of North Carolina.

In addition, Ashley serves on the Southeastern Advisory Board of the American Bankruptcy Institute. She is also a member of Parker Poe's Pro Bono Committee and averages more than 80 hours of pro bono services each year. She focuses her pro bono work with North Carolina's Guardian ad Litem program, through which she represents abused and neglected children.

Ashley has earned a Yellow Belt Certification in Legal Lean Sigma® and Project Management from the Legal Lean Sigma Institute. She teamed up with clients to earn the certification through a two-day course that Parker Poe hosted.

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