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Bankruptcy & Debtor/Creditor Rights


Albert J. Derbes, IV


Christopher T. Caplinger



Upcoming Events:


The Interplay of Bankruptcy and Oil & Gas Law - October 15, 2015
Total CLE Hours: 4.5 Hours

11:30 – 12:00 Lunch


12:00 pm – 12:45 pm (45 mins)

Are 363 Sales The Future Of Energy Related Reorganizations?

Edward H (Hank) Arnold, III (Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC)

Jan M. Hayden (Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC)


12:50 – 1:35 pm (45 mins)

Collection in the Oil Patch: LOWLA and More

Albert J. Derbes, IV (The Derbes Law Firm, LLC)

Christopher T. Caplinger (Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard)


1:40 – 2:40 pm (60 mins)

Decommissioning Liabilities in Bankruptcy  

C. Davin Boldissar (Locke Lord, LLP)

Robin B. Cheatham (Adams and Reese LLP)

Patrick (Rick) M. Shelby (Gordon Arata McCollam Duplantis & Eagan, LLC)


2:40 – 3:00 pm Break


3:00 – 4:00 pm (60 mins)
Oil & Gas Primer for Bankruptcy Attorneys

Prof. Keith B. Hall (Dir. of Mineral Law Institute, Professor of Energy Law, LSU Law Center)


4:00 – 5:00 pm (60 mins)

Tips for Avoiding a Dry Hole in an Oil and Gas Bankruptcy: an ATP Case Study

Benjamin W. Kadden (Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard)

Mark A. Mintz (Jones Walker LLP)

Robin B. Cheatham (Adams and Reese LLP)

Paul J (PJ)  Goodwine (Looper Goodwine)

Micheal D. Rubenstein (Liscow & Lewis)


“Bar at the Bar” to follow


Recent Events:

OnJuly 9th, "Hot Topics in Bankruptcyand Mistakes to Avoid, the U.S. Trustee" CLE was held at the NOBA office.

On December 4, 2014, the Committee held their annual Bankruptcy Holiday Social at Ohm Lounge.

On September 18, 2014, the Committee held CLE "The Interplay of Bankruptcy and Domestic Law."


Practioners' Roundtable Discussion of Software Related to Practicing Bankruptcy on February 6, 2014

Entity Law in Bankruptcy CLE on September 19, 2013

  • Corporate Control Issue, with Christopher T. Caplinger; Nathan Horner; Joseph Briggett 
  • Involuntary Partnership Bankruptcies, with Evan Howell & Jan Hayden  
  • Special Issues with LLCs, with Fernand L. Laudumiey, IV  & David Messina 
  • Actions under 11 USC 510(b), with Albert J. Derbes, IV & Daniel J. Poolson, Jr.  
  • Disposal of the Entity Shell after Bankruptcy, Panel Discussion 


Chief Judge Elizabeth W. Magner, United States Bankruptcy Judge, Eastern District of Louisiana, hosted two bench bar conferences on Thursday, June 20, 2013 in Courtroom B-709, Hale Boggs Federal Building, 500 Poydras Street, New Orleans, Louisiana at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Lunch was provided by the Bankruptcy Committee of the New Orleans Bar Association.  

Committee Meeting on March 21, 2013 with Brian Richoux, the Eastern District of Louisiana Bankruptcy Chief Deputy Clerk who spoke on how the sequester is likely to impact practice in the Eastern District Bankruptcy Courts.

Proposed Amendments to EDLA Bankruptcy Court Rules (May 2012)


Meeting - Discussion of Proposed Rule Changes

The Bankruptcy Committee of the New Orleans Bar Association met at noon on Monday, June 25th at the New Orleans Bar Association Conference Room, 650 Poydras, Ste 1505, for a lunch meeting to discuss the proposed amendments to the Bankruptcy Local Rules and to collect comments in connection with the July 9, 2012 comment deadline. Members of the Committee as well as all bankruptcy practitioners are welcome.

On June 7, 2012, the New Orleans Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Chapter, hosted a discussion on the proposed amendments to EDLA Bankruptcy Court rules.

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On Friday, May 18, 2012, the Bankruptcy and Tax Law Committees hosted a CLE on "Taxation and Accounting in Bankruptcy" at the New Orleans Bar Assocaition.