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Bankruptcy & Debtor/Creditor Rights

Albert J. Derbes, IV, Chair

Christopher T. Caplinger, Vice-Chair


Upcoming Events


Bankruptcy Holiday Social at Ohm Lounge

Date:  Thursday, December 4, 2014

Time:  5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: 601 Tchopitulas Street, New Orleans, LA 

Cost: There is no cost to attend. Food provided by Barcadia, wine, and beer are free.  

Sponsored by:

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, A Law Corporation

Derbes Law Firm, LLC

Jones Walker, LLP

Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard, A Law Corporation

McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC

Steffes, Vingiello & McKenzie, LLC


Bankruptcy CLE -  The Interplay of Bankruptcy and Domestic Law
September 18, 2014




12:00 – 12:45 pm            Community Property in Bankruptcy   Alicia Bendana, Lowe, Stein, Hoffman Allweiss & Hauver, LLP                                                                                  
12:50 – 1:35 pm   Domestic Support Obligations   Gary McKenzie & Barbara Parsons, Steffes, Vingiello & McKenzie, LLC
1:40 – 2:10 pm   The Domestic Relations Exception to
Bankruptcy Court Jurisdiction

Christopher Caplinger, Lugenbuhl, Wheaton Peck Rankin & Hubbard

Fernand L. Laudumiey, Gordon Arata McCollam Duplantis & Eagan LLC

2:10 – 2:25 pm  Break    
2:25 – 3:25 pm   Ethics in Two Venues   

Hon. Douglas D. Dodd, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge, Middle District of Louisiana

Albert J. Derbes, IV, Derbes Law Firm, LLC

3:30 – 4:30 pm   Panel Discussion: Perspectives on the Interplay
of Domestic & Bankruptcy Law

Hon. Douglas D. Dodd, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge, Middle District of Louisiana

Wilbur J. “Bill” Babin, Jr., Chapter 7 Panel Trustee/Derbes Law Firm, LLC

Hon. Bernadette D'Souza, Orleans Parish Civil District Court 


Date:  Thursday, September 18, 2014

Time:  12:00 - 4:30 pm

Location:  New Orleans Bar Association, 650 Poydras Street, Sutie 1505, New Orleans

CLE:  Four hours of CLE including one hour of Ethics

Registration Fees:  NOBA Member Discount - $70; Non Member - $100 (includes light lunch)

To register:

1.  Email Rebekah Burg  or 
2.  Call NOBA at (504) 525-7453 or 
3.  Mail registration and/or payment to NOBA at 650 Poydras Street, Suite 1505, New Orleans, LA 70130

4. Payment can be made online if you are a NOBA member here.

Bankrupcy Social 

Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014 (following the CLE)

Time: 4:30 pm - 6 pm

Location: Marcello's Restaurant & Wine Bar



Save the Date - Bankruptcy Holiday Dinner
     December 4, 2014



Recent Events

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.