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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

Join the Bankruptcy Law Committee on Thursday, October 15, 2015

The New Orleans Bar Association Office
650 Poydras Street, Suite 1505, New Orleans, LA

11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Lunch and 4 1/2 hours of CLE credit

Topics include:

Are 363 Sales The Future Of Energy-Related Reorganizations? 
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm (45 mins)
Edward H. (Hank) Arnold, III, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Jan M. Hayden Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Collection in the Oil Patch: LOWLA and More
12:50 – 1:35 pm (45 mins)
Albert J. Derbes, IV, The Derbes Law Firm, LLC
Christopher T. Caplinger, Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard

Decommissioning Liabilities in Bankruptcy 
1:40 – 2:40 pm (60 mins)
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

Oil & Gas Primer for Bankruptcy Attorneys
3:00 – 4:00 pm (60 mins)
Prof. Keith B. Hall, Dir. of Mineral Law Institute, Professor of Energy Law, LSU Law Center

Tips for Avoiding a Dry Hole in an Oil and Gas Bankruptcy: an ATP Case Study
4:00 – 5:00 pm (60 mins)
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
Michael D. Rubenstein, Liskow & Lewis

Concluding with a “Bar at the Bar” Social at Marcello’s Restaurant & Wine Bar, 715 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans

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Cost: NOBA Members : $70.00 ; Non Member: $100.00

To Register:

  1. Email Alex Garon
  2. Call the NOBA Office at (504) 525-7453
  3. Mail payment to 650 Poydras Street, Suite 1505, New Orleans, LA 70130
  4. NOBA members can pay online by clicking here.

Please note cancellations must be received in writing two days prior to the program in order to receive a refund. No shows will be charged.

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.