Chapter 11 Challenges: Going Beyond the Basics

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This program is no longer approved for CLE Credit in Florida. It is now 50% off. 

If you are interested in an updated version of this course, please see our Business Bankruptcy 101 recording.

The focus of the program is to increase your Chapter 11 knowledge and skills when handling a Chapter 11 case.

At this seminar you will delve into the complications, risks and parts of Chapter 11 fraught with mistakes and you will learn how to effectively handle intricate tasks, difficult issues and thorny personalities. You will also learn to avoid the worst of the missteps

This program is taught by seasoned practitioners who will provide you with their perspectives and experience in successfully handling the complications you face when representing your clients in Chapter 11 cases.

This program assumes a basic knowledge of bankruptcy law. If you are a beginner, you may want to consider purchasing our Bankruptcy for the Non-Bankruptcy Attorneys program.

Recorded in 2016.


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What You Will Learn

The early stuff – retention issues

  • Individual & Business
    • Complex cash collateral issues

Single Asset Real Estate Cases and Dismissal

What’s in the middle stage – Difficulties Before Plan Confirmation

  • Automatic Stay/Stay Relief in “Special” Chapter 11 Situations
  • Assumption/Rejection of Executory Contracts/Unexpired Leases
  • Nuanced 363 sales issues in Chapter 11

The difficulties with Plan Confirmation and Classification of Claims

  • Businesses
    • Classifications and concerns
      • Separate classification of unsecured claims
    • Voting issues
      • Solicitation and balloting
      • Stations Holdings and NII Holdings
      • In re Indianapolis Downs, LLC 
    • Third Party Releases
      • Case law discussion
    • Cramdown Issues
      • Interest Rates – election – how, when to use, oppose
    • Who may object to confirmation
      • Party in Interest, Waiver, Appeals
      • Ineligible to vote

The Unique Differences with an Individual Chapter 11 case

  • Overview and Differences between Individual Chapter 11 Cases and Other Types of Cases
    • Differences between Individual Chapter 11 Cases and Corporate Chapter 11 Cases
      • Disposable Income Requirements
      • Property of the Estate
      • Mortgage Modification Mediation (MMM) and Motions to Value
      • Other Differences
    • Differences between Individual Chapter 11 Cases and Chapter 13 Cases
      • Cash Collateral
      • Voting
      • The Bankruptcy Estate
      • Confirmation Requirements
      • Other Differences
    • Employment issues
      • Representing interests of the Debtor as an individual versus representing interests of the Debtor as a fiduciary of the estate
      • Conflict Issues and Disinterestedness
    • §1115 and use of cash
    • Risk Factors/Issues inherent in Individual Chapter 11 Cases
    • Strategy if faced with an 1111(b) election
    • Plan Drafting Issues
      • Preparing a Plan and Disclosure Statement in an Individual Chapter 11 Case
      • Dealing with Property Taxes, Tax Certificates and other Liens
      • Issues, including Plan treatment concerning Non-dischargeable Association Fees under 523(a)(16)
    • Confirmation Issues
    • Voting issues / Classification of Claims (Unsecured vs. Partially Unsecured Claims)
    • Absolute Priority Rule
      • Absolute Priority Rule post-BAPCPA and Recent Trends
      • Tactics to avoid application of the rule
    • Objections under 1129(a)(15)
    • Finding Affirmative Votes
    • Other Confirmation Issues
  • Post Confirmation Issues
  • Closing the Case
  • Post Confirmation Defaults
  • Timing of Discharge
Post Confirmation Tasks, Issues and Strategies
  • Claim Objections
    • Ivanhoe issues – claims against guarantor debtors/estates
    • Burden shifting issues and sufficiency of claims objections.
    • Whether filing a POC after SOL on the underlying claim expires violates FDCPA
    • Filing POCs for amounts not contemplated under loan documents
    • Considerations with lawyers signing POCs
  • Other Post Confirmation Litigation
    • Fradulent transfers
      • Mere conduit affirmative defense issues
      • Necessity of a “golden creditor”
      • Jurisdictional and Forum Issues that will or may arise
          • related to/non core issues and considerations – finding of facts and conclusions of law
          • state court v. bankruptcy court – number of appeals and other considerations
          • Withdrawal of the reference
          • POC filed v. not filed – jury waiver
    • Preferences
      • Subsequent New Value Defense – whether or not the new value must remain unpaid – should it?  Policy considerations v. 11th Circuit’s view
      • Revival of a debt after preference
        • Tie-ins to third-party releases in plans

Critical Case Law Update – what will impact your client now


“Great! [It was] very organized with good handouts.” – Jennifer Harley, Esq.

“Excellent presentation…and comprehensive materials.” – Steven Beiley, Esq.

“[Speaker] was very good.”


Jeffrey P. Bast, Esq.
Bast Amron LLP

Jeffrey Bast’s practice focuses on bankruptcy and insolvency, emphasizing corporate reorganization, restructuring, creditors’ rights, workouts, and commercial litigation in several industries, including real estate, retail, healthcare, telecommunications, internet and technology, hotels, textiles, transportation, franchise operations, travel, aviation, manufacturing, and financial institutions.

Jeff also provides insolvency-related advice and has extensive experience with all aspects of bankruptcy litigation, appeals and legal opinions for complex transactions.

He now represents corporate debtors, shareholders, trustees, receivers, indenture trustees and creditors’ committees, as well as financial institutions and other secured and unsecured creditors in complex workouts, reorganizations and liquidations.

Ileana Espinosa Christianson, Esq.
Stone, Glass & Connolly, LLP

Ileana E. Christianson is a partner with Stone, Glass & Connolly, LLP and practices commercial litigation, insurance defense, and bankruptcy. She is experienced in handling an array of business litigation, including real estate, construction and other contractual disputes, as well as in representing creditors, receivers, assignees, creditors’ committees, buyers, fiduciaries and trustees in bankruptcy and insolvency cases.

Mrs. Christianson earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Miami in 2000 and her Juris Doctorate degree from Boston College in 2003. She is admitted to practice in Florida, in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida and in the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

Mrs. Christianson is a past president of the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida. She served as student body president for both Boston College Law School and the University of Miami. She currently serves as president of the BC Law Alumni Council Florida Chapter. Mrs. Christianson is an adjunct professor and teaches bankruptcy at Florida International University College of Law.

Mrs. Christianson was the recipient of the BC Law “Most Outstanding Graduate Award for Scholarly Achievements and Contributions.” She was honored by Legal Aid and Put Something Back with the Pro Se Clinic Bono Award, by the Daily Business Review as a Rising Star, by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with the 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County Award, and by the American Society of Legal Advocates with the Top 40 Under 40 Bankruptcy Lawyers Award. She has been named a Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star since 2009.

Mrs. Christianson resides in the Village of Pinecrest with her husband and three children.

Daniel M. Coyle, Esq.

Astigarraga, Davis, Mullins & Grossman

Daniel Matthias Coyle focuses his practice on bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, secured transactions, collections, executions, asset recovery and cross-border insolvency, regularly representing financial institutions and other creditors in bankruptcy and state court litigation.

He received his law degree from the University of Miami, School of Law, magna cum laude, and is a member of the University of Miami School of Law’s Chapter of the Order of the Coif in recognition of his high academic achievements. While a law student he was a Semi-Finalist in the 1L Moot Court Competition, completed the Pre-Trial Portion of the Litigation Skills Program with Honors, and received the Dean’s Merit Award for European Community Law. He also participated in a Comparative Law program in Greece and Spain.

As a Presidential Scholar, Mr. Coyle received his B.A. cum laude from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Upon graduation, he served as a corrections officer at the New Hampshire Department of Corrections.

He represents creditors in commercial loan enforcement cases, including actions for foreclosure of commercial real property and replevin of personal property, and suits on notes and guaranties. Mr. Coyle also represents creditors in bankruptcy proceedings filed under Chapters 7, 11 and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code both in main case and adversary proceedings, including, but not limited to, preference actions, fraudulent transfer actions and discharge/dischargeability actions. He also represents creditors in the negotiation and documentation of workout agreements, loan restructuring, forbearance agreements and loan sale agreements. Additionally, he represents aggregate bodies of foreign creditors in United States Bankruptcy Proceedings, including obtaining foreign main recognition under Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. He also represents clients seeking to domesticate and enforce foreign judgments, including post-judgment discovery, proceedings supplementary, fraudulent transfer and executions; and foreign clients seeking documentary and testimonial evidence through initiating ancillary discovery proceedings under 28 U.S.C. §1782. Mr. Coyle co-authored an article with Gregory S. Grossman entitled "When a Lender Fails, Its Borrower’s Litigation Defenses May Be (D’Oench) Duhmed," appearing in the January 2013 issue of the Florida Bar Journal.

Daniel Coyle is admitted to practice in the State of Florida, in the United States District Court for the Southern of Florida, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida. He is a member of the Bankruptcy Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

David A. Samole, Esq.
Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton

David Samole is a partner at Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton. He focuses his practice on corporate bankruptcy and insolvency-related litigation matters, representing parties in corporate reorganization, liquidation, workouts and financially distressed transactions. David’s experience includes representing corporate debtors, creditors, committees, trustees and related parties in contested Chapter 11 proceedings, including principals, guarantors and Section 363 asset purchasers in the real estate, hospitality, retail, aviation, banking, healthcare, maritime, and construction industries, as well as in cross-border insolvencies.

David also handles many of the firm’s more complex trustee matters, including in the bank holding and Ponzi scheme litigation contexts, in addition to the firm’s clients facing potential exposure for avoidable transfers under the Bankruptcy Code.  David frequently represents commercial landlords and other corporate entities in bankruptcy proceedings and insolvency-related litigation throughout the country.  His practice includes bankruptcy appeals.  

David is an avid sports fan.  He enjoys running on a daily basis and is often present at home games for the Miami Heat.  He lives in Miami with his wife, Brigid, who is an attorney and their two children.

Jeffrey N. Schatzman, Esq.
Schatzman & Schatzman, P.A.

Jeffrey N. Schatzman is a native of Miami, Florida.  He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Florida in 1986 and his J.D. degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan in 1989.

Mr. Schatzman is a member of The Florida Bar and is admitted to practice in all Florida State Courts as well as the Federal District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida.

Mr. Schatzman concentrates his practice in the areas of Bankruptcy, representing both creditors and debtors; Commercial Collections; Commercial Litigation; and Commercial Transactions.

He has been a member of the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida, the American Bar Association, Dade County Bar Association, American Bankruptcy Institute and the Commercial Law League of America.

Mr. Schatzman has achieved an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, has been selected by his peers as one of Florida Trend Magazine’s "Legal Elite" Top Attorneys in Florida and has been recognized as one of South Florida’s Top Rated Lawyers by ALM ( 

On April 13, 2013, Mr. Schatzman was elected Pesident of the Commercial Law League of America.  He has been passionately involved with the Commercial Law League of America since 1991 and has held numerous positions within the League during that time.

Zach B. Shelomith, Esq.
Founding Shareholder
Leiderman Shelomith, P.A.

Zach B. Shelomith is a founding Shareholder at Leiderman Shelomith, P.A.  He handles personal bankruptcy matters, corporate bankruptcy matters, Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors and, bankruptcy litigation.

Prior to forming the firm, Zach served as a Judicial Intern to the Honorable A. Jay Cristol, Chief Bankruptcy Judge Emeritus for the Southern District of Florida.  Zach obtained a B.B.A. from the University of Miami and a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law, where he was awarded the American Bankruptcy Journal Prize.


Audio Course and Materials Package – Download or CD: $425 $212.50

CDs: plus $8.50 shipping and, in CA, sales tax.


Note: This program is no longer approved for CLE credit in Florida.

CLE Credit

FL General: This program is no longer approved for CLE credit. Approval expired on May 31, 2018.

CA General:  This program is approved for 7.0 Units in California.

This program is approved for CLE in the states listed above.  

Upon request, Pincus Pro Ed will provide any information an attorney needs to support their application for CLE approval in other states other than what is listed above.


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Recorded in 2016.