The Honorable Alexander L. Paskay is Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Emeritus of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida and an adjunct professor at Stetson University College of Law. He has authored Creditors Rights (4th ed. Vandeplas Pub. 2006) and Trustees and Receivers Handbook, originally published in 1968 by Matthew Bender and revised several times since then. He is the co-author of the 14th edition of Collier on Bankruptcy, published by Matthew Bender and Volume VI of Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice. He also has contributed editorial comments to the recent pamphlet edition of Bankruptcy Code and Bankruptcy Rules and is principal contributing editor of the Norton Handbook for Bank Trustees, Debtors in Possession and Committees. From 1980 to 1984, Judge Paskay served on the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules and Practice, appointed by Chief Justice Burger. Thereafter, he was appointed to serve on a task force charged with revising the Official Bankruptcy Forms. He has served as vice president and member of the board of directors of the American Bankruptcy Institute. Judge Paskay is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.
The Honorable Randolph Baxter
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Judge Randolph Baxter, a United States Bankruptcy Judge, holds degrees from Tuskegee University (B.S., Political Science) and the University of Akron (J.D., Law). Since 1985, he has served as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Ohio. In 1996, Judge Baxter was appointed by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to serve as a charter member of its Bankruptcy Appellate Panel. From 2004 until 2008, Judge Baxter was appointed as Chief Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Primarily appointed to sit in Cleveland, Judge Baxter has served as a visiting judge in Delaware, New York, Tennessee, Michigan and Florida. In addition to his judicial duties, Judge Baxter has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Akron's School of law from 1989 until 1999, teaching the basic bankruptcy law course as well as an advanced seminar in business reorganization. In 2008, an endowed professorship was named in his honor at the School of Law. He earlier served as an adjunct professor in the College of Business at Kent State University (1974-78). He previously served as a member of the U.S. Judicial Conference's Bankruptcy Education Committee which develops training seminars for the nation's 336 bankruptcy judges. He currently serves as a member of the American Bankruptcy Institutes Law Review Advisory Board and as an advisory board member of the LLM Degree Program at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Cleveland Clinic Orchestra, where he plays the trumpet.
Arthur H. Boelter, Esq.
Boelter & Associates
Arthur H. Boelter received his bachelors degree from the University of Illinois and his law degree from DePaul University, where he was an editor on the Law Review. He also holds a master of laws degree in taxation from New York University. Mr. Boelter has lectured extensively in the area of tax procedure all across the United States and is the author of Representation Before the Appeals Division of the IRS, Representing the Bankrupt Taxpayer and ax Penalties and Interest. He is also one of the authors of Mertens Law of Federal Income Taxation. He has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Puget Sound Law School from 1980 to 1982 and as a lecturer in taxation law and procedure at Golden Gate University from 1981 to 1984. He is a member of the bars of Washington, New York and Illinois and is admitted to practice in the tax court, as well as several Federal District Courts in Washington, Illinois, and California, the 7th, 9th and Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the Supreme Court of the United States.
The Honorable Robert E. Gerber
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
New York, New York
Robert E. Gerber is a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York. Since his appointment to the bench in 2000, Judge Gerber has presided over a wide variety of chapter 11, chapter 7, chapter 15, section 304 and SIPA cases. Before his appointment to the bench, Judge Gerber was a partner of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, in New York, where he specialized in commercial and securities litigation, and, thereafter, bankruptcy litigation and counseling. He practiced nearly entirely in the bankruptcy area over the last 11 of his 30 years of private practice, representing debtors and creditors in about equal numbers, principally in large chapter 11 cases. Judge Gerber earned a B.S. degree in industrial engineering, with high honors, from Rutgers University, and a J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone and James Kent Scholar. He is a contributing author to Collier on Bankruptcy, and a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.
The Honorable Bruce A. Markell
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Las Vegas, Nev.
The Honorable Bruce A. Markell has been a bankruptcy judge since 2004. Since 1999, he had been the Doris S. and Theodore B. Lee Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, where he taught contracts, commercial law, securitization and bankruptcy. He maintains a position at the Boyd School of Law as their senior fellow in Bankruptcy and Commercial Law. Judge Markell is a 1977 graduate of Pitzer College, and a 1980 graduate of the King Hall School of Law, University of California at Davis, where he was first in his class and editor-in-chief of the Law Review. Judge Markell is the author of numerous articles on bankruptcy and commercial law. He is a member of the editorial board of Collier on Bankruptcy and contributes several chapters to that publication. In 2001, he published a case book on Contracts, Making and Doing Deals: Contracts in Context. A second edition of that book was published in 2006. In 2004, he published Core Concepts of Commercial Law: Past, Present and Future, commercial law case book and Securitization, Structured Finance and Capital Markets, a set of teaching materials on securitization with Professors Steven L. Schwarcz and Lissa Broome.
Louis M. Phillips, Esq.
Gordon, Arata, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan LLP
Baton Rouge, La.
As the leader of the firms insolvency and bankruptcy practice group, Louis M. Phillips provides legal representation and consultation for debtors, creditors and trustees over a broad practice area, including transaction and business structuring and restructuring, bankruptcy reorganization and bankruptcy and commercial litigation. Phillips was the U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Louisiana from May 1988 to May 2002.
Shayna M. Steinfeld, Esq.
Steinfeld & Steinfeld, P.C.
Shayna M. Steinfeld is board-certified by the American Board of Certification in both consumer and business bankruptcy law. She is the current president of the Atlanta Bar Association, a past president of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, past chair the bankruptcy and sole practitioner and small firm sections of the Atlanta Bar Association. Steinfeld has received the Section of the Year and Outstanding Woman in the Profession Achievement awards from the Atlanta Bar Association and the Kathleen Kessler Award for being a Trailblazer Woman from the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers. She is a past chair of the bankruptcy section of the State Bar of Georgia and a past president of the Metropolitan Atlanta Consumer Bankruptcy Group. In that capacity, she worked with Georgia legislators to draft and to obtain passage of amended Georgia exemptions. Steinfeld has received her bachelors degree in 1986, her law and business masters degrees in 1990 from Emory College.
Donald F. Walton, Esq.
U.S. Trustee for Region 21
Donald F. Walton is the U.S. Trustee for Region 21 for Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, at which time he was commissioned an ensign in the United States Navy Reserve and served three years active duty. He attended the University of Georgia where he received his law degree, cum laude. Walton practiced law in Atlanta until August 1987, when he was appointed as an Assistant U.S. States Trustee. Prior to his current appointment, he served as Acting U.S. Trustee for Region 21 from 1992 to 1997, Acting U.S. Trustee for Region 3 for Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey from October 2001 to March 2003, Acting General Counsel for the United States Trustee Program from October 2003 to April 2005 and Acting Deputy Director of the U.S. Trustee Program from April 2005 to December 2007.