LAWRENCE R. AHERN, III is a former Director and President of the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute. He practiced bankruptcy and commercial law after his 1972 graduation from Vanderbilt University Law School and admission to the Tennessee bar, until 2013, when he retired from big-firm practice. He limits his practice to consulting engagements by legal and financial professionals, including expert testimony, on legal issues involving bankruptcy, commercial and real estate law, teaching, writing and speaking. He is certified as a Business Bankruptcy Specialist by the American Board of Certification (ABC). Larry has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Vanderbilt, 1998-present (Secured Transactions), at St. John’s University Law School in the Bankruptcy LL.M. program (Bankruptcy Procedure), at Belmont University College of Law (Secured Transactions) and as Visiting Professor at Cumberland School of Law (Secured Transactions and Banking Regulation). He is a Fellow of both the American College of Bankruptcy and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. He chaired both the ABC and the Tennessee Commission on CLE & Specialization and continues to serve the ABC as Director Emeritus. He has also served on the Advisory Board of the St. John’s Bankruptcy LL.M. program. Larry has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1989, in the categories of business reorganization, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy litigation, and has been honored by various publications based on peer ratings as “best of the bar,” and similar honors. He is currently a Director of the Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors. His other professional affiliations include the ABI (former Director) and Turnaround Management Association (former Director and Chapter President). He is author and co-author of numerous books and articles on bankruptcy, commercial and real estate law and related fields and is a frequent speaker.