November 29 – 30, 2018
Marriott at Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee

7:45 – 8:30 Registration, Breakfast & Welcome Remarks   




8:30 – 10:00

Recent Developments in Chapter 13 Cases

Former bankruptcy Judge Keith Lundin and Hank Hildebrand, the Chapter 13 Trustee for the Middle District of Tennessee, will provide a review of all of the important Chapter 13 decisions from the past 18 months, presented in a comprehensive, fast and amusing style.


Hon. Keith Lundin (Ret.) 
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge,
Middle District of TN


Henry E. Hildebrand, III 
Standing Chapter 13 Trustee, Middle District of TN

10:00 – 10:15



10:15 – 11:45

Recent Developments in Chapter 11 Cases


This panel will discuss bankruptcy and appellate court decisions affecting Chapter 11 cases with an emphasis on current trends and circuit decisions reported during the past year.


Hon. Randal Mashburn 
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge,
Middle District of TN

Hon. Clifton R. Jessup, Jr. 
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge,
Northern District of AL


William Norton III 
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Nashville, TN

11:45 – 12:45





12:45 – 1:45

Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Insurance Issues, Advising Your Client About Cybersecurity Issues

This program will cover issues related to cybersecurity, including prevention, detection, response, and insurance coverage and claims.

Adam Conner 
Executive Lines
Risk Placement Services, Inc.
Rolling Meadows, IL
Richard W. Littlehale 
Special Agent in Charge
Technical Services Unit
Criminal Investigation Division
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
Nashville, TN
1:45 – 3:15

Reel Life Ethics

The ethics presentation will consist of topics that are especially relevant to commercial law, such as common ethical pitfalls in representing debtors and creditors. In addition, the presentation will also cover proper trust account procedures and practicing law in an age of social media.

Hon. Barbara D. Holmes 
U.S. Magistrate Judge,
Middle District of TN
Edward D. Lanquist, Jr. 
Patterson Intellectual Property Law
Nashville, TN
3:15 – 3:30


3:30 – 5:00

View from the Bench

Judge Walker will lead a discussion among all judges present at the Institute concerning current issues and pet peeves from the views of the bench.  An opportunity for registrants to ask questions will be provided.


Hon. Charles M. Walker 
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge,
Middle District of TN

5:00 – Following the program, please join Institute faculty and your fellow practitioners at a complimentary cocktail reception sponsored by the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute and the Tortola Advisors.  

FRIDAY, November 30, 2018

7:30 – 8:00 Registration & Breakfast  

8:00 – 9:30

Recent Developments in Chapter 7 Cases

A discussion of current Chapter 7 issues, focusing primarily upon cases decided within the past year.

Hon. Shelly Rucker 
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge,
Eastern District of TN
Robert H. Waldschmidt 
Law Offices of Robert H. Waldschmidt
Brentwood, TN


Samuel K. Crocker
Former U.S. Trustee
Region 8 and Region 20

9:30 – 9:45



9:15 – 11:15

What Commercial and Bankruptcy Lawyers Need to Know About the Tax Code

This panel will focus on tax issues that routinely intersect with commercial and bankruptcy law from the experience of counsel for individuals and the government.

James R. Kelly 
Neal & Harwell
Nashville, TN
Benjamin McClendon 
Office of the Chief Counsel, IRS
Nashville, TN
11:15 – 12:15





12:15 – 1:45

Leadership and Professionalism:  Legal Ethics

This ethics program will address professionalism and leadership in the legal profession.

Lt. Gen. Keith M. Huber (Ret.) 
Office of the Senior Advisor for Veterans and Leadership Initiatives
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN
Dean William C. Koch, Jr. 
Nashville School of Law
Nashville, TN
1:45 – 2:00


2:00 – 3:30

Recent Developments in Commercial Law

A review of selected commercial law cases and other developments from 2016 and 2017, with emphasis on matters of interest to commercial lenders and borrowers.

Hon. Neal McBrayer 
Judge, Tennessee Court of Appeals
Nashville, TN

John E. Murdock, III 
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Nashville, TN


Amanda Stanley
Bass Berry & Sims PLC
Nashville, TN


Evelyn Hill 
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Nashville, TN

3:30 – 4:30

Enforceability of Pre-Petition Restrictions on Filing Bankruptcy and Limited Liability Company Issues in Bankruptcy

This panel will highlight the hidden issues facing limited liability companies as debtors in bankruptcy cases and will focus on the enforceability of pre-petition restrictions.

Lawrence R. Ahern, III 
Brown & Ahern
Nashville, TN
Mark C. Taylor 
Austin, TX


Christopher G. Bradley
Assistant Professor of Law
University of Kentucky College of Law
Lexington, KY


Concluding Remarks