Professional Compensation/Fees

A Penny for Your Thoughts: Insights into the Professional Retention and Compensation Process

This is a subject none of us can afford to ignore: the ins and outs of being retained and paid by the bankruptcy estate. Panelists will discuss recent issues and developments in the area of professional retention and compensation, including a look at the U.S. Trustee Guidelines in practice, recent conflict-of-interest decisions and thoughts on best practices.

$25.00
$25.00

Show Me the Money! The ABC's of Getting Paid Your Attorney's Fees

Hot Topics in Chapter 13

Equal Monthly Payments; Consequences of Surrender and Pay Direct; Rule 3001(c) issues; Fee-Shifting under Rule 3002.1; Circuit Splits on Service of Objections to Claims and Bar Dates for Secured Creditors; Unscheduled Claims

$25.00
$25.00

Great Debates

Resolved: A “workaround” contract provision
is enforceable after Baker Botts v. ASARCO.

Resolved: If a mortgage includes a security
interest in a mortgage escrow account, the
mortgage loan can be modified under § 1322.

Resolved: Section 1129(a) requires an
impaired accepting class for each debtor.

$25.00
$25.00

How Do I Get Paid for This Work?

This topic will focus on minefield issues for attorneys in chapter 13 who wish to get paid for their work pre- and post-confirmation. How does Harris v. Viegelahnapply? What happens if a chapter 13 case is converted after there is an outstanding fee award? What if a chapter 13 case is dismissed after an outstanding fee award? Can a debtor’s attorney preemptively contract to deal with Harris issues in the original retention agreement signed pre-petition?

$25.00
$25.00

Navigating the Roads of Retention in a Post-ASARCO World: Conflicts, Compensation and Other Conundrums

This panel will address a variety of current issues including “disinterestedness” and “the 1% Rule,” attempted workarounds in the aftermath of Baker Botts v. ASARCO LLC and other ethical challenges, along with guidance under various applicable Rules of Professional Conduct, such as rules regarding fees (RPC 1.5), confidentiality (RPC 1.6), conflicts of interest (RPC 1.7) and candor with the court (RPC 3.3).

$25.00
$25.00

Hotcakes and Hot Topics: Judges’ Roundtable Q&A

This panel will feature a roundtable discussion with bankruptcy judges from the Ninth Circuit and across the country. The judges will share their thoughts and perspectives, as well as take questions from the audience, on topics of current interest in both business and consumer cases.

$25.00
$25.00

Recovering and Protecting Legal Fees in Bankruptcy: A Real Gamble! (Consumer Cross-Over Panel)

This panel will discuss the various obstacles attorneys can encounter when collecting fees. The discussion will include enforcement of contractual and statutory rights to payment, over- and undersecured claims, preference claims arising from the payment of attorneys’ fees, fees incurred defending fee application objections, and other related issues.

$25.00
$25.00

What Do Clients Really Want? (Consumer Cross-Over Panel)

This panel will include individuals from various business sectors discussing how they select counsel and what they expect from their counsel during the representation.

$25.00
$25.00

Business Development and Marketing Your Practice (Consumer Cross-Over Panel)

The panel will discuss the ins and outs of business development and the various ways attorneys and their firms market their practices.

$25.00
$25.00
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