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Webinar: Litigation Funding in Bankruptcy Cases: How to Get it & Potential Pitfalls (Help Me Legalist, You’re My Only Hope)

October 21 @ 12:00 pm 1:15 pm

1.25 Hours MCLE; 1.25 Legal Specialization in Bankruptcy Law. Special low price!

Litigation financing is being used by attorneys, bankruptcy trustees, and debtors to address the financial challenges associated with insolvency litigation & reorganizations. This program will discuss how to obtain financing along with its benefits and potential pitfalls, including:

  • The requirements necessary to obtain financing for litigation and bankruptcy proceedings from funders like 
    Legalist;
  • The requirements and steps necessary to obtain Bankruptcy Court approval of post-petition financing;
  • Real world cases that involving litigation and insolvency financing to see its application in practice; and
  • Discussion of litigation and insolvency financing from the perspectives of the debtor-in-possession, bankruptcy trustee, Bankruptcy Court, and the funder.

Speakers: Hon. Meredith A. Jury, James Hill, Gary Rudolph, Curtis Smolar.

Hon. Meredith A. Jury

Honorable Meredith Jury (Bankruptcy Judge, Ret.) – Moderator Judge Jury served in the Riverside Division of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California from 1997 to 2018. She was a member of the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel from 2007 to 2017, serving as Chief Judge of the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel from 2015 to 2017. In retirement, she does pro bono mediations of bankruptcy cases, writes appellate briefs on consumer issues, and writes and edits the Commercial Finance Newsletter as well as assisting with the Insolvency Law Committee’s e-Bulletins.

James Hill

James P. Hill is a shareholder and founding member of the San Diego- based firm, Sullivan Hill Rez & Engel, and heads its Insolvency and Commercial Bankruptcy practice group. He practices primarily in the areas of bankruptcy, insolvency and commercial law. His bankruptcy experience includes representation of creditors, bankruptcy trustees and select bankruptcy debtors in Chapter 11 business reorganization cases. He works regularly with clients on asset sales and acquisitions, on state and federal court receivership cases, and on business workouts and dissolution matters, among other commercial law matters. Mr. Hill served two terms as the inaugural Chair of the California Lawyers Association, and previously as chair of the State Bar’s Business Law Section in 2016-2017 and as co-chair of the Insolvency Law Section of the BLS in 2012-2013. He was recognized in Best Lawyers® as the “Lawyer of the Year” in San Diego twice, and was selected in the 23rd-28th editions of Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law as well as Commercial Litigation. He was also recognized by Super Lawyers in the field of Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights in 2007-2021.

Gary Rudolph

Gary Rudolph is a shareholder in the firm Sullivan Hill Rez & Engel, with offices in San Diego CA and Las Vegas NV. He specializes in representing corporate and individual debtors in business bankruptcies and trustees in chapter 7 and 11 cases as well as representing fiduciaries in state and federal court proceedings. His practice also focuses on representing creditors and parties in interest in all facets of bankruptcy litigation. Another component of the services he provides is business consultation and strategic planning. He is the chair person for the San Diego County Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section and serves as a director on the executive board for the Business Law Section of the California Lawyers Association. His non bankruptcy activities include serving as a director on the board of Angels Foster Family Network, a non-profit organization that assists in caring for the placement young San Diego children in foster homes.

Curtis Smolar

Curtis Smolar is the General Counsel of Legalist. Previously, he was a commercial litigation partner at Fox Rothschild LLP, an Am Law 100 firm, representing clients such as Paypal, Ebay, and Bank of America. Curtis has over 20 years of litigation practice ranging from small firms to AmLaw 100 firms. As a trial lawyer, Curtis brought cases through jury trial, bench trial, and arbitration in practice areas spanning complex, commercial, bankruptcy, real estate, intellectual property, personal injury, employment, products liability and other areas of law. He holds a J.D. from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

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