Conference Speakers

 

Perspectives and Knowledge that Will Change the Way You Think


Check out our list of confirmed speakers below and please keep an eye out for updates as more speakers are announced.


Ed Boltz, Esq.President, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys


Mr. Boltz received his B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1993 and his J.D. from George Washington University in 1996. He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, admitted to practice before the Districts Courts in both the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina. He is a member of the Law Offices of John T. Orcutt, P.C. and has managed the firm’s Durham, NC office since 1998, representing clients in not only Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 bankruptcies, but also in related consumer rights litigation, including fighting abusive mortgage practices. In addition to serving on the NACBA Board of Directors, where he is jointly responsible for directing the State Chair program. His term as NACBA’s President commenced January 1, 2013. In April 2008, he testified on behalf of NACBA in Congress regarding the need for changes to the bankruptcy code to protect National Guard and Reservists returning from Iraq and Afghanistan from the harsh results of the Means Test, which was enacted as the National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Act.



Gary L. Donahue | Assistant U.S. Trustee, District of Rhode Island


Mr. Donahue is the Assistant United States Trustee for the District of Rhode Island; previously he was a Trial Attorney with the Boston office of the United States Trustee. Mr. Donahue joined the Department of Justice as part of the Attorney General’s Honors Program in 1992. Mr. Donahue received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and his J.D. cum laude from the New England School of Law, where he was an Executive Case and Note Editor for the New England Law Review. Mr. Donahue is a frequent lecturer on Bankruptcy and litigation at the Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center and the National Bankruptcy Training Institute. Mr. Donahue is an adjunct faculty member at Roger Williams University.




Henry E. Hildebrand III | Chapter 13 Trustee, Nashville, TN


Mr. Hildebrand has served as Standing Trustee for Chapter 13 matters in the Middle District of Tennessee since 1982 and as Standing Chapter 12 Trustee for that district since 1986. He also is of counsel to the Nashville law firm of Lassiter, Tidwell, Davis, Keller & Hogan, PLLC. He is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and serves on its Education Committee. He is Board Certified in consumer bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification. He is Chairman of the Legislative and Legal Affairs Committee for the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees (NACTT).






Michael J. Klima Jr. | Creditors' Counsel, Peroutka, Miller, Klima & Peters, P.A.


Mr. Klima was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, earning his bachelor’s degree from Towson State University and Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore. Mr. Klima began his employment with Thieblot Ryan P.A. in 1996 as part of the collection staff, then as a law clerk, and finally as an attorney. In December 2015, Thieblot Ryan merged with another established Baltimore-area creditor’s rights firm, The Steve Peroutka Law Group, forming Peroutka, Miller, Klima & Peters, P.A.  Mr. Klima is licensed to practice law in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. He oversees the firm’s bankruptcy practice and is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys.




Hon. D. Michael Lynn | U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas (Retired)


Judge Lynn is a pillar of the Texas bankruptcy legal community, having recently retired from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division where he presided for 14 years.  Prior to that, Judge Lynn practiced as a bankruptcy attorney in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for nearly 30 years.  Judge Lynn has been a visiting professor at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law teaching, among other courses,  the Advanced Bankruptcy Course.  He also was a visiting professor at Texas A&M School of Law. Judge Lynn is the editor-in-chief of Bloomberg Law: Bankruptcy Treatise.  He has also been a contributing author for Collier’s various prestigious bankruptcy publications as well as a former columnist for Bloomberg Law. Judge Lynn is licensed in Texas, having graduated from Columbia Law School. In January 2016, he joined Shannon Gracey as a bankruptcy attorney.



Sara G. Murphy | President, Legacy Legal Center PLLC


Mrs. Murphy’s practice in Oklahoma City includes estate planning, elder law and Medicaid planning, Veteran’s benefits, tax planning, guardianships, probates and business matters. Mrs. Murphy regularly speaks to attorneys, CPAs, health care professionals and the public about estate planning and elder law. She is a member of the State of Oklahoma, Oklahoma County and American Bar Associations. She is licensed to practice in all district and federal courts in Oklahoma and is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association Estate Planning and Tax divisions. Sara graduated from East Central University with honors and the University of Oklahoma School of Law. She is a Member of Wealth Counsel, National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, Advisors Forum, and the Oklahoma County Tax, Probate and Estate Planning sections.




Tamara M. Ogier | Chapter 7 Trustee, Atlanta, GA, Past President NABT


Tamara Ogier has been practicing law in the area of bankruptcy and creditors’ rights since 1995.  Her practice has encompassed representing secured and unsecured creditors, trustees, debtors, debtors-in-possession, and serving as the Bankruptcy Trustee in Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 cases.  Ms. Ogier is a Chapter 7 panel trustee and is known nationally as an expert in the field and frequently lectures to lawyers and trustees at seminars all over the country. Ms. Ogier is a Past President of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, and past Chair of the State Bar of Georgia Bankruptcy Section.  She has also served as Chair of the Atlanta Bar Association Bankruptcy Section. Ms. Ogier received her juris doctor from Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1995 and received her B.A. from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, in 1992.



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