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New Speakers Announced for 2017 CONNECT Financial Services Conference
06/21/2017 08:00 AM Posted by: Lauren Hogan, AIS



Perspectives and Knowledge that Will Change the Way You Think.

Each year, we strive to secure the most relevant and qualified speakers in our industry. We recently secured the commitments from three outstanding speakers: Brett Allen, Ed Boltz, and Judge Randall Newsome. Below you can find more information on each speaker. Stay tuned in the coming months as we release the names of others joining the group!

Bret Allen I Attorney, The Allen Law Firm, Creditors' Rights

Bret D. Allen, owner and founder of Allen Law Firm PLLC, is a Creditor’s Rights and Business attorney in Irving, Texas.  Mr. Allen has successfully defended clients in bankruptcy, foreclosure, eviction, litigation, and probate proceedings in Texas, Arizona, Arkansas, New Jersey, Utah, and California. He currently defends national banking clients and servicers in bankruptcy, auto, unsecured, and mortgage default cases. Mr. Allen brings a commonsense business approach to the default process and he understands the needs of large creditors to quickly, efficiently, and effectively dispose cases and secure collateral. He previously co-chaired the commercial lending group for the American legal and Financial Network, a national organization for legal and mortgage professionals. In his role as co-chair, he worked heavily with other legal professionals, national servicers, banks, and other aspects of the lending industry.

Ed Boltz, ESQ. I Attorney, Board Member, 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, where he has been certified as a specialist in consumer bankruptcy law. He is admitted to practice before the Districts Courts in both the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina. Edward C. Boltz is a member of the Law Offices of John T. Orcutt, P.C., where he has managed the firm’s office in Durham, North Carolina 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 Board of Directors for NACBA, where he is jointly responsible for directing the State Chair program, Mr. Boltz serves on the Bankruptcy Council for the North Carolina Bar Association and previously served as the Bankruptcy Chair for the North Carolina Association of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Boltz moderated the panel, "Military Members Deep in Debt”, at the 2007 NACBA Convention. Mr. Boltz served as the Convention Chair for the 2008 NACBA Convention in Hollywood, as well as moderating a panel on Basic Bankruptcy Issues. Mr. Boltz’s term as NACBA’s President commenced January 1, 2013. In April 2008, Mr. Boltz 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.

Hon. Randall Newsome (Ret.) I Former Chief Judge U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California

Honorable Randall Newsome successfully served as a mediator in hundreds of cases both during his 28 years as a bankruptcy judge and as a full time neutral at JAMS. He has handled both local and national matters involving complex bankruptcy and commercial issues, including claims of breach of contract, nondischargeability, fraudulent transfer suits, mortgage fraud, employment discrimination, and lender liability. Judge Newsome is best known for his intelligent and pragmatic approach to resolving complex matters and he is frequently sought out as a national speaker on topics related to bankruptcy. He has a unique ability to bring about appropriate resolution based on the nature of the parties’ continuing relationship. Judge Newsome was recently chief judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California. He also previously served as a visiting judge in the Central District of California, the Western District of Washington, the District of Nevada, and the District of Arizona. Between 2001 and 2003 he was a visiting judge in the District of Delaware, where he presided over numerous complex matters. Judge Newsome was chief judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California. He also previously served as a visiting judge in the Central District of California, the Western District of Washington, the District of Nevada, and the District of Arizona. Between 2001 and 2003 he was a visiting judge in the District of Delaware, where he presided over numerous complex matters.


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