Bankruptcy Section

Membership in the Bankruptcy Section of the Richmond Bar provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and practices among attorneys specializing in bankruptcy law. This is accomplished through a variety of continuing legal education and social functions. Annual section dues are $25 in addition to being a member of the Richmond Bar Association. Click here to join.


13th Annual Hon. Douglas O. Tice, Jr. Judicial Roundtable set for April 29, 2015

The Bankruptcy Section will host its 13th Annual Honorable Douglas O. Tice, Jr. Judicial Roundtable on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at the U.S. District Courthouse, 701 E. Broad Street, Room 5000, Richmond, VA.

4:00 – 4:15 p.m. – Arrival & Introductions

4:15 – 5:45 p.m. – CLE Program “The Voices – Addressing Ethical Dilemmas in Bankruptcy Practice” featuring Hon. Stephen C. St. John, Hon. Robert G. Mayer, Hon. Kevin R. Huennekens, Hon. Frank J. Santoro, Hon. Brian F. Kenney and Hon. Keith L. Phillips.  Also featured is Hon. Douglas O. Tice, Jr. (Ret.).  It is anticipated that this program will be approved by the VA MCLE Board for 1.5 hours of ethics credit.

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. – Cocktail reception (heavy hors d’oeuvres and cash bar) at the Hilton Garden Inn, 501 E. Broad Street.

Cost to attend is $60 per person for Section members and $70 per person for non-Section members.  The registration deadline is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2015.  There will be no further registrations accepted or refunds given after this date.  Call the bar office at 780-0700 to register.

The Section appreciates the generosity of the sponsor of the event:



The United States Trustee seeks resumes from persons wishing to be considered for appointment to the panel of trustees who administer cases filed under chapter 7 of the bankruptcy code.  The appointment is for cases file in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division. Chapter 7 trustees receive compensation and reimbursement for expenses, in each case in which they serve, pursuant to court order under 11 U.S.C. §326 and §330.

The minimum qualifications for appointment are set forth in 28 C.F.R. § 58.3.  To be eligible for appointment, an applicant must possess strong administrative, financial and interpersonal skills.  Fiduciary and bankruptcy experience is desirable but not mandatory.

A successful applicant will be required to undergo a background check, and must qualify to bonded.  Although chapter 7 trustees are not federal employees, appointments are made consistent with federal Equal Opportunity policies, which prohibit discrimination in employment.

Forward resumes to the Assistant United States Trustee, Robert B. Van Arsdale, 701 E. Broad Street, Suite 4304, Richmond, VA 23219.  All resumes should be received on or before May 1, 2015.

Annual Meeting set for May 14, 2015


The Bankruptcy Section will hold its May Luncheon, Annual Meeting and Celebration Honoring Sherman Lubman on his Retirement on Thursday, May 14, 2015 beginning at 12:15 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 501 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA  23219.  Please note the early start time to accommodate all of the items on the program.

The luncheon will feature a presentation by Roy M. Terry, Jr., Carl M. Bates, Robert Van Arsdale, Malissa Lambert Giles entitled “Show Us The Money: Attorney Fees in Bankruptcy.”  It is anticipated that the program will be approved for 1.0 hour of MCLE  credit.

The May 14th lunch will also serve as the Section’s annual business meeting, at which the Nominating Committee comprised of John H. Maddock III, Jennifer M. McLemore and Christopher L. Perkins shall seek approval of the following slate of Executive Committee officers for 2015-2016: Jennifer J. West (Chair), Keith A. Pagano (Chair-Elect), Michael T. Freeman (Secretary-Treasurer), Michael D. Mueller (Immediate Past Chair), Elizabeth L. Gunn (at-large), Sarah B. Boehm (at-large) and Peter J. Barrett (at-large).

Cost to attend is $35.  The registration deadline is Monday, May 11th; there will be no refunds after this date.  If you require a vegetarian meal, please inform us at the time you make the reservation.

The Section appreciates the generosity of the sponsor of the event:  BStrickland logo


May 21, 2015 – CLE Seminar 

The Bankruptcy Section invites you to a CLE presentation entitled “Training on Consumer No Asset Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Basics and the Use of the CaseFilePRO Petition Preparation Software” on Thursday, May 21, 2015.  The program will take place from 9:00 0- 11:00 a.m. at McGuireWoods LLP (901 E. Cary Street); continental breakfast will be provided.

Speakers are: Keith A. Pagano of Pagano & Marks, P.C., Elizabeth L. Gunn of the Office of the Attorney General, Amanda E. DeBerry of Boleman Law Firm, P.C. and a representative from Epiq Systems to provide CaseFilePRO software training and support.  Training will involve education on the basics of filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy petitions for typical, no asset Chapter 7 Debtors who are referred to the bar on a pro bono basis through the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society.  Training will focus on client interviews, financial data collection, petition preparation and filing, available asset exemptions, preparation and filing of homestead deeds, coverage of 341 meetings and handling of a case through discharge and closing.  This program has been approved by the VA MCLE Board for 2.0 hours of credit.

There is no cost to attend, but reservations are required.  Attendees are asked to pledge to perform pro bono service within the 2015-2016 Bar year.  Space is limited – the registration deadline is Tuesday, May 19th.


The Section would like to thank our Pro Bono Partner:

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The Section also appreciates the participation of all of the firm sponsors of the Bankruptcy Pro Bono initiative:

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