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Technology Issues: Crash Course

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 60 minutes
Recorded Date: March 10, 2021
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  • Courts are Always Open: Judiciary’s Rapid Response to Covid-19
  • The Effectiveness of the Virtual Courtroom
  • Procedural Challenges for Remote Witness Testimony
  • Video Proceedings as a Substitute for Live Proceedings
  • Overcoming Challenges and Lessons Learned Along the Way
  • Checklist for Mastering the Virtual Court Hearing
  • Technology Can Be Used to Further Improve the Efficiency, Efficacy and Safety of the Bankruptcy Process
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: March 10, 2021


This session will address how COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders prompted the rapid adoption of technology by the courts, the lessons learned along the way, and where technology can be used to further improve the efficiency, efficacy and safety of the bankruptcy process.

This program was recorded as part of the American Bankruptcy Institute's Bankruptcy Battleground West on March 10th, 2021.

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American Bankruptcy Institute
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Nellwyn W. Voorhies

Executive Director
Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc.

Nellwyn W. Voorhies is executive director of Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc. in San Diego and has more than 25 years of experience in the restructuring legal community. She previously practiced at several large firms, including Levene, Neale, Bender, Rankin & Brill, LLP, Baker & McKenzie and Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP.

Ms. Voorhies brings her legal expertise to the claims management industry, having been a director at Kurtzman Carson Consultants LLC and vice president of Sales and Marketing at Rust Omni. She worked on numerous chapter 11 cases as an attorney, including Daewoo Motor America, Stateline Hotel Inc., C&R Clothiers and Kenny Rogers Roasters.

Ms. Voorhies serves on ABI’s Southwest Bankruptcy Conference advisory board, is active within the American Bar Association’s Business Bankruptcy Committee of its Business Law Section, and serves on the board of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC). She received her B.A. cum laude from Georgetown University and her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Richard H. Golubow

Founder & Managing Partner
WInthrop Golubow Hollander, LLP

Richard H. Golubow is a founder and managing partner of Winthrop Golubow Hollander, LLP. Richard devotes his practice to and has extensive experience in the areas of Chapter 11 reorganizations, complex bankruptcy litigation, liquidations, out-of-court workouts, acquisitions and sales of distressed assets, Uniform Commercial Code Article 9 foreclosure sales, general assignments for the benefit of creditors, and receiverships. Richard has also been consulted and retained as a bankruptcy, insolvency and financial restructuring expert, and formally designated as a bankruptcy law expert on several occasions.

Richard understands that the law is a means to accomplish his clients’ business and personal objectives, not an end in itself. He listens to his clients and takes the time to learn about and understand his clients’ business as well as their needs to effectively provide customized, innovative, responsive and cost-effective legal solutions. For example, Richard places great emphasis on proactively counseling clients to identify and manage cash flow and insolvency risks posed by customers, vendors, landlords, and other counterparties to all types of contracts including purchase and sales agreements, real and personal property leases, franchise and intellectual property licenses, loan agreements, guaranties and employment contracts.

Richard has a diverse client base that includes representation of debtors, creditors, creditor committees, bankruptcy trustees, assignees for the benefit of creditors, receivers and asset purchasers in a wide range of industries, including retail, consulting, manufacturing, distribution, importing, construction, entertainment, education, religious and other non-profit institutions, fitness, financial services, healthcare, hospitality, real estate, automotive, agriculture, golf and country club, biotech, transportation, telecommunications and internet businesses, and multi-level marketing.

Richard has been frequently honored and recognized for his work in the financial restructuring field as the recipient of bankruptcy or financial restructuring attorney of the year awards by several leading national and international financial publications and organizations. The awards collectively recognize success and excellence, expertise, service, achievement and innovation as chosen by industry peers. For example, Richard was awarded the 2017 Professional Services (B-to-B) “Deal of the Year” award for an out-of-court restructuring of a company, that resulted in the company’s reduction of its senior secured debt by 75% and overhead costs by approximately 50% through elimination and consolidation of management, operations and administrative positions, while saving the jobs of approximately 200 employees.

Richard served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable John J. Wilson, United States Bankruptcy Judge, Central District of California, Santa Ana Division. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Mr. Golubow is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, Albany, New York (B.S., Cum Laude, 1985) and Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California (J.D., 1992).

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Joseph R. Dunn

Member / Co-Chair, Cross-Border Asset Recovery Practice
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo, P.C.

Joseph R. Dunn is a member of the Bankruptcy & Restructuring group at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. in San Diego and co-chairs its Cross-Border Asset Recovery Practice. He focuses his practice on asset recovery, judgment enforcement and litigation in the insolvency arena.

Mr. Dunn has experience in complex creditor rights litigation, bankruptcy litigation and other work in insolvency scenarios. He has represented institutional creditors, bankruptcy trustees, litigation trustees and other fiduciaries in investigating and pursuing complex asset-recovery matters, often through litigation focused on piercing fraudulent schemes and offshore asset-protection devices. He has represented institutional investors, hedge funds and large financial institutions, and regularly practices in courts around the country.

Mr. Dunn has served various leadership roles in local and statewide bankruptcy organizations, including on the advisory board for ABI’s Battleground West conference and on the Selection Committee for the Ninth Circuit’s Lawyer Representative Program. He also serves on the board of a San Diego-based nonprofit organization focused on assisting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Mr. Dunn founded the Finance Association at California State University, Chico. He received his J.D. from Washington & Lee University, and while there was a member of Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse, for which he assisted in representing capital murder defendants.

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Hon. Deborah J. Saltzman

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California

Hon. Deborah J. Saltzman is a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of California in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, appointed on March 18, 2010, and also hears cases in the Northern Division in Santa Barbara. As a member of the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Education Committee, she welcomes the opportunity to participate in bankruptcy education programs. She also currently serves on the Ninth Circuit Wellness Committee.

Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Saltzman practiced bankruptcy law in Los Angeles, representing debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, asset-purchasers, creditors’ committees and landlords in chapter 11 and out-of-court restructurings, as well as related financing transactions and litigation.

She received her B.A. in 1991 from Amherst College Phi Beta Kappa and her J.D. in 1996 from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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