The Bankruptcy Law Section allows solo and larger-firm practitioners from the consumer and business bankruptcy worlds to connect, share experiences, and explore evolving legal issues. The Section sponsors the popular Bankruptcy Bench Meets Bar Conference each spring and a variety of community service opportunities throughout the year.

The BBA Bankruptcy section has facilitated two training programs that provide volunteers with the fundamentals of Chapter 7 Bankruptcy law. This is in anticipation of an increased need for volunteer attorneys due to COVID related bankruptcy filings. The first training provided in July 2020 can be accessed here, and the subsequent training from November of 2020 can be accessed here.

25 Years of Bankruptcy Bench Meets Bar

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Bankruptcy Law Committees

  • Bankruptcy Communications Committee
    This committee publishes information relevant to the bankruptcy bar through print and the Section Blog, the “Disclosure Statement”. This committee coordinates with the BBA to confirm posting of new programs to the Bankruptcy Section website page, and to update bankruptcy law resource guides, as needed.

    Contact Information

    Kate P. Foley

    Mirick O'Connell - Worcester Office

    (508) 791-8500

    Ryan Kelley

    Pierce Atwood, LLP - ME Office

    (781) 775-7194

  • Bankruptcy Diversity, Inclusion and Membership Committee
    This committee aims to increase participation in the Section through outreach activities, with a particular emphasis on expanding the diversity of our membership.

    Contact Information

    Jesse I. Redlener

    Ascendant Law Group LLC

    (978) 393-0850

    Tristan G. Axelrod

    Brown Rudnick LLP

    (617) 856-8456

  • Bankruptcy Education and Bench Bar Committee
    This committee helps develop relevant and innovative educational sessions led by a diverse group of talented speakers covering both business and consumer bankruptcy issues. The committee supports the other committees responsible for planning events and oversees the Section’s educational programming, including a monthly Brown Bag Lunch series, CLE’s and the annual Bench Bar Conference.

    Contact Information

    David A. Mawhinney

    Bowditch & Dewey, LLP

    (508) 416-2408

    Carlos Loredo

    Cambridge Public Schools

    (575) 6448779

  • Bankruptcy Finance and Business Committee
    This committee focuses on commercial matters and Ch. 11 cases, often producing cutting edge educational programs.

    Contact Information

    John Edward Murray

    Nixon Peabody LLP

    (617) 345-1355

    Lynne B. Xerras

    Holland & Knight LLP

    (617) 854-1403

  • Bankruptcy Public Policy Committee
    This committee reviews requests from the BBA and evaluates pending changes to the law and its potential impact on our members, and when appropriate, works with the BBA to advocate positions advanced by the Steering Committee.

    Contact Information

    Richard L. Levine

    Sassoon & Cymrot, LLP

    (617) 936-5335

    Justin Kesselman

    ArentFox Schiff LLP

    (617) 973-6100

  • Bankruptcy Public Service/ Veterans Initiatives Committee
    This committee organizes the annual Chapter 7 Pro Bono trainings and the Reaffirmation Clinic. The committee works closely with practitioners and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to respond to needs identified in the community. Veterans Initiatives support programs for veterans and military personnel.

    Contact Information

    Kate Elizabeth Nicholson

    Nicholson P.C.

    Marcella Alvarez Morgan

    Sherin and Lodgen LLP

    (617) 646-2203

  • Bankruptcy Strategic Thought Leadership Committee
    The Bankruptcy Strategic Thought Leadership Committee tackles the larger issues of bankruptcy law and practice. This committee brings together attorneys with a plethora of experience in bankruptcy law with the purpose of examining important upcoming legislation and the latest developments in the field.

    Contact Information

    Donald R. Lassman

    Law Office of Donald R. Lassman

    (781) 455-8400

    Joan N. Feeney


  • Consumer Bankruptcy Committee
    This committee updates practitioners regarding changes and developments in Ch. 7 and Ch. 13 cases, focusing on consumer issues, and also plans educational programs relating to such issues. The committee also oversees the popular “Lunch Bunch” held at the Bankruptcy Court and helps coordinate pro bono bankruptcy services.

    Contact Information

    Marcus E. Pratt

    Korde & Associates, P.C.

    (978) 256-1500

    John F. Sommerstein

    Law Offices of John F. Sommerstein

    (617) 523-7474

  • M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Committee
    This committee coordinates the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program which provides high school students with a series of classes designed to allow students to make informed and effective decisions regarding their personal finances. The committee helps grow the program and encourages volunteerism by teaching at a participating school.

    Contact Information

    John G. Loughnane

    Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

    (617) 439-2521

    Jessica Hopton Youngberg

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court

    (617) 6396258

  • New Bankruptcy Lawyers Committee
    This committee addresses issues faced by newer bankruptcy practitioners, including hosting the annual Young Bar Meets Bench Conference and various social events.

    Contact Information

    Michael E. Jusczyk

    Greenberg Traurig, LLP

    (617) 310-6000

    Marc Tetreault

    Goodwin Procter LLP

    (617) 570-1000

  • Steering Committee
    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.