Mealeys Asbestos Bankruptcy Conference (ABKCON)

Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Event Date/Time: Jun 09, 2005 End Date/Time: Jun 10, 2005
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Conference Chaired by

Sander L. Esserman, Esq., Stutzman, Bromberg, Esserman & Plifka,

Norman L. Pernick, Esq., Saul Ewing LLP,
Wilmington, DE

Registration Fee

The registration fee includes continental breakfast each day, one luncheon, attendance at all conference sessions, a copy of the conference handbook on CD, networking reception, and coffee breaks. The registration fee is $1295 for the first attendee.

How to Register

Fax is the best way to enroll, allowing us to attend to your registration immediately. Please fax this form to (610)768-0303, call 1-800-MEALEYS, (610)768-7800, e-mail or mail this form with payment to Mealey Publications, P.O. Box 62090, King of Prussia, PA 19406-0230. Receipt of payment guarantees your registration.

Special Discounts

• Corporate Discount — $200 off — $1095

• Additional registrants from the same firm or company — $150 off — $1145

• Government employees — one-third off — $865

• Sitting judges — attend free

• Paralegals — two-thirds off — $435

Special Needs

Should you have any special needs, please contact Mealey’s at least three weeks prior to the conference, to allow us time to make reasonable accommodations.

Cancellation Policy

Registrants who cancel on or before May 25th will receive a full refund. Registrants canceling from May 26th-June 1st will receive a full credit towards another Mealey’s conference. Cancellations made after June 1st will be subject to a 25% administrative fee; the remaining amount will be credited towards another Mealey’s conference. Credits must be used within one year of the date of issuance. Attendees who are paid in full and do not attend the conference forfeit a refund or a credit voucher. Substitutions may be made at any time.

Hotel Accommodations

The Ritz-Carlton Chicago is located at 160 East Pearson Street at Water Tower Place, just 45 minutes from O’Hare International Airport. Attendees should make reservations directly with the hotel by calling 312-266-1000. When making reservations, indicate that you are attending Mealey’s Asbestos Bankruptcy Conference, June 9-10, 2005. A block of rooms has been reserved for attendees at a rate of $275 a night for a single or double room. The cut-off date for this rate is May 18th. After that date, this rate will be offered based on space availability. Please note, there are a limited number of rooms in our room block so make your reservations early.

For alternative hotels and rates, please call us at (610) 768-7800.

Conference on Audiotape

If you cannot attend this conference, take advantage of our new audiotape conference service. For more information call 1-800-MEALEYS or e-mail

CLE Credit

Credits will be available from all states with mandatory requirements. For more information visit and click on ‘CLE Credit’, or call 1-800-MEALEYS.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Please call 1-800-MEALEYS for more information on exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities.

Speakers, sessions and times may be subject to last-minute changes.

Thursday, June 9, 2005

8:00 Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 Welcome & Introductory Remarks

Sander Esserman, Stutzman Bromberg Esserman & Plifka

Norman Pernick, Saul Ewing

8:45 Update on the Current Major Bankruptcies

Moderator: Sander Esserman, Stutzman Bromberg Esserman & Plifka

Theodore Freedman, Kirkland & Ellis

Elihu Inselbuch, Caplin & Drysdale

9:45 Morning Break

10:00 Doing Business in a Post-CE Environment

Moderators: Sander Esserman, Stutzman Bromberg Esserman & Plifka and Norman Pernick, Saul Ewing

Steven Kazan, Kazan McClain Abrams Fernandez Lyons & Farrise

David Bernick, Kirkland & Ellis

Joseph Rice, Motley Rice

Additional speaker to be announced

11:15 The Estimation Process

Frederick Dunbar, PhD, Senior Vice President, NERA
Economic Consulting

Mark Peterson, Esq., PhD, Principal, Legal Analysis Systems

12:30 Networking Luncheon

1:30 Perspectives on Asbestos Bankruptcy — The Trustee

Moderator: W.D. Hilton, President & CEO, Trust Services Inc.

Mark Gleason, CPA, CVA, ABV, Managing Director, Gleason & Associates

Frank Andrews, Chair, Celotex Asbestos Settlement Trust

Stephen Snyder, Snyder Miller & Orton

2:45 Afternoon Break

3:00 Perspectives on Asbestos Bankruptcy — Insurance

Douglas Cameron, Reed Smith

Mark Plevin, Crowell & Moring

4:00 Trying a Substantive Consolidation Case

Moderator: Norman Pernick, Saul Ewing

Martin Bienenstock, Weil Gotshal & Manges

Michael Crames, Kaye Scholer

James Patton, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor

5:15 Networking Reception

Friday, June 10, 2005

8:30 Continental Breakfast

9:00 In Pursuit of Legislation — Renewed Efforts in 2005

Moderator: David Austern, Claims Resolution Managemen Corporation

Bryan Blevins, Provost Umphrey Law Firm

Additional speakers to be announced

10:00 Morning Break

10:15 The Wall Street Perspective on Asbestos Bankruptcies

Speakers to be announced

11:15 Anatomy of a Successful Asbestos Bankruptcy

Panel discussion regarding the components needed to put together a successful asbestos bankruptcy

Jeffrey Rich, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham

Don Godwin, Godwin Gruber

Russell Budd, Baron & Budd

Jack Kinzie, Baker Botts

Eric Green, Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law and Principal, Resolutions, LLC

12:30 Adjourn