Lowenstein Bankruptcy attorneys Brent Weisenberg and Arielle B. Adler join other seasoned insolvency professionals and area bankruptcy judges at the American Bankruptcy Institute's Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop to speak on leading issues in the industry, with a focus on the Mid-Atlantic region. 

August 5, 2021

12-1 p.m.

The Impact of the Pandemic on Brick-and-Mortar: A New Paradigm, or the Next Stage in the Evolution of Retail?

Retail was already in the midst of a fundamental shift before the pandemic started. Once COVID-19 hit, retailers were forced to innovate or close their doors forever. This panel will discuss case and Bankruptcy Code developments during the pandemic, as well as the extent to which the panelists believe the pandemic accelerated retail trends that were already underway or whether the changes reflect a true evolution in the retail space. The audience will be invited to share what they are seeing happening in their own jurisdictions as well, providing further perspective on retail's innovation and survival.


  • Arielle B. Adler, Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • Ian J. Bambrick, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Kristen E. Burgers, Hirschler Fleischer, PC
  • Anthony R. Calascibetta, EisnerAmper LLP
  • Jennifer M. McLemore, Williams Mullen

August 6, 2021

The Increasing Use of Chapter 11 to Resolve Sexual Abuse Scandals

9-10 a.m.

States across the country have enacted so-called “reviver” statutes, allowing otherwise time-barred claims for childhood sexual abuse to proceed. History has shown that bankruptcy filings by targeted institutions are a natural byproduct of reviver statutes and laws tolling the applicable statutes of limitations for sexual abuse claims. Indeed, an increasing number of bankruptcies have been filed in the wake of reviver statutes and new waves of sexual abuse claims. This panel will discuss issues that arise at the crossroads of sexual abuse claims and chapter 11, including the tension caused by using a financial reorganization tool to resolve highly emotional personal-injury claims, the stresses that cases of this ilk place on the Bankruptcy Code (including the uniqueness of claims bar dates in cases of this sort, nonprofit debtors and the absolute priority rule, and the propriety of third-party releases), and the use of mediation to globally resolve these cases.



  • Zhao (Ruby) Liu, The Rosner Law Group LLC
  • Hon. Jerrold N. Poslusny, U.S. Bankruptcy Court
  • Joseph L. Schwartz, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP
  • Sara C. Temes, Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC