ABOUT THE FACULTY
Hon. Brian F. Kenney, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Alexandria
Brian F. Kenney was sworn in on September 1, 2011. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Stephen S. Mitchell.
Judge Kenney was a principal in the Tysons Corner office of Miles & Stockbridge, P.C., a 200-plus attorney firm with offices in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. He represented creditors, debtors, and bankruptcy trustees in the Eastern District of Virginia, and elsewhere, since becoming a member of the Virginia State Bar in 1983. Judge Kenney also was certified as a business bankruptcy specialist by the American Board of Certification. He has served two terms as President of the Northern Virginia Bankruptcy Bar Association, and served on its Board of Directors. Further, Judge Kenney had served two terms on the Virginia State Bar Board of Governors for the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar. Judge Kenney had served as an Alexandria Division representative on the Standing Committee on Local Bankruptcy Rules for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Until his appointment, Judge Kenney served as a representative on the Eastern District of Virginia’s Alexandria Division Bankruptcy Bar Liaison Committee.
Judge Kenney is from Fredericksburg, Virginia. He graduated in 1980 from Virginia Commonwealth University, magna cum laude, with a degree in political science. Judge Kenney graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1983.
A frequent lecturer on bankruptcy matters, Judge Kenney has been a presenter on continuing legal education panels for the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Virginia State Bar, and the Mid-Atlantic Institute on Bankruptcy and Reorganization. He has published articles in the ABI Bankruptcy Journal, as well as in the Law News for the Virginia State Bar Bankruptcy Section.
Judge Kenney has been named as one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business Magazine from 2006, through and including 2010.
Robert M. Marino, Redmon Peyton & Braswell / Alexandria
Robert M. Marino is a partner with the Alexandria law firm of Redmon Peyton & Braswell, LLP. Prior to 2007 he was counsel with Reed Smith, LLP. He received his J.D. in 1986 from Georgetown University Law Center, and a B.A. in political science in 1983 from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York. He is a member of the bars of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the District of Columbia Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia and the District of Columbia, and the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Mr. Marino has had over twenty-seven years of experience representing debtors, creditors, committees, trustees, examiners and other parties in interest in a variety of corporate and individual bankruptcy cases. He also has substantial litigation experience in matters arising in the bankruptcy court. His experience also encompasses matters outside of bankruptcy, handling financial workouts and a variety of general creditors’ rights issues.
Mr. Marino is a current and long-standing Board Member and past-President of the Northern Virginia Bankruptcy Bar Association. He is a Master in the Walter E. Chandler American Inn of Court. He has been annually selected by Virginia Business Magazine as one of the Legal Elite in the area of bankruptcy law since 2008.
Mr. Marino is an avid comic book collector, pop culture enthusiast and diehard baseball fan. He looks forward with great anticipation to watching his son pitch in college.
Christopher L. Rogan, RoganMillerZimmerman / Leesburg
Chris Rogan has been practicing bankruptcy, debtor/creditor rights and commercial law for almost 25 years, since receiving his J.D., with distinction, from George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia, in 1989. He received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Barrington College in Rhode Island and studied architecture at Maryland University, prior to attending law school. Chris is a member of the Virginia, Maryland and District of Columbia bars and practices in all three jurisdictions.
Chris’ practice focuses on all aspects of individual and business bankruptcy law as well as commercial transactions and litigation. He holds AV and Preeminent ratings from Martindale Hubbell and has been named as one of America’s Best Lawyers, in the area of Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights Law, for the last 9 years.
Chris practiced with a Tysons Corner firm for many years, before moving his practice to Loudoun County in 2006. He has also served as in-house counsel to a Northern Virginia technology company, overseeing all aspects of the company’s legal affairs and strategy, including software development, licensing and sales, alliance and joint venture agreements, employment matters, corporate formation and governance, investor relations, and collections and debt restructuring.
Robert S. Westermann, Hirschler Fleischer / Richmond
Robert S. (Robbie) Westermann is Co-Chair of Hirschler Fleischer’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group, and practices out of the firm’s offices in Richmond, Virginia. His practice focuses on bankruptcy law, creditors’ and debtors’ rights, and related general commercial litigation. He has represented debtors and trustees in Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 cases across a broad spectrum of industries, and has represented creditors committees and all variety of creditors and other parties in interest in Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 cases throughout the United States, including lenders and other secured creditors, landlords, vendors, purchasers of assets, and officers and directors. A frequent author and speaker, Robbie currently serves as Chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the Virginia Bar Association and Vice-Chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the Virginia State Bar. Robbie is a former Chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the Richmond Bar Association, and is active in the American Bankruptcy Institute. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1992 and his law degree from the Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1998. Following law school, Robbie clerked for the Honorable Blackwell N. Shelley of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and practiced with the Bankruptcy Team at Hunton & Williams before joining Hirschler Fleischer in February of 2009.