Carl M. Bates, Chapter 13 Trustee / Richmond
Carl Bates is currently serving as a Standing Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee in the Richmond Division of the Eastern District of Virginia. Prior to serving as a trustee, he had been practicing law in the Richmond area since his graduation from law school in 1987. He is a frequent CLE author and speaker for The Virginia Bar Association, National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees, and the Richmond Bar Association.
Herbert L. Beskin, Chapter 13 Trustee / Charlottesville
Herbert L. Beskin practiced consumer bankruptcy law for 25 years in Charlottesville before being appointed a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee for the Western District of Virginia in 2003. He has been a Virginia CLE® lecturer since 1993, has written articles for The Virginia Lawyer and the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees website, and has taught law-related courses at both the University of Virginia and Piedmont Virginia Community College. From 1991 to 1997 he served on the Board of Governors of the Bankruptcy Law Section of the Virginia State Bar. He has co-authored two chapters of the Virginia CLE® publication Bankruptcy Practice in Virginia: Chapter 7 practice in the 1st edition with Douglas Little, and Chapter 13 practice in the 2nd and 3rd editions with Judge Rebecca Connelly. He has also served as a trainer for new Chapter 13 Trustees at the UST’s training facility in Columbia, SC.
Malissa L. Giles, Giles & Lambert / Roanoke
Malissa Lambert Giles is a member of the firm of Giles & Lambert, PC, in Roanoke, Virginia. She and the firm, which was formed in 1993, limit their current practice to the areas of bankruptcy, focusing on debtors' rights and consumer law.
Ms. Giles has taught at numerous bankruptcy and consumer seminars, including the Mid-Atlantic Institute on Bankruptcy and Reorganization Practice, the ABI’s Spring Nuts and Bolts Seminar, Annual State-wide Legal Aid Conference, the Virginia State Bar’s First Day in Practice Seminar, the VBA’s Bankruptcy Law Seminar, the VSB’s Basic Bankruptcy Seminar, and other bankruptcy seminars for Virginia CLE®/VSB. She has served as chair of the Board of the Virginia State Bar’s Bankruptcy Section and as editor of The Bankruptcy Law News.
Ms. Giles has been named a Virginia Super Lawyer in the area of consumer bankruptcy practice since 2007, and was named Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year in Bankruptcy for 2012 in Roanoke, and the firm of Giles & Lambert, PC, is ranked as a top Tier One Bankruptcy Law Firm in Virginia by US News and World Report.
Ms. Giles received her J.D. from the University of Mississippi Law School in 1991, and her undergraduate degree from Ole Miss in 1987. She is admitted to practice in Virginia and Mississippi, and is a member of the Virginia State Bar, The Virginia Bar Association, American Bankruptcy Institute, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the American Bar Association, and the Mississippi Bar.
Mark C. Leffler, Boleman Law Firm / Richmond
Mark C. Leffler has been with the Boleman Law Firm, P.C., where he is a shareholder, since July of 2000. He is the Editor for the Virginia State Bar Bankruptcy Section’s Bankruptcy Law News quarterly, he has often been a speaker and author on bankruptcy matters for Virginia CLE® programs, and he is a co-author of “Bankruptcy Practice in Virginia”, a Virginia CLE® publication.
Mr. Leffler is a frequent contributor to the National Association of Chapter Thirteen Trustees (NACTT) and was recently honored to be the first debtor's attorney to join the NACTT Academy's Board of Directors. He has served as a panelist at NACTT annual conferences in 2006, 2009, 2010, and 2011, and has written several articles published by NACTT Academy on issues in Chapter 13. He was also recently featured as an author for Inside the Minds: Chapter 7 Consumer Bankruptcy Strategies, Leading Lawyers on Filing Chapter 7 Cases in Today’s Consumer Bankruptcy Climate (2012 ed.), published by ThomsonReuters. From 2007 through 2012, he has been selected as a member of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” in the bankruptcy practice category published by Virginia Business magazine.
Mr. Leffler received a B.S. from Eastern Mennonite College in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and a J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a member of the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees, Virginia State Bar, Bankruptcy Section, Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association, Virginia Beach Bar Association, and the NACTT Academy.
Christopher T. Micale, Chapter 13 Trustee / Roanoke
Christopher Micale began working as a paralegal for Chapter 13 Trustee Denise Pappalardo and from there joined EPIQ in its Chapter 13 division. After receiving a J.D. degree, he joined Chapter 13 Trustee Laurie Williams in Wichita, Kansas, as a staff attorney. Mr. Micale is the current Chapter 13 Trustee in the Western District of Virginia.
Eric D. White, Samuel I. White, PC / Richmond
Eric White was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1982; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit. He received his B.A. from Washington & Lee University and his J.D. from the University of Richmond. Mr. White practices in the areas of foreclosure, real estate, bankruptcy, and litigation.