Practical Advice: Basics of Representing Creditors in Bankruptcy (On Demand Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Designation Credit: 2.0 Bankruptcy Practice (Designations Information)
Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 12/31/2025


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the August 2022 webcast, Practical Advice: Basics of Representing Creditors in Bankruptcy.

Topics Covered

  • Review the main provisions of the Bankruptcy Code and the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, including the roles of debtor’s counsel, creditor counsel, and trustees to more effectively preserve your creditor client’s claim
  • Understand the key events in each type of bankruptcy case, the tools available for creditors, and the importance of various deadlines in this often fast-paced practice area
  • Gain a better appreciation of the many traps for the unwary and learn how to avoid them

Whether the cases involve individual or business debtors, this targeted overview of creditors’ issues covers both consumer and non-consumer matters. The seminar focuses on the main provisions of the Bankruptcy Code and Bankruptcy Rules and navigating the problems that arise. In all the types of bankruptcy cases, creditors’ counsel must understand the automatic stay, valid objections to prevent discharge, and the filing of complaints that allow the court to determine dischargeability. The goal is to enforce the liens and other claims of creditors, and counsel must be prepared to discuss realistic recoveries in bankruptcy cases from that viewpoint.

The United States is likely on the brink of a major recession in light of the contraction of our economy. With inflation at a forty-year high, skyrocketing energy prices, and widespread supply chain disruptions, consumer and business bankruptcy filings will rise, making the basics of creditor representation important for anyone with a regular consumer or business practice.

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Kelly M. Barnhart, Roussos & Barnhart, PLC / Norfolk
Paul A. Driscoll, Zemanian Law Group / Norfolk


Kelly M. Barnhart, Roussos & Barnhart, PLC / Norfolk
Kelly M. Barnhart is a member of Roussos & Barnhart, PLC, and she primarily focuses on helping businesses and business owners deal with financial matters but also represents trustees and creditors in bankruptcy proceedings.

Ms. Barnhart attended Randolph-Macon Woman's College, and in 1998 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science. In 2002, she received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law and enjoyed spending her last year of law school as a visiting student at the University of Notre Dame School of Law.

Ms. Barnhart is a former President of the Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association, a former Chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the Virginia Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Section, and currently on the Board of the Bankruptcy Section of the Virginia State Bar and the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation. 

Ms. Barnhart has been selected as a “Rising Star,” which selection continued through December of 2012 and following that she has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” every year since 2013.  She has also been selected and listed as a member of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” (Bankruptcy/Creditors’ Rights) since 2015.  She has also been named to the Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyers list and inducted into Marquis Who’s Who, which will be published in the upcoming 74th edition of Who’s Who in America.

Paul A. Driscoll, Zemanian Law Group / Norfolk
Paul A. Driscoll is past president of the Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association and is of counsel with Zemanian Law Group in Norfolk, Virginia. His practice is focused on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights with experience in foreclosures and collections in state court; representation of debtors, financial institutions, landlords, and trade creditors in business bankruptcy cases; and he has represented trustees and defendants in dozens of avoidance actions.

Mr. Driscoll received his undergraduate and law degrees from Washington and Lee University and served successive one-year terms as a law clerk for bankruptcy and district court judges in the Eastern District of North Carolina before entering private practice in 1993. He joined the Bank of Hampton Roads in 2009 as associate general counsel and later served as general counsel, corporate secretary, and director of special assets until his return to private practice in 2017. He became a pool Subchapter V Trustee in 2020.

Mr. Driscoll retired from the Army Reserve as a colonel in 2015 after thirty years of service in a variety of command, staff, and leadership positions.

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