2017-2018 OFFICERS  




Jennifer Kneeland

1765 Greensboro Station  Place, Suite 1000

McLean, VA  22102

(703) 749-1026    


President Elect
Patricia B. Jefferson
100 Light Street, 5th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 385-3406



Craig Palik

6411 Ivy Lane, Suite 200
Greenbelt, MD 20770
(301) 441-2420

Asst. Secretary
G. David Dean

300 E. Lombard Street,  Ste.2000

Baltimore, MD 21202

(410) 528-2972



Christina Hamilton-Eisler

6110 Executive Blvd., Suite230

Rockville, MD 20852

(301) 525-9995



Asst. Treasurer
Frederick W.H. Carter

750 E. Pratt Street, Suite 900

Baltimore, MD 21202

(410) 244-7446


At-Large Directors
David G. Sommer

Laura Margulies

Immediate Past President
Maria Ellena Chavez-Ruark




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pushpin CLICK HERE TO GET CLE APPROVALS FOR SPRING BREAK 2017.  If you have any questions regarding CLE credit approvals please contact Steve Metz at smetz@offitkurman.com.


MVLS Needs Your Help - MVLS has been unable to keep current with the volume of low income individuals that need bankruptcy attorney representation. MVLS currently has a number of bankruptcy clients that are in need of volunteer attorneys. Interested attorneys should contact Michelle Swift, MVLS Pro Bono Program Manager at (443) 451-4068.


Sept. 21, 2015 Ethics Opinion Re: Pro Bono Representation of Debtors in No-Asset Chapter 7 Cases
Several months ago Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS), with the assistance of Larry Coppel, asked the Ethics Committee to opine on the issue of whether it would be a conflict of interest under MRPC 1.7 (a) for a pro bono attorney to represent a Chapter 7 debtor in a no-asset bankruptcy case even though the attorney, or the attorney’s firm, represents one or more of the debtor’s unsecured creditors in unrelated matters and no waiver of the conflict is obtained. Several other jurisdictions’ ethics committees have all opined within the last few years that it would not be a conflict of interest under these circumstances since Chapter 7 bankruptcy is an in rem proceeding where the debtor and creditors are not directly adverse in the absence of an adversary proceeding. Where there is an adversary proceeding or contested matter, then a conflict waiver would be necessary for the representation.

Click here to view the MSBA Ethics Committee opinion. The Committee aligned itself with the other jurisdictions’ ethics opinions and has opined that a pro bono attorney may represent a Chapter 7 debtor in a no-asset case without a conflict waiver even though the attorney or the attorney’s firm represents creditors of the debtor in unrelated matters. Two members of the thirty member committee dissented.

 Educational Materials

BBA Case Reports:  the Bankruptcy Bar Association recently asked some of its members to serve as case reporters to make the membership aware of new Bankruptcy Court decisions from our district.  The case reporters are Bradley Swallow, Kristen Siracusa, Marissa Lilja, and Justin Fasano.

Click here to see recently added case summaries.


Newest Article


ABI’s Mentoring Program Seeking Mentors and Mentees, by Patricia A. Redmond, Edward T. Gavin, Maria Ellena Chavez-Ruark and Timothy R. Bow, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Volume XXXIV, No. 2, February 2015. (Reprinted with permission from the American Bankruptcy Institute).



Here is a link to this month's educational materials.

pushpin The BBA wants to publish original articles written by members about aspects of bankruptcy law, practice and procedure. Interested? Contact Jennifer Kneeland at (703) 749-1026 and jkneeland@watttieder.com

Here is a link to our guidelines for submission and publication agreement.

  The contents of this Web site are for informational purposes only and are not intended to provide legal or professional advice regarding any matter.
Upcoming Events
Date/Time Description of Event


24 Jan. 2018

12:30 - 2 PM


Please RSVP by

Fri., 19 Jan.


Bankruptcy Bar of Maryland, Baltimore Division,

Monthly Luncheon Meeting


Topic:  TBA



David Sommer and Anatoly Smolkin



Gallagher Evelius & Jones LLP

218 North Charles Street
Suite 400
Baltimore, MD 21201


25 Jan. 2018

6:00-7:30 PM


Please RSVP by Mon., 22 Jan.

Bankruptcy Bar of Maryland, Greenbelt Division,

Monthly Cocktail Meeting 


Topic:  Overview of the New Chapter 13 Plan



The Chapter 13 Trustees

Timothy P. Branigan, Nancy Spencer Grigsby & Robert S. Thomas II



Yumkas, Vidmar, Sweeney & Mulrenin, LLC

10211 Wincopin Circle, Suite 500, Columbia, MD 21044

Chapter Representatives

For information on any of the above-listed events, please contact the appropriate Chapter Representative.


Joint Events Chair

Brian A. Tucci


Chapter Events Chair

Catherine K. Hopkin


Chapter Events Assistant Chair

Lisa Y. Stevens