Ch. 11 and Sexual Abuse

When Social (In)Justice Intersects with Restructuring: Bankruptcy Cases Involving Sexual Abuse
Friday, May 21 | 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. CDT
1.0 CLE credit / 1.2 CPE credits in Business Law / 1.2 CEUs available

Between Boy Scouts, Weinstein, USA Gymnastics, and the many Diocese cases, the number of bankruptcy cases involving sex abuse-related claims and litigation has steadily increased. Join us for an engaging discussion of the issues and challenges faced in sexual abuse-related bankruptcy cases, the impact of “Me Too,” best practices, and other key insights into this unique subset of bankruptcy cases.

Rakhee PatelWinstead PC (TMA Dallas/Ft. Worth)

Allison NavitskasLantern Asset Management 
Katie NownesOmni Agent Solutions
Marie ReillyPenn State Law 

About the Speakers:

Rakhee PatelWinstead PC
Rakhee Patel is passionate about business restructuring. As a member of Winstead’s corporate restructuring and bankruptcy practice group, she guides her clients through an array of distressed business situations, providing them with targeted and effective solutions.

She draws from almost 25 years of experience to create practical solutions when advising public and private companies; clients all along the debt stack, from corporate debtors to equity holders; and stakeholders ranging from official committees to vendors to landlords in both in-court and out-of-court restructurings. Additionally, she represents parties in high-stakes bankruptcy litigation, including fraudulent transfer, preference, breach of fiduciary duty, discharge, dischargability and state law-based actions.

Selected industries in which Rakhee has provided restructuring advice include energy, hospitality (including lodging and multi-location restaurants), financial products, retail, distribution, manufacturing, aviation and start-up ventures.

Rakhee routinely speaks at both local and statewide conferences and seminars on bankruptcy, restructuring and workout topics, including a presentation on Sex Abuse Bankruptcies at the 28th Annual Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference and on diversity issues, including most recently to the US India Chamber of Commerce.

Allison NavitskasLantern Asset Management 
Allison Navitskas has over 20 years of professional experience working on complex transactions as an investment professional and as a corporate attorney with particular focus on credit investing and restructuring.  Ms. Navitskas recently joined Fortress Investment Group as a Managing Director serving the Credit Funds.  Previously, she served as Managing Director, Head of Asset Management for Lantern Asset Management.  From 2012-2019, she worked at Lone Star Funds and its affiliates in various roles, including Head of Asset Management and Workout for LStar Capital, a corporate direct lending platform.

Ms. Navitskas has also served in a legal capacity as counsel for Hudson Advisors and FelCor Lodging Trust Incorporated, a real estate investment trust in the hospitality sector. Ms. Navitskas was engaged in the private practice of law at the predecessor firm to Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.  She began her career in the investment banking group at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc.

Ms. Navitskas has served on a variety of public and private company boards.  She is a graduate of Columbia College.  She earned a juris doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School and an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Ms. Navitskas holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Katie Nownes, Omni Agent Solutions
A 30+ year veteran of the corporate restructuring industry, Katie serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Omni Agent Solutions where she directs the day-to-day management of the firm’s overall business functions.  Katie manages a team of consultants who focus on all aspects of chapter 11 case administration, and she works closely with Omni’s clients and their restructuring professionals, providing a knowledgeable point of contact, customized strategic workstreams, technical solutions for high-volume data projects, and cost-effective planning solutions. She has provided administrative services and guidance on hundreds of restructuring cases including Boy Scouts, USA Gymnastics, Chinos, Charming Charlie, Marie Calendars, Corinthian College, City of San Bernardino and Garlock Sealing Technologies. Katie’s expertise includes the comprehensive privacy and noticing requirements required under HIPAA, and has worked on such well-known healthcare cases as Senior Care Centers, 4 West, Center City Healthcare, and Downey Regional Medical Center.

A graduate of Phillips College, Katie began her career at Washington Mutual as the manager of the Bankruptcy Department. She is also an active member of TMA and IWIRC.



May 10   
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.  Registration 
10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  Welcome Remarks
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The Texas Two-Step: A Complex Dance with Mass Tort Liabilities
12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.  Networking Lunch
12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.  Keynote Panel: How We Built This – Recognizing Different Career Paths in the Restructuring Industry, sponsored by MACCO Restructuring Group 
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.  Let's Talk Compensation NOW
2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Refreshing Networking, sponsored by TMA Dallas/Ft. Worth and TMA Houston 
3:15  p.m. - 4:15 p.m.  Explosive Innovation in the Art World
4:15 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.  Closing Remarks
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  TMA NOW Summit Reception 
5:45 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.  Sunset Celebration at the Lone Star Ranch
(requires additional sign up and fee)
9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Mezzanine Mixer at Speakeasy