March 06, 2017
Taylor Porter Partner Mike Crawford, Chair of the Firm’s Business Transactions, Bankruptcy and Real Estate practice, served as a moderator on a bankruptcy dispute resolution panel at the 2017 National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees Spring Seminar from March 1-5, at the Gran Melia Golf Resort in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
The panel, "Taking the Madness out of March Madness: Dispute Resolution in Bankruptcy Cases," discussed settling disputes in bankruptcy cases with an emphasis on mediation and how and when to settle the score. Crawford was joined by panelists: Honorable Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil, United States Bankruptcy Court (S.D. NY); and Lori Lapin Jones, NABT Member, Great Neck, New York, NY.
Practicing since 1994, Crawford represents clients in various issues of bankruptcy-related litigation, and he represents corporate debtors, creditors’ committees, bankruptcy trustees and corporate creditors and banks, across a wide scope of industries, including oil and gas, environmental/energy, health care, gaming, and media and entertainment companies. In addition to representing clients in Louisiana, Mike has appeared in bankruptcy courts in New York, Texas and Mississippi, and he is admitted to practice in all federal courts, including bankruptcy courts, in Louisiana, U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and United States Supreme Court. He is a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy-related topics. In 2014, Mike successfully completed the St. John’s University (with the American Bankruptcy Institute), 40-Hour Bankruptcy Mediation Course.
The National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees (NABT) is a nonprofit association formed in 1982 to address the needs of chapter 7 bankruptcy trustees and to promote the effectiveness of the bankruptcy system as a whole. Membership in NABT is open to chapter 7 trustees and their staff, judges, employees of the Office of the U.S. Trustee, and associated professionals and businesses. Associate members include attorneys, accountants, auctioneers, appraisers, insurance agents, software providers and bankers.