Bankruptcy Bar Association
for the District of Maryland




Lisa Bittle Tancredi

One South Street
Suite 2200
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 385-5048

President Elect
Stephen Metz
12505 Park Potomac Ave.
6th Floor
Potomac, MD 20854
(301) 230-6564

Maria Ellena Chavez-Ruark
500 East Pratt St.
Suite 900
Baltimore, MD 21202-3133
(410) 332-8797


Asst. Secretary

Jennifer Kneeland

7200 Wisconsin Avenue Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 961-5205


Rich Costella

100 Light Street, 5th Floor Baltimore, Maryland 21202 (410) 385-3440

Asst. Treasurer
Gabrielle Duvall

7200 Wisconsin Ave.,

Suite 800
Bethesda MD 20814

(301) 961-5264

Past President

Lynn A. Kohen



Frederick W. H. Carter

Christina Hamilton-Eisler

 Patti Jefferson

Craig Palik





Page Last Updated:

March 30, 2015


September 5, 2009
Bankruptcy Bar Assn

News / Announcements
pushpin 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.
 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 initial case reporters are Bradley Swallow, Kristen Siracusa, Marissa Lilja, and Lauren Ford.


Click here to see their first two case summaries.


New 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 Lori Simpson, Articles Editor, at 410-468-0054.

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

Tue. March 31, 2015

6 PM


7 PM



Please RSVP by Fri.,  Mar. 27

Bankruptcy Bar of Maryland, Greenbelt Division, Cocktail Meeting



Fee Shifting Bylaws: A Recent Development in Delaware Corporate Law that May Affect
Business Bankruptcy across the Country



Adam Hiller, Esquire



  McNamee, Hosea,   Jernigan, Kim,   Greenan & Lynch, P.A.
  6411 Ivy Lane Ste 200
  Greenbelt, MD

 Tues., April 14, 2015

12:30 PM



Please RSVP by Fri.,

 Apr. 10


Bankruptcy Bar of Maryland, Baltimore Division, Luncheon Meeting (Joint TMA Event!)



A review of Baker Botts LLP v. ASARCO LLC and the Supreme Court’s allowance/disallowance of fees incurred in defending fee applications in Bankruptcy Court 



Maria Ruark, Esq.



  Saul Ewing LLP, 500 E. Pratt Street, Suite 900, Baltimore MD

May 1-2, 2015 Spring Break CLE Weekend
Westin Annapolis Hotel
Chapter Chairs

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

Baltimore Chapter Chair
Catherine Hopkin


Greenbelt Chapter Chair
Steven Goldberg


Baltimore Asst. Chapter Chair

 David Sommer


Greenbelt Asst. Chapter Chair
 Brian Tucci


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