A Discussion on the Growing Field of Bankruptcy Law

  • 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
  • Virtual

As the economy continues to struggle in the face of the ongoing health crisis caused by COVID-19, the legal profession is bracing for a wave of bankruptcy filings-both consumer and commercial. In fact, there has already been a notable spike in commercial filings in 2020 as compared to last year's statistics. Accordingly, there is very likely to be an increased demand for professionals who can address the legal needs of clients facing or involved with an insolvency proceeding. Please join our panel of distinguished local bankruptcy practitioners for a virtual discussion, hosted by Pitt Law and Duquesne Law, on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. (ET), to learn about various careers in the field of bankruptcy law. Panelists will describe the bankruptcy system, their journeys into bankruptcy law, and ways in which law students may get involved with local bankruptcy-focused organizations.

The panel is comprised of:

Alexis Leventhal is an associate in the Pittsburgh office of Reed Smith LLP. She is a member of the firm's Financial Industry Group representing creditors and debtors in commercial restructuring and bankruptcy matters. Alexis is a graduate of the University of Florida law school. Prior to joining Reed Smith in 2018, Alexis served as a law clerk in the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Western District of Pennsylvania and, before that, the Middle District of Florida.

Albert Reese is a solo practitioner with over 15 years of experience. Albert represents consumer clients and also takes on civil, criminal, family, and real estate matters.
Bill Price is a 2003 Pitt law graduate and Member at Clark Hill with over 17 years of experience. Bill is a member of the firm's Banking & Financial Services Practice Group, where he serves as the leader for the Workout subgroup. He has represented clients in numerous matters in connection with bankruptcies and insolvency proceedings including automotive, metals, municipalities, oil and gas and various other industries.
Lauren Michaels is a Deputy Attorney General with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. Lauren has over 5 years of experience including time in private practice representing consumers as well as judicial law clerk experience.

Ryan Cooney is a 2014 Pitt Law Graduate. He is an Attorney with the Law Offices of Robert O Lampl where he primarily represents business and individual debtors in Chapter 11, Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases. Ryan also has experience representing creditors and has represented a variety of clients in complex commercial litigation in both state and federal courts.

The Career Services Office would like to especially thank SJ Morrison (3L) and Pitt Law students Michael Barber and Danielle Jacobs for initiating the discussion for this program and assisting with its planning.

Please RSVP on DuqLawConnect (under "Events") if you plan on attending.  

Questions?  Please contact the Career Services Office at lawcareers@duq.edu.