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Supreme Court Ruling on Jan. 14, 2021 – Chicago v. Fulton

Reversing the Seventh Circuit and resolving a split among the circuits, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously today “that mere retention of property does not violate the [automatic stay in] § 362(a)(3).”

Writing for the 8/0 Court in a seven-page opinion, Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. said that Section 362(a)(3) “prohibits affirmative acts that would disturb the status quo of estate property.”

19-357 Chicago v. Fulton (01/14/2021) (

Bankruptcy Law Section Virtual Town Hall

On Thursday, April 9, authors Thomas Salerno and Neil Elsey discussed their article, “The Coronavirus and Its Likely Impact on the Bankruptcy World: Eight Predictions from Two Restructuring Professionals,” along with section chair James Patrick Shea and secretary Connor Shea.

Meeting has ended – download the meeting materials below:


To enhance the role and skills of lawyers engaged in the practice of bankruptcy law through study, collection, development and dissemination of materials on subjects of interest to the bankruptcy law practitioner; to assist in the formulation, administration and implementation of programs, forums, and other activities for the education of members of the State Bar of Nevada in matters pertaining to bankruptcy laws and regulations; and to act upon all matters germane to its purposes as so described or referred to it by the Board of Governors.

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Chair: James Patrick Shea
Shea Larsen
1731 Village Center Circle, Suite 150
Las Vegas, NV 89134

Vice-Chair: Danielle N. Gueck-Townsend
Kathleen A. Leavitt, Chapter 13 Trustee
711 South 4th Street, Suite 101
Las Vegas, NV  89101

Secretary: Connor Shea
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
100 North City Parkway, Suite 100
Las Vegas  NV  89106

Treasurer: Ace C. Van Patten
Tiffany & Bosco
10100 W. Charleston Blvd.
Suite 220
Las Vegas  NV  89135

Finance Chair: Richard Holley
Cotton, Driggs, Walch, Kearney, Holley, Woloson & Thompson
400 South Fourth Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Events Chair: Joe Went
Holland & Hart
955 Hillwood Dr., Second Floor
Las Vegas, NV 89134

Education Chair: Lars Evensen
Holland & Hart
955 Hillwood Dr., Second Floor
Las Vegas, NV 89134

Communications Chair: Seth J. Adams
Woodburn and Wedge
6100 Neil Road, Suite 500
Reno, NV 89511-1159

Staff Liaison: Robert Horne
Board Liaison: Andrew Craner

Dues: Annual dues are $25


Southern Nevada Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys Officers

President: Laura Fritz
Andrew S. T. Fritz, Ltd.
609 South 7th Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Secretary/Treasurer: Amanda Hunt
Fox Rothschild
1980 Festival Plaza Dr., Suite 700
Las Vegas, NV 89135

Director: Benjamin Chambliss
701 Bridger Ave., Suite 820
Las Vegas, NV 89117

Northern Nevada Bankruptcy Bar Association

NNBBA President
Seth J. Adams
6100 Neil Road, Suite 500
Reno, NV 89511-1159

NNBBA Vice President
Stephen R. Harris
Harris Law Practice
6151 Lakeside Dr., Suite 2100
Reno, NV 89501

Meeting Minutes: