The Nancy C. Dreher Lecture on Bankruptcy Law and Practice: Lessons from Headline Cases for Everyday Bankruptcies

April 18, 2023, 3:00 to 6:00 pm
Walter F. Mondale Hall
Room 25

University of Minnesota Law School
229 19th Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

The American College of Bankruptcy, the Law School's Corporate Institute, the MSBA / HCBA / RCBA Bankruptcy Section, and The Turnaround Management Association invite you to join us at the University of Minnesota Law School on Tuesday, April 18, 2023, at 3 pm for a dynamic presentation, free 1.5 CLE credits for practitioners (requested), and a networking reception immediately following the program. The program will run from 3 to 4:30 pm and the reception will take place afterwards until 6 pm (CT). 

This program will focus on the newsworthy Chapter 11 cases and the lessons from them as they apply to Minnesota reorganization and consumer cases.

Featured Speakers:
Robert J. Keach | Shareholder | Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson
Natalie D. Ramsey | Partner | Robinson+Cole

The Nancy C. Dreher Lecture on Bankruptcy Law and Practice has been established by the American College of Bankruptcy and the Corporate Institute at the University of Minnesota Law School to recognize Judge Dreher’s lifetime commitment to excellence, the ethical practice of law, and scholarship. Each year, the Minnesota Fellows in the College invite distinguished practitioners, academics, and judges to Minnesota to discuss emerging issues in bankruptcy law and practice.

There is no charge for this program, however, preregistration is required. RSVP by Tuesday, April 11 by email to Clint Armistead at

About the Speakers

Robert J. Keach | Shareholder | Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson

Robert J. Keach practices in the area of bankruptcy, reorganization, and workouts. Mr. Keach regularly appears as a panelist on national bankruptcy, lender liability and creditors’ rights programs, and is the author of several articles on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights appearing in the ABI Law Review, Commercial Law Journal and ABI Journal, among other publications. Mr. Keach received the Lifetime Achievement Award from and is past president of the American Bankruptcy Institute. He is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and a member of the College’s Board of Directors. He is also an adjunct professor at Boston College School of Law.

Mr. Keach was instrumental in the drafting and passage of Subchapter V for small business reorganizations. Mr. Keach currently represents the creditors committee in EYP Group Holdings, Inc. pending the District of Delaware, and the secured lender and purchaser in Gold Standard Baking, also pending in Delaware. Mr. Keach was co-counsel for the victorious petitioner in a case before the Supreme Court of the Untied States, Mission Product Holdings, Inc. v Tempnology LLC, 139 S.Ct. 1652 (2019). Mr. Keach is the estate representative (and formerly the Chapter 11 trustee) in the cross-border railroad reorganization of Montreal Maine & Atlantic Railway, Ltd. Mr. Keach has, inter alia, represented ad hoc committees in the Homebanc Mortgage, New Century TRS Holdings, and Nortel Networks cases in Delaware, as well as a public utilities commission in the FairPoint Communications case in the Southern District of New York, and parties in In re Sports Authority Holdings, Inc. (Delaware), In re Verso Corporation (Delaware), and In re Toys R Us, Inc. (E.D. Va.). Mr. Keach is currently the fee examiner for a post-confirmation trust in a mass tort Chapter 11 case. Mr. Keach also currently serves as the court-appointed fee examiner in the Chapter 11 case for LTL Management, LLC pending in the District of New Jersey.

Natalie D. Ramsey | Partner | Robinson+Cole

Natalie Ramsey is co-chair of the Bankruptcy + Reorganizations Group and the partner in charge of its Wilmington and Philadelphia offices. She practices in all areas of domestic an 
international restructurings, crisis management, financings, acquisitions in distressed situations and asset recovery litigation, often involving challenges to complex corporate transactions. Natalie is certified by the American Board of Certification accredited by the American Bar Association in Business Bankruptcy, and is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, where she is the outgoing Third Circuit Regent.

Natalie's role in creditor committee representations includes the Chapter 11 cases of Aldrich Pump/Murray Bolier (affiliates of Trane), DBMP (an affiliate of CertainTeed), Imerys Talc America (the talc supplier to JJCI), Bestwall (an affiliate of Georgia Pacific), Mariner Healthcare, Mallinckrodt, Energy Future Holdings, Specialty Products (Bondex), Maremont, NutraQuest and Nutri-System. Mallinckrodt was recently awarded the 2022 Healthcare/Lifesciences Deal of the Year award by M&A Advisor. Her lead role in company side restructurings includes a large regional real estate developer and the jointly-administered O.W. Bunker USA and O.W. Bunker, N.A. cases, which were awarded the International Restructuring Deal of the Year (Over $500MM to $1B) and Energy Deal of the Year (Over $500MM to $1B) in 2017 by M&A Advisor. Natalie presently serves as co-counsel to the debtor in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Loot Crate. Natalie’s representation of asset purchasers includes serving as counsel to the successful asset purchaser in RTW Retailwinds, Inc. sale of e-commerce business, for which Robinson+Cole was awarded the 2021 E-Commerce Restructuring of the Year honor at the Global M&A Network’s 13th Annual Turnaround Atlas Awards.

CLE Credits
1.5 standard credits have been requested.

A reception will follow the lecture in Auerbach Commons. 

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