FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., June 4, 2014–Trott & Trott, P.C. (Trott), a Farmington Hills, Mich.-based real estate finance law firm, announced that Partner John Kapitan has been selected to sit on a panel discussion regarding lien-stripping in consumer bankruptcy at the American Bankruptcy Institute’s (ABI) 21st Annual Central States Bankruptcy Workshop on June 12-15 in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
As the largest multi-disciplinary, non-partisan organization dedicated to research and education on matters related to insolvency, ABI invited Kapitan to sit on a four-person Consumer Track expert panel, titled “Lien-Stripping in Consumer Bankruptcy: Bringing or Defending Actions to Avoid Junior Mortgages.” Kapitan and his fellow panelists will focus their discussion on reviewing contemporary decisions interpreting Dewsnup v. Timm and Nobelman v. American Savings Bank, such as the Wachovia Mortgage v. Smoot, which precludes lien-stripping. The sessions will also highlight conflicting decisions involving the date that is relevant for deciding whether a particular property functions as the debtor’s principal residence.
“I am honored to have been selected by the ABI to sit on a panel of my peers to provide an in-depth discussion on consumer bankruptcy issues,” Kapitan said. “The ABI is an outstanding organization that is leading the nation in providing quality, ongoing bankruptcy educational programs that foster the exchange of ideas and information across the industry.”
A cum laude graduate of Michigan State University College of Law, Kapitan has more than 10 years of experience practicing in the areas of bankruptcy, bankruptcy litigation, bankruptcy reorganization and commercial bankruptcy.
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Farmington Hills, Mich.-based Trott & Trott specializes in all facets of real estate finance legal work. With a steadfast dedication to client service, integrity, innovation and overall legal excellence, the firm represents mortgage servicers, banks, credit unions, investor groups, commercial and multi-family property owners, and individual entrepreneurs.