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Consumer Bankruptcy Cases 2017

Speaker(s): Hon. James L. Garrity, Jr., Lori Lapin Jones, Rachel S. Blumenfeld, Salvatore LaMonica, William E. Curtin
Recorded on: Oct. 17, 2017
PLI Program #: 186551

Bill Curtin is a trial attorney in the United States Department of Justice, Office of the United States Trustee.  Mr. Curtin litigates a wide variety of matters in chapter 11 cases, including motions to convert or dismiss, motions to appoint operating trustees or examiners, objections to the terms of debtor-in-possession financing and use of cash collateral, objections to disclosure statements and confirmation of plans, objections to executive bonuses and objections to retention or compensation of professionals.  In chapter 7 cases, Mr. Curtin supervises several panel trustees, litigates motions to dismiss and objections to discharge and prosecutes enforcement actions against attorneys, bankruptcy petition preparers and creditors who violate the Bankruptcy Code.  Mr. Curtin was also previously designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York and assists in the prosecution of bankruptcy fraud cases.

Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Curtin served in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps as a criminal defense attorney.  Working primarily at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and in Iraq and Kuwait, Mr. Curtin tried dozens of cases before military juries and judges in eight states and four countries, representing clients charged with offenses including murder, rape, assault, drug distribution, larceny and financial crimes.  Mr. Curtin was awarded several commendations for his military service including the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge, Meritorious Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

Mr. Curtin is a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy topics, and is an active supporter of Wounded Warrior Project, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and other military and veterans organizations.  Admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey, Mr. Curtin is a 1999 graduate of Providence College and a 2002 graduate of Pace Law School.

Lori Lapin Jones has practiced bankruptcy law for almost forty years.  In 2005, Jones founded Lori Lapin Jones PLLC in Great Neck, New York where she focuses her practice on her roles as a bankruptcy trustee, fiduciary, mediator and attorney for parties in bankruptcy cases.  Prior to the formation of her firm, Jones spent seventeen years in private practice at the New York City law firms of Dewey Ballantine and Luskin, Stern & Eisler LLP where she represented parties in out-of-court restructurings and bankruptcy cases around the country. Jones began her career as an attorney in the Manhattan District Counsel’s Office of the Internal Revenue Service following which she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Tina L. Brozman, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York.

In 2005, Jones was appointed as a panel Chapter 7 Trustee in the Eastern District of New York.  She has served as Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 trustee in numerous cases in a wide variety of industries and has also served as Liquidation Trustee, Plan Administrator, Receiver (federal court) and Independent Board Member. Jones is a member of the SDNY/U.S. Trustee Liaison Group, Chapter 11 Lawyers Advisory Committee for the Eastern District of New York (former Vice Chairwoman), and Second Circuit Judicial Council Committee on Civic Education & Public Engagement. Jones serves on the panel of mediators for the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and is frequently appointed to mediate bankruptcy and commercial disputes.

Jones is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. She is a frequent presenter on bankruptcy topics for state, local and national bar groups. She co-authored a column on bankruptcy law for the New York Law Journal from 2005-2008 and co-authored the book Creditors’ Committee Manual. Jones received her LL.M. degree from New York University Law School in 1986 and her J.D. degree magna cum laude from Nova Southeastern School of Law in 1982 where she was Executive Editor of the Nova Law Review. Jones is admitted to practice law in the states of New York and Florida (inactive), and the district courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Jones serves as the Vice Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Organization for Autism Research. She was recognized as one of the Top 25 Businesswomen of Excellence by the National Association of Women Business Owners (Long Island chapter) and for three years was named one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business on Long Island by Long Island Business News. In 2019, Jones was the recipient of the Renaissance Award from the New York Institute of Credit.

Rachel S. Blumenfeld is a principal in the Law Office of Rachel S. Blumenfeld PLLC. She is a 2000 graduate of Brooklyn Law School, and has dedicated her legal career to representing individual and business debtors, creditors, and trustees in chapter 7, chapter 11 and chapter 13 bankruptcy matters.  After law school, Ms. Blumenfeld interned for the Honorable Robert E. Gerber, and she clerked for the Honorable Adlai S. Hardin, Jr., Bankruptcy Judges in the Southern District of New York. In 2004, Ms. Blumenfeld established her law firm in Brooklyn.

Ms. Blumenfeld is Board Certified in Consumer and Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Bankruptcy Institute.  Ms. Blumenfeld has been selected as a 2021 Super Lawyer.  She has appeared as an expert in bankruptcy law for dispute resolution in JAMS mediation. Ms. Blumenfeld serves on the panel of mediators for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and she is a co-chair of the Eastern District of New York Bankruptcy Court Consumer Lawyer Advisory Committee.

Ms. Blumenfeld has received numerous awards for her pro bono services including the Brooklyn Bar Association's Frieda Niscnewitz award. She is the co-author of several articles on bankruptcy law and she frequently lectures on bankruptcy topics at the Practicing Law Institute, the Brooklyn Bar Association, the New York City Bar and has lectured at Brooklyn Law School and Fordham Law School.  Ms. Blumenfeld is admitted to practice in New York and Texas. 

SALVATORE LaMONICA is a partner and co-founder of LH&M. After graduating from law school, he was employed at the Manhattan District Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service. From 1989 to 1991, Salvatore served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dorothy Eisenberg, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of New York. From there, he became a partner at Jaspan Schlesinger Silverman & Hoffman, located in Garden City, New York, as a member of their bankruptcy and workout department. In 1998, he started LH&M with the other founding partners. Salvatore is a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy and bankruptcy-related issues.

On March 4, 2009, Salvatore was appointed to the panel of Chapter 7 trustees of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

In February was appointed to the panel of Subchapter V Trustees for the Bankruptcy Courts of the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.


  • J.D., Hofstra University School of Law, 1988
  • B.S., Manhattan College, 1985
  • Xaverian High School, Brooklyn, New York, 1981

Bar Admissions

  • Courts of the State of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

Honors and Affiliations

  • Managing Editor, Hofstra Law Review (1987-1988)
  • Frequent lecturer for the National Bankruptcy Institute, the Nassau County Bar Association and the Suffolk County Bar Association on bankruptcy related matters.


An Analysis of the Condominium and Cooperative Abuse Relief Act of 1980, Hofstra Law Review, Volume 15:3 (1988) (author).

Professional Associations

  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Turnaround Management Association, Long Island Chapter
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Columbian Lawyers of Nassau County
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees

James L. Garrity, Jr. was sworn in as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York on February 17, 2015. Judge Garrity received a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross, a J.D. from St. John's University School of Law and an LL. M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law.  At the time of his appointment, he was a partner in the law firm of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP and the co-head of the Bankruptcy & Restructuring group.   Judge Garrity is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, a member of the American Law Institute and a member of the International Insolvency Institute. He is an adjunct professor at St. John's University School of Law's LLM in Bankruptcy Program.