Bankruptcy/UCC Committee

John Hutton


Jennifer Morando

Vice Chair

Jim Moon

Second Vice Chair

Honorable Catherine McEwen

Judicial Chair

Prof. Jeffrey Davis

Academic Chair


Shirley Palumbo

Communications Liaison


Brett Lieberman

CLE Liaison


Who We Are

The Bankruptcy/UCC Committee consists of lawyers who practice commercial law and specialize in bankruptcy, creditors rights, and secured transactions. The Committee drafts and analyzes proposed legislation concerning the Uniform Commercial Code, as well as legislation that affects other rights of secured creditors under state law, such as the statues governing foreclosure, assignment of rents, and exemptions. The Committee sponsors various seminars, including the annual View from the Florida Bankruptcy Bench, at which the Bankruptcy Judges share their respective views concerning bankruptcy law and procedure. The Committee also studies the interplay between the federal Bankruptcy Code and state laws governing exemptions and creditors rights.


 Annual Meeting 2018 Summary

Meeting was well attended. Discussed recent legislative efforts during the last legislative session, including the following ongoing projects: (1) Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act; (2) FBA Foreclosure Amendment to Fla. Stat. 702.12; (3) Uniform Voidable Transaction Act; (4) Financial Literacy; and (4) Digital Currency.  The Committee also held a CLE on "Involuntary Bankruptcy: Avoiding Traps, Snags and Pitfalls” featuring its Chair, Carlos E. Sardi, Esq., as moderator with the following fine panelist: (a) Honorable Judge Karen Specie, Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District; (b) Alan J. Perlman, Esq., Partner, Dickinson Wright; and (c) Scott A. Underwood, Esq., Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC. The CLE discussed strategic uses for filing involuntary proceedings, lessons from the Rosenberg case, and traps for petitioning creditors to avoid.