Ms. Jenny A Abshier
Jenny graduated from the Loyola University College of Law, and earned her undergraduate degree from Our Lady of Holy Cross College. Jenny began her bankruptcy practice in 2011 as the Law Office of Jenny Abshier. Jenny's office took great pride in providing options to reduce the upfront costs required for filing bankruptcy, as well as providing access to pro bono services when available. As Jenny's reputation grew, so did her practice. She now owns Big Easy Law Group and operates offices in Metairie, Laplace and Mandeville.

Past clients have described Jenny's assistance in filing for bankruptcy as life-changing. She's been praised for her compassion and understanding, as well as her non-judgmental attitude. Jenny is honored to be the recipient of a 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the Pro Bono Project of New Orleans, as well as a 2013 Pro Bono Publico Award from the Louisiana State Bar Association. Both of these awards hang proudly in her office in recognition of her dedication to pro bono services. Jenny has also been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star from 2017 to 2020.

Jenny is admitted to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and all Louisiana state courts. She is an active member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA), the American Bankruptcy Institute, the and American Business Women's Association Crescent City Connections (ABWA). Like all lawyers, she is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association. Jenny is also a graduate of the Leadership Jefferson Class of 2012.

Ms. Brooke W. Altazan
Brooke W. Altazan earned her B.A. degree at Samford University in 2005. She received her Juris Doctor from Mississippi College School of Law in 2009, where she served as an executive board member of the Moot Court Board and extern to United States Bankruptcy Judge Neil P. Olack of the Southern District of Mississippi. Ms. Altazan is licensed to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and all federal and state courts in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. She is also a member of the Federal Bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association, Baton Rouge Bar Association, the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, American Bankruptcy Institute, and immediate past-president of the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Ms. Altazan is an equity member of Stewart Robbins Brown & Altazan, LLC where her practice consists of general litigation and bankruptcy matters, including the representation of corporate and individual debtors, creditors, and trustees.

Ms. Erin K Arnold
Erin K. Arnold is a senior associate in Kelly Hart & Pitre's Bankruptcy & Business Reorganization section. She focuses her practice on bankruptcy and business reorganization, including the representation of both individual and business clients in various debtor/creditor matters. In addition to her practice at Kelly Hart, Ms. Arnold is a the co-director of the Pretrial Civil Litigation Intersession Program at Tulane Law School.

Prior to joining Kelly Hart, Ms. Arnold served for almost 15 years as the career law clerk to the Honorable Jerry A. Brown, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Laura F. Ashley
Laura Ashley is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group. She represents national and international companies in commercial bankruptcy litigation, out-of-court workouts, foreclosure litigation, and other complex litigation.

Laura represents secured and unsecured creditors, banks, hedge funds, committees, trustees, debtors, fiduciaries, and other parties in insolvency and adversary proceedings involving a broad range of industries, including restaurants, retail stores, financial services, maritime, oil and gas, construction, and real estate development. Her experience includes Chapter 11 reorganizations, Chapter 15 filings, and other cross-border insolvency matters, as well as prosecution and defense of preferences, fraudulent conveyances, dischargeability issues, lessor/lessee rights, asset sales, and the automatic stay.

Laura has extensive experience advising creditors and borrowers in out-of-court restructurings, workouts, loan restructurings and liquidations, and various other matters involving distressed financings, properties, and businesses. She regularly negotiates and drafts workout documentation and various motions in related enforcement litigation and bankruptcy cases.

Alicia Bendana
Alicia represents clients as lead or co-lead counsel in the prosecution of officer and director liability litigation, legal and accounting malpractice liability litigation, fraud and RICO litigation, fraudulent transfer/preference avoidance litigation, contract disputes, insurance disputes, the partitioning of marital property in bankruptcy court, the excepting of debts from discharge, the opposing of plans of reorganization and the proposing of competing plans, and the purchase of assets from bankruptcy estates.

Alicia is board certified in business bankruptcy law by both the American Board of Certification and by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization. She is also a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Alicia holds an “AV” Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethical standards. She has a distinguished ranking in Chambers and Partners, USA in the areas of bankruptcy and restructuring. Additionally, Alicia is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for her work in bankruptcy, creditor-debtor rights, insolvency and reorganization law, and bankruptcy litigation, and is listed among Lawdragon’s 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyers. She is also recognized in Super Lawyers in the areas of business bankruptcy, business litigation, and debtor/creditor rights and in New Orleans Magazine as one of the “Top Lawyers” in the city.

Alicia has authored numerous articles for professional publications, is a frequent lecturer at professional programs, and is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor of Trial Advocacy at Tulane University School of Law.

Ms. Hilary B Bonial

Ms. Greta M Brouphy
Greta M. Brouphy works primarily in the bankruptcy practice group of the firm and is an appointed chapter 11 subchapter v trustee by the United States, Region 5 Districts of Louisiana and Mississippi. Specifically, Ms. Brouphy specializes in negotiating unsecured creditors, secured creditors and debtors through chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. Ms. Brouphy has experience in representing a broad range of debtors including large, complex companies and small companies in bankruptcy. Her experience includes representation of debtors, liquidating trustees, bondholders, unsecured creditors’ committees and plan agents in commercial bankruptcy and workout business cases in chapter 11 and chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings, as well as representing secured lenders in chapter 13 and chapter 7 proceedings. Ms. Brouphy also represents individual debtors in chapter 11 proceedings. Clients have included vessels builders, oil and gas companies, grocery stores, apartment complexes, property developers, hotels, and distributors. In addition to representing clients in corporate bankruptcy proceedings, Ms. Brouphy also assisted in the representation of an unsecured creditors committee in a chapter 9 (distressed municipality) bankruptcy proceeding through approval of a debt adjustment plan, and representation of the chapter 9 plan’s trustee.
She has experience in representing both debtors and creditors in preference actions, fraudulent conveyance actions and claim objections. Ms. Brouphy has drafted and assisted clients in the preparation and provisions included in disclosure statements and plans of reorganizations. Such assistance has included investigating possible litigation, including causes of actions against directors and officers, recovery of assets, and collection of accounts. Ms. Brouphy also has experience in representing liquidating agents and litigation agents post-confirmation in chapter 7, chapter 9, and chapter 11 proceedings.
Ms. Brouphy has represented clients in various jurisdictions in bankruptcy matters including, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, Nevada and Illinois.
Furthermore, Ms. Brouphy also has experience in the area of Louisiana succession law. For clients, Ms. Brouphy drafts testamentary wills, living wills, and general and medical powers of attorney. Ms. Brouphy completes succession proceedings through to judgments of possession as well as ancillary succession proceedings.
Additionally, Ms. Brouphy also has experience in drafting real estate leases.

Professor Summer Chandler
Professor Chandler joined the Law Center faculty in 2021. Prior to joining the Law Center faculty, she served as a visiting assistant professor at Southern University Law Center. She also served as an assistant professor at Concordia University School of Law. Prior to joining Concordia University School of Law, she was as a visiting assistant professor at the Georgia State University College of Law. She brings a wealth of practice experience to her teaching. Prior to joining the academy, Professor Chandler practiced for fifteen years in large national and international law firms, focusing her practice on business bankruptcy, commercial real estate related litigation and transactions, and other business transactions and disputes.

Professor Chandler’s research interests are in the areas of bankruptcy and legal ethics. She teaches business and commercial law courses. Professor Chandler is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina – Asheville.

Mr. Leo D Congeni
Leo graduated cum laude from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and received the Bankruptcy Medal of Excellence. He received a B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Upon graduating from law school, Leo clerked for The Honorable Margaret A. Mahoney, Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Alabama. He then worked for several years in the Commercial Litigation department at a large New Orleans law firm before beginning his solo law practice. Leo is certified as a Business Bankruptcy Specialist by the American Board of Certification and by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization. Leo completed the 40 hour bankruptcy mediation program conducted by the St. John’s Center for Bankruptcy Studies, and St. John’s Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution. He has been qualified to serve as a Civil Mediator by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association.

Mr. Michael A Crawford
Since 1994, Taylor Porter Partner Mike Crawford has practiced primarily in bankruptcy-related litigation, including involuntary bankruptcy proceedings on behalf of petitioning creditors, representation of corporate debtors, creditors’ committees, bankruptcy trustees and corporate secured creditors and banks, for clients across a wide scope of industries, including oil and gas, environmental/energy, manufacturing, health care, gaming, and media and entertainment companies. Mike serves as Chair of Taylor Porter’s Business Transactions, Bankruptcy and Real Estate practice. He is ranked by Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America®, and for 2019 and 2021, Mike was ranked "Lawyer of the Year" in Baton Rouge in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law.

Ms. Jennifer D. Cruz
Jennifer graduated Magna Cum Laude from Southern University Law Center in 2017. While attending law school, Jennifer was a law clerk for 2 years at Derren Johnson & Associates and she also served as an editor for the Southern University Law Review. Currently, she is staff attorney to the Chapter 13 Trustee in the Western District of Louisiana, Alexandria Division. Prior to this position, Jennifer was staff attorney to Chapter 7 Trustee Dwayne Murray in addition to the consumer bankruptcy attorney for the Murray & Murray Law Firm. Jennifer was recently selected by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges as a Blackshear Presidential Fellow.

Ms. Robin Ronquillo De Leo
Robin Ronquillo De Leo is a managing member of The De Leo Law Firm, LLC located in Mandeville, Louisiana. Ms. De Leo received her B.A. from Michigan State University in 1987 and received her J.D. cum laude from Tulane University School of Law in 1990. Ms. De Leo has been practicing bankruptcy since 1990 when she started as an associate at the law firm of Friend, Wilson and Draper in New Orleans. Tired of the commute, in 1998, Ms. De Leo started her own law firm on the northshore.
Ms. De Leo also had the pleasure of briefly practicing law with her father, Allan Ronquillo, who passed away in 2020. Her practice focuses on representing both debtors and creditors in Chapter 7, Chapter 11, Chapter 11 Subchapter V and Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceedings. Ms. De Leo became certified as a specialist in consumer bankruptcy law in 2005 by the American Board of Certification, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization. Ms. De Leo served on the Bankruptcy Law Advisory Committee for the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization and received the Pro Bono Publico and the Pro Bono Century Award from the Louisiana Bar Association, as well as the Distinguished Service Award from Southeast Legal Services. Ms. De Leo has conducted a seminar on consumer bankruptcy law sponsored by the National Business Institute and has been a featured speaker on bankruptcy issues at seminars hosted by the Conference on Consumer Finance, the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees, the Credit Card Organization, the 22nd Judicial District Court Bar Association, and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services. Ms. De Leo has also conducted numerous in-house seminars on the management of bankruptcy caseloads and has drafted in-house procedures to be used in streamlining the handling of consumer bankruptcy cases. Ms. De Leo also served on the bankruptcy local rules committee for consumer cases for the bankruptcy court in the Eastern District of Louisiana. She is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the Louisiana Bar Association, the New Orleans Bar Association, and the 22nd Judicial District Court Bar Association. Ms. De Leo resides in Mandeville with her husband John as “empty nesters.” The De Leo’s have a daughter residing in Atlanta and a daughter residing in Dubai.

Mr. Albert J. Derbes IV
Albert J. Derbes, IV is a founding member and co-managing member of the ten attorney Derbes Law Firm, LLC. He has practiced law for more than 30 years, with a heavy emphasis in commercial bankruptcy - - representing creditors, trustees, debtors and committees. Some of his more well-known cases include Schwegmann Giant Super Market (as Trustee’s counsel), Ormond Country Club (as Debtor’s counsel), and New Orleans Paddlewheel [i.e., the Creole Queen] (as Creditor Committee’s counsel). His other areas of practice include commercial litigation, commercial transactions, successions, succession & trust litigation, and entity law (esp. concerning the division of and liquidation of closely held businesses). Mr. Derbes is a frequent speaker on bankruptcy and other business-related topics. Mr. Derbes’ extensive litigation experience includes litigating in multiple Louisiana District Courts, Federal District Courts, Tax Court, as well as Bankruptcy Courts in Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi. He recently became certified as a Louisiana Mediator. He obtained his B.A. from Rice University and his J.D. from Tulane School of Law.

Judge Douglas D. Dodd
DOUGLAS D. DODD is the United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Louisiana. He graduated from Stanford Law School in 1982, after receiving his
undergraduate degree magna cum laude with interdisciplinary honors in 1977 from Tulane University, where he was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa. Judge Dodd practiced law in New Orleans for nearly 20 years before his appointment to the bench in May 2002. He has taught advanced bankruptcy law at Tulane Law School and currently serves as an adjunct professor of law at the LSU Law Center, teaching a seminar in bankruptcy reorganization.

Douglas S. Draper
Douglas S. Draper practices primarily in the creditor and debtor rights area. His practice involves an equal mix of litigation and business negotiation. The creditor and debtor rights work involves representation of bondholders, creditors’ committees and debtors in large commercial and business cases. He has represented clients in successful reorganizations of hotels, grocery chains, apartment complexes, office buildings, oil companies, shipyards, clothing stores, an oil refinery, and fast food franchises. He has developed an expertise in the bankruptcy aspects of environmental issues and plugging and abandonment of oil and gas wells. Chambers USA described Douglas Draper as combining “a very engaging personality” with “the ability to give you the bottom line and the only logical solution in even the most complex of bankruptcies.”

Mr. Bradley L. Drell
BRADLEY L. DRELL is a director and shareholder of the law firm of Gold, Weems, Bruser, Sues & Rundell, A PLC, in Alexandria, LA, and serves as chair of the firm's Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights section. His practice focuses on representing Debtors in Possession and other parties in interest in Chapter 11 and Chapter 12 cases, commercial litigation, construction law, and in handling non-routine legal matters in state and federal courts. In addition to his Louisiana federal and state bar admissions, he is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts of the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of Texas, and the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, the United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Federal Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States. For ten years he was an adjunct lecturer of business law at Louisiana College, Pineville, LA, and has previously been a speaker on bankruptcy, ethics, and professionalism for continuing legal education presentations. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of the South, Sewanee, TN, and graduated from LSU Law Center in 1996. He clerked for the Honorable Henley A. Hunter, Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Louisiana, from 1996 to 1997. He is past President of the Crossroads American Inn of Court and the Alexandria Bar Association, and is currently serving as President for the Central Louisiana Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He is board certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification and the Louisiana State Bar Association, and is past chair of the Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission of the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization. He is listed in Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers, and has received national awards for his work in Chapter 11 from the Turnaround Management Association, the Global M&A Network, and M&A Advisor. Brad is a Certified Bourbon Steward of the Stave & Thief Society of Kentucky and writes about whiskey at whiskeyjar.blog.

Mr. Jerry Edwards
Jerry Edwards is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of Louisiana. He currently serves as Chief of the Civil Division and has held this position since September 2020. In his role as Civil Chief he oversees all civil actions involving the United States brought in federal or state courts within the territorial limits of the Western District of Louisiana. These actions include torts, employment litigation, federal program litigation, judicial review of agency decisions, bankruptcy and collection proceedings, and lawsuits filed by the United States to recover money lost due to fraud or to impose civil penalties for violations of the nation's health, safety and economic welfare laws

Judge Meredith S. Grabill
The Honorable Meredith S. Grabill currently serves in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Prior to taking the bench in September 2019, she practiced primarily in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial, and oil-and-gas litigation in New York and Louisiana. In her practice, she served on bankruptcy teams representing publicly traded, closely held, and individual chapter 11 debtors; official unsecured creditors’ committees; and corporate creditors. Outside of bankruptcy court, she has represented large and multinational corporations in antitrust proceedings, labor and contract disputes, and insurance and reinsurance disputes.
Judge Grabill served as a judicial clerk to The Honorable Edith Brown Clement in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, The Honorable Martin L.C. Feldman in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and The Honorable Martin Glenn in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. She earned her J.D. from Tulane Law School, where she served as Editor in Chief of the Tulane Law Review, and received a B.A. from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

Ms. Monica Griffith-Braud
Monica Braud
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Middle District of Louisiana

Monica is the Financial Litigation Coordinator for the United States Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Louisiana. The Financial Litigation Program is primarily responsible for collection of all Civil and Criminal money judgments awarded in the Middle District of Louisiana. Monica graduated magna cum laude from Southern University Law Center in May 2010, after receiving her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she was the staff attorney for the Chapter 13 Trustee, Annette C. Crawford. Monica was an associate of the law firm of Derren S. Johnson & Associates from 2010-2018, where she handled consumer bankruptcies and collections for a local credit union.

Mr. Ernest Eugene Hastings