Organization Honors and Recognizes Bankruptcy Professionals
Alston & Bird partner R. Neal Batson was installed as Chair of the American College of Bankruptcy on March 30th, part of the two-day Annual Meeting of the organization. The Meeting also included the Induction Ceremony of the Twelfth Class of Fellows, which was held in the U.S. Supreme Court’s Great Hall in Washington, D.C. Admission to the College is by invitation only, and with the admission of the Twelfth Class, membership nears 500. Batson formerly served as President of the College.
The American College of Bankruptcy was formed in 1989 to honor and recognize bankruptcy professionals who have distinguished themselves in their practice and in their contributions to enhance the insolvency and bankruptcy process. Candidates for admission are selected from recommendations received from the Circuit Admissions Council in each federal judicial circuit; the Board of Regents then selects those who meet the rigid ethical, professional, and educational standards set by the college, and who also demonstrate a consistent contribution to the enhancement of bankruptcy and insolvency literature, education, practice and the overall improvement of the process.
The College seeks to set standards of achievement for others in the insolvency community, and to fund and assist projects that enhance the highest quality of bankruptcy practice, including undergraduate and graduate programs related to bankruptcy and insolvency.
Neal Batson is a partner in Alston & Bird’s Atlanta office. He has concentrated his practice in bankruptcy and commercial litigation for the last 30 years and is past chair of the firm's Bankruptcy, Reorganization and Workouts Group. Mr. Batson has served as lead counsel to debtors, creditors' committees, secured lenders, and franchisors, and as a trustee and examiner in numerous chapter 11 cases. He is a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference, a former Director of the Association of Insolvency Accountants, and at the request of Chief Justice William Rehnquist served on the Advisory Committee on the Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States from 1993 to 1999. He is a former President of the Atlanta Bar Association and has served as the Acting Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute Professor of Bankruptcy Law at Emory University School of Law.
Alston & Bird's Bankruptcy, Reorganization and Workouts Practice Group, which Mr. Batson built, has earned a national reputation through the representation of secured creditors, debtors, trustees and creditors' committees in the bankruptcy courts in more than 40 states.