The American Board of Certification

ABC is the nation's premier legal specialty certification organization - certifying attorneys as specialists in business bankruptcy, consumer bankruptcy and creditors' rights law.

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You expect certification from your doctor - expect it from your lawyer too. Board Certification means that the certified attorney has met rigorous, objective standards and has demonstrated knowledge in bankruptcy and/or creditors' rights law.


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ABC certification provides an objective standard that assists the public in making informed decisions in choosing counsel. Additionally, ABC certification encourages attorneys to strive for excellence, and recognizes those attorneys who have met ABC's rigorous standards.


    Resources for Board Certified Attorneys

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    ABC Program: Ain’t Misbehavin’ Featuring Judges on Best Practices          

    Member Articles

    Posted on Sep 1st, 2019

    Appellate Standing: The Ninth Circuit Shakes Things Up

    Standing in federal controversies is governed by Article III of the U.S. Constitution. However, standing to appeal a decision of a bankruptcy court is narrower than Article III standing. This is based on the nature of bankruptcy proceedings, which typically involve myriad parties with at least some interest in the resolution of a particular matter. Thus, courts generally agree that a party
    Posted on Sep 1st, 2019

    Involuntary Petition Damages

    The decision to force an entity into an involuntary bankruptcy proceeding must be carefully considered. The threat of attorneys’ fees, compensatory damages and punitive damages, all of which may be awarded under § 303(i) of the Bankruptcy Code if an involuntary petition is dismissed, should give pause to any creditor contemplating the use of an involuntary filing against another party. If unsuccessful, a strategy to commence
    Posted on Sep 1st, 2019

    Benchnotes: E.D. Mich. Determines D&O Policy Is an Executory Contract

    The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan adopted the recommendation of the bankruptcy court that a directors’ and officers’ insurance policy (the “D&O policy”) is an executory contract in CMH Liquidating Trust v. Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa. (In re Community Memorial Hospital). The D&O policy of Community Memorial Hospital

    About ABC Board Certification

    The American Board of Certification (ABC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the public and improving the quality of the bankruptcy and creditors' rights law bars. ABC has certified nearly 1,000 attorneys in consumer and business bankruptcy and creditor's rights law nationwide. ABC certification serves the public by allowing potential clients to make an informed decision in choosing bankruptcy and creditors rights counsel. In addition, ABC certification encourages attorneys to strive toward excellence and recognizes those attorneys who have met the rigorous ABC standards. ABC offers separate certification programs in business bankruptcy, consumer bankruptcy and creditors' rights law.