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1959-2017 IN MEMORIAM

Claude R. "Chip" Bowles Jr passed away on April 18, 2017.

Chip was an incredibly smart and hardworking attorney who exhibited a conscientious and vigorous commitment to client service. Chip was also a man with a big and generous heart. He will be missed by many.

Career Highlights

Awards

  • Presented with a plaque of appreciation for 25 years of dedication and service as the University of Kentucky College of Law Biennial Consumer Bankruptcy Law Conference Chair, 2016
  • Named to Louisville Magazine “Top Lawyers” List in the area of Bankruptcy Law, 2016
  • Awarded the American Bankruptcy Institutes (“ABI”) 2008 Service Award, the ABI’s highest award. The Service Award is an annual award the ABI presents to the member whose contributions to the ABI and Bankruptcy Law have been extraordinary.
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2007-2017, in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Recognized in the Kentucky Super Lawyers® lists, 2007-2017
  • Kentucky Bar Association's Award for service as first Editor of Bankruptcy Section's Quarterly Newsletter, The Broken Bench & Bar, 1994

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member, Federal Alternative Dispute Resolution Council, 1994 - 2004
  • Member, Ohio CLE Institute's Bankruptcy Planning Commission, 1990 - 2000
  • Member, Local Rules Committee United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Kentucky, 1990 - 1991
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association

Former Employment

  • Career Law Clerk to the Honorable Henry H. Dickinson, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Kentucky, 1992-1999
  • Porter, Wright, Morris and Arthur, Associate, 1986-1992
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Merritt S. Deitz, Jr., United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Kentucky, 1984-1986

Community Involvement

Professional Leadership

  • Selected as Director, American Board of Certification Board of Directors, 2008 – present
  • Selected as Director, American Bankruptcy Institute, 2007 - present
  • Selected as Member of the Executive Committee of the Midwestern Regional Bankruptcy Seminar Advisory Committee, 1995 – present
  • Program Chair, University of Kentucky College of Law Biennial Consumer Bankruptcy Law Conference, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012
  • Emeritus Member, American Bankruptcy Institute Planning Committee for Consumer Fee Study, 2008 – 2011
  • Appointed Chair of the American Bankruptcy Institute Chapter 11 Professional Fee Study, 2005 - 2007
  • Editor, KBA Bankruptcy Section’s Quarterly Newsletter, 1993 - 2006
  • The Kentucky Bar Association (KBA) Bankruptcy Section, Treasurer 1994 - 1995, Secretary 1995 - 1996, Vice Chair 1996 - 1997, Chair 1997 - 2000, 2003-2006
  • Judge, Moot Court, University of Louisville 1988, 1996-1998

Civic and Charitable Involvement

  • Past Member, Belknap Neighbor Fall Festival Committee
  • Past Trustee, Saint Paul United Methodist Church

Media

Contributions & Published Works

  • "Caveat Emptor for § Sales? Known Creditors, Successor Liability and Notice Issues from the GM Chapter 11 Case." ABI Journal, December 2016"Caveat Emptor for "
  • "ASARCO Decisions: They Aren’t Just About Legal Fees Anymore," ABI Journal, August 2016
  • Chapter on Environmental Law in Bankruptcy for West Law Bankruptcy Practice Guide, 2011
  • “Bankruptcy’s Verdun? The Report from the Lehman Sale Front,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, May 2010
  • “Caveat Emptor: The Impact of Recent Decisions on Distressed Business Purchase Strategy,” Inside the Minds: Buying and Selling Distressed Businesses (Aspatore Books 2010)
  • "Plan, Divide and Estate: U.S. Bank v. U.S. EPA and Clean-Up Claims," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, December/January 2010
  • "No One Expects the Bankruptcy Inquisition:  The Lehman Brothers Sale," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, September 2009
  • "It's All A Matter of Interpretation," American Bankruptcy Journal, July/August 2009; Ivana B. Shallcross, co-author
  • "Loose Lips Sink Ships (and Cases and Careers): Exercise Care in Communications," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, July 2009; Ivana B. Shallcross, co-author
  • "Crossing the Line: Continuing to Represent Clients after a Chapter 11 Filing (Part II)," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, May 2009
  • "It's Not Nice To Fool Mother Nature ... Or The Courts: Fraud on the Courts, and an Important Breach of-fiduciary-duty Case," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, April 2009
  • "Crossing the Line:  Continuing to Represent Clients after a Chapter 11 Filing (Part I)," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, March 2009
  • "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels:  Ponzi Schemes in Bankruptcy Cases," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, March 2009
  • "Fraudulent Conveyances in Family Law Cases:  Circuit Level Cases," Aspen Publishers Family Law Update, 2009
  • "Fraudulent Conveyances:  Other Cases," Aspen Publishers Family Law Update, 2009
  • "The Year in Review: Best of the Best, Plus a Christmas Carol--Bankruptcy Style," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, December/January 2009
  • “Preferences and Fraudulent Transfers Under the Bankruptcy Code:  A Primer in Pain,” The Americas Restructuring and Insolvency Guide, 2008/2009; Ames and Schaaf, co-authors
  • “CSI Bankruptcy: The Hard Road From Dealing With Troubled Clients, The Sequel: Part 1,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, October 2008
  • “Just a Bit Outside: Nonstatutory Insiders and In Re U.S. Medical Inc.," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, September 2008
  • "Computer Problems: Why Failing to Comply with Federal Electronic Filing Requirements May Be Hazardous to Your State Bar License," Norton Bankruptcy Law Adviser, August 2008
  • “Lightning Strikes Twice: Debtors Avoiding Environmental Liabilities,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, June 2008
  • “Is There a Duty to Rat?” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, May 2008
  • ”What Do Asbestos, Jurisdiction and Long-Dead Chapter 11 Cases Have in Common?” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, April 2008
  • "Viewpoint: Why It's Wise To Plan Ahead For The Other Guy's Bankruptcy,” Daily Bankruptcy Review Small-Cap, Dow Jones, March 14, 2008
  • “And Now for Something Completely Different… Allowance of Creditors’ Professional and Other Fees in Bankruptcy,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, February 2008
  • Norton’s Bankruptcy Adverse, American Bankruptcy Institute’s Investment in Knowledge: The ABI Professional Fee Study, January 2008; John W. Ames, co-author
  • “The First Small Step on a Long Journey, One Giant Leap Completed,” The Final Report on the Chapter 11 Professional Fee Study, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, December/January 2008
  • New York City ABI Conference, ABI Chapter 11 Fee Study Moving Forward Analysis, 2008
  • “Who, What and Where? Three Recent Cases on Environmental Liabilities in Bankruptcy,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, November 2007
  • “Claims Trading, Good Faith, Imputation, Hygiene and … Football?” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, October 2007
  • “Expecting the Unexpected: Unusual Domestic Relations Law Issues that May Arise under BAPCPA,” 41 F. Law Quarterly 343, Summer 2007
  • “Back to the Future: Duty, Liability and Sales and in Re Globe Building Materials Inc.,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, April 2007; John W. Ames, co-author
  • “Ghosts of Individual Ch. 11 Debtors Yet to Come Part II,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, February 2007; Schaaf and Stosberg, co-authors
  • “Ghosts of Individual Chapter 11 Debtors,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, December/January 2007
  • “Part II: Hedge Fund Competition for Control of Public Chapter 11 Debtors and Their Reorganizations,” 2007
  • Chapter 42 of Norton Law and Practice on Priority and Administrative Claims, 2007; Stosberg, co-author
  • The Fed Said What About Bankruptcy?!American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, November 2006
  • "Professional Fee Study Update II," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, October 2006
  • “Weird New World: Disinterestedness for Investment Bankers Under New 11 U.S.C. §101(14),” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, February 2006
  • “The Revenge of the Dot-Coms In re EToys and In re Smartworld,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, December 2005/January 2006
  • “We Haf Vays to Make You Talk,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, September 2005
  • “Committee’s New Duties Under Amended § 1102(b)(3) After BAPCPA,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, September 2005
  • “Conflict of Interest After the 2005 Legislation and Other Ethical Issues,” American Bankruptcy Institute, July 2005
  • “Your Retainer: Pocket Aces or a 7-2 Off Suit?” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, May 2005
  • “Professional Fees After Lamie,” American Bankruptcy Institute, April/May 2005; Redmond, co-author
  • “Please Sue Me: Cooper Industries v. Avrall Services Inc.,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, April 2005
  • What is Reasonable Under Lodestar?American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, February 2005
  • Chapter author for Bankruptcy Law in Kentucky for the University of Kentucky Consumer Law Handbook 2005
  • Editor of “Getting Paid: Retention and Compensation in Bankruptcy Cases – A Guide for Non-Attorney Professionals,” published by American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) in 2005
  • “Retention of Professionals in Chapter 13 Cases After Lamie” published by National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees in August 2005
  • “Divorce’s Victory Over Bankruptcy Law Under the 2005 Act,” published in American Journal of Family Law Annual Update for 2005
  • 2005 Co-editor of Updated Norton’s Practice Guide Chapter on Priority Claims with Andrew Stosberg and Raja Patil
  • “In re: Integrated Telecam Express Inc. and In re NuCentrix Broadband Networks, et al.,” Faith, Hope and Clarity Column, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, November 2004
  • “Faith, Hope and Clarity,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, November 2004
  • “Chapter 13 Debtor’s Counsel: The Other Lamie Shoe: Is Employment Regulated by 11 U.S.C. 327(a)?” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, October 2004
  • “Watching Sausage Being Made - The Supreme Court, Not the FDA,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, May 2004
  • Mass Torts Co-Chair, Ethics/Mass Torts/Professional Compensation Committees Part I and II, American Bankruptcy Institute, April 2004
  • “Are All Attorneys Created Equal? Allowable Hourly Rates in Bankruptcy Proceedings Under 11 U.S.C. 330,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, March 2004
  • “Federal Questions Recent Court of Appeal Decisions,” “Straight & Narrow, Federal Questions: Recent Appeals Court Cases of Note,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, February 2004
  • Chapter author for Bankruptcy Law in Kentucky for the University of Kentucky Collection Law Handbook 2004
  • “They Filed Bankruptcy on Me? Ethical Issues for Attorneys Collecting Pre-petition Legal Fees for Bankruptcy Proceedings,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, November 2003
  • “Ethical Trilogy: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, June 2003
  • “Now Playing at a Theatre Near You: United Artists Theatre Co. v. Walton - Professional Indemnification Agreements in Bankruptcy,” Norton Bankruptcy Law Advisor, May 2003
  • “Fighting Nazgul, Trolls and ORCs is Easy; Disclosing Under Rule 2014 is Hard,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, April 2003
  • “Criminal Bankruptcy Attorneys: Part II: The Hard Road from Dealing with Troubled Clients to Living with Troubled Cellmates,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, March 2003
  • “Criminal Bankruptcy Attorneys: Part I: The Hard Road from Dealing with Troubled Clients to Living with Troubled Cellmates,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, February 2003
  • “The Lawyer Made Me Do It!: Ethical and Liability Issues for Attorneys for Petitioning Creditors in Involuntary Bankruptcies, Part II,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, October 2002
  • “Goldilocks, Bankruptcy and Divorce: Are the Adversarial Relationships Too Much, Not Enough, or Just Right?” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, June 2002
  • “Involuntary Fee Slaughter: The Perils of Professional Fees for Representing a Debtor During the Gap Period,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, April 2002
  • “Noisy Withdrawals: Urban Bankruptcy Legend or Invaluable Ethical Tool,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, October 2001
  • “Disclosing Connections and Relationships Under Rule 2014,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, April 2001
  • “But It Says on My Card,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, March 2001
  • “When and Where: Limits on Malpractice Claims Against Debtor’s Counsel,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, October 2000
  • “Old Bankruptcy Cases Never Die, They Merely Move on to Higher Courts,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, September 2000
  • “The Toxic Avenger: Bankruptcy Court Jurisdiction Over States,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, April 2000
  • “Toxins-R-Us,” ABI Journal, March 2000 and August 2000; John W. Ames, co-author
  • “Bankruptcy Aspects of Awards of Professional Assets,” FairShare, 2000
  • “Old Bankruptcy Cases Never Die, They Merely Move on to Higher Courts,” American Bankruptcy Institute, 2000
  • “When and Where: Limits on Malpractice Claims Against Debtor's Counsel,” American Bankruptcy Institute, 2000
  • “Not Your Ordinary Bankruptcy,” OSBA, 2000; John W. Ames, co-author
  • “A Tale of Two Cities,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, May 1999

News

Events

Presentations

  • 13th Biennial Consumer Bankruptcy Law Conference, March 24-25, 2016
  • “SO YOU WANT TO BE A GAMING MOGUL? Practical Tips for New Gaming Designers and Companies,” 2016 Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) Trade Show, March 14, 2016
  • "Nothing Is Impossible: The Complex Requirements and Ethical Duties of Representing Chapter 11 and/or Chapter 13 Consumer Debtors," 31st Annual Spring Meeting of the American Bankruptcy Institute, April 2013
  • Oklahoma Bar Association Presentations, December 2010
  • ABI 15th Annual Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop, July 2010
  • ABI Annual Spring Meeting, April 2010
  • University of Kentucky Continuing Legal Education: 10th Biennial Consumer Bankruptcy Law Conference, March 2010
  • National Business Institute, "Collection Law From Start to Finish," Lexington, KY, May 2009
  • ABI Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop, “ABI Fee Study Moving Forward Analysis,” July 2008
  • DePaul Business and Commercial Law Journal Symposium on Legal Fees Panel, April 2008
  • University of Kentucky Nuts and Bolts Bankruptcy Program, Program Co-Chair, April 2008
  • ABI Webcast/Podcast on ABI Chapter 11 Professional Fee Study, Stephen Lubben and Chip Bowles, January 2008
  • ABI Joint Committee Presentation, Professor Stephen Lubben, Gerald Shapiro, Scott Victor and Keith Shapiro, December 2007
  • Landmark ABI Fee Study: conclusions and Ramifications 071206 American Bankruptcy Institute 5 December 6-8, 2007
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, “Bankruptcy Issues in Divorce: Traps for the Unwary,” November 2007
  • ABI Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop, “Post BAPCPA Issues for Attorneys Representing Individual Chapter 11 Debtors,” July 2007
  • 21st Annual Advanced Bankruptcy Seminar Presentation on Bankruptcy Ethics, December 2006
  • Washington State Annual Bankruptcy Conference: Ethical Issue for Practitioners Under BAPCHA, August 2006
  • “Burning Bridges,” Professional Ethics Seminar, ABI Professional Fee Presentation, ABI Southwest Seminar, 2006
  • Spring, 2006 Presentation on New Bankruptcy Issues to TARC (Regional Organization of Turn Around Professionals) on: “The Bankruptcy Code After the 2005 Act: Issues for Financial Professionals.” Preparing materials and will be panel presenter.
  • Ethics Review Course for American Board of Certification’s Bankruptcy Certification Test. Prepared materials for Webcast and participated in Webcast of DVD materials for the review course, 2006
  • September 2005 Interview on WBOB Radio in Cincinnati on Bankruptcy Issues Arising from Hurricane Katrina Disaster
  • May 2005 Louisville Chapter of Mensa. Presented a summary of the new Bankruptcy Code to local Mensa chapter at the request of the Louisville Bar Association Speakers’ Bureau
  • 2005 Louisville Bar Association Half-Day Seminar: “New Changes to Kentucky’s Exemption Law and the Bankruptcy Code.” Prepared materials for seminar and presented seminar.
  • Kentucky Law Update 2005: “The New Bankruptcy Code and New Kentucky Exemption Law.” Prepared course materials for the nine (9) presentations around Kentucky
  • 2005 Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar Business: “Business Issues Under the 2005 Act and Divorce and Means Testing New Problems in Consumer Litigation.” Prepared materials for one of the Chapter 11 sessions and for the divorce and means testing presentation. Participated as moderator for divorce presentation and as panel member for 2005 Act’s ethical issues presentation.
  • ABI 2005 Winter Leadership Joint Committee Program: “How to Litigate a Professional Fee Dispute.” Prepared materials and formed panel discussion. Participated in mock trial presentation.
  • ABI 2005 Southeast Conference: Ethics presentation: “Ethical Issues Under the 2005 Act.” Prepared materials and spoke with Atlanta U.S. Trustee and N.C. Bankruptcy Judge on ethical issues under the New Act.
  • 2005 National Business Institute: “Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Update.” Prepared materials with Andrew Stosberg and gave presentation.
  • ABI 2005 Annual Meeting Committee Program: “Professional Fee Study Update.” Prepared materials and gave update on fee study.
  • ABI 2005 Annual Meeting Ethics Program: “Issues after Lamie in Professional Compensation.” Prepared materials and participated as a panel member.
  • American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) 2004 Winter Leadership Committee Program: “Creditor Professional Claims in Bankruptcy Case.” Prepared materials and served as panel moderator.
  • Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar (“MRBS”) 2004: “Standardizing the Practice: DIP Lending and Cash Collateral Motion in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio Bankruptcy Courts.” Prepared materials and panel moderator. [Member of MRBS Executive Planning Committee]
  • KBA 2004 Annual Convention Seminar: “How Not to Represent Clients in a Bankruptcy Proceeding.” Prepared presentation materials and spoke as a panelist.
  • UK CLE 2004 Bi-Annual Nuts and Bolts Bankruptcy Seminar. Prepared materials for and moderated Judges’ Round Table as well as organized the seminar (have been program chair for last 12 years).
  • American Bankruptcy Institute - 14th Annual Winter Leadership Conference, “Dischargability and Beyond: When Divorce and Bankruptcy Collide,” 2002
  • Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar, “Rules & Legislative Developments: What's On the Way, What Might Be Coming and What Didn't Make It,” 2002
  • American Bankruptcy Institute - 7th Annual Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop, “Who is the Client and Other Ethical Questions: Can You Be Ethical and Still Get Paid?” 2002
  • 2001 Winter Leadership Conference, American Bankruptcy Institute, Professional Compensation Committee Presenter, December, La Costa, California, 2001
  • 19th Annual Spring Meeting, Committee Presentation, American Bankruptcy Institute, April 2001
  • Bankruptcy Issues Before the Western District, Louisville Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education, April 2001
  • University of Louisville “DOT.BOMB Bankruptcy Opportunities,” 2001
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees (“Picking the Bones Clean - Chapter 11 Conversions”), 2000
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees 1999 Annual Conference “Ethics & Sales for Bankruptcy Trustees,” Asheville, North Carolina, 1999
  • Chairperson Annual Louisville Bar Association's Bankruptcy Seminar, Louisville, Kentucky, 1999
  • Inn of Court U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky “Bankruptcy Law for Litigators,” Louisville, Kentucky, 1998
  • University of Memphis 1998 Bankruptcy Law Symposium “The Sale of the Century or a Fraud of Creditors? The Fiduciary Duty of Debtors in Possession Relating to the Sale of Assets in Bankruptcy,” Memphis, Tennessee, 1998
  • Kentucky Association of Not-For-Profit Homes and Services for the Aging, Inc. “Overview of How to Acquire and/or Assist Financially Troubled Nursing Facilities,” Louisville, Kentucky (Program Chair), 1998
  • Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention “Bankruptcy Basics & Ethical Obligations,” Lexington, Kentucky, 1998
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees 1997 Annual Convention “Ethical Considerations in the Recovery of Assets,” Hamilton, Bermuda, 1997
  • University of Kentucky “Consumer Bankruptcy Law in Kentucky,” Chapter 7 and Chapter 13, Lexington, Kentucky, 1996
  • Kentucky Bar Association 1996 Annual Convention “Bankruptcy - Is There Life After Debt?,” Lexington, Kentucky, 1996
  • National Child Support Enforcement Association “Bankruptcy and Support Enforcement,” Louisville, Kentucky, 1996
  • Ohio CLE Institute “Recent Developments in Bankruptcy Law,” Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio, 1995
  • Kentucky Bank Management Institute “Creditor Rights under the Bankruptcy Code,” Bowling Green, Kentucky, 1995
  • Louisville Bar Association/American Bankruptcy Institute “Overview of the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1994,” Louisville, Kentucky, 1995
  • Commercial Law League of America “Recent Developments in Bankruptcy Law,” Louisville, Kentucky, 1994
  • UK CLE Program “The New Bankruptcy Act.” Program Chair and Moderator on ethics and business bankruptcy programs. Prepared ethics and business bankruptcy materials

University of Kentucky, B.A., History, with high distinction, 1981
University of Kentucky College of Law, J.D., with high distinction, 1984

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