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Donald W. Fitzgerald (Retired)

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Presentations, Publications & Other Activities

CEB webinar co-host, "Impact of Bankruptcy on Commercial Real Estate Transactions", Sacramento, CA, August 30, 2016.

Panelist, “Ethics in Bankruptcy Litigation,” ABI Southwest Conference – Las Vegas, Nevada, September 12, 2015.


Panelist, “A Parallel Universe for Business Liquidations: Assignments for Benefit of Creditors,” Sacramento County Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section, Luncheon Seminar, Sacramento, CA, May 20, 2015.


Presenter, “No Slam Dunks: Meeting the Challenge of Administering the Chapter 11 Case of Robert Cook, Minority Owner of the Sacramento Kings,”  24th Annual Trustee Seminar – Office of the United States Trustee, Sacramento, CA, January 30, 2015 and Office of the United States Trustee, Fresno, CA, March 10, 2015.


Judge, “American College of Bankruptcy Mock Negotiation Competition,” USC Gould School of Law, Los Angeles, CA, February 7, 2015.


Speaker, "When Bankruptcy Law Intersects with Non-Bankruptcy Federal Practice," Sacramento Chapter of Federal Bar Association, Sacramento, CA, July 9, 2014.


Panelist, "Where's the Beef?  Got Milk?  Chapter 11 Protein Cases," Central California Bankruptcy Institute, Fresno, CA, September 20, 2013.


Speaker, "Poultry Industry Restructure Issues,” 21st Annual Bankruptcy Battleground West, American Bankruptcy Institute, Los Angeles, CA, March 22, 2013.


Panelist, "The What, Why & How of Receivers in Business, Real Estate & Bankruptcy," California Receivers Forum, Sacramento Valley Chapter, Sacramento, CA, November 17, 2011.


Panelist, "Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors," Sacramento County Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section, Luncheon Seminar, Sacramento, CA, September 21, 2011.


Panelist, "Bankruptcy Issues for Commercial Lenders," Commercial Lenders Advisory Group, The Sutter Club, Sacramento, CA, June 23, 2011 and The Bank of Marin, Novato, CA, June 30, 2011.


Presenter, “Expand Your Practice: Learn How to Handle a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Case,” San Joaquin College of Law, Central California Bankruptcy Association, Fresno County Bar Association and State Bar of California, Fresno, CA, February 15, 2011.


Presenter, “Expand Your Practice: Introduction to Handling a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Case,” Sacramento County Bar Association and The State Bar of California, Sacramento, CA, November 9, 2010.


Panelist, “Guarantees and Enforcement of Guarantees,” Central California Bankruptcy Association Institute, Fresno, CA, September 24, 2010.


Presenter, “Chapter 11 Issues on Real Estate Development Cases,” Turnaround Management Associates Distressed Real Estate Summit Conference: Practical Responses to Troubled Projects in California and Nevada, Sacramento, CA, September 24, 2008.


Presenter, “Bankruptcy Fundamentals for Public Agency Attorneys,”  Lunch Program Seminar sponsored by Meyers Nave, Sacramento, CA,  June 4, 2008.


Presenter, “Top Issues in Small Business Bankruptcies,” TeleConference for the American Bar Association, Business Law Section, San Francisco, CA,  June 26, 2007.


Panelist, “Bankruptcy Practice in Light of the Reform Act of 2005,” Lorman Education Services Seminar, Sacramento, CA, April 28, 2006.


Presenter, “Family Law and the New Bankruptcy Code,” Sacramento County Bar Association – Family Law Section, Sacramento, CA, April 4, 2006.


Presenter, “Irreconcilable Differences – Family Law Meets the Bankruptcy Code,” American Conference of Family Law Specialists, Sacramento, CA, September 27, 2005.


Panelist, “Business Bankruptcy and the New Law,” 9th Annual Central California Bankruptcy Institute, Fresno, CA, September 14, 2005.


Panelist, “Consumer & Business Law Highlights of the Bankruptcy Reform Act,” Sacramento Valley Bankruptcy Forum Conference, Sacramento, CA, August 19, 2005.


Presenter, “Alternative Targets in Collection Actions,” CMA Business Credit Services, Sacramento, CA, February 12, 2003.


Presenter, “The Intersection of Family Law and Bankruptcy Law,” Sacramento Bankruptcy Trustee’s Association, Sacramento, CA, November 22, 2002.


Conference Co-Chair, 14th Annual California Bankruptcy Forum Conference, La Jolla, CA, May 17-19, 2002.


Presenter, “Maximizing Your Return On Claims In Bankruptcy: Getting Ahead Of The Creditor Pack,” CMA Business Credit Services and the Sacramento Credit Professionals Group, Sacramento, CA, March 13, 2002.


Presenter, “Recent Developments in Bankruptcy Law,” Sacramento County Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section, Sacramento, CA, November 21, 2001.


Panel Moderator, “Recent Developments in Business Bankruptcies,” Annual conference of the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of California, Monterey, CA, November 3, 2001.




Co-authored revisions to Property of the Estate, Nuts and Bolts of Corporate Bankruptcy, Practising Law Institute (2009).


Co-authored revisions to Bankruptcy Considerations, Chapter 12 of Debt Collection Practice, California Continuing Education of the Bar (2005).


Other Community Activities


Don is active in community affairs, including serving in the past as a member of the Board of Directors of Campfire of Sacramento, as a Little League Coach, as President of the Christian Brothers Booster Club, as a Parochial School League Basketball Coach and as a mentor in the McClatchy High School Law and Public Policy Academy.  Don has been a big brother in the Sacramento Big Brothers and Big Sisters Program for the past seven years. 

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