"Non-Consensual Third-Party Releases"

Monday, 8/22/22, 2:00 PM

Mahatma Gandhi said, “[i]f you don’t ask, you don’t get”, but as Mick Jagger and Keith Richards wrote “[y]ou can't always get what you want.”  The panel will debate who, if anyone, should receive a non-consensual third party release by reviewing the current status of the law discussing the splits among the circuits.

Meet our Panel

Graham Stieglitz (moderator) is a Partner in the Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy group at Burr & Forman, LLP.  His practice encompasses a broad range of bankruptcy, restructuring, and corporate matters with a focus on litigation, receiverships, distressed M&A transactions, and commercial workouts.

Eric J. Monzo focuses on issues relating to business restructuring and insolvency. He regularly represents a wide range of stakeholders with a focus on official and unofficial committees, indenture trustees, commercial creditors and lender groups, in addition to, corporate debtors and their independent and special committee management.


Eric is widely recognized by clients and peers for his preeminent legal ability and creative solutions. Clients regard him as a true professional, who is fully prepared and focused on the business objectives.


Eric handles matters relating to the restructuring and liquidation of companies in a broad range of industries with experience in healthcare, construction, energy, finance, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, technology, transportation, real estate and retail. While many of the matters pertain to matters pending in courts located in Delaware and involve issues of Delaware law, Eric also represents clients in multi-jurisdictional and international insolvency proceedings and litigation outside of Delaware.


Travis Vandell brings over 20 years of turnaround experience to his role as Managing Director at Stretto. Drawing on his substantive knowledge and valuable insight as a former corporate-restructuring associate, he applies a practical application to case management. Throughout his career, Travis has effectively led teams on some of the largest and most notable Chapter 11 matters including Whiting Petroleum Corporation, Liberty Power Holdings, General Growth Properties, and Brazos Electric Power Cooperative. He began his professional career as a legal intern for both the Honorable Stephen D. Gerling, Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of New York, and the Honorable Cecelia G. Morris, Chief Judge for the Southern District of New York, Poughkeepsie Division. He previously represented Chapter 11 debtors at Ashby & Geddes, a boutique corporate-bankruptcy firm in Wilmington, Delaware. Turnaround professionals and corporate advisors rely on Travis’s problem-solving skills, keen ability to implement processes and procedures that lead to improved overall efficiency for their teams. Travis is a former recipient of the Annual M&A Advisor 40 Under 40 Award. He is an active participant of ABI, AIRA, and TMA.


Devin van der Hahn practices bankruptcy and restructuring law in Quinn Emanuel’s Houston Office. Devin’s primary clients include:

  • both secured and unsecured creditors holding debt with various priority positions in their debtors’ capital structure;
  • creditor groups, including ad hoc creditor groups and statutory committees organized in bankruptcy proceedings;
  • companies restructuring their debts or reorganizing their operations; and
  • principals and managers of companies with insolvency concerns.

Devin has particularized experience with representing clients in the oil and gas industry and the structured finance sector. He also has experience representing clients active in the following fields: healthcare, technology, manufacturing, shipping, aviation, gaming, retail, and broadcasting.


Genevieve Weiner is a member of the Restructuring group at Sidley Austin LLP and focuses her practice on representing debtors and lenders in various bankruptcy matters, general assignments, receiverships and out of court restructurings and work-outs. She has represented clients across multiple industries including healthcare, retail, hospitality and real estate.