Does Being a Mediator Mean Retirement Is On The Horizon?

Published 20 February 2013

Recently, I have been regularly communicating with friends, colleagues and professional acquaintances about my increasing interest in bankruptcy mediation through email and otherwise. On three separate occasions of late, I have been asked by people who have been receiving these communications if my increased focus on bankruptcy mediation means that I am cutting back my regular bankruptcy practice, moving toward the retirement phase of my career or easing out of my role at Shaw Gussis Fishman Glantz Wolfson & Towbin LLC. Nothing could be further from the truth. I continue to be fully engaged as a mainstream bankruptcy attorney.
I came upon my interest in being a bankruptcy mediator quite by chance, and not because I was looking to shift my emphasis away from my regular practice.  I was called "out of the blue" by the principal parties in the Lauth Investment Properties, LLC, et al. cases pending in the Southern District of Indiana in 2010 and asked if I would be interested in mediating a series of disputes between them that basically constituted the entire cases. I accepted the assignment and worked feverishly on it for approximately six months, eventually helping the parties to reach a series of agreements that ultimately allowed the debtors to propose and confirm a plan of reorganization.  I enjoyed the assignment and thereafter decided to try to expand my practice to include acting as a bankruptcy mediator on a regular basis.  All of this is to say that I am not retiring, not slowing down and merely trying to add to my bankruptcy repertoire.  Keep calling me with regular cases as well as mediation opportunities.