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Lisa Bittle Tancredi Partner

Lisa Bittle Tancredi is a bankruptcy and creditors’ rights partner working from the firm’s Baltimore and Wilmington, Delaware, offices. Lisa represents a spectrum of clients, including corporations, national banks, community banks, institutions, funds, investors, sureties, high-net-worth individuals and lenders, both inside and outside of the bankruptcy court. In the syndicated loan arena, she works with agents and participating lenders to address distressed debt facilities.

Lisa is a past President of the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland (2014-2015) and a former chair of the Maryland Local Rules Committee (2013-2016). Lisa served as a reporter of bankruptcy cases in the Fourth Circuit for the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) and was co-chair of the ABI’s Employee Benefits Committee. She frequently lectures and gives seminars to local and national groups, and she has published several articles.

Lisa earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech, cum laude, where she was a member of sorority Kappa Alpha Theta and the Pi Tau Sigma and Tau Beta Pi engineering honor societies.  After a brief stint working as a mechanical engineer, Lisa turned to the law. She graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law where she was awarded the American Jurisprudence Awards for Legal Writing and Commercial Paper, the Arnold Bridgewater Prize, and inducted into the Order of the Coif.  During law school, Lisa clerked for the Office of the United States Trustee in Baltimore, a component of the Department of Justice responsible for overseeing the administration of bankruptcy cases, and it was during that clerkship that she acquired her affinity for bankruptcy law. Following law school, Lisa served a judicial clerkship for the Honorable James F. Schneider of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland.

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • Delaware
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • Maryland Court of Appeals
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware
  • Delaware Supreme Court
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division
  • Lisa has been admitted pro hac vice to the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern District of New York, Eastern District of Virginia, Northern District of Texas, Northern District of Illinois, Central District of California, Eastern District of Tennessee, Middle District of Georgia, Southern District of Alabama, and the Southern District of Mississippi

Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law (J.D., with honors, 1993)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (B.S., cum laude, 1989)
  • Bankruptcy Bar Association / U.S. District Court Liaison Committee (2015 – present); Chair (2017 – present)
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Coordinating Editor (2017 - present)
  • Maryland Local Bankruptcy Rules Committee, Chair (2013 – 2016)
  • Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association (1994 to present); President (2014 – 2015) and previous one-year terms as secretary, assistant secretary, treasurer and assistant treasurer
  • Maryland State Bar Association Advanced Bankruptcy Institute, faculty (2014 – present)
  • American Bankruptcy Institute (1996 to present); Co-chair of the Employee Benefit Committee (2008 – 2009)
  • Scoring Judge, Delaware High School Mock Trial Competition (2015 – 2016)
  • International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) (2016 – present)

Lisa has given many presentations to clients, bar associations and trade groups. Her most recent presentations include:

  • "Let's Dip into the DIP Order," American Bankruptcy Institute's 2017 Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop (August 4, 2017)
  • "Healthcare Bankruptcies," Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland (May 6, 2017)
  • "Is Bankruptcy a Viable Option for High Income or Asset Rich Individuals?" Advanced Bankruptcy Institute (December 1, 2016)
  • "Gender Bias: Unethical or Just Uncivil," Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland (May 14, 2016)
  • “Practical Guide to E-Discovery,” Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland (May 1, 2015)
  • “Preserving Intellectual Property in Chapter 11,” Advanced Bankruptcy Institute (March 24, 2015)
  • “Bankruptcy Strategies,” M&T Bank Baltimore Workout Group (March 17, 2015) 
  • “Do We Really Need the Boilerplate? Drafting Orders and Plans,” Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland (May 2, 2014)
  • “Single Asset Real Estate Cases,” 2014 Advanced Bankruptcy Institute (March 12, 2014)
  • “Best Practices for Handling Pro Se Litigants,” Delaware Bankruptcy American Inn of Court (May 14, 2013)
  • “Evidentiary Privileges in Bankruptcy Litigation,” Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland (May 4, 2013)
  • “Intercreditor Issues,” American Bankruptcy Institute’s 2010 Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop (August 6, 2010)
  • Author, "Challenges to Tax Exempt Status of Bankrupt Non-Profits," Bloomberg BNA Bankruptcy Law Reporter (July 20, 2017)
  • Author, "Treatment of a Pre-Petition Foreclosure of Accounts Receivable," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (July 2017)
  • Author, "Effective Appeal of Exclusivity Orders Under 28 U.S.C. § 158(a)(2)," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (June 2017)
  • Author, “Fixing the SARE Checkbox,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (November 2014)
  • Author, “Has Collective Design Reached its High-Water Mark?” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (March 2013)
  • Author, “Losing JT’s Money: How a Recording Contract and Corporate Bankruptcy Ruined One Rapper’s Fairy Tale,” Bankruptcy Litigation Reporter (June 18, 2007)
  • Co-Author, ABI Pension Manual, American Bankruptcy Institute (2006)
  • Author, “Pitfalls of Critical Vendor Litigation”, The Bankruptcy Strategist (July 2006).
  • Author, “Courts May Deem Vendors of Bankrupt Firms Not So ‘Critical’ After All”, Baltimore Business Journal, (June 25, 2004).
  • Author, “In the Wake of Craft”, Legal Times, (January 27, 2003).
  • Co-Author, “The Equitable Subrogee v. the Bankruptcy Trustee”, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, February 1997.
Overview

Lisa Bittle Tancredi is a bankruptcy and creditors’ rights partner working from the firm’s Baltimore and Wilmington, Delaware, offices. Lisa represents a spectrum of clients, including corporations, national banks, community banks, institutions, funds, investors, sureties, high-net-worth individuals and lenders, both inside and outside of the bankruptcy court. In the syndicated loan arena, she works with agents and participating lenders to address distressed debt facilities.

Lisa is a past President of the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland (2014-2015) and a former chair of the Maryland Local Rules Committee (2013-2016). Lisa served as a reporter of bankruptcy cases in the Fourth Circuit for the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) and was co-chair of the ABI’s Employee Benefits Committee. She frequently lectures and gives seminars to local and national groups, and she has published several articles.

Lisa earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech, cum laude, where she was a member of sorority Kappa Alpha Theta and the Pi Tau Sigma and Tau Beta Pi engineering honor societies.  After a brief stint working as a mechanical engineer, Lisa turned to the law. She graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law where she was awarded the American Jurisprudence Awards for Legal Writing and Commercial Paper, the Arnold Bridgewater Prize, and inducted into the Order of the Coif.  During law school, Lisa clerked for the Office of the United States Trustee in Baltimore, a component of the Department of Justice responsible for overseeing the administration of bankruptcy cases, and it was during that clerkship that she acquired her affinity for bankruptcy law. Following law school, Lisa served a judicial clerkship for the Honorable James F. Schneider of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland.

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • Delaware
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • Maryland Court of Appeals
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware
  • Delaware Supreme Court
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division
  • Lisa has been admitted pro hac vice to the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern District of New York, Eastern District of Virginia, Northern District of Texas, Northern District of Illinois, Central District of California, Eastern District of Tennessee, Middle District of Georgia, Southern District of Alabama, and the Southern District of Mississippi

Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law (J.D., with honors, 1993)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (B.S., cum laude, 1989)
Professional / Community Affiliations
  • Bankruptcy Bar Association / U.S. District Court Liaison Committee (2015 – present); Chair (2017 – present)
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Coordinating Editor (2017 - present)
  • Maryland Local Bankruptcy Rules Committee, Chair (2013 – 2016)
  • Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association (1994 to present); President (2014 – 2015) and previous one-year terms as secretary, assistant secretary, treasurer and assistant treasurer
  • Maryland State Bar Association Advanced Bankruptcy Institute, faculty (2014 – present)
  • American Bankruptcy Institute (1996 to present); Co-chair of the Employee Benefit Committee (2008 – 2009)
  • Scoring Judge, Delaware High School Mock Trial Competition (2015 – 2016)
  • International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) (2016 – present)
Presentations

Lisa has given many presentations to clients, bar associations and trade groups. Her most recent presentations include:

  • "Let's Dip into the DIP Order," American Bankruptcy Institute's 2017 Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop (August 4, 2017)
  • "Healthcare Bankruptcies," Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland (May 6, 2017)
  • "Is Bankruptcy a Viable Option for High Income or Asset Rich Individuals?" Advanced Bankruptcy Institute (December 1, 2016)
  • "Gender Bias: Unethical or Just Uncivil," Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland (May 14, 2016)
  • “Practical Guide to E-Discovery,” Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland (May 1, 2015)
  • “Preserving Intellectual Property in Chapter 11,” Advanced Bankruptcy Institute (March 24, 2015)
  • “Bankruptcy Strategies,” M&T Bank Baltimore Workout Group (March 17, 2015) 
  • “Do We Really Need the Boilerplate? Drafting Orders and Plans,” Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland (May 2, 2014)
  • “Single Asset Real Estate Cases,” 2014 Advanced Bankruptcy Institute (March 12, 2014)
  • “Best Practices for Handling Pro Se Litigants,” Delaware Bankruptcy American Inn of Court (May 14, 2013)
  • “Evidentiary Privileges in Bankruptcy Litigation,” Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland (May 4, 2013)
  • “Intercreditor Issues,” American Bankruptcy Institute’s 2010 Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop (August 6, 2010)
Publications
  • Author, "Challenges to Tax Exempt Status of Bankrupt Non-Profits," Bloomberg BNA Bankruptcy Law Reporter (July 20, 2017)
  • Author, "Treatment of a Pre-Petition Foreclosure of Accounts Receivable," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (July 2017)
  • Author, "Effective Appeal of Exclusivity Orders Under 28 U.S.C. § 158(a)(2)," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (June 2017)
  • Author, “Fixing the SARE Checkbox,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (November 2014)
  • Author, “Has Collective Design Reached its High-Water Mark?” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (March 2013)
  • Author, “Losing JT’s Money: How a Recording Contract and Corporate Bankruptcy Ruined One Rapper’s Fairy Tale,” Bankruptcy Litigation Reporter (June 18, 2007)
  • Co-Author, ABI Pension Manual, American Bankruptcy Institute (2006)
  • Author, “Pitfalls of Critical Vendor Litigation”, The Bankruptcy Strategist (July 2006).
  • Author, “Courts May Deem Vendors of Bankrupt Firms Not So ‘Critical’ After All”, Baltimore Business Journal, (June 25, 2004).
  • Author, “In the Wake of Craft”, Legal Times, (January 27, 2003).
  • Co-Author, “The Equitable Subrogee v. the Bankruptcy Trustee”, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, February 1997.