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The Looming Insolvency Pandemic: A Guide for Fraud Examiners

September 23, 2020
6:00 PM PDT to 8:00 PM PDT
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September 23, 2020 – 6 pm to 8 pm

CPE:  2 hours.

Co-hosted Event by the Los Angeles Chapter and Inland Empire Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners


"The Looming Insolvency Pandemic: A Guide for Fraud Examiners"

Please join us for a panel discussion regarding fraud and forensic accounting issues in bankruptcy and insolvency matters.

An expected explosion in bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings is widely predicted over the coming months. Increased demand will provide new opportunities for practitioners in the insolvency arena and draw new entrants into the practice. Please join us for an evening with the foremost practitioners in insolvency related litigation in Southern California.


Judge Scott C. Clarkson - United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of California

Scott C. Clarkson has served as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of California since January 20, 2011. His undergraduate degree is from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and he received his J.D. degree from George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia.

From 1977 to 1982, Judge Clarkson was legislative assistant to United States Congressman Harold L. Volkmer in Washington, D.C., assigned to the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, where he was a direct observer of and participant in the creation of the 1978 Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Prior to his appointment, Judge Clarkson practiced bankruptcy law and bankruptcy litigation for more than 20 years in Los Angeles, and served as chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section from 2008 to 2009.



Maryellen Sebold – Partner at RSM US LLP

Maryellen Sebold is a Partner in RSM’s Financial Investigations and Dispute Advisory Services practice.  She is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor, and is certified in Financial Forensics. She has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of forensic accounting and fraud investigations, litigation consulting, bankruptcy, and corporate restructuring.   

Maryellen has led teams in the development of strategies specific to complex financial fraud matters and internal investigations of public and private companies.  She has performed investigations into allegations of fraud and mismanagement including preparing and evaluating employee dishonesty and fidelity bond claims. She has been involved in investigating misappropriation of assets, Ponzi schemes, and financial statement irregularities, as well as evaluating alter-ego issues.  Maryellen is experienced in calculating economic damages, evaluating shareholder and partnership disputes, and analyzing budget overruns. 

In the bankruptcy arena, Maryellen has worked with trustees and creditors' committees as a financial advisor in Chapter 7 and 11 matters and has run operating Chapter 11 businesses including a steel fabrication company.  In addition, she has worked with bank syndications in efforts to restructure multimillion-dollar loans made to failing companies.

Howard Grobstein - Managing Partner and Co-founder of Grobstein Teeple LLP

Howard Grobstein is the managing partner and co-founder of Grobstein Teeple LLP, a consulting and accounting firm with offices in Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside Counties in California, as well as Washington D.C. and Las Vegas.  Howard is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified in Financial Forensics, and a Certified Fraud Examiner. 

Mr. Grobstein’s practice is focused on restructuring and insolvency, forensic and fraud consulting, and litigation consulting.  He is a member of the panel of bankruptcy trustees in the Riverside Division of the Central District of California.  Mr. Grobstein acts as a chapter 7 and chapter 11 trustee, chief restructuring officer, chapter 11 examiner, receiver, assignee for the benefit of creditors, and liquidating trustee/disbursing agent.  He also acts as the accountant and financial advisor to other individuals acting in those same capacities.

Stephen J. Donell - President of Jalmar Properties. Inc., and FedReceiver, Inc.

Stephen J. Donell, CPM®, ARM®, CCIM is President of Jalmar Properties. Inc., and FedReceiver, Inc. both of which are based in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Donell has administered and/or been appointed as a receiver in over 700 cases. Mr. Donell has decades of experience in receivership matters involving residential and commercial real estate, asset and business operations and liquidations, oil and gas partnerships, post judgment enforcement actions, hotel/motel, assisted living facilities, single family and condominium construction completion/entitlements, gas station/c-stores, marital dissolutions, sub-standard housing, complex partnership disputes and appointments in federal court as receiver in numerous actions filed by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and other government enforcement actions. He is a past Co-President of the Los Angeles/Orange County chapter of the California Receivers Forum (CRF) and the second President of National Association of Federal Equity Receivers (NAFER). He also serves as a partition referee, provisional director and liquidation agent.

Brian L. Davidoff - Chair of the Bankruptcy Practice Group at Greenberg Glusker

Brian Davidoff is Chair of the Bankruptcy Practice Group at Greenberg Glusker in Los Angeles.  Brian represents business debtors in reorganization plans, filing their bankruptcy cases and assisting in their decisions of whether to reorganize or liquidate.  He has also represented lenders who have defaulted loans, buyers of assets from bankruptcy, indenture trustees, secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees and equity security holders’ and bondholders committees, as well as foreign representatives in ancillary proceedings.  Brian’s experience as a corporate attorney allows him to address both insolvency and business needs of his clients. Brian obtained his law degree in South Africa in 1978 and an LL.M from the University of Miami, Florida in 1982.  He is certified as a Business Bankruptcy Specialist by the American Bankruptcy Institute. 



$20.00 LA ACFE Chapter Member

$25.00 Non-LA ACFE Chapter Members