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3rd year associate at a primarily insurance defense firm… management committee wants me to develop a bankruptcy practice, but I don’t know where to start. Anyone have a similar path?

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Why would a firm want a third year associate to develop an entire practice without someone with actual experience training them up?! Sounds like a recipe for disaster.

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Well, basically, wouldn’t you go pitch committee work?

Sounds like a nightmare scenario. It better come with an absolutely massive pay bump.

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Just going to chime in to note that bankruptcy is dead right now. Record low filings in all categories.

With that said, is there a particular type of bankruptcy work? Debtor work? Individual or business? Creditor work? Landlords, banks, trade? Committee? Bankruptcy litigation (like preference defense)? Trustee representation?

PLI and American Bankruptcy Institute often have nuts and bolts seminars you could look into. But you should try to narrow in on what exactly you want to do in this area, then work from there.

Excellent points. Your thoughts and comments are much appreciated and I may take you up on the offer to chat more in the near future. Thanks again.

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