Commercial Law and Bankruptcy: Year in Review – B02

Business Law Track
Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section 

Session B: 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

This review of case law in the past year will cover important decisions and changes in the areas of consumer bankruptcy, business bankruptcy, and commercial law. 

You will learn: 

  • About business bankruptcy cases and decisions 
  • Consumer bankruptcy (Chapters 7 and 13) holdings 
  • How the courts have handled recent corporate and commercial law issues 


Jessica Grossarth, Pullman & Comley LLC, Bridgeport 

Attorney Grossarth practices in the areas of bankruptcy and government finance. In bankruptcy matters, she represents debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees and trustees in formal bankruptcy proceedings and out of court workouts.  Jessica has been involved in a variety of bankruptcy proceedings and has appeared in the District of Connecticut and the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.  She has participated in numerous bankruptcy appeals to the Federal District Courts.

In government finance, Jessica drafts financing documents and closing documents, including resolutions, ordinances, purchase contracts, Clean Water Fund documents, opinions and bond and note closing documents. She has conducted due diligence and legal research with respect to state and municipal law issues relating to the issuances of bonds and notes.

Jessica serves as chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee. She was a summer associate at the firm in 2001 and became a full time associate in 2002.

While at Fairfield University, Jessica was a member of the women’s Division I basketball team and upon graduation earned a trip to San Francisco to try out professionally for the American Basketball League. In 2005, she was inducted into Fairfield University’s Athletic Hall of Fame.  She received several academic honors at Quinnipiac University including Distinguished Academic Achievement Awards in criminal law and trial practice and the Academic Excellence Award.


Matthew BeatmanZeisler & Zeisler PC, Bridgeport  

Attorney Beatman is a shareholder at Zeisler & Zeisler, P.C. For over 25 years, Matthew has acted as lead counsel to individual and corporate debtors, creditors’ committees, trustees, secured and unsecured creditors, investors, lessors, acquirers of assets, and financial institutions in complex workout, restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy matters. He has extensive experience in litigating commercial matters and has been appointed a Receiver in several cases: American Crushing & Recycling, LLC, the company involved in the tragic Avon Mountain crash in 2005 where Matthew served as Receiver at the request of the Attorney General for the State of Connecticut; FTC and the State of Connecticut v. LeanSpa, LLC, et al pending in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut where Matthew presently serves as Receiver at the request of the FTC and State of Connecticut and Boston Avenue Properties Partnership.

Matthew is frequently invited to be a speaker and panelist for various professional groups and is actively involved in various professional and community organizations. Matthew is a member of the Raymond E. Baldwin American Inn of Court and a past-Chairman of the Connecticut Bar Association Section on Commercial Law and Bankruptcy, having previously served as its Treasurer and Vice Chairman. He is a long standing member of that Section’s Executive Committee. He is also a member of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Consumer Law Section’s Executive Committee.  He has also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alan H.W. Shiff, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Connecticut. Matthew has repeatedly been chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers of America since 2011 and recognized as a Connecticut Super Lawyer since 2010.  He was named the Best Lawyers Stamford Litigation-Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year in 2015 and 2017.

Evangeline V.  KliegmanGreen & Sklarz, New Haven  

Attorney  Kliegman is an associate at Green & Sklarz LLC, where she focuses on commercial litigation, taxpayer representation, bankruptcy and estate planning.  Prior to joining Green & Sklarz, Evangeline worked as a Temporary Assistant Clerk for the civil presiding judge in Stamford Superior Court.  Evangeline received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Connecticut in 2010, and her J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law, magna cum laude, in 2014.  Evangeline is the co-chair of the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy for the Young Lawyers Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, and a member of the American Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Fairfield County Bar Association. 



Douglas Skalka, Neubert Pepe & Monteith, New Haven 

Attorney Skalka is an experienced bankruptcy and commercial finance practitioner representing businesses, lenders, trade auditors and investors in many bankruptcy and business reorganization matters over the past thirty years. Doug’s clients include secured and unsecured creditors, debtors, commercial lenders, trustees, and creditors’ committees. Cases are located in Connecticut and though out the country. His services include serving as counsel for asset-based lending transactions, avoidance actions, and the acquisition of troubled companies and their assets.

Attorney Skalka holds a certification in business bankruptcy from the American Board of Certification. He was recently named a Senior Specialist by the Board as he has held a certification in business bankruptcy for more than twenty years. The American Board of Certification is the nation’s premier legal specialty certification organization, certifying attorneys as specialist in business bankruptcy, consumer bankruptcy and creditors’ rights law.

Attorney Skalka graduated from Cornell University in 1982 and received his law degree from Boston University School of Law in 1985. In law school he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Probate Law Journal. Prior to joining Neubert, Pepe & Monteith in 1995, Attorney Skalka was a partner with Whitman, Breed, Abbott & Morgan.



CLE Credit: 1.5 Hours (AOP)