Commercial Law and Bankruptcy: Year in Review – D02

Business Law Track
Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section

Session D: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 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
  • About consumer bankruptcy holdings (chapters 7 and 13)
  • How the courts have handled recent corporate and commercial law issues


Jessica Grossarth Kennedy, Pullman & Comley LLC, Bridgeport

Attorney Grossarth Kennedy 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.

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.


Taruna Garg, Murtha Cullina LLP, Stamford

Attorney Garg is a commercial litigation attorney at Murtha Cullina LLP.  She practices in the areas of business litigation, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. She represents individual and corporate clients in a wide range of disputes including breach of contract, lender liability, financial workout, complex tort litigation and antitrust matters throughout all stages of litigation, settlement and alternative dispute processes.

Taruna has successfully prosecuted and defended cases involving breach of fiduciary duty against directors and officers, preferential transfers, fraudulent transfer actions, lender liability, protection of collateral, foreclosure, asset allocation and breach of contract disputes.


Jonathan A. Kaplan, Pullman & Comley LLC, Hartford

Attorney Kaplan is a litigation partner at Pullman & Comley LLC. He practices in the area of complex commercial litigation and handles a wide span of business disputes, ranging from business torts, partnership and shareholder disputes, unfair trade practice claims, landlord-tenant and real estate litigation, contract claims, commercial foreclosures, bankruptcy-related litigation and general civil commercial litigation. He is experienced in all phases of litigation from the commencement of the case through trial, and regularly appears in state and federal courts, appellate courts, bankruptcy courts and housing courts. He also has experience in mediation, arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.  Jon has presented to the Connecticut Bar Association’s (“CBA”) Federal Practice Section on the Admissibility of E-Discovery and to the National Business Institute in a presentation entitled “How to Get Your Social Media, Email and Text Evidence Admitted (and Keep Theirs Out).”

Suzanne B. Sutton, Cohen and Wolf PC, Orange

Attorney Sutton serves as Of Counsel to Cohen and Wolf and is a resident of the firm’s Orange office. Ms. Sutton has extensive experience in attorney discipline defense and in bankruptcy. She is a member of the firm’s Ethics Group, Litigation Group and Bankruptcy Group. Prior to joining Cohen and Wolf, Ms. Sutton spent approximately nine years at the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel and was appointed First Assistant Chief Disciplinary Counsel. As a disciplinary counsel she investigated, negotiated and prosecuted all matters of grievance complaints and unauthorized practice of law issues. Ms. Sutton has an abundance of experience in commercial law and bankruptcy. In her earlier career she represented individuals and businesses in Chapter 7, 13 and 11 cases. She also served as a Chapter 7 Panel Trustee for the District of Connecticut for several years. Ms. Sutton is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, the Professional Responsibility Section and the Commercial Law and bankruptcy Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. She often participates in legal seminars for the Connecticut Bar Association and for the individual County Bar Associations. Ms. Sutton is an adjunct at the University of Hartford.


2.0 CLE Credits (CT: 2.0 General; NY: 2.0 AOP)