G. Ray Warner

Professor of Law
School of Law

Professor Warner is a Professor of Law and former Associate Dean of Bankruptcy Studies at St. John’s University School of Law in New York, which has the nation’s most extensive bankruptcy program.  He is also Of Counsel to Greenberg Traurig, LLP, one of the nation’s largest law firms.

Professor Warner has published numerous articles in the bankruptcy, commercial law and consumer law areas and has consulted in many major bankruptcy and consumer law cases.  Professor Warner is a multiple recipient of law school teaching awards, and a frequent seminar speaker.  He is a founder of the American Board of Certification, the only national credentialing body for bankruptcy and creditors' rights practitioners.  Professor Warner is a Director and former Secretary of the American Bankruptcy Institute.  He is also a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, a founding member of the International Insolvency Institute, an editor of the International Insolvency Law Review, and served as Chair of the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Post-Graduate Legal Education.  He serves as Co-Advisor to the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review and heads the national Conrad B. Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition, both of which are co-sponsored by St. John’s and the American Bankruptcy Institute.

American Bankrutpcy Institute Law Review-Co-Advisor
International Insolvency Law Review-U.S. Academic Editor

Journal Articles and Symposia

Article 9's Bankrupt Proceeds Rule: Amending Bankruptcy Code Section 552 Through the UCC "Proceeds" Definition, 46 Gonzaga L. Rev. 541 (2011) [Symposium]

Co-Convenor, "The SEC in Bankruptcy: Past Present, and Future" Symposium, 18 Am. Bank. Inst. L. Rev. 569, et seq. (2010)

Bankruptcy Reform and Economic Recovery, 25 J. Civ. Rts & Econ. Dev. 181 (2010)

Co-Convenor, "ADR Meets Bankruptcy: Cross-Purposes or Cross-Pollination?"  Symposium, 17 Am. Bank. Inst. L. Rev. 385, et seq. (2009)

Co-Convenor, "The Future of Labor Through the Prism of Bankruptcy," Symposium, 15 Am. Bankr. Inst. L. Rev. 1, et seq. (2007)

Co-Convenor, "Federalism & Bankruptcy: Deciphering Katz," Symposium, 15 Am. Bankr. Inst. L. Rev. 1, et seq. (2007)

Garnishment Restrictions and the Involuntary Chapter 11: Rethinking Kokoszka in a Means Test World, 13 Am. Bankr. Inst. L. Rev. 733 (2005).

Convenor, "Beneath the Surface of BAPCPA," Symposium, 13 Am. Bankr. Inst. L. Rev. 425, et seq. (2005)

Co-Convenor, "A Symposium on the Code After 25 Years: (1978-2003)," Symposium, 12 Am.  Bankr. Inst. L. Rev. 1, et seq. (2004).

Is Revised Article 9 the Anti-Bankruptcy Act? Yes, 28 Okla. City U. L. Rev. 537 (2003).

The Anti-Bankruptcy Act: Revised Article 9 and Bankruptcy, 9 Am. Bankr. Inst. L. Rev. 3 (2001).

Elimination of Disinterestedness: A Change in Law or Just in Focus?, 8 J. Bankr. L. &  Prac. 151 (1999).

Of Grinches, Alchemy and Disinterestedness: The Commission's Magically Disappearing Conflicts of Interest, 5 Am. Bankr. Inst. L. Rev. 423 (1997).

Interim Compensation and the Routine Holdback: The Effect of the Jenkins Case, 1 J. Bankr. L. & Prac. 642 (1992).

Interim Compensation and the Routine Holdback: A Doctrine in Search of a Rationale, 1 J. Bankr. L. & Prac. 441 (1992).

Rotten to the "Core": An Essay on Juries, Jurisdiction and Granfinanciera, 59 UMKC L. Rev. 991 (1991).

Katchen Up in Bankruptcy: The New Jury Trial Right, 63 Am. Bankr. L.J. 1 (1989).

Cited and Quoted by United States Supreme Court in Granfinanciera v. Nordberg, 492 U.S. 33, 109 S.Ct. 2782, 2801, 2802, n. 18 (1989).

Book Review, Jackson, The Logic and Limits of Bankruptcy Law, 20 Urb. Law. 489 (1988).

Fair Debt Collection Practices Act - Let the Attorney Beware, 43 Mo. Bar J. 79 (1987), reprinted in The New Hampshire Bar Weekly (May 1987) and reprinted inSmall Business Counselor (August 1987).

Article Received the Missouri Bar's W. Oliver Rasch Award for Best Article of the Year.

Reports

American Bankruptcy Institute Report on the State of the American Bankruptcy System, American Bankruptcy Institute (1996). Presented to the National Bankruptcy Review Commission (December 1996). Published in book form and on the World Wide Web at http://www.abiworld.org/survey/reportfront.html

American Bankruptcy Institute National Report on Professional Compensation in Bankruptcy Cases, American Bankruptcy Institute (1991) (255 pgs.).

Resulted in Amendment to Bankruptcy Code § 326; Cited in H.R. Rep. No. 103-835, at 38 n. 4 (1994), reprinted in 1994 U.S.C.C.A.N. 3340, 3347.

Books and Chapters

Chapter, "Bankruptcy: General Provisions and Alternatives" Cavitch, Business Organizations, Chapter 156 (Matthew Bender & amp; Co. 1993, 1995, and annual updates) (285 pgs.).

Chapter, "Bankruptcy: Liquidation and Reorganization," Cavitch, Business Organizations, Chapter 157 (Matthew Bender & Co. 1993, 1995, and annual updates) (120 pgs.).

Chapter, "Paying the Piper," Professional Compensation: Does Bankruptcy Cost Too Much, National Symposia Series, American Bankruptcy Institute (1995).

Chapter, "Overview of Title 11," Missouri Bankruptcy Practice Deskbook, The Missouri Bar (1992) (revised 1996).

Editor, "First-day Motions Manual: A practical Guide to the Critical First Days of a Bankruptcy Case," American Bankruptcy Institute (2003).

Columns

Supreme Court Blows It Again, Daily Bankr. Rev. 6 (July 2004)

 Repossession Titles and Turnover Under Revised Article 9, 23 Am. Bankr. Inst. J. 22 (March 2004)

Rethinking DIP Counsel’s Fiduciary Duty, Daily Bankr. Rev. 6 - 7 (March 10, 2004)

Consigned to Confusion: Consignments Under Revised Article 9, 20 Am. Bankr. Inst. J. 30 (Dec. 2001/ Jan. 2002).

Consumer Avoidance of Non-Purchase Money Security Interests Under Revised Article 9, 20 Am. Bankr. Inst. J. 22 (Nov. 2001).

Using the Strong Arm Power to Attack Name Errors Under Revised Article 9, 20 Am Bankr. Inst. J. 22 (Oct. 2001).

Preferences and the Use of Revised Article 9 to Correct Perfection Defects, 20 Am. Bankr. Inst. J. 22 (Sept. 2001).

Non-Uniform Effective Dates and the Transition to Revised Article 9, 20 Am. Bankr. Inst. J. 22 (July/Aug. 2001)

Surviving the Transition to Revised Article 9 - Maintaining Perfection, 20 Am. Bankr. Inst. J. 22 (June 2001).

Surviving the Transition to Revised Article 9 - The Basics, 20 Am. Bankr. Inst. J. 18 (May 2001).

Continuing Perfection During Bankruptcy Under Revised Article 9, 20 Am. Bankr. Inst. J. 22 (April 2001).

Revised Article 9 of the UCC: Attachment, Filing and Foreclosure Under Revised Article 9, 16 Com. L. Bull. 10 (March/April 2001).

Proceeds in Bankruptcy Under Revised Article 9, 20 Am. Bankr. Inst. J. 22 (March 2001).

Perfection in Proceeds Under Revised Article 9, 20 Am. Bankr. Inst. J. 16 (February 2001).

The Right to Proceeds Under Revised Article 9, 19 Am. Bankr. Inst. J. 18 (December/January 2001).

Automobiles and Titled Collateral under Revised Article 9, 19 Am. Bankr. Inst. J. 18 (November 2000).

Non-Assignable Rights, Contracts and Leases as Collateral Under Revised Article 9, 19 Am. Bankr. Inst. J. 18 (October 2000).

Asset Securitization Under Revised Article 9, 19 Am. Bankr. Inst. J. 16 (September 2000).

Deposit Accounts As Collateral Under Revised Article 9, 19 Am. Bankr. Inst. J. 18 (August 2000).

Real Estate Transactions Under Revised Article 9, 19 Am. Bankr. Inst. J. 14 (June 2000).

Default And Foreclosure Under Revised Article 9, 19 Am. Bankr. Inst. J. 20 (May 2000).

Secured Transactions: Documenting a Transaction Under Revised Article 9, 19 Am. Bankr. Inst. J. 20 (April 2000).

Secured Transactions: New Filing Rules Follow the Debtor, 19 Am. Bankr. Inst. J. 16 (March 2000).

Secured Transactions: Preparing for the New Article 9, 19 Am. Bankr. Inst. J. 6 (February 2000).

Perfecting Security Interests in Patents, 35 Bankr. Ct. Dec. 3 (January 2000).

Certifiably Competent, 2 ABA Business Law Today 32 (Sept./Oct. 1992).

Newsletters

ABI Delaware & Third Circuit Decisions Update - Periodic e-mail Newsletter for Members of the American Bankruptcy Institute Featuring Summaries of Recent Delaware, Third Circuit and Supreme Court Bankruptcy Decisions (1999 - Present).

ABI Eighth Circuit Update - Bi-weekly e-mail Newsletter for Members of the American Bankruptcy Institute Featuring Summaries of Recent Eighth Circuit and Supreme Court Bankruptcy Decisions (1999 - 2000).

Bankruptcy Notes Homepage - World Wide Web Page Featuring, inter alia, Weekly Summaries of Recent Missouri, Eighth Circuit, and Supreme Court Bankruptcy Decisions, with Links to Full-Text Opinions (1996 - 1999).

Bankruptcy Notes - Monthly Newsletter Published by UMKC/CLE. Analysis of more than 3,000 Missouri, Eighth Circuit, and Supreme Court Bankruptcy Decisions. Volumes 1 - 12 (1986 -1998).

Recent Presentation (2000 - Present)

“Consumer Bankruptcy Cases Year in Review: A Look at Supreme Court and Appellate Decisions,” 22nd Annual Winter Leadership Conference, American Bankruptcy Institute, Scottsdale, Ariz., December 10, 2010.

“Operating a Business in Chapter 11,” 36th Annual Lawrence P. King and Charles Seligson Workshop on Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization, New York University School of Law, New York, New York, September 22, 2010.

“Steering Clear of Trouble: Ethical Considerations in Today’s Complex World,” Annual Spring Meeting, American Bankruptcy Institute, Washington, D.C., May 2, 2010.

“The Anti-Recovery Impacts of the 2005 BAPCPA,” Southern Florida Bankruptcy Bar Association, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., March 23, 2010.

“LL.M.s and J.D.s Together: Synergies and Problems,” Association of American Law Schools, Section on Post-Graduate Legal Education, New Orleans, La., January 9, 2010.

“Bankruptcy Reform and Economic Recovery,” The Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development, Queens, N.Y., November 13, 2009.

“Bankruptcy Ethics, Case Administration, and Business Reorganization,” 35th Annual Lawrence P. King and Charles Seligson Workshop on Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization, New York University School of Law, New York, New York, September 23 & 24, 2009.

“Ethical Issues for Creditors in Consumer Bankruptcy Cases,” Annual Spring Meeting, American Bankruptcy Institute, Washington, D.C., April 3, 2009.

“Perfection of Interests in Trusts & Trust Assets,” “Mezzanine Loans & Secured Transaction Opinions,” and “Name Game & Search Logic,” The Florida Bar, Business Law Section, Tampa, Fla., February 12, 2009, Miami, Fla., February 13, 2009.

“Recent Developments in Bankruptcy,” 28th Annual Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute, Kansas City, Mo., October 3, 2008

“Bankruptcy Ethics, Case Administration, and Business Reorganization,” 34th Annual Lawrence P. King and Charles Seligson Workshop on Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization, New York University School of Law, New York, New York, September 17 & 18, 2008.

“America Now! Current Trends on U.S. Restructurings,” International Insolvency Symposium, Berlin, Germany, October 26, 2007.

“BAPCPA and the Constitution,” National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Orlando, FL, October 11, 2007.

“Bankruptcy Ethics, Case Administration, and Business Reorganization,” 33rd Annual Lawrence P. King and Charles Seligson Workshop on Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization, New York University School of Law, New York, New York, September 26 & 27, 2007.

“Basics of United States Secured Transactions Law,” Armenian Economic Program, Fletcher School of Diplomacy, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts, July 30, 2007.

“BAPCPA - One Year Later,”  86th Annual New York Meeting of the Commercial Law League of America, New York, New York, November 10, 2006.

“Developing Issues in Ethics and Professional Retention,” 26th Annual Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute, Kansas City, Mo., September 29, 2006.

“Bankruptcy Ethics and Case Administration,” 32nd Annual Lawrence P. King and Charles Seligson Workshop on Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization, New York University School of Law, New York, New York, September 27 & 28, 2006.

“Reclamation After BAPCPA: Enhancement, Clarification, or a Shot in the Foot?” The Bankruptcy Scholar Series, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Mo., May 12, 2006.

“Constitutional Aspects of the New Bankruptcy Law: Means Testing, Attorney Regulation  and More,” 8th Annual New York City Bankruptcy Conference, New York, New York, May 8, 2006.

“Trade Creditors, Utilities and Employees Under BAPCPA,” 17th Annual Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference, Princeton, NJ, January 28, 2006.

“Attorney Liability and Sanctions Under the 2005 Bankruptcy Amendments,” 25th Annual Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute, Kansas City, Mo., September 30, 2005.

“Bankruptcy Ethics and Case Administration,” 31st Annual Lawrence P. King and Charles Seligson Workshop on Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization, New York University School of Law, New York, New York, September 15, 2005.

“Limiting Professional Liability in Bankruptcy,” 21st Annual Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors Restructuring Conference, Boston, Mass., June 17, 2005.

Debate, Lynn LoPucki’s Courting Failure, 7th Annual New York City Bankruptcy Conference, New York, New York, May 9, 2005.

Discussion Leader, 16th Annual Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference, Princeton, NJ, January 29, 2005.

“Supporting Engaged Scholarship by Post-JD Students,” Section on Prost-Graduate Legal Education, AALS Convention, San Francisco, CA, January 6, 2005.

“Formulating and Confirming a Chapter 11 Plan,” Thirtieth Annual Lawrence P. King and Charles Seligson Workshop on Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization, New York University School of Law, New York, New York, September 14, 2004.

“Basics of United States Bankruptcy Law,” Armenian Economic Program, Fletcher School of Diplomacy, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts, June 11, 2004.

“Using Revised Article 9 to Attack the Secured Creditor,” Nassau/Suffolk Bar Association, Islip, New York,  June 22, 2004.

“Current Developments and Trends in Bankruptcy Practice,” United States Trustee Program's Chapter 7 Trustee Training Conference, Columbia, South Carolina, May 20, 2004.

Discussion Leader, 20th Annual Weekend Retreat, Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida, May 7-9, 2004.

 “Wearing Too Many Hats: Can You Ethically Do What You Want in the Case?,” New York City Bankruptcy Conference, American Bankruptcy Institute, May 17, 2004.

“Fiduciary Duty and DIP Counsel’s Role,” Commercial and Bankruptcy Section Meeting, Connecticut State Bar, New Haven, Connecticut, March 23, 2004.

“Current & Future Role of the Courts in the Turnaround Process,” Turnaround Management & Corporate Restructuring Summit, New York, New York, February 26, 2004.

“Changing the Lawyer’s Role in Bankruptcy,” Keynote Address, William J. O’Neill Bankruptcy Institute, Cleveland Bar Association, Cleveland, Ohio, December 11, 2003.

Conflicts Within the Bankruptcy System,” Ninth Circuit Chief Bankruptcy Judges’ Meeting, La Quinta, California, December 4, 2003.

"New Trends in Consumer Bankruptcy," US Trustee Program - Chapter 13 Trustee Training Seminar, National Bankruptcy Training Institute, Columbia, South Carolina, June 26, 2003.

"Creative Lawyering, Pushing the Envelope and Going Beyond?" 16th Annual Northwest Bankruptcy Institute, Seattle, Washington, April 23, 2003.

"Revised Article 9: Attachment, Filing, and Foreclosure," 16th Annual Northwest Bankruptcy Institute, Seattle, Washington, April 23, 2003.

"Chapter 11: The Land of Opportunity," 16th Annual Northwest Bankruptcy Institute, Seattle, Washington, April 23, 2003.

"New Legislative Developments: Changing the Lawyer's Role," Annual Spring Meeting, American Bankruptcy Institute, Washington, D.C., April 13, 2003.

"Supreme Court Ushers in the Nextwave of Bankruptcy Discrimination," Kansas City Kansas Bankruptcy Bar Association, Kansas City, Kansas, March 19, 2003.

"Is Revised Article 9 an Anti-Bankruptcy Act? Yes," Bankruptcy and the UCC: Points of Intersection and Conflict, Oklahoma City University School of Law, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, January 23, 2003.

"Selected DIP Loan Issues: Hot Topics," Winter Leadership Conference, American Bankruptcy Institute, Tucson, Arizona, December 7, 2002.

"Bankruptcy Law Developments and Enforcement Trends," United States Trustee Program Managers' Conference, Santa Monica, California, November 22, 2002.

"Outlook for Consumer Credit and Bankruptcy Filings," Deutsche Bank 2002 Asset Backed Securitization Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 19, 2002.

"Ethics - Expanding the Zone of Accountability," Ethical Decision Making: Commercial Transactions and Bankruptcy Practice, American Bar Association, Commercial Financial Services Committee, Commercial Finance Association Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, November 6, 2002.

"Attacking the Secured Creditor's Position in Bankruptcy: A Different Perspective to Article 9," 22nd Annual Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute, Kansas City, Missouri, October 11, 2002.

"Bankruptcy Lien Avoidance Under Revised Article 9," Current Developments in Hot & Emerging Areas, Commercial Law League of America, 76th Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Chicago, Illinois, October 3, 2002.

"Revised Article 9 Essentials," 2002 Bankruptcy Institute, Minnesota State Bar Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 26, 2002.

"A Year Into Revised Article 9," 7th Annual ABI Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop, Kiawah Island, South Carolina, August 9, 2002.

"New Article 9 in Bankruptcy," ABI Northeast Bankruptcy Conference, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, July 12 & 14, 2002

"Consumer Protection Under United States Law," Chinese Law Student Symposium, Peking University Law School (Beida), Beijing, China, June 7, 2002.

"Consumer Bankruptcy Under United States Law," Chinese Law Student Symposium, Peking University Law School (Beida), Beijing, China, June 6, 2002.

"Business Bankruptcy Under United States Law," Chinese Law Student Symposium, Peking University Law School (Beida), Beijing, China, June 4, 2002.

"Lien Avoidance Under Revised Article 9", Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Commercial & Bankruptcy Committee, Kansas City, Missouri, May 20, 2002.

"How Amended Article 9 Will Continue to Affect You," 20th Annual Advanced Business Bankruptcy Course, State Bar of Texas, Austin, Texas, May 17, 2002.

"Compensation Trends and Developments," 20th Annual Advanced Business Bankruptcy Course, State Bar of Texas, Austin, Texas, May 16, 2002.

"Jerking the Lender Around: How to Survive an Economic Downturn -- And What the Lender Can Do About It," 13th Annual Real Property, Estate Planning Symposia, American Bar Association, San Francisco, California, April 25, 2002.

"Hot Topics in Chapter 11," United States Trustee Program Training Session, National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina, January 17, 2002.

"Missouri's New UCC Article 9," Missouri Bar Association, Kansas City, Missouri, December 6, 2001.

"Revised UCC: Issues for Debtors and Creditors," Winter Leadership Conference, American Bankruptcy Institute, La Costa, California, December 1, 2001.

"Revised Article 9: Transition Rules - Traps for the Unwary," 22nd Annual Mid-South Commercial Law Institute, Nashville, Tennessee, November 16, 2001.

"Revised Article 9 - Consumer Transaction Issues," 22nd Annual Mid-South Commercial Law Institute, Nashville, Tennessee, November 16, 2001.

"Workout and Bankruptcy Issues Under Article 9," 22nd Annual Mid-South Commercial Law Institute, Nashville, Tennessee, November 15, 2001.

"Revised Article 9 and Bankruptcy," Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association, Tampa, Florida, November 12, 2001.

"The Anti-Bankruptcy Act: Revised Article 9 and Bankruptcy," 21st Annual Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute, Kansas City, Missouri, October 5, 2001.

"Coming Out of the Ivory Tower," Workshop on Bankruptcy, Association of American Law Schools, St. Louis, Missouri, May 19, 2001.

"Revised Article 9 Meets the Bankruptcy Code (And Wins)," Attorney Training Seminar, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, New York, New York, April 26, 2001.

"Revised Article 9 - What You Can't Afford to Miss," Annual Spring Meeting, American Bankruptcy Institute, Washington, D.C., April 21, 2001.

"Revised Article 9: The Anti-Bankruptcy Act," Faculty Symposium, St. John's University School of Law, Queens, N.Y., April 3, 2001.

"The Impact of Revised Article 9 of the UCC on Bankruptcy Cases," American College of Bankruptcy, Washington, D.C., March 31, 2001.

"Preparing for the Article 9 Revision," Section of Business Law, American Bar Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 23, 2001.

"Bankruptcy and the Article 9 Revisions," U.S. Trustee Program, Trustee Training Conference, Chicago, Illinois, March 1, 2001.

"Revised UCC Meets the Bankruptcy Code," Winter Leadership Conference, American Bankruptcy Institute, Scottsdale, Arizona, December 2, 2000.

"Current Developments in Hot and Emerging Areas: Revised Article 9 - The Anti-Bankruptcy Act," 74th Annual Meeting, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Boston, Mass., October 19, 2000.

"Revised Article 9 and Bankruptcy," Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Accountants, Chicago, Illinois, June 17, 2000.

"Revised UCC Article 9: All You Need to Know," Annual Spring Meeting, American Bankruptcy Institute, Washington, D.C., April 30, 2000.

"Revised Article Nine: The Anti-Bankruptcy Act," Advanced Bankruptcy Seminar, The Chicago Bar Ass'n, Chicago, Illinois, March 20, 2000.

"What a Bankruptcy Lawyer Needs to Know About the New UCC Article 9," Kansas Bankruptcy Forum, Kansas Bar Association, Topeka, Kansas, March 3, 2000.

"Revised Article Nine: How to Get Ready - What Actions to Take to Prepare for the Change Over," UMKC/CLE Article 9 Update, Kansas City, Missouri, February 11, 2000.