2017 Annual Meeting


September 15-16, 2017

Omni Grove Park Inn
290 Macon Avenue
Asheville, North Carolina 28804



Friday, September 15, 2017




6:30 am-8:30 am

Continental Breakfast


6:30 am-noon



7:00 am-7:50 am

Committee Meetings


7:50 am-7:55 am

President's Welcome


7:55 am-8:00 am

Program Introduction


8:00 am-9:00 am

Selected Recent Developments in Title Insurance

This panel will discuss recent developments in the field of title insurance, including the prospective insured’s obligation to make written disclosures to the title insurer; the potential risks to the insured lender in making a full credit bid at a foreclosure sale; closing protection letters; and commercial reinsurance.


John L. Hosack
Los Angeles, California


Pamela P. Brown
Allstate Insurance Company
Northbrook, Illinois

Professor Joyce Palomar
University of Oklahoma College of Law
Norman, Oklahoma

Steven H. Winkler
WFG National Title Insurance Company
Woodbridge, Connecticut


9:00 am-10:00 am

Deconstructing a Construction Loan Workout

A workout involving a partially constructed project brings its own special set of challenges. The panel will identify issues uniquely important to construction loan workouts and strategies for resolving them in order to address the interests of the various stakeholders: lender(s), borrower, retail and/or office tenants, title insurer, and, in some cases, the local governmental agencies that offered tax incentives to support the project.


Laura L. McClellan
K&L Gates LLP
Dallas, Texas


Michael E. Busch
Fidelity National Title Group
Irvine, California

Abraham Costin
McCarthy Tetrault, LLP
Toronto, Ontario

Kim Kelly Mann
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP
Charlotte, North Carolina

Kenneth Miller
Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP
Beverly Hills, California


10:00 am-10:15 am




10:15 am-11:15 am

New Wine in a Different Bottle? Special Properties/Special Problems After the Great Recession

This program will examine—in the context of defaults, workouts, restructuring, and bankruptcy—the unique and interesting challenges posed by certain asset classes, ranging from hospitality and healthcare to retail, and the potential disappearance of the traditional suburban indoor shopping mall.


Alan M. Feld
Sheperd, Mullin, Richter & Hampton
Los Angeles, California


Eric S. Deskins
Lincoln Financial Group
Greensboro, North Carolina

John P. McNearney
Polsinelli PC
St. Louis, Missouri

Marcia W. Sullivan
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Chicago, Illinois


11:15 am-12:15 am

Remedies Roundup 2017

This year’s Roundup will focus on commercial real property foreclosure rights and remedies available to lenders in various U.S. states and Canada. The panel will discuss judicial and nonjudicial procedures, the timing and costs of these alternative procedures, the availability of deficiency judgments and the “one-action” rule, and strategies and risks that lenders should consider. We will also consider practical strategies, risks, the participation of receivers, and cross-border tensions.


Anthony J. Carriuolo
Berger Singerman LLP
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida


Jean L. Bertrand
Schiff Hardin LLP
San Franciscio, California

Antoine Leduc
Montreal, Quebec

David B. McCain
Coral Gables, Florida

Timothy W. Moser
Quarles & Brady, LLP
Phoenix, Arizona


Saturday, September 16, 2017




6:30 am-8:30 am

Continental Breakfast


7:40 am-8:30 am

Real Estate Transactions in Cuba

Is Cuba open for U.S. business? Are you ready to conduct real estate transactions in Cuba? This program will cover how commercial real estate is owned, transferred, and pledged as collateral in Cuba; what U.S. developers and lenders can do to develop or finance real estate projects; what is subject to sanctions or restrictions; and the options open for Canadian developers and lenders.


Joyce L. Eldon
Sun Life Financial
Wellesley, Massachusetts


Augusto E. Maxwell
Akerman LLP
Miami, Florida


8:30 am-9:30 am

From the Ground Up—Selected Issues in Construction Lending

This program will focus on legal issues that are specific to construction lending, including hot-button issues in construction loan agreements; agreements with design professionals, bonding companies, and other third parties; construction disbursements and lien waivers; construction guaranty issues; and title underwriting and endorsements.


James C. Wine
Nyemaster Goode, P.C.
Des Moines, Iowa


Joy Barrist
Potter Anderson Corroon LLP
Wilmington, Delaware

Robert Bozarth
Fidelity National Title Insurance Company
Richmond, Virginia

Charles Guerin
Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C.
Dallas, Texas

Diana Palecek
Smith Moore Leatherwood, LLP
Charlotte, North Carolina


 9:45 am-10:00 am



10:00 am-11:00 am

The Client

This panel of ACMA corporate counsel fellows will provide John Grisham-style insight into the issues and concerns of the industry and their particular legal departments. Everyone from "The Associate" to "The Partner" will appreciate the knowledge from these fellows who no longer work for "The Firm." So come listen to "The Client" and you might pick up some law practice and client relationship management tips to help you become "The Rainmaker!"


Deanna Lee
AIG Investments
Los Angeles, California

Eric Pruitt
Baker, Donalson, Bearman, Carldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Birmingham, Alabama


William J. Jordan
Barings, LLC, a member of the MassMutual Financial Group

Gretchen Lengel Kelly
The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jenna Vick Unell
C-III Asset Management
Irving, Texas


11:00 am-noon

Diversity and Discrimination as Ethical Concerns

Since 1998, ABA Model Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4(g) has prohibited harassment or discrimination by attorneys in conduct related to the practice of law on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or socioeconomic status. In August 2016, the Rule was expanded to include conduct that a lawyer knows or reasonably should know is harassment or discrimination. This session will examine discrimination, diversity, and inclusion as ethical obligations of lawyers, and also consider the business case for eliminating discrimination and encouraging inclusion, both in the practice of law and in attorneys’ hiring and retention practices.


Susan J. Booth
Holland & Knight LLP
Los Angeles, California

Katheryne L. Zelenock
Dickinson Wright PLLC
Troy, Michigan




Online: Group Reservation Link

Call-in: (800) THE-OMNI ((800) 843-6664)
Room Rate: $324 per night, single/double occupancy
Hotel Reservations Deadline: Friday, August 18, 2017

Please mention the American College of Mortgage Attorneys to obtain the group rate. Hotel reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis until Friday, August 18, 2017, or until the block has sold out. ACMA cannot guarantee the group rate after Friday, August 18.

Check-in Time: 3:00 pm
Check-out Time: Noon

With a history of serving guests for over 102 years, the Omni Grove Park Inn welcomes you with a tradition of Southern hospitality, rich heritage, and all the conveniences a modern traveler requires. Plan to relax in the award-winning subterranean Spa, play a round on the Donald Ross designed golf course, and dine in one of four locally sourced restaurants. Enjoy a vast array of art galleries, local craft breweries, and tons of venues for the performing arts, in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.




Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) is located about 25 minutes (17 miles) from the Omni Grove Park Inn.

Greenville-Spartanburg Airport (GSP) is located about 75 minutes (65 miles) from the Omni Grove Park Inn.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is located about 2 hours (125 miles) from the Omni Grove Park Inn.



Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) is $45 each way, gratuity not included

Greenville-Spartanburg Airport (GSP) is $180-$200 each way, gratuity not included

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is $300-$350 each way, gratuity not included


Parking: Self Parking is $15/night. Valet parking is $22/night.

Driving Directions to the Omni Grove Park Inn.