Announcing the Annual Honorable Peter M. Elliott Award Winner

Congratulations to Todd C. Ringstad
2017 Recipient of the Hon. Peter M. Elliott Award

The Orange County Bankruptcy Forum is pleased to announce that it has selected Todd Ringstad of Ringstad & Sanders, LLP as the recipient of this year’s Hon. Peter M. Elliott Award. This award is given to members of our local community who demonstrate substantial knowledge of bankruptcy law, serve as a mentor or educator within our community, possess the highest level of honesty, contribute to the development and improvement of the OCBF, and serve to enhance and improve access to justice. The OCBF will present this award to Todd at the Holiday Cocktail Party on Wednesday, December 13th from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine in Irvine, California. Click here to register for the event.

Todd C. Ringstad was born in San Bernardino, California in 1954. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Riverside in 1976 and his Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law in 1980. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Ringstad served for one year as law clerk to the Honorable Mack Easley, Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court.

Throughout his career, Mr. Ringstad has specialized in the representation of debtors, creditors, trustees and creditor committees in bankruptcy cases, and has established a reputation as one of Southern California’s leading bankruptcy practitioners. He has appeared in Bankruptcy Courts throughout California and in Delaware, New York, Texas and Nevada, and before the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, the United States District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Ringstad began his legal career at McKittrick, Jackson, DeMarco & Peckenpaugh in 1981. In 1986, he became a founding partner in Lobel, Winthrop & Broker and since 2005 has been a partner in Ringstad & Sanders, LLP, a firm specializing in business bankruptcy and related matters, with his law partner, Nanette Sanders.

Mr. Ringstad has taught and lectured extensively on bankruptcy law, trial tactics and legal ethics.

Support the Armed Services YMCA at Camp Pendleton this Holiday Season

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We are proud to announce that the OCBF and the Armed Services YMCA at Camp Pendleton (“ASYMCA”) are once again partnering to support our young enlisted Marine and Navy service members and their families based at Camp Pendleton, 29 Palms and San Diego by fulfilling their holiday wishes of their children receiving a bike or a visit to “Santa’s Workshop.”

Since 2005, the ASYMCA has given bicycles to deserving, junior enlisted service members and their families. Because the ASYMCA does not receive federal funding and must rely on the local community for support, the OCBF has supported the bike giveaway effort since 2006. A tax-deductible donation of just $50 buys a child a new bike and helmet. Again this year, you will also have the option to earmark your contribution (including bikes) to the ASYMCA’s “Santa’s Workshop.”

With OCBF assistance last year, over 400 bikes were delivered to needy members of our military family at Camp Pendleton and other bases. This achievement is the result of your support. With the current economic climate, “donor fatigue” from recent natural disasters, and new troop deployments into war zones, there is a shortage of funding. Moreover, supporting our troops isn’t as popular within the community at large as it once was. The OCBF has again agreed to assist to make sure that these critical programs continue. We would like to ensure a minimum of 400 bikes are available this holiday season and we will hopefully be able to exceed that minimum.

To achieve our goal, we are asking that each member make a tax-deductible contribution to·the ASYMCA. Donations can be made by a check payable to “Armed Services YMCA,” with “OCBF bike giveaway” or “OCBF Santa’s Workshop” written in the memo section or can be made on-line above. Checks should be mailed to the OCBF, 6789 Quail Hill Parkway, # 204, Irvine, California 92603. Please have your donations arrive by December 1, 2017 so that the funding can be available for bike purchases. For many of the junior enlisted and their families living in the high cost area of Southern California, a bike is out of their reach, so your contribution to the event will be a very significant gift.

Thank you for your kindness and making this holiday season a brighter one for our Marines, Sailors and their families.

Very truly yours,

David Wood
President, OCBF

John E. Ryan
Member, ASYMCA
Board of Management

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