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Updated Information for Joint TBCFBA/TBBBA Federal Practice Seminar: This event will now be virtual. Register for this free zoom event here


The TBBBA supports the Bankruptcy Venue Reform Act of 2021 (H.R. 4193 and S. 2897, collectively the “Act”), and we need your help to make it become reality. Current federal bankruptcy law allows companies to file for chapter 11 far from where the company has its principal place of business or principal assets. The Act will end that practice and will help ensure that Florida companies file for bankruptcy in Florida.  At least 42 State Attorney Generals support the Act:  Please contact your senators and local representatives listed below to ask them to support the Act.  A map of congressional districts can be found HERE.


Marco Rubio –

Rick Scott –  Contact – U.S. Senator Rick Scott (


Gus Bilirakis – FL 12 (incl. Dunedin, New Port Richey),

Charlie Christ (Act co-sponsor) – FL 13 (incl. St. Petersburg),

Kathy Castor – FL 14 (incl. Tampa),

Scott Franklin  – FL 15 (incl. Brandon and Lakeland),  Contact | Representative Scott Franklin (

Vern Buchanan – FL 16 (incl. Bradenton and Sarasota),

USTP Informational Notice on Emergency Rental Assistance Programs
Information on where debtors can potentially get rental assistance


The Summer 2021 issue of the Cramdown can be found here

SBA’s FAQs updated 4-6-21 say (at FAQ 67) that debtors operating a business under a confirmed ch. 11, 12, or 13 plan are not disqualified from seeking a PPP loan. Learn more here

The US Trustee has provided an  “information and instruction sheet” regarding telephonic meetings of creditors. The dial-in number and participant code for the telephone conference line will appear on the notice of meeting of creditors. Please find the instruction and information sheet here
Memorandum from Jon Waage Chapter 13 Trustee regarding Chapter 13 cases pending in the Fort Myers Division and Tampa

United States Trustee, Region 21, Tampa

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Press_Release, Judge_Vaughan_Appointment_March_2020

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Administrative Order, re Adoption of Interim Bankruptcy Rules. Click here to read

Administrative Order S-2020-010 (Professionalism Committee), which supersedes Administrative Order S-2019-003. Click here to read the order.

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Military Veterans Affairs Committee assists Tampa Bay’s military and veterans in legal matters.  Lawyers can sign up to do pro bono or reduced fee cases for vets. The committee is in need of bankruptcy attorneys.

Handbook on Civil Discovery Practice

The Judges of the Middle District of Florida have revised the Handbook on Civil Discovery Practice.  Attached for your review is a copy of the now operative Civil Discovery Handbook.  The Civil Discovery Handbook is also available for download on the Court’s website, located at Download the file 

What is the TBBBA?

The Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association has over 300 members representing debtors, creditors and trustees in bankruptcy.  All attorneys who practice in the Middle District of Florida are invited to join.

The Association sponsors monthly luncheons with speakers and frequent seminars which qualify for Florida Bar continuing legal education credit.  In addition, there are monthly informal consumer attorney meetings to discuss practice pointers, often with the participation of one or more of the local bankruptcy judges.

A goal of the Association is to provide its members with information necessary to the bankruptcy practice in the Tampa Division.  In addition to the Cramdown, a quarterly publication, periodic e-mail messages keep the membership informed of current bankruptcy issues.

Members are actively involved in a range of projects.  One project is designed to assist debtors that cannot afford attorney representation.  Another is working with the judiciary and the clerk’s office to promote communication and meet the needs of all parties in the bankruptcy system.

Working together, Association members have developed a camaraderie among bankruptcy practitioners in this division that is noteworthy.  Please join us in this endeavor and let us have your thoughts and ideas.