Mary Katherine (Katie) Fackler

Mary Katherine (Katie) Fackler – Chairman

Akerman LLP

Katie Fackler focuses her practice on bankruptcy, with particular emphasis on the representation of Chapter 7 trustees, Chapter 11 debtors, and creditors. Katie’s experience also includes including general debtor-creditor law, breach of contract, business torts, insurance, shareholder disputes, real estate, fraudulent transfers, landlord-tenant claims, and judgment recovery.

Katie received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.  Katie serves on the Steering Committee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida and as co-chair of the Jacksonville Bar Association’s Professionalism Section.


Daniel F. Blanks

Daniel F. Blanks – President

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

A partner in Nelson Mullins, Mr. Blanks focuses on bankruptcy, financial restructuring, distressed asset acquisitions, creditors’ rights, commercial workouts and commercial litigation. He is experienced in representing corporate debtors, official and unofficial committees of creditors or equity holders, asset acquirers, plan administrators, liquidating trustees, secured lenders, creditors, and other stakeholders in a variety of business Chapter 11 cases, and foreign trustees in Chapter 15 proceedings.  Mr. Blanks  received his undergraduate degree from The College of William & Mary and his law degree from the University of Richmond where he graduated cum laude and served Editorial Board,  Richmond Journal of Law & Technology,  2002


Mary Katherine (Katie) Fackler
John J. Freeman – Vice President

Office of Douglas W. Neway, Chapter 13 Trustee

Mr. Freeman is an attorney representing Douglas W. Neway, Chapter 13 Standing Trustee for the Jacksonville Division.  Prior to serving as the Chapter 13 Trustee’s attorney, Mr. Freeman practiced mainly in consumer bankruptcy, focusing on Chapters 7 and 13.  He is admitted to practice before all Florida Courts and the U.S. District and Bankruptcy Court for the Middle of Florida.  He received his undergraduate degree from the Towson University in Maryland and his law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law where he graduated cum laude

(904)358-6465 ext. 240

James C. Eidson
James C. Eidson – Treasurer

The Eidson Law Firm, P.A.

Prior to founding the Eidson Law Firm, P.A., Mr. Eidson was a member of the Bankruptcy & Reorganization practice group at Akerman LLP (2013-2015). He focuses his practice primarily on bankruptcy related matters, creditors’ rights, commercial workouts, and commercial litigation.  He is experienced in representing corporate debtors, secured lenders, committees of unsecured creditors, trustees, and other stakeholders in a variety of business related disputes.  Prior to entering private practice, he served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Thomas E. Morris, United States District Court, Middle District of Florida (2007-2011), and the Honorable Jerry A. Funk, United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida (2011-2013)


James C. Eidson
Katheryn E. Hancock – Secretary

The Hancock Firm, P.A.

After practicing at a large-volume bankruptcy firm for over three years, Ms. Hancock founded The Hancock Firm, P.A. in order to better serve her clients in the Beaches community.  She has filed nearly 1000 bankruptcy cases and has attended hundreds of creditor meetings and hearings in the Bankruptcy Court.  She received a B.A. in History and English from the University of North Florida, a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies from Vanderbilt University, and a law degree from the University of Alabama.  While in law school, she served on the Moot Court Board, was an editor of the Law & Psychology Review, and was a member of the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society