Gregory G. Harris
Chapter 7 Panel Trustee
Northern District of New York

2011 represents my 23rd year as a Chapter 7 Panel Trustee for the Northern District of New York. When I started as Panel Trustee, the only Trustee Case Management computer software available was a DOS based product that required manual input of all data including the debtor’s name, address, social security number, assets and exemptions.

I was among the first Chapter 7 Trustees in the Northern District of New York to utilize Epiq and it's TCMS® windows based software. For several years, I have been using the TCMSWeb® platform. Comparing the first system I used to Epiq’s current system is the equivalent of comparing an abacus to a personal computer. I cannot imagine handling a Trustee caseload economically and efficiently without the benefit and reliability of the TCMSWeb® platform.

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Gregory G. Harris

One of my longest running, most complex, and interesting cases involved a Chapter 7 filing by a parent of one of the victims of the Pan Am Flight 103 disaster over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, killing 259 people on board the plane and 11 on the ground.

The Chapter 7 case was filed in 1999 in Delaware and transferred to the Northern District of New York soon thereafter. My Chapter 7 estate was involved in the multi-billion dollar settlement with the Libyan government and state court litigation in 3 states. The estate was funded with over $1.5 million in 2004. After interim distributions and resolution of litigation, final distribution was made in 2010. Although my administration of the case was closed in August of 2010, there is still ongoing litigation and appeals related to events that took place during the ten years the file was open.

During my 20-plus years as a Trustee, I have been involved in the sale or liquidation of every type of property from airplanes to Rolls Royce vehicles to works of art. I have liquidated every kind of business from department stores to plumbing supply stores to a chain of submarine sandwich shops. Sometimes I think I sold more Harley Davidson motorcycles than some dealers. Learning about these unique businesses and the different business practices of the many types of companies that ultimately ended up in Chapter 7 has been fascinating.

Along with my Chapter 7 Trustee responsibilities I am the senior (and managing) partner of Harris, Conway & Donovan, PLLC, a 5 attorney firm in New York’s Capital City of Albany and maintain a significant caseload of foreclosures and complex matrimonial litigation. In addition, both of my partners and I serve as part-time Town and Village Justices in local communities in Albany and Rensselaer County.