Sovereign Citizens

February 1, 2021
Hosted by Ted Gavin

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Sovereign citizens are proponents of the belief that the proper and lawful U.S. Government was long ago secretly replaced by a government formed under Admiralty law (yes, the law of the sea) and is being held prisoner by banks for the benefit of international commerce. Therefore, they believe, they are subject to no authority other than themselves. And the county sheriff. But the sovereign citizen ideology exists largely to sell (literally) a worldview in which its proponents are free from the obligation to obey the government, and do not have to pay taxes. Those selling “legal” resources to sovereigns make money - the sovereigns usually end up in interactions with law enforcement that end badly. What kind of business is this?

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Ted Gavin

Ted Gavin

Ted Gavin is a turnaround specialist and understands corporate distress from all sides. He’s never been a big fan of business books and business shows. What he loves are war stories, and there are lessons to be learned from others’ interesting experiences and observations.

Ted is Founding Partner and Managing Director of Gavin/Solmonese LLC, a national boutique corporate turnaround, restructuring and litigation advisory firm. He was the 2018-2019 President of the American Bankruptcy Institute and is presently the ABI board’s Chair. Ted holds a Master of Dispute Resolution degree and a Master of Legal Studies degree from Pepperdine University School of Law, is a frequent expert witness in bankruptcy litigation and a practicing mediator. Ted has also developed expertise in lawyers’ professional ethics, helped amend a Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure, and formed some task forces, one of which, the ABI Veterans and Servicemembers’ Affairs Task Force, was instrumental in getting the HAVEN Act passed, helping disabled veterans who need a fresh start relief of chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Ted lives in Chilmark, Massachusetts on Martha’s Vineyard. He works wherever his firm’s clients need him to be. He’s a husband, father of two adult daughters, person to four rescue cats, and an okay rhythm guitarist and bassist.

Ted’s moonlighting job is being the rhythm guitarist for The Indubitable Equivalents, the house band of the American Bankruptcy Institute.

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