Jeffery Hartley was one of only 30 to 40 dignitaries invited to witness the bankruptcy bill signing ceremony at the White House on April 20, 2005. Before going into the private practice of bankruptcy law, Jeffery was a Majority Counsel for the United States Senate Judiciary Committee primarily working with the late Senator Howell Heflin. From 1994 to 1997, Jeffery was one of nine members of the National Bankruptcy Review Commission. This Commission was charged with proposing changes to the existing bankruptcy laws for the next generation. Jeffery was one of the primary authors of the Single Asset and Small Business portion of the Commission’s ultimate report. Many of the Commission’s suggested changes to the bankruptcy laws were adopted by Congress and are included in the new legislation.