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2016 AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY INSTITUTE

ANNUAL REPORT AND

2016 • 2017 E VE N T PL ANN I NG CALE NDAR


2016

Contents 4 Another year of growth and commitment. 6 Remarks from ABI President Jeffrey N. Pomerantz. 8 Financial performance: Solid and Sound.

AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY INSTITUTE

10 Member engagement by the numbers.

ANNUAL REPORT

12 International ABI expands our global reach.

AND

14 ABC observes strong demand for certified specialists.

2016 • 2017 E VE N T PL ANN I NG CALE NDAR

16 ABI Bookstore: Simply the best bankruptcy books in the business. 18 Conference keynote speakers bring insightful views to ABI events. 20 A quick look at some of the names and faces from 2016 events. 22 ABI welcomes Bill Rochelle as editor-at-large. 24 ABI’s website continues to benefit members and the public. 26 Significant milestones for CARE over the past year. 28 “Eye on Bankruptcy” online CLE program draws in more viewers. 30 Committees: The best way to demonstrate leadership and get involved. 32 2016 American Bankruptcy Institute supporting partners. 34 The ABI Endowment has awarded more than $2 million in grants and scholarships. 36 2016 • 2017 Board of Directors.

Jeffrey N. Pomerantz President

Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff President-Elect

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Samuel J. Gerdano Executive Director

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Brian L. Shaw Board Chairman

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Another year of growth and commitment.

Samuel J. Gerdano Executive Director

Despite a sustained decline in new bankruptcy

ABI’s 18 member committees provide an

Eugene Wedoff and Steven Rhodes.

filings, insolvency law remains a dynamic

ever-growing volume of quality educational

The Final Report of the Commission to Study

environment for professionals from the bench,

content while affording members numerous

the Reform of Chapter 11 continued to grow in

bar and financial advisory communities.

opportunities to grow their volunteer

influence, being cited in more legal opinions,

Accordingly, the need for a reliable source of

involvement. ABI innovates with mobile-friendly

court briefs and dozens of scholarly articles

information is more essential than ever. For

technologies, including expanding social

and panel discussions. The Senate Judiciary

nearly 35 years, the American Bankruptcy

media tools, to engage both younger and more

Committee will consider the Commission’s

Institute has been that resource: innovative,

seasoned practitioners.

recommendations on small and mid-sized

creative and trusted, while engaging our

enterprises in late 2016.

12,000 members with content that informs and

More than 7,000 professionals attended CLE

resonates.

events either in person or online over the past

ABI’s commitment to robust financial literacy

year, continuing ABI’s stature as the largest

continued through the CARE program. This year,

The last 12 months have been witness to ABI’s

single provider of continuing education in the

CARE became incorporated as a separate 501(c)(3)

commitment to cutting through the information

field. These programs stretched far and wide to

nonprofit, housed at ABI’s offices on the Potomac

clutter we all face, on behalf of our members and

our first-ever event in China, with a successful

River just outside Washington. CARE continues its

the public. For example, Rochelle’s Daily Wire,

event held in Beijing during 2015. Meanwhile the

important work to educate young people about

featuring the keen insights of Editor-at-Large

respected Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar

credit, led by an independent and engaged board

Bill Rochelle, now reaches more than 3,000 each

re-launched in Cincinnati under the ABI banner

of directors.

business day. Meanwhile, the monthly “Eye on

for the first time during 2016. ABI’s popular

Bankruptcy” program continues its deep dive

consumer conference offerings in Chicago and

As always, we encourage our members to

into the case law and issues that impact both

Detroit were renamed to honor the contributions

become more involved in our work on behalf of

commercial and consumer practitioners.

of longtime ABI leaders and respected Judges

the insolvency community. Please join us!

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Remarks from ABI President Jeffrey N. Pomerantz. From Jeffery N. Pomerantz’s address at the 2016 Annual Spring Meeting: I first became involved with ABI approximately 20 years ago. ABI was a lot different then. Under the leadership of Sam Gerdano and a tremendous, ever-changing body of volunteer leaders, ABI has become the leading professional organization in the restructuring field. That is not to say that ABI does not face challenges. The profession is aging and people are retiring, and there have not been as many young professionals choosing the restructuring field over the last 10 years. The bench is evolving as well, and the practice has undergone tectonic changes. Grooming young professionals to be ABI’s future leaders, encouraging some of our newer judges to become active in ABI, and finding a way to reach out to those in our profession who have not previously

Jeffrey N. Pomerantz ABI President Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP Los Angeles, CA

been exposed to ABI are themes that ABI will continue to focus on in the near future, and I am glad to be a part of that effort.

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Financial performance: Solid and Sound. In the annual audit of ABI by CliftonLarsonAllen LLP (CLA), an audit firm specializing in nonprofit

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

organizations, ABI was issued an unqualified “clean

ASSETS:

report” in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles. The auditors found no matters involving internal controls and operations that were

Investments

December 31, 2014

$298,480

$90,178

19,497,921

12,624,673

considered to be material weaknesses. Additionally,

Accounts receivable, net

102,707

139,300

members of the CLA audit team commented that the

Prepaid expenses

307,852

388,846

financial position of ABI is very healthy and that its

Contributions receivable, net

108,146

126,060

liquidity levels are adequate. The auditors commented

Property and equipment, net

214,835

305,132

Deposits and other

153,991

136,195

$20,683,932

$13,810,384

favorably upon ABI’s finance staff and the organization’s financial management.

Michael L. Bernstein ABI Treasurer Arnold & Porter LLP Washington, DC

Cash

December 31, 2015

Total Assets

ABI maintains three funds — General Operating Funds, General Reserve Funds and the ABI Endowment Fund — and establishes and adheres to prudent guidelines

LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS LIABILITIES:

Dear ABI Members:

for the reserve levels of the two General Funds. These

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$1,318,221

$1,395,856

The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) experienced

guidelines are based upon industry standards and

CARE grant

1,000,000

0

an increase in its net assets during 2015 of $6,157,369.

recommendations from outside financial advisors.

Deferred revenue

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2,721,036

Net assets rose from $9,693,492 to $ 15,850,861. ABI

The ABI Endowment Fund will continue to be kept in a segregated account, and any expenditures of

Total Liabilities

4,833,071

4,116,892

held cash and investments of almost $20 million as of December 2015 – an increase of around $7 million over

the principal of the Endowment Fund will continue

2015. Major drivers of ABI’s financial performance this

to require a two-thirds majority vote by the Board of

year included: a significant one-time cy pres award,

Directors under the ABI bylaws.

Undesignated

7,246,559

5,363,645

Board-designated endowment

8,293,529

4,057,549

310,773

272,298

the establishment of CARE as a separate entity, and stable performance of ABI’s various programs, despite challenges facing the restructuring profession generally. In addition, the ABI Endowment Fund had assets of $8.3

Respectfully submitted,

NET ASSETS: Unrestricted

Temporarily restricted

Michael L. Bernstein

Total Net Assets

ABI Treasurer

Total Liabilities and Net Assets

million as of December 31, 2015.

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Member engagement By the numbers. Membership presence in 36 countries worldwide.

Continued social networking growth. Twitter: Followers and engagement

LinkedIn Company page: Since

continue to increase as users echo

LinkedIn enabled added features,

ABI’s news and event updates.

users are now able to connect and interact with news and event posts,

Europe

Denmark Germany Greece South America Ireland Italy Brazil Netherlands Poland Sweden Switzerland Spain United Kingdom Channel Islands Cyprus Serbia and Montenegro Romania

North America

United States Canada Mexico U.S. Virgin Islands Bermuda Barbados British Virgin Islands Cayman Islands Jamaica St. Vincent and Grenadines

Facebook: “Likes” and engagement Asia

China Hong Kong Japan Korea Thailand Israel Malaysia

Africa

Nigeria South Africa

(videos, charts, pictures, etc.).

LinkedIn Group page: Continues to grow as ABI’s largest social networking

Flickr: ABI continues to add to an

presence. The group page serves as a

ever-growing conference and event

forum for professionals to discuss top

photo image library, available to all

cases/issues on social media.

members.

Australia

Facebook

Twitter

CURRENT PAID ABI MEMBERSHIP BY GEOGRAPHIC REGION AS OF AUGUST 2016

LinkedIn Company Page

LinkedIn Group Page

SOCIAL MEDIA USERS IN THOUSANDS 6

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leading to greater engagement.

growth bolstered by visual collateral

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International ABI expands our global reach.

ABI’s international presence ABI continues to have a strong international

to the ongoing Puerto Rico debt crisis. Other

presence, with programs last year in Beijing and

events with an international flavor include the

Madrid, and this year in Amsterdam. Buoyed by a

Cross-Border Insolvency Program, the Caribbean

strong connection to INSOL, ABI regularly covers

Insolvency Symposium, and the Tenth World

international insolvency developments in the

Quadrennial Congress March 19-22, 2017, in

ABI Journal, on globalinsolvency.com, and on a

Sydney, Australia.

special newsroom website devoted exclusively

International Insolvency & Restructuring Symposium

Cross-Border (North and South America) Caribbean Insolvency Program Insolvency Symposium

(Europe)

Davis Polk & Wardwell Conference Center City of New York • New York November 14, 2O16

Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam Amsterdam • Netherlands October 7, 2016

Westin Grand Cayman Grand Cayman Island February 9-11, 2O17

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ABC observes strong demand for certified specialists.

The American Board of Certification (ABC) is

The American Bankruptcy Institute has an ABC

the nation’s premier legal specialty certification

Prep Course designed specifically to assist

organization, certifying attorneys as specialists in

certification applicants with exam study. The

business bankruptcy, consumer bankruptcy and

course is available to ABI members for $295 at

creditors’ rights law. The ABC serves the public

www.abi.org/abcprep. There are also six hours of CLE

interest by allowing potential clients to make

credit available when an applicant takes the course.

an informed decision in selecting bankruptcy

For further information, contact the American Board

and creditors’ rights counsel. ABC certification

of Certification toll-free at (877) 365-2221.

encourages attorneys to strive toward excellence

2016 American Board of Certification Leadership

and recognizes those attorneys who have met the ABC’s rigorous standards. The ABC is sponsored by ABI and the Commercial Law League of America

• Michael P. Horan, Chair Trenam Law St. Petersburg, Fla. • Walter J. Greenhalgh, President Duane Morris LLP Newark, N.J. • Craig M. Geno, President-Elect Law Offices of Craig M. Geno, PLLC Ridgeland, Miss. • J. Scott Bovitz, Treasurer Bovitz & Spitzer Los Angeles • Robert C. Furr, Secretary Furr & Cohen, P.A. Boca Raton, Fla.

(CLLA), and all three ABC certification programs are accredited by the American Bar Association and many states. ABC certification is available to all qualified attorneys without regard to membership in ABI or CLLA. The ABC continues to see strong demand for certified specialists from the public. The ABC Website, www.abcworld.org, is continuously being updated and improved, with the most recent changes designed to make it easier for attorneys to complete applications for certification (and recertification).

2O16 • 2O17 Exam Schedule

ABC Exams are held in conjunction with several ABI conferences. 2016-17 exam dates are as follows: Date

City

Event/Location

Dec. 1, 2016

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

ABI 28th Annual Winter Leadership Conference Terranea Oceanfront Resort

April 20, 2017

Washington, DC

ABI 35th Annual Spring Meeting Marriott Marquis

June 8, 2017

Traverse City, MI

ABI 24th Annual Central States Bankruptcy Workshop Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

July 27, 2017

Hilton Head, SC

ABI 22nd Annual Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop Westin Hilton Head

August 3, 2017

Hershey, PA

ABI 13th Annual Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop Hotel Hershey

Sept. 7, 2017

San Diego, CA

ABI 25th Annual Southwest Bankruptcy Conference Hotel Del Coronado

Nov. 30, 2017

La Quinta, CA

ABI 29th Annual Winter Leadership Conference La Quinta Resort & Spa

ABC Stats:

ABC has more than 800 certified members nationwide and in Puerto Rico, including 29 bankruptcy judges. ABC has 31 judges who were first certified.

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ABI Bookstore: Simply the best bankruptcy books in the business. ABI continues to publish timely and informative titles on a variety of topics, offering them to members at discounted pricing at abi.org/bookstore. Some titles added in 2016 include:

Over 20%

According to a recent Pew E-book Survey, digital reading has gone viral in the United States, with one in five Americans purchasing an e-book last year. Starting this fall, most ABI print titles will also be available for purchase in digital form at abi.org/bookstore.

There are also newly revised editions of some of our most popular books. Some recent examples:

Upcoming titles include Admitting Expert Valuation Testimony, Ethics and Environmental Issues in Bankruptcy

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Conference Keynote Speakers Bring Insightful views to ABI Events. When Fox News Anchor Chris

commissioner making a plea

Wallace spoke at this year’s

for bankruptcy relief, or retired

Annual Spring Meeting, his

Judge Robert Gerber on his

humorous — and sometimes

role in the landmark GM case,

pointed — remarks about the

keynotes often provide what

extraordinary 2016 presidential

seminar panels cannot. They

campaign marked another

offer a chance to place the work

high point in a tradition of

that ABI’s members do into a

great keynote speakers at

larger social context, revealing

ABI conferences. Whether it’s

connections and a deeper

Retired Judge Steven Rhodes

understanding of how important

speaking about presiding over

and vital that work is to the

Detroit’s municipal bankruptcy

economic health and future of

or Puerto Rico’s resident

the nation.

Hon. Pedro R. Pierluisi

Chris Wallace Fox News anchor

Hon. Steven Rhodes

Puerto Rico’s resident commissioner

Senator Elizabeth Warren

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge (ret.)

U.S. Senator Massachusetts

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A quick look at some of the names and faces from 2016 events.

Photo Captions 1)

Fox News Anchor Chris Wallace provided a lively keynote at the 2016 Annual Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C.

2) Incoming ABI President Jeff Pomerantz (r) accepted the gavel from outgoing president Jim Shea at the Annual Meeting. 3) Golfers enjoyed playing at multiple events on the ABI Golf Tour. 4) Breathtaking views were plentiful at the Northeast Conference at Mount Washington, N.H.

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7) Chief Judge Humrickhouse (l) and Terri Gardner caught up at the Southeast Workshop in Amelia Island, Fla. 8) Native music entertained attendees at the Caribbean program in Puerto Rico. 9) The annual VALCON program is popular with financial and workout professionals. 10)

Jim Tancredi (l), now a Connecticut bankruptcy judge, enjoyed a moment at the Credit & Bankruptcy Symposium in Mashantucket, Conn.

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11) New Endowment donors are recognized at all ABI events. 12)

Judges Dow (l) and Houser flank Doug Deutsch after their Great Debate at the Winter Leadership Conference.

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14) Members enjoyed a reception on ABI’s rooftop deck over the Potomac River in June. 15) The Annual “Tour de ABI” attracted both serious and fun riders at the Northeast Conference. 16) A family-friendly beach bash capped off the Southeast Workshop. 17) Friends and judicial colleagues shared a light moment during the Midwest Regional program in Cincinnati.

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ABI Welcomes Bill Rochelle as editor-at-large.

This year, ABI welcomed longtime Bloomberg commentator

what their decisions mean to practitioners and stakeholders

Bill Rochelle as editor-at-large. In addition to providing

alike. More than 3,000 people receive RDW daily, enjoying his

occasional video and podcast commentaries on bankruptcy

unique takes on decisions that often have significant effects

matters, Bill also launched “Rochelle’s Daily Wire” (RDW), a

on bankruptcy trends around the country.

daily analysis of the most important bankruptcy opinions emerging from the nation’s courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He explains not just what the courts held, but

Find out more at www.abi.org/newsroom/daily-wire.

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ABI’s Website continues to benefit members and the public. ABI continues to enhance your web experience. In a

is deliverable on many platforms and formats, allowing

world that increasingly conducts its business online and on

users to access content remotely, whether they are in the

mobile devices, ABI has continued to stay on the leading

office, the courtroom or traveling. At conferences, the ABI

edge of technology. Its redesigned website offers a dizzying

Events App, available for both iPhone and Android devices,

array of content to both members and non-members

delivers up-to-date conference information and content,

about bankruptcy matters, from conference materials

connects seamlessly to popular social media sites, tracks

and continuing legal education to the latest statistics and

CLE, and even allows attendees to participate in onsite

commentary from a variety of sources. All of this content

polling during sessions.

Throughout the debt crisis that has rocked Puerto Rico, ABI has maintained a special site devoted to up-to-the-minute news and information, including full coverage of the PROMESA law.

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Significant milestones for CARE over the past year.

Chair:

Vice Chair: Ken McEldowney

provided by ABI.

Treasurer: Allan Guon

The first CARE National Board of Directors was elected

Secretary: Patrick Clisham

At Large: Ted King

CARE achieved a number of significant milestones

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With the support of CARE’s executive director, the

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over the past year. CARE is now a fully operational 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in the

Board of Directors also drafted and approved a threeyear strategic plan setting forth CARE’s goals and

Executive Director, Consumer Action

Commonwealth of Virginia with management services

priorities for 2016-18 and eagerly started this year with a clearly defined mission, as follows: “CARE is a

Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin, LLC

national, nonprofit, community service program that uses professionals in the fields of bankruptcy and

Engelman Berger, PC

into office and held its first meeting in conjunction with ABI’s Annual Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C. The

personal finance to teach students and young adults the basics of financial literacy.”

Frost Brown Todd, LLC

board is comprised of a diverse mix of ABI members,

Anna Flores Executive Director Credit Abuse Resistance Education

as well as representatives of the country’s leading

70%

Complete listing of CARE board members. Bios can be accessed on CARE’s website, care4yourfuture.org.

CARE FACT: 70% of U.S. college students graduate

David Bird

Allen Guon

Hon. John C. Ninfo II (ret.)

with debt that will take years to correct.

Clerk of the Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware

Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York and CARE’s Founder

President and CEO, Investor Protection Trust

National Director, LifeSmarts

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Washington

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Colorado

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Puerto Rico

New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones, LLP

Engelman Berger, PC

Frost Brown Todd, LLC

Kirkland & Ellis, LLP

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Virginia

Chair of the Board, Institute for Financial Literacy

Endowed Professor and Director, Take Charge America Institute

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Missouri

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of California

Tavenner & Beran, PLC

Executive Director, Credit Builders Alliance

Executive Director, Consumer Action

U.S. Federal Trade Commission

Executive Director, American Bankruptcy Institute

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida

President, FINRA Foundation and Senior Vice President, Investor Education

nonprofit organizations in the financial education field. Members of the Board’s Executive Committee include:

Don Blandin

Lisa Hertzberg

Hon. Sidney Brooks

Hon. Karen Overstreet (ret.)

Hon. Laurel Myerson Isicoff

Hon. Mildred Cabán

Hon. Pamela Pepper

Bryan Kaplan

Patrick Clisham

Jeffrey Pomerantz

Edward (Ted) M. King

Hon. Rebecca Buehler Connelly

Joe Schorer

John Linfield

Hon. Dennis Dow

Dr. Michael Staten

Hon. Margaret Mann

Dara Duguay

Lynn Tavenner

Ken McEldowney

Samuel Gerdano

Colleen Tressler

Hon. Catherine Peek McEwen

Geraldine M. Walsh

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“Eye on Bankruptcy” online CLE program Draws in More Viewers.

“Eye on Bankruptcy”provides bankruptcy professionals with deeper analysis about important decisions handed down in the previous four weeks. Viewers can accumulate 12 hours of CLE credit and broader coverage of the year’s leading opinions simply by watching each month’s episode.

“Eye on Bankruptcy,” the monthly video news show depth analyses of cases from the appeals courts, produced by ABI and Bloomberg Law, continues to

including the U.S. Supreme Court. Its website,

draw new viewers. Hosted by Prof. Michelle Harner

EyeOnBankruptcy.com, offers past programs, a

from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey

schedule of upcoming shows, and more information

School of Law, “Eye on Bankruptcy” provides in-

about how to view each month’s program.

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Views from the Bench, 2017

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Committees: the best way to demonstrate leadership and get involved. Leading by example ABI has 18 active committees, each focused on a specific area of insolvency. Committees are active year-round and foster collaboration with other bankruptcy practitioners from around the country. Committee participation is one of the most effective ways to build and establish relationships with other members and a valuable way to demonstrate your leadership within the bankruptcy community.

Asset Sales

Commercial Fraud

Health Care

Mediation

Unsecured Trade Creditors

Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP • Irvine, Calif. efromme@jmbm.com

Reid Collins & Tsai LLP • Dallas emadden@rctlegal.com

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP • Chicago fperlman@skadden.com

Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty + Hartog, P.A. • Miami jmarkowitz@mrthlaw.com

Cozen O’Connor • Wilmington, Del. mfelger@cozen.com

Eric J. Fromme

Eric D. Madden

Felicia Gerber Perlman

Jerry M. Markowitz

Mark E. Felger

Bradley D. Sharp

Kathy Bazoian Phelps

Andrew H. Sherman

Richard E. Mikels

Paul R. Hage

Bankruptcy Litigation

Consumer Bankruptcy

International

Real Estate

Young & New Members

Saul Ewing LLP • Wilmington, Del. lmurley@saul.com

Office of the Trustee • Cincinnati mburks@cinn13.org

Souto, Corrêa, Cesa, Lummertz & Amaral Advogados • Porto Alegre, Brazil gilberto.correa@soutocorrea.com.br

Engelman Berger, PC • Phoenix pac@eblawyers.com

Saul Ewing LLP • Wilmington, Del. mdisabatino@saul.com

Development Specialists, Inc. • Los Angeles bsharp@dsi.biz

Diamond McCarthy LLP • Los Angeles kphelps@diamondmccarthy.com

Lucian Murley

Sills Cummis & Gross PC • Newark, N.J. asherman@sillscummis.com

Margaret A. Burks

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP • New York rmikels@pszjlaw.com

Gilberto Deon Corrêa, Jr.

Patrick A. Clisham

Monique Bair DiSabatino

Neil Steinkamp

Elizabeth L. Gunn

Virginia Office of the Attorney General • Richmond, Va. elizabeth.gunn@dss.virginia.gov

Christopher R. Mirick

Eric E. Walker

Stout Risius Ross, Inc. • New York nsteinkamp@srr.com

Bankruptcy Taxation

Ethics and Professional Compensation

Labor and Employment

Secured Credit

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP • New York kpasquale@stroock.com

Husch Blackwell LLP • Kansas City, Mo. michael.fielding@huschblackwell.com

Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP • Atlanta jjl@phrd.com

Jeffrey M. Sklarz

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP • New York christopher.mirick@pillsburylaw.com

Kenneth Pasquale

Green & Sklarz LLC • New Haven, Conn. jsklarz@gs-lawfirm.com

Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss • Southfield, Mich. phage@jaffelaw.com

Jennifer B. Kimble

Perkins Coie LLP • Chicago ewalker@perkinscoie.com

Michael D. Fielding

Prime Clerk • New York jkimble@primeclerk.com

Joshua J. Lewis

Donald A. Workman

John W. Weiss

Bradford J. Sandler

Brendan L. McPherson

Business Reorganization

Financial Advisors and Investment Banking

Legislation

Technology and Intellectual Property

Ernst & Young LLP • Los Angeles nicole.horton@ey.com

McGuireWoods LLP • Washington, D.C. dfoley@mcguirewoods.com

Linowes & Blocher LLP • Bethesda, Md. jfarnum@linowes-law.com

BakerHostetler • Washington, D.C. dworkman@bakerlaw.com

Alston & Bird LLP • New York john.weiss@alston.com

Charles M. Berk

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP • Wilmington, Del. bsandler@pszjlaw.com

Nicole Horton

CBIZ Corporate Recovery Services • New York cberk@cbiz.com

Brent I. Weisenberg

Douglas M. Foley

Wayne P. Weitz

Ballard Spahr LLP • New York weisenbergb@ballardspahr.com

John T. Farnum

Dena Kessler

EisnerAmper LLP • New York wayne.weitz@eisneramper.com

Polsinelli • Kansas City, Mo. bmcpherson@polsinelli.com

Kenneth Kraft

BakerHostetler • Washington, D.C. dkessler@bakerlaw.com

Dentons Canada LLP • Toronto kenneth.kraft@dentons.com

2017

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Corporate Restructuring Competition

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Cross-Border Insolvency Program

Nov. TBD, 2017

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2016 American Bankruptcy Institute supporting partners. ABI’s Partners provide vital support for programs throughout the year. Partners receive year-round recognition at many conferences, events and online. Partner Packages are customized to fit the unique marketing needs of our Partners. Contact Marketing Manager Sharisa Sloan at ssloan@abiworld.org for information on how you can partner with ABI.

Presidential Partners

Executive Partners

Capital Partners

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The ABI Endowment has awarded More than $2 million in grants and scholarships. The ABI Endowment Fund was created in 1989 to provide resources for research and education to the bankruptcy community and was renamed in 2009 to honor the

Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund Donors Honored at Special Events.

late Tony Schnelling a former ABI Vice President of Development. Your gift or pledge allows ABI to meet new requests for funding, which may include studies relating to bankruptcy or insolvency; surveys or other analytical investigation; the education of judges, court personnel, other governmental personnel and the general public; or scholarships and other educational grants.

Anthony H.N. Schnelling (1947-2009) Founder and CEO Bridge Associates LLC

Current major and recently completed projects include support for the Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11, the Ethics Task Force, a study of individual chapter 11 best practices, and an empirical study of post-BAPCPA distributions to unsecured creditors. The Endowment’s Amazon Wish List (go.abi.org/ giveauction) features items that can be purchased for the silent auctions that the Endowment holds each year at several ABI conferences. Endowment contributions may be paid in equal installments for up to five years. All gifts are cumulative to allow donors to advance their level of contribution. All contributions are tax-deductible. The ABI Endowment is a 501(c)(3)

Former NHL stars Bernie Parent and Dav Schultz joined ABI members in the Gavin/Salmonese suite at the Well Fargo Center in Phiadelphia on Jan. 19 2016. Vice President-Development Ted Gavin is pictured in back, second from left.

tax-exempt organization.

abi.org/endowment

Endowments & Grants Major Contributors

Unique ways to contribute Networking Events Auto Debit

Amazon Wish List Donate Remnant Funds

Silent Auctions Stock Transfers

Millennium Level

Century Council Members

Legacy Members

New Benefactors

• Bayard, P.A. • Boleman Law Firm, PC • Conseco Liquidating Trust • Speigel Creditor Liquidating Trust • Global Aviation Holdings, Inc.

• AlixPartners LLP

• Ballard Spahr LLP

• Aetna Industries Inc., DIP Liquidating Trust • Jason S. Brookner

Contributions of $50,000 and above

Contributions of $25,000 - $29,999

Contributions of $15,000 - $19,999

• Scott L. Baena

Tobey M. Daluz, Carl A. Eklund and Vincent J. Marriott III

• William A. Brandt, Jr.

Alane A. Becket

Jay Alix

Contributions of $5,000 - $9,999 Gray Reed & McGraw, PC

• Becket & Lee, LLP

• Irving H. Picard

Development Specialists, Inc.

• Richard P. Carmody

• SPC Seller Liquidating Trust

Contributions of $30,000 - $49,999

Anthony H.N. Schnelling and Carl H. Young, III

• Peter S. Kaufman

New Sustaining Members

• Robert N. Dangremond

• L. E. Creel, III

• Ted Gavin

• Harry D. Dixon, Jr. • Keen-Summit Capital Partners LLC

30th Anniversary Circle

March Brown LLC

Gavin/Solmonese LLC • Polsinelli

James E. Bird, Daniel J. Flanigan and Christopher A. Ward • Patricia A. Redmond

Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. • Robert P. Reynolds

Reynolds, Reynolds & Little, LLC • Mark G. Stingley

Bryan Cave LLP

• John Tittle, Jr.

Tittle Advisory Group, Inc.

Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod, LLP • Bridge Associates LLC • John Wm. Butler, Jr.

Birch Lake Holdings, LP Coats Rose, P.C.

Harold J. Bordwin and Matt Bordwin

• National Auctioneers Association • Visa USA, Inc. • Bettina M. Whyte

Visionary Members

Adams and Reese LLP Gordian Group, LLC

• Jerry M. Markowitz

Contributions of $2,000 - $4,999

• The Hilco Organization

• Elizabeth A. Green

Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty + Hartog, P.A. Benjamin L. Nortman and Richard L. Kaye • Prof. Jack F. Williams

Georgia State University/Baker Tilly

BakerHostetler LLP

• Joe A. Joseph

Burr & Forman LLP

• Deborah B. Langehennig

New Lifetime Members Contributions of $10,000 - $14,999

Contributions of $20,000 - $24,999

• Douglas M. Foley

• Francis A. Monaco, Jr.

KapilaMukamal, LLP

• Prof. Robert M. Zinman

King & Spalding

Gavin/Solmonese LLC

BakerHostetler LLP

McGuireWoods LLP

• Soneet R. Kapila • Mark M. Maloney • Prof. Nancy B. Rapoport

UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law

Chapter 13 Trustee • Eric A. Linn

Oak Point Partners

• Susan H. Seabury

Baker Tilly

• W. Lance Wickel

Epiq Systems, Inc.


2016•2017 Board of Directors.* ABI Executive Committee Members Chairman Brian L. Shaw

Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC; Chicago

Immediate Past President James Patrick Shea

Armstrong Teasdale LLP; Las Vegas

At-Large Executive Committee Members

President Jeffrey N. Pomerantz

Vice President-Education Douglas E. Deutsch

Vice President-International Affairs Ronald J. Silverman

President-Elect Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff

Vice President-Development Edward T. Gavin

Vice President-Communication & Information Technology Treasurer Hon. Deborah L. Thorne Michael L. Bernstein

Vice President-Publications Alane A. Becket

Vice President-Research Grants Hon. Barbara J. Houser

Vice President-Membership R. Scott Williams

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP; Los Angeles

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (ret.); Chicago

Clifford Chance US LLP; New York

Gavin/Solmonese LLC; Wilmington, Del.

Becket & Lee, LLP; Malvern, Pa.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Tex.); Dallas

Jay M. Goffman Executive Committee At Large

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP: New York

Douglas L. Lutz Executive Committee At Large Frost Brown Todd LLC; Cincinnati

Hogan Lovells US LLP; New York

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Ill.); Chicago

Secretary Hon. Dennis R. Dow

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (W.D. Mo.); Kansas City

Arnold & Porter LLP; Washington, D.C.

Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.A.; Birmingham, Ala.

Damian S. Schaible Executive Committee At Large

Mark G. Stingley Executive Committee At Large

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; New York

Bryan Cave LLP; Kansas City, Mo.

ABI Board Members Derek C. Abbott

Hon. Mary Grace Diehl

William H. Henrich

David P. Leibowitz

Robert P. Reynolds

Eric W. Anderson

Lisa J. Donahue

Thomas M. Horan

Prof. Lois R. Lupica

Mitchell Ryan

Hon. Martin R. Barash

Daniel F. Dooley

Hon. Laurel Myerson Isicoff

Mark M. Maloney

Kelly Beaudin Stapleton

Lisa G. Beckerman

Hon. Robert D. Drain

Soneet R. Kapila

Jerry M. Markowitz

Annerose Tashiro

Jessica C.K. Boelter

Hon. Michael A. Fagone

Eve H. Karasik

Deirdre A. McGuinness

John Tittle, Jr.

Hon. Kevin J. Carey

Tinamarie Feil

Teresa C. Kohl

Nina M. Parker

Christopher A. Ward

Kathryn Coleman

Lisa Sommers Gretchko

David R. Kuney

Hon. Pamela Pepper

Risa Lynn Wolf-Smith

Hon. Daniel P. Collins

Prof. Michelle M. Harner

Richard S. Lauter

Prof. Nancy B. Rapoport

*Through April 2017.

Paul H. Deutch

Hon. Bruce A. Harwood

Franklind Davis Lea

Patricia A. Redmond

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell, LLP; Wilmington, Del.

Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP; Atlanta

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (C.D. Cal.); Woodland Hills

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; New York

Sidley Austin LLP; Chicago

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Del.); Wilmington

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP; New York

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Ariz.); Phoenix

Rust Omni; New York

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Ga.); Atlanta

Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC; New York

AlixPartners LLP; New York

Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC; Wilmington, Del.

MorrisAnderson; Chicago

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Fla.); Miami

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.); White Plains

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Me.); Bangor

KapilaMukamal, LLP; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Levene, Neale, Bender, Yoo & Brill L.L.P.; Los Angeles

BMC Group; New York

SSG Capital Advisors, LLC; West Conshohocken, Pa.

Howard & Howard Attorneys, PLLC; Royal Oak, Mich.

University of Maryland School of Law; Baltimore

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. N.H.); Manchester

Whiteford Taylor Preston LLP; Washington, D.C.

Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP; Chicago

Tactical Financial Consulting, LLC; Alpharetta, Ga.

Lakelaw; Chicago

Reynolds, Reynolds & Little, LLC; Tuscaloosa, Ala.

University of Maine School of Law; Portland, Maine

King & Spalding; Atlanta

Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty + Hartog, P.A.; Miami

Epiq Systems, Inc.; New York

Parker & Associates; Winchester, Mass.

U.S. District Court (E.D. Wis.); Milwaukee

UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law; Las Vegas

Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc.; Orange, Calif.

Alvarez & Marsal; New York

Schultze & Braun GmbH; Achern, Germany

Tittle Advisory Group, Inc.; Irving, Texas

Polsinelli; Wilmington, Del.

Holland & Hart LLP; Denver

Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.; Miami

American Bankruptcy Institute 2016 • 2017 Staff EXECUTIVE

COMMUNICATIONS

MEMBERSHIP

Samuel J. Gerdano, Executive Director Amy A. Quackenboss, Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel

James Carman, Director of Communications Chris Callahan, Digital Media Specialist Carolyn M. Kanon, Senior Editor John Hartgen, Public Affairs Manager Patrick McGrath, Senior Designer Elizabeth Stoltz, Managing Editor

Christopher Thackston, Director of Membership Martha Cannon, Membership Program Manager Robin Davis, Membership Engagement Manager

ACCOUNTING Kathy Sheehan, Chief Financial Officer Patty Sadusky, Accounting Manager Chloe Somers, Senior Staff Accountant Mike Johnson, Staff Accountant Adam Ziegler, Staff Accountant

ADMINISTRATION Mary T. Kleppinger, Director of Administration Ed Flynn, Consultant Leah Weston, Office Manager Marie White, Staff Assistant

CARE Anna Flores, CARE Executive Director

INTERACTIVE MEDIA & TECHNOLOGY Karim Guirguis, Chief Information Officer Sirish Ayyagari, Drupal Architect Satish Kodali, Software Engineer Matthew Lukban, Media Operations Manager David Supola, Front End Web Developer

MEETINGS AND EVENTS Jennifer Dugas, Conference Director Caitlin Colligan, Marketing Events Manager/ Meeting Planner Allyson Donohue, Meeting Planner Jennifer Guirguis, Meeting Planner Jannine Henderson, Continuing Education Manager Sharisa Sloan, Marketing Manager Taylor Wickel, Meeting Staff Assistant


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Levels of Support Millennium Level 30th Anniversary Circle Century Council Member Visionary Member Legacy Member Lifetime Member* Benefactor Sustaining Member Leadership Club Donor

$50,000 + $30,000 $25,000 $20,000 $15,000 $10,000 $5,000 $2,000 $1,000 $100

surveys or other analytical investigation; the education of judges, court personnel, other governmental personnel and the general public; or

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$49,999 $29,999 $24,999 $19,999 $14,999 $9,999 $4,999 $1,999 $999

scholarships and other educational grants. New contributions or pledges at or above the Sustaining Member level will be recognized at the Annual Spring Meeting and Winter Leadership Conference. Contributions may be paid in equal installments of up to five years. All gifts are cumulative to allow donors to advance their level of contribution. All contributions are tax-deductible. The ABI Endowment is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

Donors are acknowledged at ABI meetings!

abi.org/endowment

* Lifetime members and above receive a complimentary annual membership upon completed payment of their pledge.

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