DECEMBER 2016 VOL. 3, NO. 12
From the ABI Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund
Give by Year’s End to Benefit the Endowment (and You!)

Make a donation to the ABI Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund by year end to receive a tax benefit. Checks mailed to a charity are considered delivered on the date that you mail them. In addition, you can pay by credit card online at, or call (703) 739-0800 by Dec. 31 for your donation to be considered tax-deductible for 2016. Donors at the Sustaining Member Level ($2,000) and up will be recognized at the ABI Annual Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C., on April 20-23, 2017 (registration information will be posted at soon). For questions about extended payment options, contact ABI Chief Financial Officer Kathy Sheehan at (703) 739-0800 or

Thank you for your support of the Endowment Fund. The generous support we receive from our members and the insolvency community helps us achieve the Endowment’s goal of funding important bankruptcy research and educational activities.

Contributions to the ABI Endowment are tax deductible.
ABI is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

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An Evening at the Grove

On November 1, ABI presented a conversation with Judges Marvin Isgur and David R. Jones of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas at The Grove in Houston. There was a reception to benefit the Endowment Fund, and thanks go to AlixPartners LLP, Andrew Kurth LLP, Baker Botts, LLP, Conway MacKenzie, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Dykema Cox Smith, Forshey & Prostok, LLP, Gardere, Gray Reed & McGraw, PC, Haynes and Boone, LLP, Hoover Slovacek LLP, Jackson Walker LLP, Kirkland Ellis LLP, Loeb & Loeb LLP, McGuireWoods LLP, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Polsinelli, Porter & Hedges, LLP, Snow Spence Green LLP, Thompson & Knight LLP and Vinson & Elkins for sponsoring the event.

Photo from the Grove

LA Wine Dinner at Upstairs2

On November 9, ABI hosted an annual dinner at Upstairs2 with Los Angeles’s premier wine purveyor, the Wine House. A custom-designed multi-course wine-pairing dinner provided an enjoyable outing for a crowd of area Endowment supporters. The evening was sponsored by Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc., FTI Consulting, Inc., KCC, Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP, Polsinelli, Robins Kaplan LLP, Rust Omni, Sierra Constellation Partners, LLC and Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP. The ABI Endowment thanks all attendees for their participation and all the sponsoring firms for their generous support.

Baltimore Networking Event at Wit & Wisdom

Endowment supporters gathered in Baltimore on November 17 at Wit & Wisdom, which featured delicious food and wine along with a spectacular view of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. This delightful evening of networking was sponsored by Berkeley Research Group, LLC, McGuireWoods LLP, EisnerAmper LLP, Cole Schotz P.C., Saul Ewing LLP and Whiteford Taylor Preston LLP. The ABI Endowment thanks all attendees for their participation and all the sponsoring firms for their generous support.

Photo from Baltimore Event

Donors at Winter
Leadership Conference

The ABI Endowment Fund was pleased to honor major donors during lunchtime ceremonies at the Winter Leadership Conference on December 2, at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. In addition, ABI members who pledged or contributed at or above the Sustaining Member level ($2,000 and up) were invited to an exclusive reception following the Final Night Dinner, where they met comedian Sebastian Maniscalco.

Flyers vs. Capitals graphic

Endowment Hockey Event

The Philadelphia Flyers take on the Washington Capitals at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on December 21, 2016. This final Endowment event of the year is officially sold out, and we are looking forward to a fun night for everyone involved. Thanks go to Gavin/Solmonese for donating the suite and sponsors Elliott Greenleaf, McGuireWoods LLP, Polsinelli and Shook, Hardy & Bacon for making this event possible.

Flyers vs. Capitals graphic

Newest Donor roll

ABI thanks the latest donors who have joined a special group dedicated to advancing research of interest to the bankruptcy community.

New Century Council Member ($25k)
The Steven M. Yoder Children’s Trust

New Legacy Members ($15K)
Daniel F. Dooley

Richard S. Lauter
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

New Benefactors ($5K)
Hon. Martin R. Barash
US Bankruptcy Court

Hon. Mary Grace Diehl
US Bankruptcy Court

New Sustaining Member ($2K)
Mark Shinderman
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

New Leadership Club ($1K)
Sam J. Alberts
Dentons US LLP

Endowment Fund Development Committee

Vice President—Development:
Edward T. Gavin
Gavin/Solmonese LLC

Committee Members:
Richard S. Lauter
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

Jerry M. Markowitz
Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty + Hartog, P.A.

Robert P. Reynolds
Reynolds, Reynolds & Little, LLC

Mitch Ryan
Donlin, Recano & Co., Inc.

Kelly Beaudin Stapleton
Alvarez & Marsal

Christopher A. Ward

Endowment Fund

Regional Endowment Chairs


Chair: Christopher A. Ward – Polsinelli
Charles Forman – LeClairRyan, PC
Neil B. Glassman – Bayard, P.A.
Thomas M. Horan – Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin, LLC
Warren Martin – Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, PC
Richard M. Meth – Fox Rothschild LLP

Co-Chair: Claire Ann Resop – Steinhilber Swanson LLP
Co-Chair: Mark G. Stingley – Bryan Cave LLP
Daniel A. DeMarco – Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP
Reginald W. Jackson – Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Richard S. Lauter – Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
James A. Lodoen – Lindquist & Vennum LLP
Scott Y. Stuart – Esquify, Inc.
Sheryl L. Toby – Dykema Gossett PLLC

New England
Chair: Jeffrey T. Varsalone – CBIZ MHM, LLC

New York Metro
Co-Chair: Lisa G. Beckerman – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Co-Chair: Allen D. Wilen – EisnerAmper LLP

Rocky Mountain
Co-Chair: Annette W. Jarvis – Dorsey &
Whitney LLP

Lynne Long – Summit Investment
Management LLC

Chair: Robert P. Reynolds – Reynolds,
Reynolds & Little, LLC

Lawrence R. Ahern III – Brown & Ahern
Chip Bowles – Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP


Richard P. Carmody – Adams and Reese LLP
Rudy J. Cerone – McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC
Craig M. Geno – Craig M. Geno, PLLC
Jennifer B. Kimble – Prime Clerk
Stephen P. Wheelis – Wheelis & Rozanski, APLC

Chair: Jerry Markowitz – Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty + Hartog, P.A.
Terri L. Gardner – Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
Neil C. Gordon – Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
Jennifer McLemore – Christian & Barton, LLP
Jennifer M. Meyerowitz – Olofson Technology Partners
Edward J. Peterson, III – Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Prosser, PA
Lynn Lewis Tavenner – Tavenner & Beran, PLC
Glenn Thompson – Hamilton Stephens Steele & Martin, PLLC

Texas & Southwest
Co-Chair: Jason S. Brookner – Gray Reed & McGraw, PC
Co-Chair: Scott Van Meter – Berkeley Research Group, LLC
Thomas H. Grace – Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Jordan A. Kroop – Perkins Coie LLP
John Penn – Perkins Coie LLP
Thomas J. Salerno – Stinson Leonard Street LLP

Co-Chair:  Mitch Ryan – Donlin Recano & Company, Inc.
Matthew Gates – Duff & Phelps, LLC
Scott Gautier – Robins Kaplan LLP

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