MARCH 2017 VOL. 4, NO. 3
From the ABI Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund
The Annual Spring Meeting Endowment Reception Is Just Around the Corner
An Evening at the Hotel California

New donors who pledge or contribute at the Sustaining Member Level and above ($2,000 and up) will be recognized during the luncheon on Friday, April 21, and invited to a reception immediately following the Final Night Dinner for an exclusive "meet & greet" with the legendary former lead guitarist of the Eagles, Don Felder.

FRIDAY LUNCHEON (Featuring Keynote by Spencer Abraham): 12:30–2:15 p.m.
Lunch Sponsors: The Brattle Group and Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
Speaker Sponsor: Blank Rome Government Relations LLC

FINAL NIGHT DINNER & ENTERTAINMENT (Don Felder): 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Dinner Sponsor: Gray Reed & McGraw LLP
Entertainment Sponsors: BakerHostetler, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Bryan Cave LLP, Gavin/Solmonese LLC, Miles & Stockbridge PC, Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP, Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Endowment Events!

NYC Wine Endowment Dinner

Join us for a special event on Wednesday, April 5th, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Italian Wine Merchants in New York City (108 East 16th Street between Park Avenue South & Irving Place) for appetizers, cocktails & wine (6:30-7:00 p.m.) followed by a seated dinner (7:00-9:30 p.m.).

register today

Premium Sponsor: Rust Omni. Major Sponsors: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Eisner Amper. Sponsors: Arent Fox LLP, East West Bank, Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC, Polsinelli and SSG Capital Advisors, LLC.

Yoder Golf Tournament

On Monday, May 15, 2017, The Hartefeld National Golf Club in Avondale, Pa., will host the 7th Annual Steven M. Yoder Memorial Golf Outing. Join us as we celebrate the life of our friend and ABI member, Steve Yoder, who passed away in 2011. Included: golf greens fee, boxed lunch, complimentary beverages and beer, with a cocktail hour, buffet dinner and silent auction to follow.

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Sponsors: Gavin/Solmonese LLC, Morris James LLP, Polsinelli, Rust Omni, Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP and Wilmington Trust.

Windy City Wine Dinner

Get ready for an evening of networking with your colleagues while raising money for the ABI Endowment on Nov. 9 in Chicago! A huge thank you goes to Richard S. Lauter (Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP), Mark G. Stingley (Bryan Cave LLP) and Elizabeth B. Vandesteeg (Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP) for spearheading this event. We will share more information about this event once the details are finalized.

Proceeds from the aforementioned events benefit the Steven M. Yoder Children's Trust and the ABI Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund. Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor should contact Sharisa Sloan at

ABI Endowment Fund Update

New ABI Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy

The Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund is supporting a newly appointed 15-member expert panel that will examine the consumer bankruptcy system and issue a report with recommended improvements that can be implemented within the existing structure. The ABI Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy aims to modernize the system with practical and cost-effective recommendations, building on the framework established by Bankruptcy Code of 1978 and Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005. This Commission will employ an open, information-gathering model that will allow interested parties across the consumer bankruptcy spectrum to provide input.

Click here to view the press release.


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

New Legacy Member ($15K)
Lisa G. Beckerman
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

New Lifetime Member ($10K)
Blank Rome LLP
Spencer Abraham and Ira L. Herman

New Benefactor ($5K)
Richardo I. Kilpatrick
Kilpatrick & Associates, PC

New Sustaining Members ($2K)
Patrick A. Clisham
Engelman Berger, PC

Mark Desgrosseilliers
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

Hon. Mary Jo Heston
U.S. Bankruptcy Court (W.D. Wash.)

New Leadership Club ($1K)
Hon. Gregg W. Zive
U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Nev.)

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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
James E. Van Horn – McGuireWoods 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 – Garden City Group, LLC
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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