NOVEMBER 2017 VOL. 4, NO. 11
From the ABI Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund

Donors Enjoy Wine Dinner in Chicago

Colleagues networked and enjoyed a dinner honoring ABI President, Gene Wedoff at the River Roast in Chicago. A huge thank you goes to Richard S. Lauter of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, Vincent E. Lazar of Jenner & Block LLP, the late Mark G. Stingley of Bryan Cave LLP and Elizabeth B. Vandesteeg of Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP for spearheading this event and to all of the event sponsors who made the evening such a success: Adelman & Gettleman, Ltd.; Alvarez & Marsal, LLC; Birch Lake Holdings, LP; Bryan Cave LLP; Conway MacKenzie; Development Specialists, Inc.; FrankGecker, LLP; Freeborn & Peters LLP; Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Hiltz & Zanzig LLC; Huron Consulting Group Inc.; Jenner & Block LLP; The Law Offices of Roger Higgins, LLC; Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP; MorrisAnderson; Perkins Coie LLP; Proskauer; Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP; Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC; Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP and UpRight Law LLC.

Award presentation the whole room Gene at table

Hockey Fans: Support the ABI Endowment in Philly!

Join us at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. for a hockey match-up between the hometown Flyers and five-time Stanley Cup Champions Pittsburgh Penguins. Watch the game from a luxury suite generously donated by Gavin/Solmonese LLC, complete with food and open bar. Thanks also go to McGuireWoods LLP, Polsinelli and Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP for sponsoring this event. Act fast; this event is sure to sell out!

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Join ABI in Atlanta for a "Tribute to Service"

ABI will be hosting a special tribute at the Atlanta offices of King & Spalding on Jan. 11 (6:00-8:00 p.m.) to honor Bankruptcy Judges Mary Grace Diehl and C. Ray Mullins of the Northern District of Georgia, who are both retiring in 2018. The evening will begin with a discussion with the judges, and a reception with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will follow. Those interested in sponsoring this event should contact Amy Quackenboss at

Tribute to Service
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Giving Tuesday Is Just Around the Corner

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.), #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

We invite you to join this nationwide movement and give this November 28. We will be sending a follow-up email detailing how you can make the ABI Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment fund part of this spirit of giving.



Make Your Mark at WLC

Members who pledge or contribute at or above the Sustaining Member level ($2,000 and up) will be recognized during ABI’s Winter Leadership Conference. There will also be an Endowment dessert reception sponsored by Berkeley Research Group, LLC, Cole Schotz P.C., Doling Shaw & Hanover APC, Rust Consulting, Inc. and Shook, Hardy and Bacon LLP. The reception, which follows the final night dinner, is for new donors at the Sustaining Member level and up and will feature a meet-and-greet with illusionist Drew Thomas.

Silent Auction at the Mississippi Bankruptcy Conference

A special thank you to the Development Committee for the South Region (Chaired by Kristina M. Johnson, Jones Walker LLP) for organizing a Silent Auction at the Mississippi Conference on November 8-9. Items auctioned off were varied: a Kindle HD, Margaritaville (2-night hotel stay), a registration for ABI's 2018 Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop, an ABI Membership, a $200 gift card, a paddle of vodka shot glasses with a bottle of Icelandic Vodka, four hand-blown champagne flutes with a bottle of Oregon Sparkling Pino Noir Rose, a hand-crafted wooden cross, three sessions with a personal trainer and two bottles of Kentucky Bourbon. Thank you to our generous donors: Craig M. Geno (Craig M. Geno, PLLC; Ridgeland, Miss.), James Irving (Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP; Louisville, Ky.) Robert P. Reynolds (Reynolds, Reynolds & Little, LLC; Tuscaloosa, Ala.) and Steven W. Rosenblatt (Butler Snow LLP; Ridgeland, Miss.).

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ABI’s 14th Annual Corporate Restructuring Competition was held on Nov. 3 in Philadelphia, and a team of students from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania took top honors for the third consecutive year. This is the school’s seventh time overall earning the Bettina M. Whyte Trophy, which is presented each year to the winning team. Another team from The Wharton School came in second place, while one of two teams from Columbia Business School took third. ABI’s Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund provided cash prizes of $6,000, $3,500 and $2,500 for the top three teams, respectively.

Tribute to Service

New Donor Recognized

The Endowment Fund recognizes and thanks the following for reaching new levels of giving:

New Visionary Member
Donald A. Workman
Donald A. Workman
BakerHostetler LLP

Levels of Support

Millennium Level
Contributions of $50,000 and above

30th Anniversary Circle
Contributions of $30,000 – $49,999

Century Council Members
Contributions of $25,000 – $29,999

Contributions of $20,000 – $24,999

Contributions of $15,000 – $19,999

Lifetime Member
Contributions of $10,000 – $14,999

Contributions of $5,000 – $9,999

Sustaining Member
Contributions of $2,000 – $4,999

Leadership Club
Contributions of $1,000 – $1,999

Contributions of $100 – $999

Pledges at the Leadership Club level and up are payable over up to five years.

Participate in the Next Combined Federal Campaign

Contributions to the Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund are tax-deductible. ABI is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. If you have been considering making a donation to the Endowment Fund, you may benefit by making your contribution to Combined Federal Campaign #11391. Your funds will be used to support research and education on insolvency. Please consider contributing during the current campaign season (The 2017 CFC Open Season runs until January 12, 2018.) Contact ABI Chief Financial Officer Kathy Sheehan at (703) 739-0800 or for more information.

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Endowment Fund Development Committee

Vice President—Development:
Robert P. Reynolds
Reynolds, Reynolds & Little, LLC

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

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

Bradley D. Sharp
Development Specialists, Inc.

Kelly Beaudin Stapleton
Alvarez & Marsal

Christopher A. Ward

Endowment Fund

Regional Endowment Chairs


Chair: Christopher A. Ward – Polsinelli
Sam J. Alberts – Dentons
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

Chair: Richard S. Lauter – Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
Daniel A. DeMarco – Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP
Reginald W. Jackson – Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
James A. Lodoen – Lindquist & Vennum LLP
Claire Ann Resop – Steinhilber Swanson
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 – All Business Development Solutions, LLC


Chair: Kristina M. Johnson – Jones Walker LLP
John W. Ames – Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
Richard P. Carmody – Adams and Reese LLP
Rudy J. Cerone – McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC
Craig M. Geno – Craig M. Geno, PLLC
James E. Smith – Williams Anderson PLC
Emily Campbell Taube – Burr & Forman LLP
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 – GCG
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

Chair: Bradley D. Sharp – Development Specialists, Inc..
Matthew Gates – Duff & Phelps, LLC
Scott Gautier – Robins Kaplan
Mitch Ryan – Donlin Recano & Company, Inc.

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