AUGUST 2018 VOL. 5, NO. 8
From the ABI Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund


For the sixth straight year, the advisory board for the Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop has distinguished itself by achieving 100 percent participation in giving to the Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund. The campaign was spearheaded by Jerry M. Markowitz (Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty + Hartog, P.A.), Robert P. Reynolds (Reynolds, Reynolds & Little) and Kristina Johnson (Jones Walker LLP). This is the best performance of any program board for the sixth year in a row! ABI thanks them for their generous support and stellar example. We also thank Ashley S. Rusher (Blanco Tackabery & Matamoros, P.A.) and David K. Bowsher (Adams and Reese LLP) for their efforts in driving silent auction donations.

SE18 Advisory Board


An Evening with Bench & Bar

On Oct. 11, Gray Reed & McGraw LLP will host “An Evening with Bench and Bar” at their Elm Street office in Dallas. This Endowment event will feature an elegant cocktail reception with special guests Bankruptcy Judges Harlin D. Hale, Stacey G. C. Jernigan and Mark X. Mullin from the Northern District of Texas. Meet your colleagues in a relaxed environment and hear what is on the court’s mind.

ABI thanks the financial supporters of this event. Premium sponsor: Gray Reed & McGraw LLP. Gold sponsors: FTI Consulting, Inc.; GlassRatner (B. Riley Financial Co.); Haynes and Boone, LLP; Omni Management Group, Inc.; and Vinson & Elkins LLP. Silver sponsors: BMC Group; CR3 Partners, LLC; Foley Gardere; Forshey & Prostok, LLP; Jackson Walker LLP; Nathan Associates, Inc.; Norton Rose Fulbright; Rochelle McCullough, LLP; and Secretariat International.
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La Famiglia Ristorante

On Nov. 29, the ABI Endowment will host a networking wine dinner at La Famiglia Ristorante, located on South Front Street in Philadelphia. Cocktails, wine and appetizers start at 6 p.m., with dinner following at 7 p.m. Sponsors for this event include Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Fox Rothschild LLP; Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP; Polsinelli; Richards, Layton & Finger, PA; and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

If your firm would like to sponsor this or any other Endowment-related events, please contact ABI Marketing Manager Sharisa L. Sloan at

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In conjunction with the Garden State Credit Associates and the New York Institute of Credit, ABI will co-host the Second Annual Golf & Tennis Outing on Sept. 24 at Cedar Hill Country Club in Livingston, N.J. The picturesque course features “twin” par 3s, with the 10th playing straight downhill and the 16th recapturing the Clubhouse level. From the back tees, the course measures 6,447 yards and plays to a slope rated 129. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Sarah Kuhns.


Cedar Hill Country Club

Silent Auctions 

Thanks to all who participated in the Silent Auctions recently held at the Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop  and the Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop. 

SOUTHEAST DONORS: Steven M. Berman (Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP; Tampa, Fla.), James R. Irving (Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP; Louisville, Ky.), IWIRC, Kristina M. Johnson (Jones Walker LLP; Jackson, Miss.), Soneet R. Kapila (KapilaMukamal, LLP; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Stephanie Crane Lieb (Trenam Law; Tampa, Fla.), Jennifer M. McLemore (Christian & Barton, LLP; Richmond, Va.), Jennifer M. Meyerowitz (Atlanta), Patricia A. Redmond (Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.; Miami), Robert P. Reynolds (Reynolds, Reynolds & Little, LLC; Tuscaloosa, Ala.), Ashley S. Rusher (Blanco Tackabery & Matamoros, P.A.; Winston-Salem, N.C.) and David A. Wender (Alston & Bird LLP; Atlanta).

SOUTHEAST WINNERS: Samantha Brumbaugh (Ivey, McClellan, Gatton & Siegmund, LLP; Greensboro, N.C.), Rudy J. Cerone (McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC; New Orleans), Richard E. Craig (Weber & Rose PSC; Louisville, Ky.), Andrew T. Darwin (Holcombe Bomar, PA; Spartanburg, S.C.), J. Ted Donovan (Goldberg Weprin Finkel Goldstein LLP; New York), Sarah Edwards (McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC; New Orleans), H. Jason Gold (Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP; Washington, D.C.), Elizabeth A. Green (BakerHostetler; Orlando, Fla.), Soneet R. Kapila (KapilaMukamal, LLP; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Suzanne Kelly (Kelly Garfinkle Strategic Restructuring, Inc.; Scottsdale, Ariz.), Shelley A. Kinsella (Elliott Greenleaf; Wilmington, Del.), Frank B.B. Knowlton (Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP; Columbia, S.C.), Jerry M. Markowitz (Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty + Hartog, P.A.; Miami), Edward J. Peterson, III (Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Postler, PA; Tampa, Fla.), Robert P. Reynolds (Reynolds, Reynolds & Little, LLC; Tuscaloosa, Ala.), Ashley S. Rusher (Blanco Tackabery & Matamoros, P.A.; Winston-Salem, N.C.), Henry C. Shelton, III (Adams and Reese LLP; Memphis, Tenn.), Daniel D. Sparks (Christian & Small, LLP; Birmingham, Ala.), Jessica Talley-Peterson (HDH Advisors, LLC; Atlanta), David G. Thompson (Neal & Harwell, PLC; Nashville, Tenn.), Nancy J. Whaley (Standing Chapter 13 Trustee; Atlanta) and Barbara L. Yong (Golan Christie Taglia, LLP; Chicago).

MID-ATLANTIC DONORS: Richard S. Lauter (Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP; Chicago) and Patricia A. Redmond (Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.; Miami).

MID-ATLANTIC WINNERS: Scott H. Bernstein (Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP; New York), Johnna Darby (Fox Rothschild LLP; Wilmington, Del.), Ted Gavin (Gavin/Solmonese LLC; Wilmington, Del.), Suzanne Koenig (SAK Management Services, LLC; Riverwoods, Ill.), Eric J. Monzo (Morris James LLP; Wilmington, Del.), Mark Podgainy (Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC; New York) and W. Lance Wickel (Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc.; New York).

lA Wine Dinner is Sold Out

The Western Region Endowment Wine Dinner is not until October 3rd, but it already looks like a success with this early sell-out.

Thanks go to the following sponsors:
Bienert, Miller & Katzman, PLC; Development Specialists Inc.; Donlin Recano; East West Bank; FTI Consulting, Inc.; Kat McLean; Omni Management Group; Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones; Polsinelli, Sierra Constellation Partners; and Smiley Wang-Ekvall.

Participate in the 2018 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 ABI 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 2018 CFC Open Season will run from Sept. 1 through Dec. 15). Please contact ABI Chief Financial Officer Kathy Sheehan at or (703) 739-0800 for more information.


Looking for a unique way to give to the Endowment? Donating silent auction items is a great way to support the ABI Endowment Fund! Don’t know what to donate? Possible items have been selected and are available for purchase at under a special ABI Wish List. Pick out items now for silent auctions that will be held at upcoming summer conferences (find out more information at, and be sure to place your own bids at those conferences.

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Contributions of $50,000 and above

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

Century Council Member 
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

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Contributions of $2,000 – $4,999

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Endowment Fund Development Committee

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

Committee Members:
Steven M. Berman
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

Richard S. Lauter
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

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

Bradley D. Sharp
Development Specialists, Inc.

Christopher A. Ward

Endowment Fund

Regional Endowment Chairs


Chair: Christopher A. Ward – Polsinelli
Sam J. Alberts – Dentons
Ryan G. Foley – Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
Charles Forman – LeClairRyan, PC
Neil B. Glassman – Bayard, P.A.
Thomas M. Horan – Fox Rothschild LLP
Warren Martin – Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, PC
Richard M. Meth
James E. Van Horn – McGuireWoods LLP

Chair: Richard S. Lauter – Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
Daniel A. DeMarco – Hahn Loeser & Parks 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
Rudy J. Cerone – McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC
Craig M. Geno – Craig M. Geno, PLLC
James R. Irving – Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
Derek F. Meek – Burr & Forman LLP
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 – Atlanta
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 (US) 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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