NOVEMBER 2018 VOL. 5, NO. 11
From the ABI Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund

Giving Tuesday is here!

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 today. 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.

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

Support Us When You Shop for Holiday Gifts

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New Donors Recognized

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

Legacy Member
Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff photo
Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge (ret.)

Lifetime Member
Irving H. Picard photo
Irving H. Picard
BakerHostetler LLP

Michael L. Bernstein photo
Michael L. Bernstein
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
Mitch Ryan photo
Mitch Ryan
Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc.

Sustaining Members
David K. Bowsher photo
David K. Bowsher
Adams and Reese LLP
Eric K. Monzo photo
Eric K. Monzo
Morris James LLP

Silent Auction at the Mississippi Bankruptcy Conference

A special thank you goes to the Development Committee for the South Region (chaired by Kristina M. Johnson of Jones Walker LLP) for organizing a silent auction at the Mississippi Bankruptcy Conference on Nov. 8-9. Items auctioned off included a two-night hotel stay at Margaritaville, a registration for ABI’s 2019 Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop, an ABI Membership, a $200 gift card to Koestler Prime and several special pieces of art. Thank you to our generous donors: Craig M. Geno (Craig M. Geno, PLLC; Ridgeland, Miss.), John D. Moore (Law Offices of John D. Moore, PA; Ridgeland, Miss.) and D. Andrew Phillips (Mitchell, McNutt & Sams, PA; Oxford, Miss.).

Get Noticed at ABI’s Winter Leadership Conference!

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 this December in Scottsdale, Ariz. There will also be an Endowment dessert reception sponsored by Omni Management Group, Inc. and Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP. The reception, which follows the Final Night Dinner Gala, is by invitation only and will include new donors at the Sustaining Member level and up.


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 runs from Sept. 1 through Dec. 15). Please contact ABI Chief Financial Officer Kathy Sheehan at or (703) 739-0800 for more information.

Levels of Support

Millennium Level
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

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.

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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
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 – Summit Investment Management 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 (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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