SEPTEMBER 2018 VOL. 5, NO. 9
From the ABI Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund

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. There will also be an Endowment dessert reception sponsored by Omni Consulting Solutions and Shook, Hardy and Bacon LLP. The reception, which follows the final night dinner, is by invitation only and will include new donors at the Sustaining Member level and up. Meet our keynote speaker Molly Bloom of Molly's Game fame!

Winter Leadership Conference


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.

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; Chiron Financial LLC; CR3 Partners, LLC; Foley Gardere; Forshey & Prostok, LLP; Jackson Walker LLP; Kane Russell Coleman & Logan, PC; 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, Philadelphia's finest Italian restaurant, located on South Front Street in the heart of the Old City. 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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Ten individuals and law firms with a substantial bankruptcy and restructuring practice in the State of Alabama donated $4,750 to the ABI Endowment in September, in furtherance of research, conferences, continuing legal education, legal research and networking opportunities. The ABI Endowment is pleased to recognize Derek Meek, Burr & Forman LLP; Dan Sparks and Bill Bensinger, Christian & Small LLP; Jay Bender, Rob Cox, Ed Rice and Bill Norton, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP; Richard Carmody, David Bowsher and Russell Rutherford, Adams & Reese LLP; Lee Benton, Benton & Centeno, LLP; Tim Lupinacci, Baker Donelson; Jeremy Retherford, Balch & Bingham LLP; Stephen Porterfield, Sirote & Permutt, PC; Leland Murphree, Maynard, Cooper & Gale; and Stuart Memory, Memory, Memory & Causby. This fundraising effort is one of many projects of the South Region endowment committee, led by Kristy Johnson of Jones Walker LLP.

New Donors Recognized

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

New Leadership Club Members
Hon. Michelle M. Harner photo
Hon. Michelle M. Harner
U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Richard E. Kruger photo
Richard E. Kruger
Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss

Schulten Ward Turner &  Weiss, LLP photo
Robert D. Mercer
Schulten Ward Turner & Weiss, LLP

Southwest Silent Auction

Thanks go to the following Southwest Bankruptcy Conference silent auction winners: Paul H. Deutch (Omni Management Group, Inc.; New York), Bruce Dopke (Stahl Cowen Crowley Addis LLC; Chicago), J. Ford Elsaesser (Elsaesser Anderson Chtd.; Sandpoint, Idaho), Giovanni Orantes (Orantes Law Firm; Los Angeles) and W. Lance Wickel (Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc.; New York).


Looking for an easy and 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 conferences (find out more information at, and be sure to place your own bids at those conferences.

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 – 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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