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Endowment Newsletter
November 2014
Vol. 1, No. 4

Endowment Donors Enjoy “Vintage” Evening in Los Angeles

On November 5, a capacity crowd of Endowment Fund supporters packed Los Angeles’s Upstairs 2 restaurant to enjoy a special wine-pairing dinner. This popular annual event brings together Los Angeles’s premier wine purveyor — the Wine House — and the elegant culinary creations of Chef de Cuisine Todd Barrie for a multi-course wine-pairing dinner highlighted by seasonal ingredients. The event was organized by the West Coast members of the Regional Development Committee: Chair, Mitchell Ryan (Donlin Recano & Company, Inc.); Co-Chair, Martin R. Barash (Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP); and Vice-Chairs Matthew Gates (Duff & Phelps, LLC) and Scott Gautier (Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, LLP).

Upcoming Events

Dec. 5, 2014: New donors at the Sustaining Member level and higher ($2,000 and up) are invited to an exclusive Endowment Dessert Reception sponsored by Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP and Rust Consulting, Inc. following the Final Night Dinner Gala at ABI’s Winter Leadership Conference in La Quinta, Calif. Learn more at www.‌, or contact Kathy Sheehan at (703) 739-0800 or for more information.

Jan. 20, 2015: Penguins vs. Flyers, Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA, at 7 p.m.

The Penguins/Flyers rivalry is often regarded as the most intense in the NHL; it is one of the most anticipated match-ups of the season and a hot ticket in both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

Please join the ABI Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund for a night of networking in a luxury suite generously donated by Gavin/Solmonese, complete with food and open bar. Tickets are $200 and benefit the ABI Endowment Fund. As an added bonus, Flyers greats Bernie Parent and Bob Kelly will be visiting our suite during the first period to mingle with us! This event is sure to be a sell-out!

Penguins vs. Flyers

Sponsorships are available. Firms donating $1,000 will receive a ticket to the suite, signage at the event, and recognition in the ABI Journal and online. A portion of your sponsorship is tax-deductible!

To reserve your ticket or to sponsor this event, please email Sharisa Sloan at

Endowment News

ABI Gives Thanks

Be sure to attend the lunch on December 5 at the Winter Leadership Conference in La Quinta, Calif., where we will be honoring individuals and firms who have made special contributions in 2014 to the Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Funds. Receiving awards will be:

New 30th Anniversary Circle

James E. Bird, Daniel J. Flanigan and
Christopher A. Ward

New Legacy Club Member

Richard P. Carmody
Adams and Reese LLP

New Lifetime Member

Mark G. Stingley
Bryan Cave LLP

New Benefactors

Geoffrey L. Berman
Development Specialists, Inc.

Ryan G. Foley
AIG Property Casualty Law Department

Damian S. Schaible
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Stephen Wheelis
Wheelis & Rozanski, APLC

New Sustaining Members

Derek C. Abbott
Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP

Kostopoulos & Associates PLLC

Mary D. Lane
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp

Christopher A. Ward

Participate in the 2014 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 (Sept. 1 – Dec. 15). Contact ABI Chief Financial Officer Kathy Sheehan at (703) 739-0800 or for more information.

New Donor Roll

ABI thanks these latest donors, whose names are among a special group dedicated to advancing research of interest to the bankruptcy community.

Contributions of $5,000 – $9,999

Damian S. Schaible
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Stephen Wheelis
Wheelis & Rozanski, APLC

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

Derek C. Abbott
Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP

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

Jennifer B. Kimble
Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.A.

Paul G. Swanson
Steinhilber, Swanson, Mares,
Marone & McDermott

Brian J. Soper

You can also contribute to the fund in other ways:

What the Fund Pays For

Corporate Restructuring Competition
On November 7, a team of students from the Columbia Business School earned top honors at ABI’s Corporate Restructuring Competition, besting 10 other schools and winning the Bettina M. Whyte Trophy for the second time. This 11th annual event was hosted by The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. The prizes for the top three teams — $6,000 for first place, $3,500 for second place, and $2,500 for third place — are provided by ABI’s Anthony H.N. Schnelling Fund. This year a second team from Columbia placed second and Wharton took third place. The students are given a week to solve a complex hypothetical case and present their proposed solutions to judges representing key stakeholders from industry. This year’s competition was chaired by Will Sugden of Alston & Bird LLP, who was assisted by Steve Darr of Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLX, Sage Sigler of Alston & Bird LLP and chair-emeritus Tom Morrow of AlixPartners LLP.

Silent Auction Winter Leadership Conference

Looking for a Unique Way to Give to the Endowment Fund?
Donate tax-deductible items for silent auctions through ABI’s Amazon Wish List!

Donating silent auction items is a great way to support the Endowment! 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 the silent auction that will be held at the upcoming Winter Leadership Conference, and be sure to place your own bids at the conference.

Endowment Fund
Development Committee

Vice-President Development:
Edward T. Gavin
Gavin/Solmonese LLC

Committee Members:
Lisa Beckerman
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Scott F. Gautier
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, LLP

Robert P. Reynolds
Reynolds, Reynolds & Little, LLC

Mitch Ryan
Donlin Recano & Company, Inc.

Regional Endowment Chairs

Chair: Christopher A. Ward – Polsinelli
Sam J. Alberts – Dentons
Neil B. Glassman – Bayard, P.A.
Thomas M. Horan – Womble Carlyle
Sandridge & Rice, LLP

Richard M. Meth – Fox Rothschild LLP

Co-Chair: Claire Ann Resop – Steinhilber,
Swanson & Resop

Co-Chair: Mark G. Stingley – Bryan Cave
Daniel A. DeMarco – Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP
Reginald W. Jackson – Vorys, Sater, Seymour
and Pease LLP

Richard S. Lauter – Freeborn & Peters LLP
James A. Lodoen – Lindquist & Vennum LLP
Scott Y. Stuart – GCG
Sheryl L. Toby – Dykema Gossett PLLC

New England
Chair: J. Scott Victor – SSG Capital
Advisors, 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 & Duncan, LLC

Larry R. Ahern III – Brown & Ahern
Chip Bowles – Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

Richard P. Carmody – Adams and Reese LLC
Rudy J. Cerone – McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC
Mac D. Finlayson – Eller & Detrich, PC
Craig M. Geno – Craig M. Geno, PLLC
Stephen P. Wheelis – Wheelis & Rozanski, APLC
R. Scott Williams – Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.A.

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. Meryerowitz – Epiq Systems, Inc.
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 – Gordon Silver

Co-Chair:  Mitch Ryan – Donlin Recano
& Company, Inc.

Co-Chair: Martin R. Barash – Klee, Tuchin,
Bogdanoff & Stern LLP

Matthew Gates – Duff & Phelps, LLC
Scott Gautier – Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, LLP

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