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Endowment Newsletter
April 2015
Vol. 2, No. 4
Major Donors Rocked the Annual Spring Meeting

Major donors to the Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund were honored in several ways at last week’s Annual Spring Meeting. On Friday, April 17, they were feted at an exclusive dinner at Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant. Then, following the Final Night Gala on April 18, they were treated to a special Endowment reception where they got to meet legendary rocker Lou Gramm, former lead singer of Foreigner. (ABI thanks Becket & Lee, LLP, Perkins Coie LLP and Rust Omni for sponsoring this reception.)

Earlier on Saturday, a number of donors received awards at the Saturday luncheon. ABI Executive Director Samuel J. Gerdano was recognized for achieving the Lifetime Member level. Pictured below are other honorees: Michael DuFrayne (far left) and Robert D. Katz (center), both from Executive Sounding Board Associates LLC, Jeffrey N. Pomerantz (second from left, from Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP), and Rita Kostopoulos from Kostopoulos & Associates PLLC. All received Benefactor Awards from ABI’s Vice President – Development Ted Gavin (Gavin/Solmonese), pictured at right. Other honorees included Mark G. Stingley (Bryan Cave LLP) at the Visionary level, as well as Mark E. Felger (Cozen O’Connor), and Monique J. Mulcare (Mayer Brown LLP), at the Sustaining Member level.

You can see the full list of recent donors below, as well as information about how you can continue to support the Endowment. ABI is grateful to all of its generous donors!

Annual Spring Meeting

Annual Spring Meeting

Lou Gramm entertained a packed Final Night Gala with Foreigner classics.

Annual Spring Meeting

At the Endowment Reception, Gramm posed with, from left, Southeast Endowment Chair Jerry Markowitz, Past ABI President Trish Redmond, and third-year law students Amanda Parra Criste and her husband John Criste (University of Miami School of Law).

Upcoming Events

May 4: The Endowment will pair up with the Steven M. Yoder Children’s Trust to host a golf tournament. Come out to support two charitable causes at Hartefeld National Golf Club in Avondale, Pa., which is convenient to both Wilmington and Philadelphia. Cocktails, a silent auction and dinner will be held following golf.

Bankrupt Talent Show

May 13: Come on out and join the musicians of Bankrupt Talent for a benefit concert performance from 7:00-9:30 p.m. at the legendary Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, the night before ABI’s New York City Bankruptcy Conference on May 14.

Bankrupt Talent—an annual rock ’n roll tradition led by musical host Randa Karambelas—brings together performers from the insolvency community each year to raise money for worthy charities. Plenty of networking space, conversation-friendly volume and a roomy bar and seating area make for the perfect combination of business and pleasure.

This year’s concert will support the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation and the Chordoma Foundation, as well ABI’s Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund. 100% of all ticket sales and corporate donations will go directly to these charities. ToneyKorf Partners, LLC is this year’s primary sponsor, with additional support coming from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, EisnerAmper LLP and Polsinelli.

Tickets for this event are $40 in advance and $55 at the door for attendees; $100 for performers. Corporate donations can also be made at $100, $500 and $1,000* levels.

*Corporate donors at the $1,000 level will receive two tickets to the concert and have their logos featured on the event page.

Endowment Wine-Pairing Diner

May 20: Join the ABI Midwest Region Endowment Committee for a multi-course wine-pairing dinner at Chicago’s BIN 36 honoring four Past ABI Presidents:

  • Brian L. Shaw (2014 - 2015)
  • Melissa K. Knoll (2010 - 2011)
  • Keith J. Shapiro (2000 - 2001)
  • Robert M. Fishman (1997 - 1998)

Current sponsors include ASK LLP, Bryan Cave, Dykema, Freeborn & Peters LLP, Gavin/Solmonese, Greenberg Traurig, and Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC. Firm sponsorship, which includes a listing of the firm’s logo plus a table of 8, is $1,500. Individual tickets are $200.

Contact ABI Events Marketing Specialist Sharisa Sloan (, 703-739-0800) for more information about Coprporate Donations and Sponsorship Opportunities at any of these events.

New Donor Roll

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

Contributions of $20,000 – $24,999

Mark G. Stingley
Bryan Cave LLP

Contributions of $15,000 – $19,999

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

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

Samuel J. Gerdano
American Bankruptcy Institute

Donald A. Workman

Contributions of $5,000 – $9,999

Robert D. Katz & Michael DuFrayne
Executive Sounding Board Associates LLC
Kostopoulos & Associates PLLC

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

Mark E. Felger
Cozen O’Connor

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

Kristina M. Johnson
Jones Walker LLP

Jennifer M. McLemore
Christian & Barton, LLP

Eric J. Monzo
Morris James LLP

You can also contribute to the fund in other ways:

Silent Auction

ABI is grateful to the following members who participated in our recent Silent Auction at the Annual Spring Meeting:

  • Ford Elsaesser (Sandpoint, ID)
  • Rachel L. Foley (Independence, MO)
  • Steven Charles Krause (New York, NY)
  • Jerry M. Markowitz (Miami, FL)
  • Sharon M. Roth (Great Neck, NY)
  • Christine M. Ward (Wilmington, DE)
  • Christopher A. Ward (Wilmington, DE)

You can donate silent auction items — 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.

What the Fund Pays For

ABI’s Anthony H.N. Schnelling Fund will be providing the financial support for a national empirical study of individual chapter 11 cases. The $83,000 study, announced at the Annual Spring Meeting last week, will be conducted by Prof. Margaret Howard (Washington & Lee University School of Law; Lexington, Va.). She is the Law Alumni Association Professor of Law at W&L and one of the nation’s leading bankruptcy academics. Prof. Howard is a former member of the ABI Board of Directors and a past ABI Resident Scholar. The principal investigator on the study is Prof. Richard M. Hynes, the Nicholas E. Chimicles Research Professor of Business Law and Regulation at the University of Virginia School of Law. He also serves as director the John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics.

Profs. Howard and Hynes will build on their pilot study, completed in 2014, which identified the key demographics of filers and catalogued the most common reasons for filing. New empirical data will inform questions such as the costs to parties, returns to creditors, better case-management practices by the courts, adequate creditor participation and success measurements. The final product is expected in 2016, and should provide important insights into how to modernize individual chapter 11 practice.

Profs. Margaret Howard and Robert Hynes

Endowment Fund
Development Committee

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

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

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

Robert P. Reynolds
Reynolds, Reynolds & Little, LLC

Mitch Ryan
Donlin, Recano & Co., 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
Jeanna Goosman – Goosman Law Firm
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: 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 – 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. Meyerowitz – 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: Eve H. Karasik – Levene Neale Bender
Yoo & Brill

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

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