JULY 2019 VOL. 6, NO. 7
From the ABI Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund


For the seventh 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 seventh 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 Melissa Davis (KapilaMukamal, LLP) for their efforts in driving silent auction donations.

SE19 Advisory Board


Wine dinner in Los Angeles

Western Region Endowment Wine Dinner

Join ABI on September 19 for what has become an elegant tradition benefitting the ABI Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund. ABI is again joining forces with Upstairs 2 at Los Angeles’s premier wine purveyor — the Wine House — to bring you an unparalleled dining experience. Upstairs 2 promises an exceptional event, with wine and its marriage to food to be long-remembered. This event will sell out!

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Full-Table Sponsors:
Development Specialists, Inc; Omni Management Group, Inc.; Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP; Polsinelli; Smiley | Wang‑Ekvall and Stretto.
Half-Table Sponsors:
CR3 Partners, LLC; Donlin Recano & Company, Inc. and East West Bank.


Endowment Reception in Delaware

Mid-Atlantic Endowment Reception

Kick off the 2019 Delaware Views from the Bench program by joining ABI for cocktails and appetizers the night before the conference at the Mid-Atlantic Endowment Reception. Network with colleagues and catch up with the local insolvency community on October 16 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Wilmington offices of Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP. All proceeds benefit the Endowment Fund.

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Premium Sponsors:
Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Gavin/Solmonese; SSG Capital Advisors, LLC and Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP.
General Sponsors:
Polsinelli and Wilmington Trust.


Golf & Tennis Outing in New Jersey

On September 16, ABI will co-sponsor the Third Annual Golf and Tennis Outing with Garden State Credit Associates and the New York Institute of Credit at Cedar Hill Golf & Country Club in Livingston, N.J. Proceeds benefit the ABI Endowment. 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.

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Third Annual Golf & Tennis Outing


Thanks to all who participated in the Silent Auctions recently held at the Northeast Bankruptcy Conference and Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop.

Northeast Donors: Hon. Beth E. Hanan (U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Milwaukee) and Richard & Roberta Nelson (Cohen, Todd, Kite & Stanford, LLC; Cincinatti).

Northeast Winners: Tim Bowling (Ritchie Bros. Centennial, Colo.), Alan L. Braunstein (Riemer & Braunstein LLP; Boston), Hon. Hannah L. Blumenstiel (U.S. Bankruptcy Court; San Francisco), Hon. Peter G. Cary (U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Portland, Maine), Denise DiOrio (Providence, R.I.), Robert E. Girvan (Weiner Law Firm, P.C.; Springfield, Mass.); Hon. Bruce A. Harwood (U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Concord, N.H.), Taurat Hossain (East West Bank; New York) and Harold B. Murphy (Murphy & King, PC; Boston).

Southeast Donors: Richard P. Carmody (Adams and Reese LLP; Birmingham, Ala.), Melissa Davis, CPA, CIRA, CFE (KapilaMukamal, LLP; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Kelly Desgrosseilliers (Epiq; Wilmington, Del.), IWIRC, Joe A. Joseph (Burr & Forman LLP; Birmingham, Ala.), Kristina M. Johnson (Jones Walker LLP; Jackson, Miss.), Soneet R. Kapila (KapilaMukamal, LLP; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Franklind Davis Lea, CIRA (Tactical Financial Consulting; Alpharetta, Ga.), Stephanie Crane Lieb (Trenam Law; Tampa, Fla.), Jerry M. Markowitz (Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty + Hartog, P.A.; Miami), Jennifer M. McLemore (Williams Mullen; Richmond, Va.), Jeffrey L. Pirrung (American Legal Claim Services, LLC; Jacksonville, Fla.), Patricia A. Redmond (Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, PA; Miami), Robert P. Reynolds (Reynolds, Reynolds & Little, LLC; Tuscaloosa, Ala.), Ashley S. Rusher (Blanco Tackabery & Matamoros, P.A.; Winston Salem, N.C.), David M. Schilli (Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, PA; Charlotte, N.C.) and David A. Wender (Alston & Bird LLP; Atlanta).

Southeast Winners: Rudy J. Cerone (McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC; New Orleans), Todd Darwin (Holcombe Bomar, PA; Spartanburg, S.C.), Melissa J. Davey (Office of Melissa J. Southeast Silent AuctionDavey, Standing Chapter 13 Trustee; Atlanta), Paul H. Deutch (Omni Management Group, Inc.; New York), C. Edward Dobbs (Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP; Atlanta), Augustus C. Epps, Jr. (Williams Mullen; Richmond, Va.), Samuel J. Gerdano (American Bankruptcy Institute; Alexandria, Va.), Franklin D. Hayes (Franklin D. Hayes Attorney at Law; Douglas, Ga.), Franklind Davis Lea, CIRA (Tactical Financial Consulting; Alpharetta, Ga.), John Makuch (Alvarez & Marsal; Atlanta), Jerry M. Markowitz (Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty + Hartog, P.A.; Miami), Hon. Catherine Peek McEwen (U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Tampa, Fla.), Walter M. Newman (Dave Newman Auctioneers, Inc.; Tampa, Fla.), Jacqueline Rebuhn (Women of Tomorrow; Miami, Fla.), Scott A. Rinaldi (ANKURA Consulting; Midlothian, Va.), Ashley S. Rusher (Blanco Tackabery & Matamoros, P.A.; Winston Salem, N.C.), Henry Clay Shelton (Adams and Reese LLP; Memphis, Tenn.), Ellen Spong (Richmond, Va.), Frank P. Terzo (Nelson Mullins Broad and Cassel; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Jeffrey R. Waxman (Morris James LLP; Wilmington, Del.), Rory D. Whelehan (Whelehan Law Firm, LLC; Greenville, S.C.) and Rafael X. Zahralddin-Aravena (Elliott Greenleaf; Wilmington, Del.).

New Donors Recognized

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

Donald Workman photo
Donald A. Workman

Irving Picard photo
Irving Picard

Hon. Beth Hanan photo  photo
Hon. Beth E. Hanan
U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D.Wis.)

Several donations were made anonymously in honor of the marriage of two long-time ABI LEADers:

Claire Ann Resop
Steinhilber Swanson LLP

Michael Richman
Steinhilber Swanson LLP

Hon. Robert D. Drain  photo

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

Eric J. Fromme
Theodora Oringher, PC

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

Donald A. Workman

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 – Barnes & Thornburg 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


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 & Postler, 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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