SEPTEMBER 2019 VOL. 6, NO. 9
From the ABI Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund

ABI Endowment Funding: Impact on New Laws

Several Endowment-funded initiatives contributed to important new bankruptcy-related legislation:

  1. SBRA (Pub L 116-54), which creates a new Subchapter V for small business reorganization, was inspired by the recommendations contained in the final report of the ABI Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 (2014).
  2. HAVEN Act (Pub L 116-52) assists financially stressed disabled servicemembers and was supported by the ABI Veterans Affairs Task Force and funded by the ABI Endowment.
  3. ABI Consumer Commission's final report (2019) endorsed the HAVEN Act and makes suggestions for the treatment of student loan debt in bankruptcy. It has already been cited by bankruptcy courts around the country.
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On Sept. 16, ABI and the New York Institute of Credit joined forces with the Garden State Credit Associates for the Third Annual Golf & Tennis Outing, held at the Cedar Hill Golf & Country Club in Livingston, N.J.

Tennis Swing


On Sept. 19, the ABI Endowment hosted the annual Western Region Endowment Wine Dinner in Los Angeles. This event has become an elegant tradition benefiting the ABI Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund. ABI joined forces with Upstairs 2 at Los Angeles’s premier wine purveyor — the Wine House — to bring an unparalleled dining experience. Thanks to Mitch Ryan (Donlin Recano & Company, Inc.) for heading up the event.

Endowment Wine Dinner

Thanks also go to CR3 Partners, LLC; Development Specialists, Inc.; Donlin Recano & Company, Inc.; East West Bank; GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group LLC; Omni Management Group, Inc.; Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP; Polsinelli; Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP; and Stretto for sponsoring this event.



The ABI Endowment Fund will be hosting the Mid-Atlantic Endowment Reception at the offices of Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP in Wilmington, Del., on Oct. 16. The restructuring community will be coming together to honor the service of retiring Bankruptcy Judge Kevin J. Carey.

Kick off the 2019 Delaware Views from the Bench program by joining ABI for cocktails and appetizers the night before the conference. All proceeds benefit the ABI Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund.

Thanks go to Barnes & Thornburg LLP; East West Bank; Gavin/Solmonese LLC; Hogan Lovells; Polsinelli; Reed Smith LLP; SSG Capital Advisors, LLC; Wilmington Trust; and Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP for sponsoring this event. More information is available at If your firm would like to become a sponsor, please contact ABI Sales Manager Sharisa L. Sloan.

Mid-Atlantic Endowment Reception


A silent auction was held at ABI’s Southwest Bankruptcy Conference in Las Vegas, with proceeds supporting the Endowment Fund. ABI thanks those who participated. The winners included Dawn M. Cica (Carlyon Cica Chtd.; Las Vegas), Greg Corbin (Rosewood Realty Group; New York), Thomas M. Horan (Fox Rothschild LLP; Wilmington, Del.), Jeannie Kim (Friedman & Springwater LLP; San Francisco), and Chrisandrea L. Turner (Stites & Harbison PLLC; Lexington, Ky.).

If you’re attending an ABI conference, be sure to stop by the silent auction table and place your bids. For more information, visit

Special Endowment Reception to Be Held at ABI’s Winter Leadership Conference

Join ABI in sunny Southern California for the annual Winter Leadership Conference! The Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., is the setting for this year’s annual program. Members who pledge or contribute at or above the Sustaining Member level ($2,000 and up) will be recognized at the Winter Soirée. There will also be an Endowment dessert reception following the event, sponsored by Omni Management Group, Inc. The reception is an invitation-only event and will include new donors at the Sustaining Member level and up. To register for the conference, visit For more information on making an Endowment pledge, please contact ABI Chief Financial Officer Kathy Sheehan at or (703) 739-0800.

Participate in the 2019 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 2019 CFC Open Season will run from Sept. 1 through Dec. 15). Please contact ABI Chief Financial Officer Kathy Sheehan at or (703) 739-0800 for more information.

In Memoriam

Bonnie Fatell
The Bankruptcy Department of Richards, Layton & Finger, PA made a donation to the ABI Endowment Fund in memory of Bonnie Glantz Fatell, who passed away on Aug. 24.


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.

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 – Forman Holt
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 Richman – 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 – Williams Mullen
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 – GlassRatner LLC
Jordan A. Kroop – Perkins Coie LLP
John Penn – Perkins Coie LLP
Thomas J. Salerno – Stinson 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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